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

What should I do now?

I've just completed my first ever draft for a screenplay, and I've sent it off to several people to see their thoughts and now I'm just waiting for their feedback. I'm just wondering, what should I do in the meantime to improve my screenplay. Thanks!

Dianne Politud

Congratulations on your script! Put your script aside maybe 8-10 days then read it again. Maybe work on a pitch, and cover letter. Good luck on your future endeavors. :)

Claude Gagne

Just one draft!

Is "luck" involved in the screenwriting and screenwriting business?

I remember reading on multiple websites(can't put links, there are too many, can't remember) that it's important. They also said something about being in the right place at the right time... What is the truth about this idea? If so, how much is "luck" or "chance" involved when having screenwriting d...

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Claude Gagne

Many factors. Sometimes, it's who you know, not what you know. Luck also plays a role. I think persistence and patience is involved to a certain extent. People do get hit with lightning as they were a...

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Screenwriting Collaboration

Hello people, I am a filmmaker and screenwriter from the Gold Coast Australia. I don't have a whole lot of experience but am in the beginning stages (Very early) of writing a feature. If anybody needs any help or wants to collaborate I would love to to get some great experience.

Raymond Negron

Hey Brandon, send me a message. Let me read your stuff. ALways about helping as it makes me a better writer to do. Much Love RJN

Brandon Hawkins

Yeah, we should read each others stuff.

New to Screenwriting

It's a beautiful day in Austin, TX! Hope everyone is having a great weekend. I am in the process of converting my book "Cadaverine" to a screenplay. It's a new challenge for me to think about every scene from a visual perspective. In my book, I go inside my character's heads quite a bit, so I am gra...

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Dan Guardino

Holly. How can you possible underestimate the intelligence of the movie going audience? It would be impossible.

Carrie Tupper

Heya Holly! I totally get where you're coming from with the struggle to go from prose to visual storytelling. Struggling with the gap between the two is pretty normal from where I stand. As bizarre as...

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Holly Jurbergs

Thanks Carrie! I work part time at a bookstore so I will definitely pick up some comics & graphic novels for inspiration.

How do I sell my script to an existing studio?

I have a cartoon teleplay that is a continuation/soft reboot of a cartoon from the late 90's. I want to present it to the original studio in hopes of getting the show restarted. How do I find the right people to speak to? Is there any particular way to word a treatment or proposal that might make it...

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Dan Cassell

There were some truly epic cartoons back in the 90’s. Intrigued as to which one it is. Regardless, I wish you well with it :)

Joy Scott

Thanks so much everyone! So My first step would be to find representation or a contact within the studio? I don't want to do this independently. I want to approach the studio that holds the rights to...

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Dan MaxXx

be a waste of your energy and Time to write a full season of episodes for a cartoon show, or any tv show & movie you don't own.
Write your own original show, make a boatload of $$$ for your team of partners. Then you can pick and choose whatever you want to reboot.

Carrie Tupper

Definitely listen to Renee and make sure you have the legal rights to the project (or at least know who owns them). Outside of that, one way to get an 'in' is going to conferences, specifically animat ...

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Joy Scott

You have all been beyond helpful! Thank you so much!

Why should Hollywood look for fresh, original screenplays? Recycle a reboot, with a twist.

This is a companion post to my other post about the death of spec screenplays. Hollywood has had mixed success with reboots. They've had some very successful franchise reboots like Star Wars, Star Trek and The Mad Max character. And of course, the good old superheros are generally still kicking box...

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Steve Cleary

Love Danny McBride, so I'd watch it. And so glad he didn't try to pull off an Aussie accent!

Doug Nelson

No, I don't/won't watch reboots of anything. What's happened to originality?

Dan MaxXx

Sure, I like nostalgia. Maybe the younger generation will enjoy Fast N Furious 20 when grandpa Dom Toretto races a 10-second spaceship!

Claude Gagne

Boring!

Helpful Youtube videos on writing!

If y'all aren't checking out Michael Tucker's Lessons from the Screenplay on youtube, you really should give it a look. He does a great job breaking down ideas and I always come away from his videos having a new tool, lesson learned or idea to play with. Check it out! Here's a great one to start wit ...

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Writing collaborations

Having worked with a writing team before on a job I am considering a new collaboration with someone off our own back. Has anyone out there collaborated before and got some advice before I commit? I am wondering if it is ever as efficient as working on your own.

Dan Guardino

Helen. The only person I ever collaborated with was Judy Norton. She was going to direct and star in both project and she is a real good screenwriter. I would never collaborate with someone who didn't...

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Carrie Tupper

I've been working collaboratively on multiple projects. The best advice I have is try a small, simple assignment and see how you work from there. Focus not only on the writers skill as a creative, but...

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Hear ye! Hear ye! The Spec Script is Dead!

Uncle Phil has an official announcement. The Los Angeles Times, a well-respected newspaper, has declared the spec script deceased. Thanks to guys like William Goldman, specs had a good run; but that run is officially over. Yep, the LA Times say it's so. So it must be so. Therefore, anyone out there...

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Chris Courtney Martin

I don't get these alarmist articles. Major studios might not be buying specs but Netflix and Amazon are. Even rookies are making sales (The Post, Meat). Things are happening, it's just a matter of getting to the head of the herd-- as it's pretty much always been.

Dan Guardino

I didn't know it was ever alive.

Eric Christopherson

I guess I'll have to tell the two producers trying to sell two different scripts of mine to just knock it off. :)

Dan Guardino

Eric. I agree you better let them know they're wasting their time. I had a producer offer to option one of my screenplays last month and I did tell him no way but I would be willing to co-produce it s...

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Dan MaxXx

Spec script consulting business is booming.
The author of the article has two wrong facts. Goldman's quote "nobody knows anything" is on movie BO success, and Shane Black was already a studio produced Screenwriter when he sold "The Last Boy Scout."

Female action leads - yay or nay?

I have a western-adventure script with a female lead, which I pitched to an experienced script consultant. Their response - "Female-led actioners just don't sell." Based on the recent success of films like Mad Max: Fury Road, Wonder Woman, and The Force Awakens/The Last Jedi, I'm inclined to disagre ...

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Steve Cleary

I agree with Kelly! Plus, having read it, I don't think the story would have been quite as totally awesome if it had a male lead. But that's just my opinion :^)

Dan MaxXx

it is silly to compare your western adv spec to billion dollar franchise titles like SW or WW. why are you asking a consultant instead of working Reps and filmmakers -folks who make movies for a living...

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Jean-Pierre Chapoteau

lol what kind of backwards ass consultant are you talking too? what are they living under a rock? if you don't move on to someone with more sense already... lol.

Dan Guardino

Doug. I have a lot of them. PM me if you like.

Tao Ryan Moua

Don't let one rejection deter your endeavor. Keep looking and you'll find someone who likes your script. Out of 100 people you pitch to, there should be a least one person who likes your genre.

Horror

New to the horror genre, anyone know of good outlets for horror feature scripts?

Dan Cassell

Hello Helen. Always great to meet a fellow horror writer :)

Tao Ryan Moua

You should read the very first "Alien" script. Go to Drew'scriptorama or just Google it.

Ghost writers

Anyone recommend a ghost writer company? Tried looking with no luck

Dan MaxXx

If you are paying real $$$, just call up a lit agency and ask who's available.

Augustus Firestone

Thanks I will look it up

Helen Sykes

There is a ghost writer called Karen s Cole on stage 32 I have never used a ghost writer and do not know her but maybe check her profile out. She is based in Seattle.

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