Anything Goes : I need a writer to help put my idea into a script. by Sean Martin

Sean Martin

I need a writer to help put my idea into a script.

The idea is 4 people in a diner, And the story goes along a year of their life. one is a actor with no talent, no school and a record. Another is a women believes the way to make a live is to date men with money. The 3rd is a mommy's boy live off his mother because he believe she needs him.( she doesn't). The last is a vet home from the war. Trying find out if the world changed or if it is him that as changed.

Jennifer R. Povey

Do you have any producer interests or are you just looking for a co-writer at this point?

Sean Martin

I am a actor and, finding out I have no clue how to do this end of it. I know I need a writer that can pull the story out of my head. I can read a script break one down. But, I help with the dialog and sample.

Jennifer R. Povey

So, just looking for a cowriter. My first instinct with the synopsis you have is that you have a lot of unrelated stuff going on. What pulls these four people together? I'm not sure the "place" is enough.

Sean Martin

true but, the diner is not the starting place. story how the 4 people get to the diner. and the place in there life. it is like 4 short stories end together at the diner.

Randall Roffe

Ha, Dinner with Andre was fun if were lonely out in some commune

Randall Roffe

We have funding for something similar, for stage and possible short. It's classic theme. 4-5 people meet in a diner or hotel or on the subway... and tell their tales. It could go anywhere. The reason why I'm in touch with you is because I think we have met in Florida

Sean Martin

ok just need time and place. I'm in Altamonte springs just 5min south of Orlando. You can contact me by phone at 407-951-7121 or email at smartin.sm78@gmail.com.

Simon © Simon

Then there was Seinfeld.... Check out Youtube for some writing script lessons. Full Sail has some online tutorials. As an actor it is wise for your to delve on the other side of the camera. I find wearing many hats not only gives you better lateral to get involved in projects, but also helps with budget. I need assets, I am forever wanting to shoot something, but do not have the funding or OK to secure a library or classroom. I do however have the skills to Green Screen and grab a snap of a back drop of a library or class room. Especially with the 'field of view' everyone seems to like in movies. IE: Actor clear and background with a 2% blur. Camera angles are the challenge at that point. But since you should not break the plane, two angles will get you by. My point is you could shoot your idea in a garage one corner is a kitchen set, another is the diner set, another corner is the Living room set. If no garage, think of your sitcom as a a play with a stage approach. Green Screen and backdrop shots as described above. While over at Youtube learning to write Script or plays. (Great vids BTW) Check out Robert Rodriguez's 10 minute school to make a movie. If I were nearby I would be shooting it next week with 3 episodes in the can in 10 days. Just do it!

Randall Roffe

right on, Simon. Having been an op and AD, and actor, I know how to write

Robert Beedham

Hi Sean - I'm an award-winning screenwriter with credits on shorts, docs and a feature. I've also written an ensemble piece like yours, so happy to help. Robert

Seán Martyn

from what I have read above I would say if you want to connect each of them as you mentioned above they don't start in the diner so you could take each of their stories as separate chapters that all intertwine for example Pulp Fiction and Run Lola run I would love to give you a hand writing it but I believe their are more experienced writers in this thread who would be able to help you more then myself as I have only written a few full scripts and am only starting off in my career but if you want any help give me a shout

Kim Atkinson

Sean what you have here are characters that would easily slip into a film similar to Meet The Parents. This has comedy written all over it. You could go in several directions with this story. They all could be family or two could be lovers while the others are complete strangers. It is up to you to decide who the hero is, but if you would like help I am willing to help you polish this idea.

Tabitha Baumander

Writers are always reading notices starting "I have an idea I need someone to help me with" The simple fact is ideas are cheap. If you really want this story written and have it be your own you need to do the work. I would encourage you to do just that. Set time aside every day to put words on "paper" (metaphoricaly of course who writes on paper anymore) Be disciplined you can do it.

Frank MaSSa

Are u willing to pay someone or share the creds ?

Pedro Vasquez

Hi Sean: Kim is write: this has comedy written all over it. But I'm actually see the idea playing more as a drama. Perhaps a compromise: Dramedy? I like this better. I'm willing to help you write it. Why? 'Cause I like writing! Take care.

Michael Skidmore

The first thing you should ask yourself is why will the audience want to care about these people apart from the war veteran? Mike

Michael Skidmore

Also, you should review your spelling in your premise, no offense

Loretta Paraguassu

You do need a writer to turn characters into a story. Do you have a budget?

Peter Bilodeau

Are you firm on the character descriptions? I like the veteran returning from war, and perhaps the woman who likes to date rich men, but I wonder how interesting the so-called actor and mama's boy would play. Perhaps the actor might be a real actor who does goofy commercials. Perhaps the mama's boy might live with his mother because he's hoping to inherit all her money, but the mother has other plans for her fortune. Just a thought.

Jeff Gaudet

try to take certain aspects of each ones life .the good and the bad does not matter.create a world around each one of those aspects ,and bring them all together as one society and that should do it

Michael R King

What is a reasonable fee to have a writer, specifically screenwriter, help turn an idea/story into a screenplay? I lack knowledge and experience and right now formatting and understanding is killing my creativity.

Cole McLeod

I read your character descriptions, and I see that you are in fact, a writer - a credit you don't give yourself. Knowing what you know, write a story, as a novelist. Richly detailed with the thoughts and inner dialogue that don't necessarily make it into the script, but are there. Play with the story, keep side-notes on ideas that float in (before they float out again lost forever) Keep 1st drafts, 2nd and 3, 4 and 5th drafts of anything....some drafts become notes instead, but keep'em! (To make sidenotes easy, Celtx is a free open-source alternative to Finaldraft software) With a fully or nearly fully fleshed out story, you will have come along way to a screenplay, that is 1) Your Story and 2) Free The fact that it's YOUR story is more important, I think. Making a screenplay out of it later will be much easier (and should be cheaper) Added benefit; You just might have a decent book on your hands, to do with what you want. You don't HAVE to call yourself a writer, but with such a juicy synopsis of characters, I'd say you're selling yourself short. Me, I'd LOVE to hear the conversation you envision between the woman who believes the way to make a living is to date men with money, and the mommy's boy who lives off his mother because (he believes?) she needs him -these two need to talk, don't they? You have some very interesting ideas of who should be meeting who in a diner, Sean. If you know these people, you don't even have to brainstorm with other writers, at least not yet. Researching your characters by spending time with them, listening to what they actually have to say -I know, it sounds sneaky- but we all write about people based on who we've met and known anyway. Beats 'brainstorming' for authenticity, not to say that doesn't work - you can get a lot of material in a hurry listening to others' experiences and observations, along with story lines and plot ideas. There is a lot you can do here. You came up with these very specific characters yourself. Only you know why.

Ted Mangan

Wrote 3 feature films and several shorts.I am a filmmaker/writer.If you need help I am willing to work with you.Just reply and we'll talk.

Sean Martin

I love all the feedback. I have the story. I need the dialogue. this is why I joined stage32. I am a actor I need dialogue to fully see a story. That just the way my brains wired. I just looking to make a great movie. The idea goes along the line of pulp fiction. So its a dark comedy. its going to take a great set of actors and, a director how can think out of the box. But, if we put it off it can be one of the great films.

Frank MaSSa

Sean. If ur looking for a dark comedy with total character driven plots. Let's talk !

Sean Martin

call me 407-9517121 if you are in. or send me a sample to smartin.sm78@gmail.com

Sean Martin

Frank, share credit

Frank MaSSa

Forgot to ask you Sean, are you going to be attached to project as actor also ?

Sean Martin

Yes, and casting

Michael R King

If you are interested in a mixed race army vet to audition, count me in. If you don't, but have something tangible to promote I would be glad to share it.

Jeff Gaudet

good luck to you I hope its a blockbuster.im in a writers slump now but soon to be out of it .good luck

Wayne Douglas Johnson

You have the characters and the settings.. But where is the... do I dare say it... The Story. THink up a logline. Example: Four ____ people get together to ______ to see if they save the reader from _______ in order to save the cat. AND maybe decide on a genre. Good luck

Charlotte Merritt

I would be interested in working on the project. Do you have a target format? (Feature, short, theater, comic) or are you just looking for help developing the premise?

Stu Chaiken

Id combine the Actor and the Mommas Boy into one character, then you can add an opposing stronger yet flawed opposite character.

Frank MaSSa

Sean, i sent you an email ystrdy !

Jay Goodman

I agree with Stu. Your qwadrangle of characters sounds a little too cookie cutter. Combine one or two

Jay Goodman

Actually, keep all the characters and maybe add a few disposables. Instead of a restaurant, they are in a waiting room. It turns out they all work for the TSA and have screened the same person...

Sean Martin

okay, I'll rethink the placement. I do like the idea of the four characters. I just think the views can relate to a diner. because We have all been there in our lives and, food is one thing that pulls all people together. So the diner is the first thing that comes to mind. Do you have a idea that can tie this four characters together.

Michael R King

A storm or maybe police event that traps them in the dinner until it blows over

Jay Goodman

We have all been in waiting rooms too. Some good, some bad. This waiting room is nondescript so it makes the audience wonder...pulling them in a long with the diolog as none of the actors seem to reference to the room...

Sean Martin

I like the storm idea. Can I use it

Jay Goodman

A storm? and Boris Karloff is their waiter. sorry, it's been a long day.

Sean Martin

the story is four people and how they get to the diner. Have you ever sat in a diner bus stop train station. and looked at people there and just think of how they got there. what they want in there life's ? what got them to that chair? Did they come from a bad date,a messed up home or, Did they service your country. How do they make there money. Are they old money or do they live paycheck to paycheck. Now, I'll show you 4 of them.

Michael R King

The catalyst for them being in one place is not critical to the story. The story is about the for people. I find it interesting that people are trying to change his story, making it about external features like the TSA or something. If you want to change his story into something different then just write your own story. I think you all can do that and likely do it well, which means there will be more good movies to watch.

Jay Goodman

Yes you are right Michael, the catalyst (an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action) is not important but would add some depth.

Jay Goodman

As in Jaws... there is a whole lot going on beneath you.

Sean Martin

Here is more on the story I have started write it understand you all are trying to help I just feel my has to be about the people and, how there life's got them to that diner. I am sold on the diner. I like the storm idea. I have my story so now I have to put in dialog god welling and a lot of spell check I will have a sample for you guys. Here's basic story so far. the story is four people and how they get to the diner. Have you ever sat in a diner bus stop train station. and looked at people there and just think of how they got there. what they want in there life's ? what got them to that chair? Did they come from a bad date,a messed up home or, Did they service your country. How do they make there money. Are they old money or do they live paycheck to paycheck. Now, I'll show you 4 of them The vet. right out of high school he joins the army. He lost his dad his high school sweetheart. He sees and, dose thing no human should see or, do. now he is home and, he can't understand why he now feels like the place he came back to looking the same what dose is feel wrong. the mommas boy: after his father dies and his mother gave up on life. he quit school and, takes up the parent role. And along the way he forget how to life himself. After his mother dies. he finds has no clue how to live his life. rich poor girl; she grow up with money from a family business. When, her father runs the company into the ground and, ends up in prison. she fellows her mothers lead and, is trying the marry rich. She choice to hind the fact she is broke from the men she try's to date. The Actor: He is child actor who thinks he has talent. and can't take it that the people around him keep telling him to study. take classes and, he has to go to audition for smaller part. he can always be the lead.

Sean Martin

ok, just to keep you all up on the project I have a co-writer. She is great. we have the opening scene and going to weave the characters. story into that. I now looking for a producer staff and crew. please e-mail bids to smartin.sm78@gmail.com. I am only using stage32 member on this project and, I have to work out a budget. thank you all for comments. You have no ideas have helpful you have been. I'll send each of you a copy of the link or hard copy of the film. thank you again.

Charlotte Merritt

Sean, I need more information on the characters to make the next scene work. Can you send me more information on how you want the characters to interact and where they are trying to get to. Thanks

Sean Martin

work it as 4 story all ending at the diner.

RJ Smith

Hey Sean.

Peter Bilodeau

Good idea. You might even spice it up a bit by having the mama's boy's mama having lots of money, and on her death bed (he stands to inherit the estate). That would make him an attractive catch for the woman who believes the best way to prosperity is to marry a man with money. Of course, mama's boy is not interersted in her, which makes her work that much harder on him. It would introduce a little sexual tension humorously into the plot. The ex-soldier could have bouts of PTSD, adding to the drama. The actor with no talent could mooch off the other three, always borrowing money and never paying it back. I think things like that could tie the characters together more. Just a thought. I'd love to hear other ideas.

Owen Patrice

Sean, I think you should pay heed to Peter Bilodeau's ideas.

Seán Martyn

if you want to add even more drama to that you add a twist that the mama's boy is secretly gay and struggling with his feelings towards another character try and let the audience find out on their own leaving subtle clues along the way that will make them doubt their own judgement until finally revealing it and crushing the heart of the woman but now she knows the reason why he is not interested in her and why her hard work didn't pay off for example... I know a guy who had the same girlfriend for 8 years only to turn around one day and come out most people were shocked when they found out but she came to terms with it and helped him come out to his wider friendship community.. to pull this twist off you would need that sort of shock from the people watching a bit like the shock when people find out certain info in other films for example Star Wars ep V - (I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it or hasn't heard of said massive twist) but that's just my two cents

Rick Jey

Sean it really sounds like a cool project. Keep us posted. Rick

jamie gazelle

so they just all met at this diner?? and started talking....what is the story random meet ups in a diner where does it go from there has lots of dreamy possibilities that's for sure

Bill Hartin

Jamie's eight word question hits at the heart of what any interested writer needs - The Premise. Now, maybe you have it all in your head or jotted down on note cards, but Jamie's implied, final questions really sum up the challenge of your project: Why should we care about these four flawed and challenged people? And how much leeway/freedom would a writer have in pursuing all those "...dreamy possibilities" Jamie mentions. And depending on the role the actual diner plays in the story, it might come across as a version of "Diner", the 1982 film by Barry Levinson.

Tabitha Baumander

sounds more like a play than a film to me

RJ Smith

this is Broadway for sure

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