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12/20/2007 - DON'T BE AFRAID TO RE-USE YOUR OLD IDEAS
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Writers pick the bones of old scripts that never got made or finished. Often you'll have a cool character in script you never got past page 20 on. Or you'll have a few great lines. Or scenes. Better yet, you might have the first Act of a script that works like a charm, but despite your best intentions, you can't make Act Two work or pull things together in Act Three.

Never waste good stuff. In a restaurant the chef instructs his cooks and kitchen staff to waste nothing. You should be the same way. Even if you salvage one great line from a script lying dormant that you'll probably never go back to, you've given life to that line.

This will be my final column. I wish you all good luck writing and filming your short screenplays and getting deals on your full-length work.

Al l best,
D.B. Gilles

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