Hey everyone! I posted a lot of fake scripts on Reddit over the years from Fast Nein: The Fast & The Fuhrer to FIERI ROAD. This weekend my first real movie that I got made came out! It's THE BINGE about one day a year when there are no drinking and drug laws! AMA!
How did you get from writing your fake script to writing a real one? Also any tips for beginning writers?
I started a website www.WeekendScripts.com where I posted many fake scripts. Then I would post them on Twitter and a few times they went viral. Paul Scheer found FAST NEIN and put on a live read with Nick Kroll as Hitler, Lance Reddick as Tyrese. It was amazing. From there I got a manager and started writing things that I could sell and eventually I got lucky!
My tip is to just keep writing and writing and don't get discouraged. I wrote dozens and dozens before anyone bought anything. People told me my scripts sucked all the time and now they are telling me my movie sucks! It's never going to stop and you just need to keep pushing through!
Tell me more about your "Now that's what I call music 69" CD behind you. Just kidding, what is your favorite part about the process of writing scripts?
Haha I knew someone was going to ask me about that NOW 69 CD. It was a birthday gift and a treasured piece of my stupid memorabilia filled office.
My favorite part is definitely joke writing. Specific turn of phrases or the pacing and set-up of a bit really makes me happy when it works. I was obsessed with the TV show Strangers With Candy growing up and the way they used wordplay and puns really inspired me. And I think about it when trying to write dialogue with characters.
Congrats and great work! I've really enjoyed the watch so far. While writing the script did you envision celebs in the roles you created? Asking because Vince was a great choice for principal and it seems pretty natural.
P.S. I'm currently a third of the way through the movie but had to stop because I was hungover watching it and once the party started I was getting nautious watching all of the drinking.
Ha! Yes, definitely better to watch pre-Hangover.
Vince was always the dream actor for the part so I was definitely skewing it in his voice. Luckily when Jeremy Garelick came on board to direct, he had worked with Vince on The Breakup so it was much easier to get the script to Vince. We got insanely lucky. He was so awesome and made the movie infinitely better.
How do you think this movie differentiates itself from the likes of other High School party movies (Superbad, 21 and Over, Booksmart, Project X)?
I love all those movies and if you watch it you will definitely notice the influences. I think the way it differentiates itself in my eyes is the absolute insanity. We have Vince Vaughn wrestling an alligator, a giant musical number, a full on Scarface monologue. It feels way more absurdist than an average teen party movie and probably comes from my obsession with Wet Hot American Summer and all things David Wain.
I just saw it and I think it’s a lot of fun. Since quarantine I’ve started writing scripts at home. I have about 3 going right now. Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Thank you! My biggest tip is to just finish your script. Under any circumstance just get it done, 3 acts, beginning-middle-end. Having a finished product means you can actually get it made. You can always go back and make it better, funnier, scarier, etc... But finishing is the hardest part. Once you get past that hurdle it's much easier!
How'd the process of getting your movie made go? What would you say was the most fun part, or the most annoying part (that you can talk about, legally)
It was very slow getting the script around. But once AMERICAN HIGH optioned it everything moved pretty quickly. From the time I met Jeremy (The director) to the green light was about 9 weeks. Jeremy bought a high school in Syracuse to film movies and I just went up there to live and be involved in every part of the production. It's really unconventional for the writer to be involved at all, so definitely a unique and awesome experience.
Hey, I laughed my ass off during this movie! How did y'all get the pedal tour bike to turn right when it did when it was going down then hill?
Random feedback, but I'm actually thrilled with how short it was... too many movies now a days are 2+ hours and I just end up getting bored during those and zoning out.
Thanks so much! There was a stuntman in a green screen suit driving the Boozecycle and then with movie magic we erased him in the cut!
I agree! Keep it to a tight 90! Pack it with jokes and let people go about their business!
Since this was filmed in my town I wanted to know if you did any location scouting for parts of your script or if there’s was some stuff that was left to interpretation. For example the scene where they are getting cleaned up in the fountain after the sushi roll, did you have a place in mind or was that more up to the direction or include the fountain?
Yeah a lot of the stuff was based on the hospitality of Syracuse and what looked best in the movie. For example Carnegie Library at the end was originally a mall in the script but the library just looked so cool that we decided to make that the end set for the party.
Just watched the movie and i loved it.
What was the initial thought that led you to the plot?
Thanks so much! Hulu never releases the numbers so I have no idea how many people are actually watching besides my friends in Long Island.
May be dumb to admit this but I came up with the title first! I thought you have the PURGE but what about THE BINGE! Then I worked backwards. Like all great artists and auteurs I'm sure!
I'll check it out! What's the worst advice you can give to an aspiring writer?
Thank you! Burn every bridge, be an asshole and listen to nobody!
For real tho, I watched it Friday and I was laughing so hard it hurt! It's EXACTLY the sort of movie we all needed in 2020 and I'm recommending it to everyone I know. Has there been any talk of a sequel? Seems like it ended with a perfect setup and we all love the characters.
I hope after this comment EVERYONE will be talking about a sequel. You’re a good man!
What's the minimum amount of money a guy selling his first script of a movie for streaming platform should ask?
I would say WGA minimum! It's the least they can do, literally!
Thoughts about Syracuse where the movie was shot. How was that experience?
I loved it so much. I want to live there except for the brutal winters. Their chicken riggies are unbeatable. Everyone there was so supportive and continues to message me and post about the movie. The coolest part about doing the movie was all the local support and excitement that you wouldn't necessarily feel if we were shooting in Los Angeles.
How was working with Vince Vaughn, did he just work with the script and add his own lines ?
So incredible. Can't say enough good things. I would sit with him the day before we shot his scenes and go over the pages. He would add so much it was crazy. He really comes from an actor's background so whatever he is adding is not only hilariously funny and insane but it always serves the story and to make the character more interesting. He made his part 10,000x better than it was in the script. Truly amazing watching him work.
Were you there during the musical scene rehearsal? How long/many takes did those scenes take?
hey Jordan, congrats on you opening weekend. Would you detail your path to becoming a staff writer? Thanks!
Hey! Thank you!
It took a long time! I wrote a lot of free scripts and started www.WeekendScripts.com where I would post full scripts and post individual pages to twitter. Then I would post on Reddit and FAST NEIN went pretty viral. From there I got a manager and he submitted it to a bunch of show runners who all mostly passed and then I got my first job on WHAT WOULD DIPLO DO thanks to Brandon Dermer and James Vanderbeek!
Do you think parody movies will make a comeback?
I am trying my hardest. My favorite movies of all time are Airplane and Naked Gun.
How did you get the cool looking backpack to be so cool? As soon as I saw that I instantly saw how cool the animation of the flames looked and said "damn I wish I had one of those in high school" and I'm only 21
I believe the production designers made that backpack. And were able to program it to have any image we wanted. I also want one of those and I'm 32!
Congratulations on the movie! I just watched it and have to say it's a great watch! What would you recommend new writers to do? I just finished my script for a series but I feel its impossible to get it to anyone to read if you're not based in the US (I'm from Europe and neither a script writer nor do I have connections to the film industry) thanks for your advice!
I would say submit it to script competitions. 2 of my writer friends that work on Animaniacs with me were in Australia and they got into a competition and someone at FOX read their script and the rest is history! They got to meet a bunch of people through the contest and eventually got staffed.
Did you read any of the reviews for your film? Do you let the negative ones get to you? I find it interesting how everyone in this thread loved your movie but the Rotten Tomatoes score shows most critics did not.
Yeah it's pretty crazy. This is my first movie so it's odd. People on twitter and everyone I talk to seem to really enjoy it but the critics are just being brutal. Asking why we didn't add social commentary etc... But it's just not the kind of movie critics like I suppose! Doesn't bother me as long as people are watching!
What's annoying is that Rotten Tomatoes has kept our Audience Score locked so people can't rate it. It's supposed to open as soon as the movie comes out. No idea why it's not open yet. They are out to get us!
My wife and I just finished your movie like 20 minutes ago. We woke up hungover this afternoon and were looking for something to watch. Never heard of it till we turned on Hulu and it was advertised on the front page. Lots of laughs, it was a overall very funny movie. A nice surprise for a Sunday afternoon. Good job
Since I have to ask a question. That dance number was really good. Did you write that song?
Thank you for stumbling on it and clicking play! Glad you enjoyed it. I wrote the lyrics with the director and then Matt Bowen and Chris Lennertz who did the score came on and added lyrics and made it a real song and insanely catchy. So most of the credit should go to them.
How do you come up with the odd personalities like Pompano Mike?
Fun movie, really enjoyed it.
Also, Suck it down pipe!
Thank you! He was definitely my favorite character to write because really he can say anything. His uncle Rick invented the Chia pet or he got his car from Pimp my Ride. It's much easier when you don't need to ground or arc the character, you can just have fun!
Is Vince Vaughn as funny and nice in reality as he is on the big screen? Or as the writer did you not get or interact much with the actors?
I spent A LOT of time with all the actors including Vince. We were up in Syracuse so it's not like people could just go home to their families. So we all just kind of hung out like a filmmaking summer camp. It was awesome.
He is insanely funny and very nice. He never wanted to go to his trailer, he just wanted to hang out and talk and make the scenes funnier. His work ethic is shocking and everything he did made the movie better. And it was just incredible getting to hear the stories about all his classics.
I saw that movie advertised, wondered if I should give it a go. Congratulations on seeing your work come to fruition!
Have you ever written a character with a particular actor in mind, and does it help to visualise how you feel the character should be played, but all the while knowing that it's probably not going to be anything like your vision of the story?
Thank you! It definitely helps me to have an actor in mind when writing a character. I think it keeps the voices unique and helps them from blending together if you assign a specific person in your head to the part.
One more question - is Pompano Mike based on a real person?
YES! But pretty much just the name. My cousin told me she met a guy in Florida who called himself Pompano Mike and drove a Hummer and I haven't forgotten that name in 15 years.
Awesome man, congrats!!
Can you describe the proces frome idea to reality? I.e. how and what steps did you take? Is it also luck as a factor?
I feel like luck is such a huge part of everything. Obviously you need to put in the work and spend the time but there's plenty of talented people that never end up getting their shot.
I had written it on spec, meaning no one asked for it I just did it on my own, and then sent it around a lot. Most people passed. I had a manager sending it around too. A LOT of "no thanks!" but eventually it got to American High who optioned it and brought it to Hulu!
how do you stay focused on one project when you have many projects you want to work on?
I've always tried to have a couple irons in the fire just because I assume all of them will fail but I usually have one that I'm focusing on more than the others. Then if I get stuck I'll jump to another one for a bit until I get stuck there and jump back to the original. The back and forth helps keep things fresh for me and prevents me from getting too frustrated with writer's block.
That is so rad! Congrats!!! I guess the biggest question is for any advice. I live in Vegas, where you would think a lot of writing opportunities might generate, but not really.
Do you have any advice for someone trying to break into television writing living somewhere that isn't necessarily a hub of the industry?
I think now more than ever people are realizing you don't necessarily need to be in Los Angeles to do the job. All the meetings/writer's rooms have gone virtual. I think if you have a good writing sample and keep pushing than you can pretty much do the job from anywhere. Especially Vegas which is close enough that you could be here quickly if you really needed to be.
One shot at Hulu! I would love to work with them again because they are awesome but I had recently sold another script to Netflix. I'll go anywhere people will have me!
I hope somebody hasn’t asked this already and if so I apologize. So the premise as well as the title have to be inspired by The Purge series(and if I am wrong please let me know). My question is what aspects of that movie or that concept inspired you to write the script for The Binge?
I had never seen the Purge when I wrote the Binge. I just knew the premise and saw the trailer. It looked awesome and just way darker than anything I'd ever write so I just thought about a way to make a light hearted version. Plus I figured they could do a Binge/Purge double feature one day.
Hey! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers to make it within the industry? Like how can we get our foot in the door if we don’t live in LA?
I think twitter and reddit are incredible ways to meet writers and people in the industry. While I did move to LA in 2010 I didn't know a single person here in the industry. All my connections I made through tweeting and posting scripts on the internet.
Just watched The Binge yesterday and loved it. Great chemistry with the cast, and a great story line. Why was it set in 2032? Just wondering, thought it was a pretty random year to choose.
Thanks so much!
We just wanted to make it in the future but we didn't have the budget to go so far in the future that we'd need all new cars/phones/technology so we settled on 2032!
Super fun movie to watch! My favorite part is the breakout musical number after being referenced as an urban legend side effect of drugs and alcohol.
When it comes to writing a song and dance number, is that something that you have experience with? Or did you need to consult with song writers for?
I had no experience with any musical numbers. Jeremy the director did one for his movie The Wedding Ringer. We wrote the lyrics together then brought those to Matt Bowen and Chris Lennertz, two musical geniuses, who added lyrics, added a tune and made it actually good and catchy.
Do you write sober?
Yeah! Sometimes I'll have a Bud Light Seltzer or three. But mostly sober.
Holy fucking hell i am dying here. Got to Dom arguing with his manager about not giving a shit about family and can’t stop laughing already. Cant wait to finish reading this.
This is also the first script I’ve ever read and while I’ve tried writing before, I have no idea where to start on formatting scripts.
How did you learn to put these in the right format and if there is a software that helps, which do you enjoy the most?
Thanks for sharing! Happy to have discovered you. I’ll watch your movie tonight. Added it to my watch list last night but settled in The Art Of Self Defense. But your next!!
Thank you!! Fast Nein is definitely my favorite Weekend Script.
Best way to learn how to format is to just read scripts. Fast Nein is formatted the right way I think, you can steal that! And yeah the software does A LOT of the work for you. I use Final Draft but CELTX is free and just as good.
Thanks for intending to watch!
This is awesome and just what I needed to read at the minute. How did you get to a point where you could churn out a script inside of a weekend? Is it just a case of not being too precious about the content and focusing on getting a first draft out, and enjoying it along the way as much as you can? After a few weeks of struggling with different writing projects I watched Tenet in cinemas today and thought 'man, this movie is so much fun. Maybe I just need to not be so serious with what I write.'
That’s exactly it! I knew no matter what I would release the script in 3 days so I was never precious and also had the excuse “well I wrote it in a weekend!” So I was never judged too hard!
How do you pay your bills? Before writing and now? Do you make money only if it gets made?
I worked as an editor for 7 years before getting a job writing for TV in 2016 and I’ve been doing that ever since. You initially get paid for the script and then usually get some more if it gets made.
Congratulations! Has this opportunity enabled you to do this as a job now? We all know the movie stars get stupid amounts of money, but from reading around it would seem like you would need to sell lots and lots of scripts to make a good wage.
Thank you! Luckily I have been writing for TV since about 2016. So I have been able to make a living from comedy writing for the last few years. Hopefully I will be able to continue but you never know when it can all just go away! I'm certainly not buying any mansions or Ferraris just yet!
Just watched - hilarious!!! Enjoyed it very much :) How much of this was inspired by the Purge?
Thanks so much! Not too much just the initial premise of a "one day a year all things are legal." When I wrote the Binge I had only seen the Purge trailer.
Oh shit, we definitely went to school together! What’s up man? This is quite the accomplishment, congrats!
Big question: In high school, when you did the morning announcements, you would inform people of the lunch menu for the day. There was one day when you said “roast beef and MASHED PUH-TAYTUHS!” in an insane Cajun accent. Do you remember this? It caught me so off guard that I feel like it had way more of an impact on my life than it should have.
HOLY SHIT!!! Hulu had me do fake morning announcements for their Twitter last week and I told this story. And I said I’m not sure if I blew that out of proportion or I actually did that in a crazy way. Because my memory of it is that after I did it everyone was high fiving me in the halls. I’m so glad you commented this because it verified that I didn’t make it up.
Anything in production soon?
I sold a movie "COCAINE HIPPOS" to Netflix. But no idea when will be able to shoot that because of Covid.
Also I am writing on the Animaniacs reboot that will be out in November!
I have a cartoon id like to pitch how do i find a good literary agent?
I know people always say not to do it but I had a lot of early success just cold-emailing managers and agents. I signed up for IMDB PRO and went to creators I respected and was a fan of and I checked their reps. Then I would email them with my logline. 99% of the time you never hear back but sometimes you can get lucky!
Was Vince ad-libbing any of these scenes?
The movie was about ten times better than I expected (and I figured it would be fun). I now think it will be a comedy classic. Vince's timing was really top notch.
Thank you! He did a bunch of ad-libbing but we would sit together before the scenes and he would work out the scene and do most of the improv there. Some of the Fanta stuff just came out randomly and was so funny.
We’re you writing for Animaniacs before this movie, or did this movie open up the opportunity? I just have no idea how to even break into this industry and start meeting like-minded people.
I was writing for Animaniacs before and then luckily my boss who is very cool let me leave for a few months to make the movie. In most cases that would never be allowed.
Jordan, let me ask you, do I have a bald patch right here on my head?
Let me answer your question with another question, am I bald from the crown of my head to my neck?
Syracuse local, here. What was your favorite part of the area while filming, and did you get a chance to try any of the local cuisine?
I ate chicken riggies at the Retreat almost every night. I spent a majority of my time in Liverpool and loved it there. Also spent a weekend in Cazenovia and that was awesome.
Whoa.. Saw one movie trailer and it looks fucking sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet
How'd you get to the idea of writing the script for the movie?
Honestly I came up with the title first and worked backwards! I'm sure my film professors would love to hear that!
What did all the stars do in Syracuse while filming it? Where did they stay? I assume you took them to Wegmans?
We went to Destiny Mall constantly. Went bowling. Went to the Retreat in Liverpool. The director and I ate at Wegmans almost every day. I just bought him an I <3 Wegmans shirt.
Yeah! I had never seen The Purge when I wrote the script but I saw the trailer and knew the concept. Seemed like it was ripe for a comedy take on it. Some people disagree!
Did you the lady in subway that ordered spaghetti inspire you with this movie in anyway at all?
Check the special thanks at the end of the credits for your answer!
How did you enjoy shooting in Syracuse? As a local, I’m so psyched that Central NY is gaining so much traction in the film industry!
I loved it so much. I’m from Long Island so I had been upstate a bunch. But everyone in Syracuse was so awesome and supportive. And the chicken riggies! I hope to be back soon!
Did you draw any inspiration from the ancient Romans who apparently used to have a single day when hallucinogens were legal and widely administered?
I heard about this from author Michael Pollan, who wrote a book about psychedelics.
I wish I could say that I did because that's sounds awesome. I will have to read about that. Maybe we can do a prequel!
Suck it down, pipe?
Don't want to ask a question just seen this AMA went right to Hulu without knowing any thing about it. Didn't watch a trailer or read the description. Just wanted to give a fellow reddit member support.
It made me laugh out loud a bunch of times. Movie reminded me of something I would watch in late teens/early twenties. It was nice revisiting those times. A time when movies isn't trying to give us a message or push anything down our throats. When they just wanted to give of a good time with lots of laughs and fun. I really loved the part where they reenacted the way I got my user name. Thanks for your post letting me know of this movie. I really enjoyed it.
Thank you! That’s exactly what we were going for! A light hearted throwback to some of my favorite 2000s comedies!
I LOVE this movie, and I love those goofy teens that all play in movies together (Eduardo Franco, Skyler Gisondo, etc). I loved the worldbuilding you put into the background of the film, and all the fun details.
So the big question: what's next?
Thank you!! I am writing on Animaniacs that will premiere in November and I sold a movie to Netflix called Cocaine Hippos! Hopefully that will be next if we can ever film a movie again!
I just saw this yesterday! What do you plan on working on in the future?
Awesome! I am working on a movie for Netflix called Cocaine Hippos and writing on the reboot of Animaniacs! And maybe if Binge gets enough views, BINGE 2?! Who knows!
How does such a basic, unoriginal, crappy plot get bought by a major company?
You stole the premise of The Purge, correct? And you never once thought, "Wait, people break the drinking and drug laws every single day. This is a stupid idea"
So you stole an idea, applied zero real world common sense, and got Hulu to buy it.
Guess I’m the smart one then! Tricked em!
Watched it last night. It was really funny. How close was the final product to what you wrote?
Thank you!! It changed so much from my original draft as I think it always does. The studio has notes, the actors have notes, the producer and director all have notes. But the good thing about this process is I was able to write all the changes and the script was never passed to anyone else.
Congrats man - great movie and great AMA. I read a bunch and as someone finishing a screenplay, I think your advice to get an agent/manager to get our scripts in front of Hulu, Netflix, etc is most relevant. So my question - how do I go about getting representation and how much should I pay them? Thanks!
Thanks!! In most cases the managers will reach out to you if something comes across their desk they like or if someone recommends you to them. I did have a very small amount of luck cold emailing managers and sometimes they answered and got a coffee with me. But I never got repped from doing that. Also all managers that I’ve come across take 10%!
Saw the movie last night, it was really good. I didn't expect the musical number to keep escalating, it reminded me a lot of Not Another Teen Movie.
My question is: In your personal cannon, did the panther get to keep his job once his identity was revealed?
We shot an ending where Pantera reveals that he can't bring Lena to college because he has on an ankle bracelet and is under house arrest. So in my head he would not return back to work the following year, maybe take a year to reset and return to American High in 2034 if they'll have him.
The movie was good, but the musical was what made it amazing.
After we watched the movie the other night I was trying to find a video of that song/musical.
My question: where any of these "experiences" based on something real from your life?
Thank you! I believe we are going to be releasing a bouncing ball lyric version of the musical at some point this week.
Nothing specifically was based on my life except the characters. My best friend was named Hags in high school and he was very similar to the Hags in the movie.
Is there somewhere I can easily read about how to write properly formatted scripts? Would love to start writing some of my own.
I found this on John August's page https://johnaugust.com/2003/script-formatting, he runs a great script-writing podcast called SCRIPTNOTES.
His advice is basically just read a finished script and copy it! That's what I did. The first one I ever read was Clerks and always remembered the way it was formatted. And for the most part, the program does a lot of the work for you!
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Wowser you got the Australian goddess Nicky Whelan in your movie... I've seen her advertising it in Instagram.
In your ideal future, how many movies would you get into production a year? You seemed really involved in the production on this one, is it viable to keep up this level of involvement? Or will you just sell scripts and walk away?
I’d love to be this involved but I don’t think that’s likely. If I could get one into a production a year that would be an insane accomplishment. I think more than likely getting a movie going once every 2-3 years is a goal that would be lucky to achieve.
What was your favorite place to eat in Syracuse?!?
The Retreat! Great riggies.
What is “The Binge” and why should I watch it despite the fact that I love Vince Vaughn?
The Binge is a movie about one day a year when there is no drinking or drug laws! You should watch because there is a musical number, a tribute to Scarface and a crazed limo driver who keeps screaming "Suck it down pipe" to high schoolers!
Dude... my wife and I just finished the movie and holy shit we’re dying! How hard is it to get into the mindset to write this purely absurd rapid-fire dialog?
Thank you!!! Writing dialogue is really the only thing I truly enjoy. So it’s fun for me. It’s all the plot stuff that is hard!
Holy shit, I can't believe this - I read Fast Nein and fucking loved it, sent it around to all my filmmaker friends. Congrats man, great fucking work.
Question: Did you use any of those satire pieces as samples for reps/etc?
Thank you!!! Yeah! Fast Nein got me all my jobs pretty much. Got me a manager and it got me staffed on all 3 shows I’ve written on.
Was it a tough decision casting Skyler Gisondo over rising star, and America's sweetheart Joey Bragg?
One of the single hardest decisions of my life.
Where are you from? Did you end up moving to a major movie production city?
I’m from Long Island. Ronkonkoma! I moved to LA because I went to Emerson for college and your last semester they send you to intern in LA.
Did I notice a boogie nights reference / homage with the kid throwing poppers on the ground in the scene where they visit the twin brother?
Yes!!! That was a major Boogie Nights homage. We even had a song in there that Seb was singing but we cut for timing reasons.
Jordan, thanks for taking the time and congrats.
I have a personal question...
Fuck, marry, and kill?
Lou Bega, Guy Fieri and the Bud Light King.
That’s Easy! Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!
Absolutely loved this movie!! We stumbled upon it while high and it truly was a TREAT. I know you mentioned you often write sober - was your aim for all people to enjoy this, or occasional stoners (oxymoron?) to enjoy? (Also in reading your comments - agreed that Airplane is one of the all time best!!!)
Stumbling on it high is the perfect way to find it. I hope everyone can enjoy it but being high definitely can’t hurt!
Congratulations! How did you support yourself before you became a screenwriter?
I was an editor for 7 years.
How do you feel about the rottentomatoes score so far? Is it was you expected? Are you shocked by the score? Is this something that you speak about as a team before (expectations of how it will do)? Also, is this something you are talking about now with the production team (how it is doing with critiques/reviewers)?
Very interested in whether or not scores/ratings is something production anticipates or cares about. I haven't watched it yet. But, I will soon!
Jeremy the director always said from the beginning that critics will hate this movie and it's for the people! So I think we were all expecting it. A majority of the reviews I've seen on twitter and Instagram seem pretty positive so I'm happy that normal people are liking it! The only odd part to me is that some reviews are calling it a normal teen sex comedy when to me it feels so vastly different than other ones. But oh well! The other annoying part is that Rotten Tomatoes has not opened audience scores for some reason.
Came across this last night and had a lot of fun! Def had a vintage parody film feel about it (airplane! etc), not like those 00 films like Scary Movie (yuck!). What an amazing internet tale of success, congrats! Any funny stories about pitching this, or was it just outright bought, no convincing needed? I could see some industry people being hesitant about high school seniors crushing drugs and booze lol.
I never really had to pitch it. I wrote it on spec and just sent it around.
However I do have a funny pitching story. One time I was pitching something else on Halloween and I dressed up as Guy Fieri for the pitch. and I said to the guys "I was going to dress like this even if it wasn't Halloween" and nobody laughed and I did a full 45 minute pitch and nobody cracked a smile once as I sat dressed as Guy Fieri. Definitely the worst possible pitch anyone could ever have.
The Purge but for non-sociopaths? I’m in. Gonna check it out. If for no other reason than your story being the garage punk band of modern moviemaking. I appreciate the shit out of that. Even if I end up hating your movie, I’ll have mad love and respect for its existence, what it represents.
Haha thank you. You may very well hate it! But at least I’ve earned your respect.
Why was this advertised as one thing, but then was a total disappointment and bait-n-switch? It was a crummy high school romcom. An hour in to "binge night" and they had taken 1 shot, 1 blunt, and a line of protein powder for some reason?
If I was advertised something that said "an hour in they have taken 1 shot, 1 blunt, and 1 line of protein powder" I would definitely watch that.
No banishing! I'd say I was more involved than 99% of writers are when their script gets bought. I've talked to the director probably every day since he optioned my script last June. I was there everyday from pre-production till the last day of post. It was a great experience.
When you write a story or script, why is it that some have another write the screenplay? I mean, wouldn't it be more profitable to retain the script writing and screenplay credits?
Definitely more profitable but once you sell the script to a studio it's completely out of your control. Sometimes they don't like the way your addressing the notes so they hand it to another writer and sometimes they just give it another writer because they want a fresh angle on the story that they bought.
What's a good word of advice for someone looking to start and doesn't have any peers or friends who can give them constructive advice on their scripts?
I would listen to some Scriptnotes podcasts and then read and submit to the Blacklist for good feedback and advice from a bunch of super qualified screenwriters.
If your gofundme to retire and jetski for the rest of your life had hit, do you think you would have come out of retirement to make this movie?
I think I would have!
I first heard of Fast Nein years ago on Fark. Was that you as well or did you take that joke and run with it?
Not sure what FARK is. If they were talking about the script then it was mine I think! But if they were just saying the title then I didn't have anything to do with it.
Can you write me into your next film? I'm a professional actor. Help another redditor make it from Reddit :D
this film was shot at the school i used to practice gymnastics at in the late 90s. were you on set at all?
Yeah I was on set the whole time. American High converted the school into a full on studio, it's pretty impressive to see. Also a bunch of locals still come to the gym a few times a week to play basketball.
Did anyone ever call you Jordan Mangina or Jordan Vangina as a kid or possibly as an adult?
More as an adult than as a kid. I don't mind it!
In what subreddit did you post that script for Fast Nein?
Movies! Before they banned me for promoting myself!
So its kinda like the Purge but with drugs and alcohol?
That’s exactly right!
suck it down pipe? i love it. where did it come from?
I actually made a short in college that I was acting in ( I am a horrendous actor which I learned after making that short) and in one of the outtakes I screamed suck it down pipe. And I've been saying it ever since!