"The only reason why I “spout out rules straight from the book that your teacher taught you” is because, it’s apparent that little or few people on this board even know the basics of screenwriting; which are essential. “Spouting out rules” is what they need. If merely helping people that are just beginning to write screenplays with the basics portrays me that way, well, then you have a very skewed outlook on things."
My point was that if you follow everything straight from the book, there is no creativity involved. There’s nothing wrong with having basic guidelines to go by when you’re in need, but you also should rely on yourself for inspiration. And if you’re going to state a rule of screenwriting, then you should have some kind of explanation to be 100% clear.
"You’re absolutely right, KNOWING these things doesn’t make you a good screenwriter, but it does give you the right tools and knowledge in order to become one. This follows the idea of, “people should learn to walk before they run.” Though, I never claimed that I was “a good screenwriter,” I will now: I am a good screenwriter and I take pride in my writing, regardless of how that might sound."
Yes, but just knowing those things won’t get you very far. You have to be able to apply those tools and figure out how to use them yourself, not just spit out word for word what it says in a textbook.
"I never said that you didn’t know a lot about films, I said you didn’t know a lot about FILMMAKING; believe me they’re different. Which I still stand by my statement.
What does Quentin Tarantino being one of my favorite directors and acting classes or film courses have to do with anything? Did I say anything about college that’s related in one’s ability to write well or tell a story? Though it does help."
Quentin Tarantino never took Filmmaking classes, and he is one of my favorite (yours also) directors working today, and I consider his work to be exceptional. So would you say that QT didn’t really know anything about filmmaking when he wrote his first screenplays and directed his debut film, Reservoir Dogs? What i’m trying to say is that he learned different filmmaking techniques by watching the movies himself, as do many others. So what makes you say I don’t know anything about filmmaking? Without college or film classes, I might be able to write well or tell a good story but still not know anything about filmmaking? Or have I just not read enough books on the making of movies?
"For now on, I will be very specific when I give advice, because people (like you) take things too literal. I thought I was obvious in what I meant, but I guess not."
As I said, you must always be specific and provide some kind of explanation for the statements you make if you want people to listen to what you have to say. You may have thought you were obvious, but I just read simply what I saw in front of me on the computer screen. It’s your job to help clarify.
"They’re exceptions for everything, but generally that’s not the case. Unless you’re writing for a sitcom on television. Which are why among many other reasons, only 22 minutes in length. Imagine a single, 2 hour episode of “Friends.”'
Sitcoms are only 22 minutes in length because they focus more on humor and usually somewhat shallow situations, while dramatic t.v. shows are more in depth and thus are usually around 40 minutes or so in length. Another reason why sitcoms or t.v. shows in general aren’t the length of a feature film is so the story/stories can be stretched out weekly and entice the viewer to continue to watch. And I do believe the last episode of Friends was 2 hours long, but correct me if i’m wrong. And “they’re exceptions for everything” is a pretty blanket statement, because some of the greatest films in cinema history have been “exceptions” to the rule.