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A place to discuss film, television, theatre... or anything else that's on your mind.

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Phillip "The Scribe Who Cares'" Hardy
How much is too much dialogue?

Do you like dialogue heavy screenplays like Woody Allen's Annie Hall or Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight? Or do you prefer a minimalist approach like the one for the James Sallis used for Drive or the Mark L. Smith screenplay The Revenant?

How do you know when you've written too much dialogue?...

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Jai Cullen

To be honest it depends on the context. Drive, for example, benefits from a more silent protagonist and allows the film's tone, esp music, to tell the story. Revenant is more about the mood than dialo...

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Susie Clary
Actress seeking representation

Hello everyone, I am an actress looking for a manager/agent. In advance thank you so much for reading my post and providing feedback. Can anyone give me advice on how to find a good agent? What should I look for in an agent? Other than photos, what do agents want to see such as reels, etc...? Once a...

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Susie Clary

Thank you so much Erik for replying and for pointing me to Mrs. Wright. I have found her advice and expertise extremely helpful. Once again, thank you so much.

Erik Jacobsen

my pleasure :)

Tomasz Mieczkowski

Wendy's great - she actually taught for us too... :)

https://www.stage32.com/webinars/How-to-Build-Your-Online-Brand-as-an-ActorI see you are in LA - I started building a talent agency list - it's not...

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Tomasz Mieczkowski

Oops, forgot the link: http://agentlist.org/

Susie Clary

Thank you Tomasz for the list. You have done a remarkable job with gathering so much information. I have been reading over it and the list is comprehensive. I will definitely be contacting some of the agencies.

Annie Mac
American Beauty and Groundhog's Day's scripts as a teaching tool.

I wonder if other writers have been inspired by any of those two films, and in what way?

Phil Clarke

Had the pleasure of chatting to Danny Rubin quite a bit some time ago. He's as inspiring as his script.

Annie Mac

Like what, Frankie?

Annie Mac

Viktor, I love romance, humanistic dramas and witty comedies.

Frankie Gaddo

Annie - The scripts I'd say I've learned the most from are The Graduate, Sunset Boulevard, Toy Story, Gladiator, Casablanca. There are others too, but I think these are the ones worth mentioning.

Annie Mac

I agree, Frankie

Those are also movie scripts I used over and over again with my film students

Christine Capone
Pitch Feedback

I'm wondering, how would you feel if someone that you pitched to told you that your script sounds "depressing"? I'm all for constructive criticism, in fact, I welcome it because I feel it will only help me grow as a writer and perfect my craft. But, I don't find that feedback to be constructive. My...

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Phil Clarke

Hi Bill. Danny's absolutely right. It's all about finding the note behind the note. Follow what he suggests and you'll undoubtedly create a more engaging pitch.

Beth Fox Heisinger

“Depressing” subjects are tough sells. Serious subjects too. They tend to have smaller audiences, which is fine, but that may make them even harder to find the right people to get behind the project....

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Beth Fox Heisinger

Bill, my guess on the note behind that note: that executive has heard and seen this all before. Predictable. Not unique enough. It just didn’t spark interest for that person. The other part of pitchin...

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Christine Capone

Danny I see your point. It only touches on opioids. Its not a depressing script at all. Maybe I can rework my log line. But my pitch clearly stated that an overdose sparked an investigation that uncov...

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Jai Cullen

Judging by your description of the work "depressing" is perhaps a good descriptor. I wouldn't take that as a negative. It's dark subject matter and often times it can be hard to digest for a wider aud...

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Phillip "The Scribe Who Cares'" Hardy
If there are no rules, then how do you know if you’re doing it correctly?

Every day, I see articles about rules or things screenwriters should be following to attract the eye of the elusive Hollywood types, or what I affectionately call unicorns. It’s hard to catch a unicorn but I know they’re out there. However, there’s a catch in keeping a unicorn interested once you at...

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Rick Oldham

I have talked to several industry people swearing to stay away from Narration. Yet most movies are narrated. I call BS on the myth.

Aray Brown

There are no rules, only tools. Except for formatting. Read great screenplays. Read bad screenplays. learn what to do and not to do, find a good balance. Tell compelling stories. Remember that every s...

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Dan MaxXx

Frankie Gaddo Goldman's famous quote is about marketing, box office hits & failures. Of screenwriting, Goldman had a set of rules/beliefs.

Tom Batha

I remember reading one guru whose book boiled down story to a Venn diagram. VENN DIAGRAM! And if you just hit that sweet spot, you were guaranteed untold riches.

Frankie Gaddo

Stage 32 - I would like to announce I am retiring from stage 32 debates. Undefeated. 3-0. Yes I kept track of my record. I will not be accepting Dan's call out as I've already beat him before and don'...

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Jai Cullen
Hello, everyone

I'm a writer. I have a few crazy ideas.

I'm a fan of John Carpenter and Film Noir.

I'm writing for TV. Hope to catch Netflix on a good day.

Phil Clarke

Welcome, Jai. Gotta love the Carpenter and I'm a sucker for a good film noir too. Here if you want to talk film or more specifically your writing.

Jai Cullen

I'd appreciate that a lot and at a glance you seem to be someone with knowledge.

And yes, Carpenter was, and is, the standard. Way ahead of his time in a lot of ways.

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Sylvie Cohen
Just a new short shot in Arizona.

Hi everybody, I feel I haven't been on Stage32 for ever! Hope everybody is busy making movies! Here is a short I was recently cast in, that was shot in Arizona for My Rode Reel Film Competition : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBiId-5CRFQ......

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Daniel Lyddon

I liked this. You conveyed the depths of despair and the highs of inspiration that a writer is subject to. A thoughtful performance! Well done :)

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Sheikh Kamran Wali
Hi, professionals

I am a Filmmaker + Photographer. Soon i will be starting a controversial documentary based upon Hemp plant.

Every sort of suggestion and critic is welcome.

I will share the stuff time by time.

Scott Naar
Producer needed for Horror Film

My name is Scott Alexander Naar, I am a writer/director currently based in South Florida but moving to Los Angeles in July. My writing partner, Sarah Hartman and I have just finished out 2nd draft of our feature horror film "THEY!", about a young girl who is relentlessly stalked by an all female pag...

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Angela Friis
Hi

I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. I'm Angela I wear many hats on production set and have been in the industry for a out 25 years.

I travel to location if needed currently working on a SAG set in Chicago w Sean Young as her Makeup Artist.

I have been on a reality show, published in Vog...

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Paul Zeidman
Some good rules to live by

Two of the best pieces of advice I've ever heard over the years while developing my skills as a screenwriter:

-Write as if ink costs a thousand dollars an ounce

AND

-Don't be boring

Anybody have any that have really stuck with them?

Phillip "The Scribe Who Cares'" Hardy

One of my sayings is your screenplay pages are valuable real estate. Don't waste them.

Tony Ray

Stephen King's advice in "On Writing": Read a lot, write a lot.

Viktor Stanoev

Don't get it right get it written.

Raleigh Marcell

at the end of a writing day, always quit when you're ahead. That way, tomorrow will be easier.

Dan MaxXx

my college mentor w/ an Oscar for best screenplay - "Kid, don't write scripts. Write movies."

Jai Cullen
Streaming VS Network Television.

My question is simple.

Do people feel connect TV shows when they binge watch them on platforms such as Netflix, Hulu etc, or do they find they are more invested in a show that they watch weekly.

I ask this because I have written a TV series that I hope to pitch to Netflix or another streaming platform...

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