Screenwriting

From structure to content to representation to industry trends, this is the place to discuss, share content and offer tips and advice on the craft and business of screenwriting

Tamim Almousa
Challenge:

Take out a draft of your script, grab a pen, read through it (in one sitting) and make “Everything Wrong With…” CinemaSins notes as you go along.

Craig D Griffiths

I have my PC read it to me. That way I can't try to make it sound better than it is with my internal performance. The cold dark emotionless heart of a PC is a test.

Dene Stark

How do you have your PC read it to you???

Evelien And Dorien Twins

Dene Stark final draft has a read out loud function.

Dene Stark

oh? Interesting.....lol See, still a novice with Final Draft. I just read the dialogue out loud to see how it sounds.

Selling your screenplay

I'd like to learn a lot about the subject. Do you have websites, a resource person, etc., anything that could help me. I'm a novice screenwriter who has had some success in film festivals and I'd like to move on to the second level, you know! Thanks you. :)

Kat Albert

I find this to be absurd. Very few production companies are paying for short films. You say your films and screenplays have passed the stage of festivals and gaining success. What does that even mean? Yet, you need script books and just found a writing software. I'm out.

Owen Mowatt

Oh Kat. There was at least a days worth of comedy mileage in this thread! Now what are we gonna do??!!

Erik A. Jacobson

You need an agent or manager. If you've done well at Film Festivals that shouldn't be a problem.

Anthony Cawood

I think Antoine is struggling a little with the use of his second language... and people mis-understanding what he's getting at. I believe what he's saying is that he's written a few scripts, using Cel...

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Dan Guardino

Kat. Really? Sounds like you were never in. All he did was ask a simple question which is no reason someone here should receive such a rude response.

What are the (3) films that have had the most impact on you in developing your screenwriting?

I guess this is my "curiosity morning" . This is the second thread I posted this morning. Because I am such a big Fan of WOODY ALLEN, MEL BROOKS, NEIL SIMON, & BILLY WILDER my (3) Films will come from those gentleman. But again as with my earlier thread I posted I would like to hear your (3) choices...

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Damien Michael Aulsberry

Down Terrace, Tyrannosaur and In Bruges in no particular order.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

To all who have responded so far a very grateful thank you. It is always good to share our experiences on this art form we are all so passionate about. I hope to hear more comments soon. Especially from more of my fellow Metro NYC Stage32 members.

Anthony Cawood

Jaws

Stephen Foster

grease, harold & maude, 9 to 5

Philip Sedgwick

Not exclusively the "most" but extremely influential: Breaker Morant, Dances with Wolves, Perfect Getaway.

Erica Benedikty
What's your Pet peeve when reading scripts? (mostly amateur)

So my pet peeve when reading scripts is swearing. I know it sounds silly and I swear myself. Mostly when I'm mad (or playing video games). I'm sure there are many people who normally speak with swear words as part of their vocabulary. I'm always taken back when I hear a young person swearing none sto ...

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Nick Sebastien Theriot

Spelling mistakes are the hallmark of a poorly written script. I was working on a production with lots of typos and wouldn't ya know- it was missing scenes/ scenes not properly numbered. If a writer c...

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Rick Hernandez

So, as I’m Reading, a good read consists of flawless formatting, creative prose to express better what swearing would, terse, profound dialogue that doesn’t offer useless exposition, and perfectly pac...

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Chad Stroman

My pet peeve? Almost copy cat premises. I mean in the vein of "I've written this script about an assassin/hitman who is double crossed" or a "I've written this script where these people are trapped in a room and they have to figure out these riddles in order to escape and survive."

Doug Nelson

Rick - I continually strive to enhance my writing. You stated it precisely; "Every word pushes the story forward."

Rick Hernandez

Indeed, Doug. Refinement never ends. Creation and destruction are equally important.

Don Zorbas
La???

Hi folks, Question. on a scale 1 to 10 how important is it to move to LA for screen screenwriting purposes???? Thanks.

Bill Costantini

David: Haven't seen you post for awhile....I hope all is well. How did your film go about the original Exorcist house?

Aray Brown

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Bill Costantini

Dan G: Other cities and states might occasionally surpass L.A. for annual film production...but no other city in the world has as many film studios/executives; production companies/executives; and age...

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Danny Manus

@David Yes, I totally agree with that post! Definitely need a job, a plan, and finished scripts before you come here because its too easy to fall into the LA party trap or the trap of THINKING youre advancing your career here just by being here. You do have to put the work in.

Dan Guardino

Bill. Even other countries have surpassed LA. It is no longer the movie capital of the world. People can write screenplays anywhere and still make contacts and break into the business. A lot of screen...

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Phillip E. Hardy
Five Good Writing Tips From the ScriptShadow Guy!

You know him, you love him, the ScriptShadow himself, Carson Reeves started a new series on writing tips. Here are his five latest BIG-BANG FOR YOUR BUCK SCREENWRITING TOOLS 
Note: This article meets my Good Screenwriting Articles seal of approval. 
http://scriptshadow.net/5-more-bang-for-your-buck-screenwriting-tools/

5 MORE BEST-BANG-FOR-YOUR-BUCK SCREENWRITING TOOLS!
5 MORE BEST-BANG-FOR-YOUR-BUCK SCREENWRITING TOOLS!
Who the hell is Marty and why are he and this woman in a Scriptshadow article?? Last week we took five effortless screenwriting methods known for their power to improve a screenplay and then we had a…
Beth Fox Heisinger

Well, if he's your baby mama... ;)

Phillip E. Hardy

It's like that old Tears for Fears song, sowing the seeds of love.

Jody Ellis

Thanks a lot Phillip. Now that song will be stuck in my head all day. :-p

Phillip E. Hardy

Judy: I'll have to work that song title into a script somewhere.

Chad Stroman

Good info. Thanks for sharing.

Produced?

Hi everyone, I have been writing a lot of shorts lately. About to finish my 6th and started a 7th. One is optioned and two are entered into film festivals and I plan to produce some myself. I would also like for more to be optioned/produced. How do you go about advertising your shorts and looking for people to option them?

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

They say one good turn deserves another. ":Script Revolution" has a "Shooting Shorts" section where you can list your short scripts for FREE. I have one of mine listed there. It could give you another resource.

CJ Walley

Here on Stage 32 is a good start. Check the jobs section regularly for those who are looking for shorts. I've optioned a few shorts through Stage 32. I see you have some loglines uploaded. Simply scrip...

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Steven Harris Anzelowitz

You're welcome C.J.

Desiree Argentina

Thank you so much Steven Harris Anzelowitz and CJ Walley . Really great advice! I will head over to all of those suggestions this weekend! Thanks again!...

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Erik A. Jacobson

Simple. List them on Inktip.com where producers can find them.

Single location study results

I ask about single location films. I said I'd get back with my results. The most common device used in good single location films is a second perspective. Rather than an A to B story, they have two A to B stories. Rope has one murderers fear of being discovered against the other murderers need to fl...

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Craig D Griffiths

Erik they are abduct and taken to the warehouse. Why, by who isn't answered, just the cruelty of the torment.

Robert Rosenbaum

Single location films often come from plays. I have just finished a new full length play and and working with producers to have it put on stage. However, I am also thinking about how I will make it in...

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Kat Albert

I'm directing a single location short film, and I can tell you it's the hardest thing I've ever done. Trying to keep the tension and the shots interesting and coherent with so many people in the room is actually very difficult.

Annie Mac

Robert, Fences is also such a film, adapted from a play, unfortunately IMHO, with all its heart-breaking and topical themes, the poetry of it's prose, and the immense talent of its main actors, it fee...

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Erik A. Jacobson

Single locations require tremendous creativity to hold our attention within a limited space. A steadicam is ideal for such a setting, giving needed movement and raising tension regarding what we CAN'T SEE in the frame.

Erik Grossman
What Presidential biopic would you want to see?

We've had Lincoln, John Adams (miniseries), George Washington in various forms, Alexander Hamilton as a musical and most assuredly a film at some point, JFK, George W., etc. But who's missing? In honor of President's day, is there a US president you would want to see a dedicated biopic for? How would...

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Eric Christopherson

Big TR fan, but I'm wondering how hard it'd be to actually get a presidential biopic made today. I once read the Lincoln movie would never have happened without Spielberg signing on.

Annie Mac

I believe that with all the talents following Trump with eagle eyes, if someone came up with a truly original angle on this president, not a hate film, not a love film, but a candid look at what it ta...

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Christopher Binder

Very Interested in a Teddy Roosevelt one.

Travis Sharp

William Martell Buchanan as the Bachelor President. I see a reality show there. Rose ceremonies in the rose garden.

Aray Brown

I would like to see that too, John

Nicole Jones-Dion
Is There Another Writers’ Strike on the Horizon?
Is There Another Writers' Strike on the Horizon?
Is There Another Writers' Strike on the Horizon?
Reuters There's a rumbling. A far off sound of thunder, an echo of something sinister that, slowly but surely, rolls across the prairie towards us, and we're still not sure if it's going to turn into…
Are you a rule breaker, risk taker or formula driven?

You're working on your next script. Let's say its a zombie story. Are you going for a good solid formula, hitting all the beats in the right places. Or are you breaking rules and taking risks? And this applies to every genre. Though I like to think of myself as very creative, I tend to stick to line...

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Owen Mowatt

Dan Maxx - The whore with the heart of gold.

Phillip E. Hardy

Robert R: Thanks for the kind words. Creativity has definitely been my mistress. But If I ever did blow out my brains, what a fantastic shot that would be!

Dan MaxXx

robert
:))) I'll be your private dancer for a WGA salary job

Aray Brown

I'm a fan of outlines, wasn't at first when I started. I pretty much have it mapped out in my head. I write more in my head than anything. I think it about every scene in my head before I put it on pa...

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Damien Michael Aulsberry

Ahh good auld Trinity College

Rob Jones
Feedback for a TV pilot

Looking for anyone that would like to give me feedback on all or part of my one hour Drama TV pilot (69 pgs). Any time taken for feedback, critiques, corrections would be greatly appreciated. I'll also return the favor if you like.

Shahnawaz Shaan

Where can it be read? I couldn't find it a logline on your profile.

Rob Jones

Oh sorry. I'll fix all that a put al ink up.

Jody Ellis

If you post it on your profile under loglines I will give it a once-over. I can tell you right off the bat though, 69 pages is toooooo long. Should be under 60.

Rob Jones

I've read some close to that long but I'll have to trim it some. All the top contests allow up to 70 pgs for one hour pilot. It's more of an HBO-premium channel style as opposed to network or cable.