The Stage 32 Lounge

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

Cool article on ignoring all the rules

I don't know about y'all, but I absolutely love advice that tells you to ignore most advice:

http://nofilmschool.com/2017/05/why-screenwriting-rules-are-myth

I mean, if working so hard just to be correct, normal, less risky, less scary would mean success, then it'd be a norm for the average person to become outstanding.

Owen Mowatt

Maybe a quick search on the lounge forums and you'll see the many interesting discussions we've had on this topic.

Dan MaxXx

ZZzzzzz, skimmed the article. the Writer fails to say that most of his example scripts were assignment gigs.

Dan Guardino

Dan M. The article was written by someone that has been writing screenplays for 25 years and worked himself all the way up to being a script consultant.I tell people to go ahead and break the rules be...

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Pidge Jobst

Yup,...I had an upcoming meeting with an exec., and my buddy, who refuses to take any classes, read screenplays or book selections from the pros because "it'll ruin my originality and creativity", he...

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C Harris Lynn

People tend to dismiss you as arrogant if you know wtf you're doing. The true arrogance is just what you said: Thinking anyone can do anything if they just really, really want to.

Jason Gilbert

I am a criminal defense attorney and actor based in Ottawa, Canada. As an actor, I am interested in paid work in film and TV productions. Currently, I am engaged with Miami-based author Michael Phelps in trying to package up a biopic in which I would portray the late TV star David Janssen, best known...

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Jason Gilbert

I am a criminal defense attorney and actor based in Ottawa, Canada. As an actor, I am interested in paid work in film and TV productions. Currently, I am engaged with Miami-based author Michael Phelps in trying to package up a biopic in which I would portray the late TV star David Janssen, best known...

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C Harris Lynn

A criminal defense attorney looking for work in Hollywood? I think you'll find it! lol :D

Table Reads

I just got cast in a TV series comedy pilot and I have my first table read next weekend. This is my first lead role and I have never done a table read before. What should I expect?

C Harris Lynn

Congrats! :)

Madeline Romine

Thank you! I'm so excited for this project even though it's just a pilot shoot. All female cast with female show runner and writers.

C Harris Lynn

Be sure to let us know when it airs, or hits streaming. Break a leg! :D

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Vince Conside GREAT SHARE!!! I am going to share it with my (1,860) Film & TV Linked-In network also. It is so true: "The core of any great sci-fi film is about "OUR HUMANITY" Good job my Fellow Metro...

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Raymond Negron

Great movie! I read the script first and really enjoyed the pacing of it. Great teaching tool! Plus it's play with time!

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Raymond Negron Ditto. I have the script in my download folder. Being a long time "trekie" you can imagine my "glee"!!

Vince Conside

My pleasure Steven Harris Anzelowitz ! Glad you enjoyed it. Great Movie

Crime drama

I am thinking about writing and producing a crime drama. Are they popular right now?

Dan MaxXx

Bill
The Coen Brothers wrote/rewrote/polished, "Scarface" remake due out next year. Crime always pays and pays well!

C Harris Lynn

Did they? Hrm. I was never as crazy about the first one as many people seem to be, but it's a great movie. I still have reservations about the remake, but with their involvement, I'm likely to give it a shot. Thanks.

Bill Costantini

Dan M: I haven't read much about The Coen Brothers re-boot of Scarface, and I hope it's an entirely different time and place version than the preceding two Scarface films. Oliver Stone sure wrote a gr ...

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Dan MaxXx

Bill

The Scarface remake will be about the Mexican cartel in Los Angeles. Somebody with Hollywood clout$$$$$ is banking on actor Diego Luna to be the next big Star.

Jody Ellis

Ooh I love Diego Luna. I think the first movie I saw with him was "Y tu mama tambien". I used to like to watch Mexican soap operas too and I think he was on a few of those way back when.

What is YOUR journey to becoming a writer?

I'm participating in the Master Class taught by Aaron Sorkin and one of the things I enjoyed was hearing his journey to becoming a writer, but also the young student who shared his journey. So I know I would love to hear the journey of other authors. I think what struck me the most was how we all ma...

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Aray Brown

I hate MS Edge. Used to use Opera until it became a Chrome robot. Firefox is good, now I'm on chrome. Ugh, guess I joined on the masses

Arial Burnz

Aaannnd here we go... Have you always been a writer? Although I can't remember prior to the age of 5, I would say YES. I'm sure I was writing as soon as I could pick up a pen. I wrote and starred in my ...

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Aray Brown

I actually started writing as a way of therapy. Truth moment: Me, my brother and my sister were living with my abusive grandmother at time while my mother was incarcerated for writing bad checks. I ha...

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Dan Guardino

@Arial. I check out your Dad's reels. In ‘The Enforcer’ reel I saw my cousin who played Lt. Bressle in the ‘Dirty Harry’ movies handing Clint Eastwood the bazooka and talking to him. It is a crazy small word after all.

C Harris Lynn

I have a writing blog if anyone is interested in guest-blogging (just once or regularly). You're welcome to promote your work. It doesn't get much traffic, but I can't name some of the people who read it. :)

FD Setting

I need to change the space between sentences from one space to two spaces. Does anyone here know how to do that in Final Draft? Also is it possible to change half way through the script or do I have to manually make those changes? Any help would be appreciated.

Dan Guardino

I can't use Celtx or Fadein but good to know.

Claude Gagne

How is Celtx and Fadein, Fleurette?

Philip Sedgwick

Fade In is a very solid, user-friendly, inexpensive program!

Doug Nelson

Dan, as an olde tyme writer I'm conditioned to insert double spaces between sentences but for line spacing, I just stick to the FD default (there is an option under Format that goes from very tight to...

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Fleurette M Van Gulden

Claude, Celtx is a panic maker. Recently decided to enter my spec for consult and competitions. Preparing pdf in Fadein was an abc process. Select file, click create pdf, select page count and prefere...

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Contest season's in full swing, which ones have you entered and why?

I love competing in contests and have tried a few different ones recently, including Write Moves. Which ones have you entered recently and why?

A. S. Templeton

Anything offering feedback/notes/coverage, even if it incurs an added fee. It's the only way of knowing whether they've even read your script. The usual 600lb. gorillas (Austin, Bluecat et al) promise...

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Phillip E. Hardy

Ray: I agree with Aray: Both Screencraft (which you just missed the deadline) and Happy Writer Comedy, which has also passed for this year, most of the big contests and most film festivals have comedy...

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A. S. Templeton

"... my friend's Bluecat feedback...was not only subjective, but way off base..." In the spirit of today's rude and crude Hollywood vernacular, Fuckin' Duh! All such evaluations, be they of literary or...

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C Harris Lynn

Today's Hollywood vernacular? Heh. :D

Phillip E. Hardy

AS: "Fucking Duh!" I know feedback is subjective. But feedback should also be constructive and talk about structure and possibly suggestions to improve. But a reader?writer's opinion on what motivated...

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Blue Ribbon International Family Film Festival (Orange County, CA)

Hello Fellow Stage 32 peeps! I'm the Festival Director for the inaugural Blue Ribbon International Family Film Festival happening this Fall 2017. We are in the process of putting our team together. Our goal is to bridge the gap between Hollywood and the Asian/Vietnamese communities in Orange County,...

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Aray Brown

nice to meet you

Allen Lynch

Hello and Good Luck Dominique!

Introduction

Ranelle Golden is an Author, Screenplay Writer, Director, Producer, and Music Talent Manager. Ranelle's multitude of talent extends to experience in music, writer, film, and television. She has been writing screenplays for years, with dozens to her credit, and, as a seasoned Indie Film Maker, she ha...

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Allen Lynch

Hello Ranelle!

Need an agent

Hello, My name is Aliyah Y Malik. I've been writing short stories since the age of four and later on began writing screenplays and I'm looking for an agent to help me submit my work to Nickelodeon and Disney. 

Joel Savage

My name is Joel Savage, a Belgian journalist and author with African roots. I write on many topics affecting our society and environment, such as teenage pregnancy and smoking, child trafficking, drug abuse and crime. You are always free to contact me.

Phil Clarke

Hi Aliyah and welcome! Seems like you know where you want to focus the marketing of your script. If you'd like to discuss your work in further detail, do by all means message me for a chat.

Aray Brown

Hi Aliyah

Aliyah Y Malik

Hi Aray.