Hey solthar what does this mean but "First, you're making a little film, with friends. You're no big studio, You're no one important, your idea will most likely not revolutionize filmmaking" Now i mean no disrespect to you or all in this forum but common are u serious?
It means exactly what Pooky has stated. Yeah, I'm serious. But obviously, I value that differently.
It doesn't mean "Hey man, what you do sucks and you're garbage OMG", it is again merely a reaction to the statement, that someone might steal an idea.
The believe someonee might want to steal your idea is, in my opinion, pretty ridicolous. A lot of little filmmakers suddenly jump to that, as if there were people out there just waiting to steal their idea, which appears ridicolous to me, as they're making (from a public point of view) a little film with no public importance except to themselves - which does in no way diminish the importance of your film to you!
See, a big company might have to be careful for people trying to steal their ideas, because if someone would, they could lose business, a lot of money, worst case even their jobs.
If you have an idea, and someone actually thinks "Oh, this is great, I might make that myself too", nothing happens. At least, that is the way I see it.
So going this "It's all a secret, there's people waiting around every corner to steal my idea" attutide makes one appear pretty big headed to me, as usually, people are only interested in stealing things of objective value.
You expect to say some crap like that to a forum in a website full of indi filmmakers and not expect to get a response?
Not at all, I'm always interested in discussing a matter. I'm always interested in a response. And we can discuss about this subject if you want, state arguments, agree, disagree then shake hands and go our ways. In fact, I rather enjoy a good argument about any topic really.
What I don't enjoy, is people going on a page rant using words like "crap" "s*h*i*t" all the time to make their point, when they could have as well just said something like "well, I disagree because XXX", which you decided to do the first.
You haven't stated one argument yet why my opinion is "crap" - that you disagree has been made clear, that you're very emotional about that subject has been made clear as well. Maybe you have some arguments to back up your point and can state them without the need of certain emotional words? I'm more then interested in hearing them, really.
but there is a difference between constructive criticism and being a real jack---
I agree wholeheartedly, but you should read your post again. If I have indeed acted like a jack---, then you most surely haven't done much better. So your point is kind of redundant, no?
Bottom line is this forum is designed to help people not flame them.
I actually tried to help with that comment, for the following reasons:
I assumed you want get good actors, because I assume you want your film to be as good as possible. Now, "good" actors also have a certain professionalism too them, and they look at things a certain way.
And many film professionals share my opinion on the "AH, SECRET" attitude, I know, because I've discussed the matter with a lot of them. So chances are, a "good" actor will most likely smile at the topic and move on, which is not what you want.
And as I've stated before... The second post asked for an outtake of the script, a little snippet of dialogue. Will that contain your WHOLE idea you're trying to defend? Seems very unlikely to me. So again, NOT posting a little random (random for the ones reading it, as they have no idea of the context) snippet of dialogue because you're afraid someone might steal your IDEA is pretty ridicolous, when you think about it. And I tried to point that out to help.
So, hope my motivation has become clearer now.