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E.C. Henry
Bonney Lake, WA
Pre-pro Screenwriter -- who wants to get discovered!
Interests: Screenwrting, Jesus, Ancient History, Graphic Design, the Seattle Seahawks, Brycen my nephew
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I remember watching the Oscars and hearing about this movie, "Nebraska" (2013): staring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, directed by Alexander Payne, written by Bob Nelson, about how it was up for best picture of the year, best screenplay of the year, best actor, and best supporting actress. At the time... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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My love for the movies probably first began as a result of watching the original "Planet of the Apes" series of movies that spanned 1968-1974. I was just a boy growing up on the south side of Chicago and some off-brand TV station used to re-broadcast these movies as part... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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If you were to design the ideal romantic comedy what would it look like? What would it's feel be? Lemme just begin by stating the heart of this post. After a long time of bemoaning the sad, state of the movie genre I loved the most, the creative in me... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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You'll never guess the two movies I saw back to back last Saturday night: "Thanks for Sharing" (2012: Mark Ruffalo, Gweneth Paltrow), then "Enchanted" (2007: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey) Now though IMBD sites "Thanks for Sharing" as being a romantic comedy, I'm here to tell you that it is not.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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It's been a rough month or so of writing. (The whole thing with Washington crossing the Potomac--I can so relate) I've been getting bogged down in the epic fantasy story world. Should I write expanded bios? Focus on going deeper into scenes? Or just forge ahead in the story? This... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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This post has been a long time in coming. I've felt so disappointed by the overall, trajectory and direction the romantic comedy genre has been going down for nearly a decade. Every year it seams the overall health of the romantic comedy genre gets sicker and sicker and sicker. At... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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Hey off the top of your head, what's the most memorable kiss you can remember seeing in the movies? Did it even happen in a romantic comedy? Or was it in some other genre? Truth be told the whole, kissing in the movies between two members of a couple doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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I'm in weird frame of mind right now. Lots of stuff going on, but my worldview feels distorted and oriented towards darkness and sadness. Outside of when I'm at work (where I'm usually productive and a force for good) I'm finding myself to be listless, cold, and despondent. For YEARS... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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Lemme just start by saying that I'm a HUGE fan of Seth McFarlane. I LOVED the movie he did a few years ago called "Ted" (2012: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis), and his 2013 hosting of the Oscars proved that this man has balls of steel; I have never seen the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
Thanks for the post, Billy. I originally read it yesterday, then found myself thinking about it at work, as I was under the impression that you're drawn most to the down beats of romantic comedies, as evidence by the banter between Louie and his doctor over Louie's heartache. I'm more of a cute meet kind of guy. As I think that's where the true heart of the genre lies: in the fireworks bewtween men and women that errupt when they find each other and feel the strong pull of attraction. But that's just me... Anyway, your post got my mind think and what do you know last night I had a rom-com movie dream. I think I know what my next rom-com spec is going to be. I don't get new rom-com movie ideas everyday, it's more like every other day. (Just kidding) But now I got an original idea with a few cool ideas for memorable scenes that I think are worth pursueing. Not going to stop work on the epic fantasy novel, but on the side I'm going to pursue the bunny trail that this post of yours provoked and see where it goes. What I've got in mind is "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" meets "Definatley, Maybe." Billy, your posts never cease to inspire and get me to challege the status quo, so thanks. - E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2014 on Nuggets at Living the Romantic Comedy
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Jimmy Fallon is doing a GREAT job hosting "The Tonight Show" on late night TV on NBC. I've seen Jimmy Fallon before, on "Saturday Night Live" and my opinion of him the then was a casual shrug off, who cares he's just not as funny as the other actors on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
HUGE fan of Karl Iglesias' "The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters" too. My paperback is totally dogeared. And coattailing on the vibe you've laid out here's another gem from the book, "Writing is mostly a struggle and occasionally there's something nice that comes out and makes it worthwhile. You need to know when to write and when to simply think and when (and how) to do both." Remember which interviewee said that? Billy, don't beat yourself up because you missed some writing time. But continueity really does make a difference, as missing time leads to lulls where you need catch-up to get back where you were before. On a different note, I saw "A Million Ways to Die in the West" this weekend, and I LOVED the main ROMANTIC storyline between Albert (Seth McFarlene) and Anna (Charlize Theron). Who said romance was dead in the movies? I though many of the humor gags misfired too often in this movie (which I'm going to blog about by the way), but I was pleasantly surpised by how well the Albert and Anna romantic storyline worked. Hopefully Albert and Anna get some love when it comes time for the 2014 ASTA awards.
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What makes for a GREAT scene in a movie. I think there's a lot of different factors which make for great scenes in movies. And in today's post we're going to look into one scene that I LOVED, and that's the scene in "Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
Hey, it's been nearly 2 months since you had a new post--and now this! Great post, worth the wait. And so topical--at least for where I'm at in life right now, writing an epic fantasy novel of my own. Of all of what you said, the most interesting thing was that you were leading a writers' group. Too cool. How is that going? Are the people in your group writers with credits to their names, students, or just friends who like to write? Just this last week writing for me, I experienced one of the funniest phenomenoms a writer can go through, and that being in a new draft when you reimmagine chacters and mishmashed their traits together as existed in the earlier draft that you mind remembers--just not all the details. A general's son suddenly became a minter of coins, a tailor became a raiser of horses. All were supporting Elf characters, happening in chapter 5 then error found in chapter 7, about 225 pages into a 1000+ page story. It kinda reminded me of that scene in "Alex and Emma" where Alex, as he's reciting his novel to his stenographer, changes the nationality of a key love interest from Swedish to German. Do you remember that scene? Anywho, writing is very humbling. It's funny the mistakes you can make even with a draft at your dispoal. Writing well, is Herculean task. Glad you have a writers group to help you find your issues and iron them out early in the process. That in itself, Billy, puts you way ahead of the curve.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2014 on Twenty Minutes at Living the Romantic Comedy
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April/May IS a screenwriters' lottery season. Do you know what I mean by that? What I'm implying is that a lot of premire screenwriting competitions out there have their deadlines in April/May. So this year did you compete? I did. Four contests in one day. And just last week I... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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O kay, it's official I'm in a good mood. Yesterday at work I looked at my vaccation hours and guess what... I got 200 hours of vacation/comp. time hours on the books! Significance? Shit's been going down hill at work. EVERYDAY I ask for prayer by either my mom or... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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Every day at the keyboard is a different experience for me. Somedays it's a real grind. Othertimes I make great discoveries and the experience something akin to magic. Ever wonder why that is? Aren't you the same guy or gal day in, day out? Why then isn't every day the... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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Lately I've been noticing that my mind is changing. Away from the romantic comedy, and towards the epic fantasy novel I'm editing right now. A few days ago I tried to get back into the swing of things rom-com wise, but found myself getting bored with the rom-com and turning... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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Man do I ever wish I could get my creative side ballanced. Seems like so often I want to write, but then when I sit down to do so, I can't. And other times when I'm really into it, I get outside interuptions that short circuit the writing I indend... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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YES, the time has come. Here in my editing fumblings, as I re-write a 1000+ page, epic fantasy novel, I'm starting to see the need of a new and improved story bible. What triggered this epiphany was the fact that while re-writing, I was trying to remember the names of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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Hello, me again, here to post on-going coverage of E.C. Henry's own self-imposed writer's retreat. Sorry I didn't post yesterday Typepad wouldn't let me log on. Here's what happened days 2-3: Found out I'm good for 2-3 hours of writing, then I need a break. So what I've done the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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Having a blast on day 0-1 of my self-imposed writer's retreat. Not crazy about going on vaccations on my own, but that withstanding I am having some fun. Here's some of the highlights so far: Got pulled over by the state patrol about 1 mile from my destination, they claimed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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A few days ago I had a very good day of writing. Not that I accomplished all the much, I think I re-wrote like 3 pages of the epic fantasy novel I'm working on. But where I was in the story and the intersection of character arcs and the greater... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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Well-p, guess it's time for a little writing update. Been logging in time on the keyboard working on that epic fantasy novel. Sometimes the going is easy. Sometimes the going is rough. But I plough foreaward. The crazy part is though technically I'm not writing a first draft, what I'm... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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Do you believe that movies have the power to shape societal beliefs? I do. I've seen the phenomenon in play. Most notably when I was in high school in the mid 1980s and I saw some of my peers mimicking the behavior of Bill and Ted from "Bill and Ted's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry