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(Vice)   "Dune" screenplay was written on Movie Master in MS-DOS. Jehanne Butler approves   (vice.com) divider line
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2021-10-26 3:37:31 PM  
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2021-10-26 3:43:06 PM  
Now, that is a deep slice reference.  Good subby.
 
2021-10-26 6:24:27 PM  
"In the video, he pulled up a DOS window in Windows XP and booted up Movie Master 3.09 on an ancient beige mechanical keyboard. "So now I'm in DOS."

Eh. I guess he is technically right.
 
2021-10-26 6:32:21 PM  
There's a lot to be said for *glances at twitter quickly* distraction free environments
 
2021-10-26 6:42:38 PM  
Subby is mistaken:  this was not the screenplay for Dune, but the screenplay for Dune^M.
 
2021-10-26 6:46:24 PM  
So he's another George RR Martin.  Except that he still writes.
 
2021-10-26 6:51:03 PM  

Nadie_AZ: "In the video, he pulled up a DOS window in Windows XP and booted up Movie Master 3.09 on an ancient beige mechanical keyboard. "So now I'm in DOS."

Eh. I guess he is technically right.


"I went back 20 years so I could go back another decade."

These are the folks whom Congress considers "tech-savvy."
 
2021-10-26 6:52:39 PM  
Nothing eliminates distractions like a stripped down simple program with no internet access.

I write bleeding-edge product documentation for developers. I read that sentence and touched myself inappropriately.
 
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2021-10-26 6:57:39 PM  
Love how he's still using XP as well
 
2021-10-26 7:01:34 PM  
In the brutal future of Frank Herbert's Dune, computers are outlawed
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Good then that Oscar winning Dune screenwriter Eric Roth banged out the screenplay using the MS-DOS program Movie Maste
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2021-10-26 7:01:36 PM  
Somehow for a movie like Dune this seems strangely appropriate.
 
2021-10-26 7:11:54 PM  
Sometimes the old ways are the best ways.

Um, so why wasn't the script written in Sumerian via chiseled stone?
 
2021-10-26 7:28:03 PM  

Karma Chameleon: Sometimes the old ways are the best ways.

Um, so why wasn't the script written in Sumerian via chiseled stone?


Pfft, you Plebeian! I do all my writing as cave paintings!
 
2021-10-26 7:53:04 PM  

Karma Chameleon: Sometimes the old ways are the best ways.

Um, so why wasn't the script written in Sumerian via chiseled stone?


Cuneiform used wedges pressed into clay while it was still pliable. Much easier than chiseling.
 
2021-10-26 8:33:25 PM  
it will never be as good as the old masters
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2021-10-26 8:39:06 PM  

Nora Gretz: Karma Chameleon: Sometimes the old ways are the best ways.

Um, so why wasn't the script written in Sumerian via chiseled stone?

Cuneiform used wedges pressed into clay while it was still pliable. Much easier than chiseling.


But then you have to bake it, otherwise the words get smeared off.  Gods knows if you can get the fires hot enough.  Better to set aside some time to embrace the therapeutic tap-tap-taping of defacing stone.
 
2021-10-26 8:41:29 PM  

Nora Gretz: Karma Chameleon: Sometimes the old ways are the best ways.

Um, so why wasn't the script written in Sumerian via chiseled stone?

Cuneiform used wedges pressed into clay while it was still pliable. Much easier than chiseling.


Especially if you're biatching about the quality of copper ingots.
 
2021-10-26 8:53:05 PM  

NathanAllen: Nora Gretz: Karma Chameleon: Sometimes the old ways are the best ways.

Um, so why wasn't the script written in Sumerian via chiseled stone?

Cuneiform used wedges pressed into clay while it was still pliable. Much easier than chiseling.

Especially if you're biatching about the quality of copper ingots.


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2021-10-26 8:57:35 PM  
FTA: Sometimes the old ways are the best ways.

Yeah, this isn't one of them. It's not like he's typing this on some old word processor without internet access.
 
2021-10-26 9:14:25 PM  
microsoft word is a piece of shiat and google docs isn't exactly secure so yeah

makes sense
 
2021-10-26 9:32:29 PM  
Nothing eliminates distractions like a stripped down simple program with no internet access.

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2021-10-26 9:44:13 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Yeah, this isn't one of them. It's not like he's typing this on some old word processor without internet access.


That's exactly what the article said he is doing. 

The other interesting thing I took away from it is the text limitation and it naturally pushing him to limit an Act to 40 pages. I love finding the odd ways that people monitor and manage their work.
 
2021-10-26 10:04:51 PM  

phimuskapsi: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Yeah, this isn't one of them. It's not like he's typing this on some old word processor without internet access.

That's exactly what the article said he is doing. 

The other interesting thing I took away from it is the text limitation and it naturally pushing him to limit an Act to 40 pages. I love finding the odd ways that people monitor and manage their work.


No, he's just running old software on an older PC. Last I checked Windows XP was internet capable.
 
2021-10-26 10:05:24 PM  

moothemagiccow: microsoft word is a piece of shiat and google docs isn't exactly secure so yeah

makes sense


If only there was other current screenwriting software out there.
 
2021-10-26 11:21:56 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: phimuskapsi: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Yeah, this isn't one of them. It's not like he's typing this on some old word processor without internet access.

That's exactly what the article said he is doing. 

The other interesting thing I took away from it is the text limitation and it naturally pushing him to limit an Act to 40 pages. I love finding the odd ways that people monitor and manage their work.

No, he's just running old software on an older PC. Last I checked Windows XP was internet capable.


In TFA: "I have to give them a hard copy. They have to scan it and then put it in their computers and then I have to work through their computer because you can't even email mine or anything. You can't get to it except where it is."
 
2021-10-26 11:25:58 PM  

TXprof: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: phimuskapsi: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Yeah, this isn't one of them. It's not like he's typing this on some old word processor without internet access.

That's exactly what the article said he is doing. 

The other interesting thing I took away from it is the text limitation and it naturally pushing him to limit an Act to 40 pages. I love finding the odd ways that people monitor and manage their work.

No, he's just running old software on an older PC. Last I checked Windows XP was internet capable.

In TFA: "I have to give them a hard copy. They have to scan it and then put it in their computers and then I have to work through their computer because you can't even email mine or anything. You can't get to it except where it is."


I get that. The software doesn't allow for sending an electronic copy. That's not the point.

The point of not having an internet capable machine is to avoid distraction while writing. This doesn't avoid that.
 
2021-10-27 12:19:35 AM  
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2021-10-27 12:34:49 AM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: The point of not having an internet capable machine is to avoid distraction while writing. This doesn't avoid that.


Ever consider that it just isn't connected?
 
2021-10-27 12:44:46 AM  

phimuskapsi: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: The point of not having an internet capable machine is to avoid distraction while writing. This doesn't avoid that.

Ever consider that it just isn't connected?


Uh yeah?  That was my point. The software itself isn't doing that for him. It's just habit and superstition as he claims in the article.
 
2021-10-27 12:56:42 AM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: If only there was other current screenwriting software out there.


Yeah there's this Movie Master program out for DOS. RTFA, jeez.
 
2021-10-27 4:41:47 AM  

Sarah Jessica Farker: NathanAllen: Nora Gretz: Karma Chameleon: Sometimes the old ways are the best ways.

Um, so why wasn't the script written in Sumerian via chiseled stone?

Cuneiform used wedges pressed into clay while it was still pliable. Much easier than chiseling.

Especially if you're biatching about the quality of copper ingots.

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2021-10-27 8:23:37 AM  

farbekrieg: it will never be as good as the old masters [pbs.twimg.com image 485x642]


I keep saying that "Ug Bang Rock" is the only original piece of music ever written. Everything else is just derivative from that.
 
2021-10-27 8:30:11 AM  

Fireproof: farbekrieg: it will never be as good as the old masters [pbs.twimg.com image 485x642]

I keep saying that "Ug Bang Rock" is the only original piece of music ever written. Everything else is just derivative from that.


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2021-10-27 9:05:20 AM  

moothemagiccow: microsoft word is a piece of shiat and google docs isn't exactly secure so yeah

makes sense


I've heard that Google Docs tends to break down after about 12k words.

Fortunately, Fark Fiction Anthology entries are limited to 10k, so that's not a problem for me at the moment.
 
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