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My name's Tony Tost. I make neo-westerns.

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Joined May 2012
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Tony Tost
9 minutes ago
Because I'm heading into the biggest few months of my creative life I've just ordered myself Kate Bush and Sylvia Plath t-shirts. May their talismanic powers guide me thru the whirlwinds.
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an hour ago
Dash cam ABQ -- 1/23 to 1/28
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Tony Tost
2 hours ago
5. Your personal experiences, memories, preferences, intentions and so forth are not the art, but are rather merely the furniture that the outside Spirit -- which you must invite into yourself -- arranges into art (Jack Spicer)
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Tony Tost
3 hours ago
3. Attracting attention to your work & maintaining it is a technical problem for an artist to solve, just like any other (Ezra Pound) 4. Determine the proper emotional unit of your work. Are your sentences emotional, or are your paragraphs? Moments, or scenes? (Gertrude Stein)
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Tony Tost
3 hours ago
Screenwriting lessons I learned in my prior life as a poet & academic: 1. You can create emotion by precisely linking together images or juxtaposing them (William Carlos Williams) 2. Form is the interplay of constants & variables (Ezra Pound)
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Tony Tost
3 hours ago
A great thing about when a film tweet of mine goes semi-viral is that a whole bunch of people with awful taste come out of the woodwork so I can mute them.
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Tony Tost
9 hours ago
Yes. An effective script is concurrently an expressive work of art, a viable blueprint for an imaginary film, *and* a practically effective fundraising letter. This is what makes screenwriting so different from most all other forms of creative writing.
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Zack Stentz
10 hours ago
At the end of the day, screenwriting is trying to coax large companies to spend millions of dollars & employ hundreds of people bringing to life some story you made up, in the hope of making millions more. From that perspective, it's crazy that anyone ever says yes.
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Tony Tost
11 hours ago
I've got to remember to tweet less so I can cultivate more mystique.
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Tony Tost
23 hours ago
Several months ago I was fairly shocked to realize these four very different characters -- in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, WHITE LOTUS, EUPHORIA, & THE HANDMAID'S TALE -- were all played by the same actress.
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Tony Tost
a day ago
I'm convinced the main reason is because of how expertly that blowtorch was planted: it's instantly recognizable because it was the basis of a great gag when we first met Rick, but just forgotten enough that there's a shock of surprised recognition when seeing it again.
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Tony Tost
a day ago
None of this is a big secret, of course. But every time I went to the theater to see this picture (five times), each time Rick walked out with the flamethrower, the whole theater would automatically -- seemingly involuntarily -- begin laughing, clapping, and cheering.
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Tony Tost
a day ago
And of course the third time it arrives as both a punchline and a means to catharsis, as Rick uses it to blowtorch the fictionalized version of one of the real Sharon Tate's real killers.
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Tony Tost
a day ago
The second time it appears on screen, it's a bit of set-dressing we glimpse when Cliff goes back to Rick's house to fix his antennae. Placed just center enough to be noticeable, but not used as a cutaway insert.
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