The training wheels line was great. I always felt that way when I was first reading
about how to write screenplays. I thought the whole concept that “this should
happen in the first ten pages, then this should happen on page 25…”. Any decent
writer should be able to figure out if their story flows right nor not without following
The problem is:
When producers or whoever read a script that doesn’t follow any sort of formula… 99% of the time the screenplay is complete shit. What happens is: they start reading your script and things aren’t happening that are suppose to be happening, right away alarm bells go off, unless what you or I write is absolutely masterful (which I sincerely doubt).
Like I said before, when you have a famous last name like a Coppola or Tarantino or Kaufman or whoever, you can do whatever the fuck you want.
But when if you’re just a good, solid screenwriter (nothing special) and decide to bend and twist the rules and do whatever the hell you want, I garuntee you’re not going to make any progression, unless you write an absolute gem.
Oh and I wasn’t speaking to YOU directly, I was just saying in general. 8)