Screenwriting

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Ingrid Goldberg
My Precious Son Died Yesterday

My sweet light of my life died yesterday age 23 from covid19 related complications. Please honor him by watching his audition video on my profile. Love and Strength to All

Nicolas Wendl

My condolences Ingrid

Zorrawa Emily Ann Jefferson

That's scary. I think I used to speak to him

Annette Brown

Ingrid, I'm so sorry this has happened. May you find comfort in the cherished memories of your son. May his work and his life bring about a legacy of joy to others.

Mac Lorn

I am so sorry Ingrid, have watched the video - what a characterful and whole presence! You must be extremely proud <3

Elena Lockleis

So sorry for your loss <3 <3 <3 <3

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Kiril Maksimoski
Character Bio's

Do you explore detailed biographies on your characters and does this help you establishing a better story?

Although this isn't my practice, I've come to thinking that by outlining character's past, habits even the tiny personality details that won't even necessarily be used in the script can help me...

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Sophia Bryant-Scott

I do. I'm also finding that the question "what do they think is the worst thing that can happen to someone" is a helpful one to ask. Even if the details aren't there, the subtext becomes part of the piece.

Doug Nelson

Not really - just a few notes. A character comes alive through its actions, reactions and dialog.

Kiril Maksimoski

Richard P. Alvarez thanks for the elaboration, I too do think that others need to contribute to the character development too, such as actors who should really be character authors. But, Rebecca D Rob...

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Craig Prickett

I usually don't but if I feel the character seems a bit 2 dimensional I do a 6 page Character Sketch Template I found on some writing site years ago.After doing that if I don't know the characters truth I never will.

CJ Walley

I used to and it was a good development exercise.

Something I've come to learn is that most people fit themselves into set personality types so I tend to just pick from one of those or blend a couple....

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Brett Hoover
Diversity in Television

Lately, I have been on a Netflix binge and have noticed that many shows that are coming out make a consistent effort to be inclusive but at least in my opinion, in many of these cases their efforts to include normally marginalized people comes off as insincere or feels more like a quota (Star Wars,...

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CJ Walley

It's not just quota based, it's often policy based. There's also incentives for being diverse with casting. For example, you can operate under a lower SAG production tier if you meet their diversity s...

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Stage 32 pitch sessions

I've resisted the phone/skype pitch sessions for a long time. I get a bit nervous and always felt more comfortable doing the written pitches. I finally had my first one on Sunday and I really want to urge everyone to give it a try. You've heard of the "elevator pitch"? It's like that. It was a very...

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Andy Moulton
Sleep and screenwriting?

Need some advice as a new screenwriter. I get the stories playing over in my head until the scenes seem right and this is why I started screenwriting. Now, when I'm in the head-space of screenwriting, I can't seem to stop. My issue however, is how to sleep during these moments? I looked down one mom...

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Debbie Croysdale

@Andy Your characters are not going to run away while you sleep. I had same problem years ago, its like you don’t want to jump off the roller coaster in case its not there tomorrow. Take a step back a...

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Timothy Mcreynolds

It's a hard thing to deal with, I try to get the story down as soon as possible, it usually subsides after the first draft, for me anyway. I do feel your pain, you are not alone.

Wayne Jarman

I think most Creatives would have the problem of finding the opportunity to push the world away so that they can get in the Creative flow and THEN keeping the world away so that they can stay in the z...

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Claude Gagne

This is what I do sometimes. I haven't your problem anymore. My problem is staying asleep! LOL. If I was on a great writing stretch and the pages rolled and the clock said to go to bed or you'll be dr...

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Andy Moulton

Wow. Thank you everyone for your advice and support. Mapping doesn't seem to help me much, but I will keep trying these suggestions and see how I go. It's really nice to hear from people's own experiences, struggles and triumphs.

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Ally Shina
Should you be writing for your own race?

Based on a previous thread by Rebecca D Robinson and a growing trend in Hollywood since the "black lives matter" movement, should screenwriters be writing for their own race?

Even the Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters. These changes are being implemented everywhere...

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Ally Shina

Brad Havens, Producers will most certainly return to the most cost effective economic model should people no longer make an issue of race. I'm still unsure what to make of the whole situation at The S...

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Brad Havens

I am speaking specifically and exclusively of the voice over world here: Are these changes really necessary? Why not fund newer more original more inclusive projects? Oh that's right it's too expensiv...

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Jean Buschmann

I somehow think this sentiment is not reflective of the current pendulum swing - or rather much necessary correction. Although there are multiple issues laced into this thread, I firmly believe that i...

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Brad Havens

The West Side Story example is a good one - how long ago was that made? 50-60 years ago? It reflects the Studio Productions of the era, where, again, the focus was on the broadest appeal to the larges...

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Jean Buschmann

Brad Havens, first let me say that I really respect how thoughtful you are (in the truest sense of the word) about this subject. I definitely see where you're coming from, and don't claim to have the...

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What do you guys think of my logline?

I'm working on a short film screenplay and need some feedback on the logline.

Desperate, poor, and running out of options, a hard-working young man must choose between having a place to sleep or dehumenize himself by taking "happy pills".

Craig D Griffiths

If you drop the start and show the choice. That tells us that he is desperate. What is the problem with taking happy pills and how does that stop him from having somewhere to sleet?

Forced to choose be...

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Vanshdeep Singh

To me "happy pills" sounds similar to drugs (correct me if I'm wrong). So according to me your logline paints the picture, that your main character has to choose between struggle or "an easy way out". I would definitely want to read your script based on this logline. :)

A. S. Templeton
Live script reads at ReelHeART 2020

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Livier Lefrank
What I've Learned Since Taking Up Screenwriting

Hello fellow screenwriters! Not so long ago, I've written an article that may come in handy for amateur screenwriters. It contains all the advices that I've accumulated with experience since taking up the craft. I truly hope it can help some of you who are starting their screenwriting journey! If yo...

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Rebecca D Robinson
Podcast Production

Man, this is fun!! Turning a script into podcast episodes is very satisfying. A few months from now, I'll be going live!

Martin Reese

Sounds pretty cool. I hope to do the same thing soon.

William G Chandler Jr

Congratulations

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Christopher Cooksey
Hollywood is Changing

This isn't my video but I enjoyed the discussion and couldn't agree more. The old way of doing things is pretty much over, just a few hangers-on. There are a lot of opportunities that we can make for ourselves.

https://youtu.be/ztVE4siz5Rc...

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Dan Guardino

I agree with Doug plus I quit writing for Hollywood along time ago.

CJ Walley

Christopher Cooksey, there's opinion leaders on Youtube raising a toast to the "death of the Hollywood blockbuster". It's out there. People are cheering it on.

Regarding banks and lines of credit. You'...

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Christopher Cooksey

CJ Walley Thanks. I'll give it a read. Yeah, I suppose I know the YouTubers you're speaking of. I can't entirely fault them for their reasons for feeling that way. Most of it seems to be backlash over...

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CJ Walley

A producer I know always says "the only two things two writers can agree on is what the third got wrong".

It's easy to get pulled into that world of hate-watching and moaning. I wish people understood...

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Christopher Cooksey

CJ Walley Good article, btw. Yes, hindsight is always 2020. On the other hand, I ignore no one. The only thing that matters to the audience is what's on the screen and no matter how it may have come t...

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Owen Mowatt

Hi, Jean (what does i.t.o. mean by the way?)

On second viewing I think that the woman is just using the wrong word. The way she explains what she means by, authentic or inauthentic, I see that as more...

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CJ Walley

Jean Buschmann, I'm totally shocked too but I think there's been some conflation here between authenticity and integrity. Some of us are clearly talking about the authenticity of writing life affirmin...

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Maurice Vaughan

Jean Buschmann and Owen Mowatt, I agree. I think it's important to do a separate rewrite to make sure each character talks and acts consistently throughout the entire script....

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Dan Guardino

When the comments came up here about “authenticity” I thought she was referring to movies. I went back and watched it again and realized she was referring to how characters in some movies might all of...

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Jean Buschmann

Glad to see it was a simple lack of clarity causing the confusion.

Owen Mowatt To answer your question, "i.t.o." is shorthand for "in terms of".

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