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

C Harris Lynn
Screenwriting Conference

I am extremely excited for tomorrow's conference! My entire weekend is packed solid. If anyone else is attending, feel free to comment. It'd be nice to know some other attendees so we can chat about stuff in-between classes.

C Harris Lynn

That was awesome. I am tired as sheet! My Internet sucks, as do "third parties." I talk to myself because I love intelligent conversation.

Wayne Mathias

Hey C, I'm glad somebody learned something from it! Did anyone have advice esp. for us geezers trying to break into Hollywood?

Feedback

Just curious to know how you guys and girls react to feedback? I got notes from an "expert", great reputation, but his greatest criticism was that parts of it were not "believable"...So now I don't know if I should rewrite it completely to make it more believable or just make minor adjustments and k...

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Martina Camatta

Each opinion in here corresponds to a voice in my head! In one hand, I feel that a professional feedback should help me learning my limitations and work on them. On the other hand, I like this script...

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Anthony Moore

I had a script that one contest loved it and gave me feedback. I rewrote it to include the changes. I entered it in a second contest that hated it and gave me feedback that mostly contradicted the fir...

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Dan Guardino

Martina. I know 99 percent of the people here believe that getting feedback is necessary. I am a minority here because I never ask for it and I don't care to hear other people's opinions and that is what feedback is. I go with my own gut feeling.

Doug Nelson

Dan - you and I are at an age that we don't need no stinkin' feedback but the younger writers (under 50) are still wrestling with their insecurities - under 30, their just downright nutz! They need that feedback to ruffle their feathers, to sooth their egos or develop hardened skins.

Lisa Clemens

When I get notes from the Producers/Directors that hire me, what I usually do is change what they need me to change unless I know it won't work. Once I had someone say a character in a 1963 story shou...

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Strike Authorization

Well, negotiations aren't going very well, so, Friday night, the WGA West requested members for a strike authorization. Thoughts?

C Harris Lynn

I'm Old School and from the music biz, Anthony. I have some idea as to how these things "work." I'm not going to point fingers, but there are certain "political organizations" that are nothing more th...

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D Marcus

As a member of the WGA I do not believe the guild is beholden to such entities as organized crime. It seems C is going back to the unions (not guilds) of the 1930's. All we want is a bigger piece of the pie. Producers want to pay less, writers want more. Not exactly a radical situation.

C Harris Lynn

It isn't what you want; it's how you're going about getting it. And your'e projecting, pointing fingers, and gaslighting... just like I said you would. I told you I know a thing or two about this. ;)

Anthony Cawood

D - and it's the same the world over... the workers (insert writers) want more, bosses (insert producers) want to pay less, and in all/most democratic societies the workers are represented by a union...

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C Harris Lynn

No, Anthony - not that I know of (lol). I was referring more to the "Liberal Elite in Hollywood," as they've taken to referring to themselves: The folks who came out in overwhelming support of Frau Cl...

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Victor Titimas
What is a good screenplay?

What do you think makes a screenplay good or bad? Is a good screenplay one that follows all screenwriting rules found in various theory books(eg: "Save the cat")? Thank you for taking your time to read this!:)

Adam C. Fisk

I think too many people try to be critics these days and because of that, these so-called "rules" as to what a good screenplay or movie should be have complicated things. It's very simple - a good scr...

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Jorge J Prieto

The two Dan's hit the nail on the head. Also mass worldwide appeal which is why so much $$$ is spend on Dc Comic and Marvel films, they don't care about story only $$$ returns. It's the nature of the...

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Dan MaxXx

It's generally understood a good screenplay has interesting characters, themes, arc, dialogue, visually exciting to see. After all you are making a movie. How a script goes to theatrical/TV screen is...

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Pidge Jobst

A page turner -- a rib-breaker with funnies every 7 seconds if it's a comedy that makes the reader laugh-out-loud, or a gut-wrenching "Oh, shit" if it's a drama or horror; "didn't expect that" if it's...

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Doug Nelson

Now there's a question that can be easily answered in ten words or less - not!.

Marcin Ciastoń
Frances Ha screenplay

Hi All! I'm looking for "Frances Ha" screenplay, which I would love to read. My online search has been unsuccessful so far. I'd really appreciate some pointers, a link or a pdf file :-) Best wishes to all aspiring writers!

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Simply Scripts might have it. Just Google it.

D Marcus

I just Googled it which Marcin said he tried. I couldn't find the script.

Doug Nelson

I seriously doubt that you'll find a copy of the script but you can certainly acquire a copy of the film and by deduction, you can pretty well figure out how it was written.

We all write for the screen. Does it matter which screen?

Some of us still dream of that theatrical release and all the trappings of the big premiere and red carpet. But with the trends moving towards the smaller screen(NETFLIX & others) Does it bother you? Does it really matter? Isn't our goal as writers to tell a story and get paid no matter the distribu...

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Dan Guardino

As long as I get paid I could careless where they show it.

Scot Michael Walker

I put up an audio playlist on iTunes of audience members opening plastic candy wrappers, chewing popcorn with their mouths open, and talking out loud – for those who watch movies at home and want the theatre experience. ;)

C Harris Lynn

Scot Michael Walker:

A. S. Templeton

I think it matters, to the point where dramatic structures need redefinition & updating. I'd like to think the weekly-broadcast paradigm of writing for commercial breaks and prefacing episodes with re...

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Doug Nelson

Yes, yes it does matter. Personally I'm with Dan - as long as the check don't bounce, I care not. However writing for traditional TV is a lot different than writing a FL film. When writing for TV - ha...

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Aray Brown
Writers And Passion Projects

Can't wait to get back to my thriller pilot #Kilbourne  I spent 2 yrs writing the pilot. Not to mention the year I spent on it as a novella first (from jump) then another year I spent adapting it into a screenplay, so yeah...we got history. I'm working on another project but I don't want to write an...

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Aray Brown

starting the rewriting process later on today

Craig D Griffiths

I schedule time for my passion projects. I put the "A" in A.D.D when comes to spec written. I have a few underway.

Dan MaxXx

What happened to the novella version? Published? Book Reviews?

Aray Brown

Independently published via CreateSpace. I have 64 reviews on Amazon. Some I got from review swaps, Some are helpful, some are constructive and others are just negative (haters) I promoted it as much as I could

Aray Brown

244 ratings and 17 reviews on GoodReads

Ghost Writing for a Screenwriter?

I've been tasked with writing a biography for a somewhat famous character who has been deemed fictitious by many people involved in the stealing of his identity for a film produced many years ago. I have interviewed many of the people who witnessed the events that were transformed from book to scree...

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Andrew Perry

I personally would write it as a film, if it's where the inspiration is leading, don't fight it. As long as it's done to meet quality, it will be loved.

Christopher Henry

Thanks, Andrew. I just may have to go down that path. :)

Andrew Perry

No problem! Keep us posted

Dylan Kalloo
Sitting on a script with no idea on what to do with it

I was working on the production of a short film but sadly it fell flat. I had no desire of trying to get the film made again and wanted to connect with other filmmakers who might be interested. I usually make the shorts I write so this is a first. How do you all go about finding filmmakers and pitching your ideas/work?

Ed Blount

It doesn't have to be horror. I'll buy anything that's good especially if I can film it in va

Patrick Freeman

Ed, what budget are you working with?

Ed Blount

I haven't set a budget yet . Depends on the script. I want to start micro budget and see what quality I can end up with before I open the wallet too wide. If I can shoot and prove I can make it great...

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Patrick Freeman

Got any old ships in Virginia? Like an old Navy ship that's currently a museum? I have a found footage paranormal script that I wrote with the USS Hornet in mind. But it could be adapted for any old s...

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Doug Nelson

Ed, what sort of script are you looking for? I have a couple of award winning short scripts that I'll offer for free if I'm convinced that you have the stuff to follow through. One has only three char...

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Tamim Almousa
Uploading to FilmFreeway

Hello!
Quick question:
When you add a project (screenplay) to FilmFreeway, do you upload a file that includes your name on the cover page? I know some competitions ask you to leave your name out, others don't. So, what's the dealio? Let me know!
Thanks,
Tamim

Anthony Cawood

Upload one of each and then use the one appropriate to the competition's rules.

Tamim Almousa

Thanks!

What are your stables of favourites.

Just finished a 25 hour London to Sydney flight. I fell back on my favourite movies to keep me sane (Hell and High Water). What are your desert island movies? The movies you can always watch and enjoy. Why are they important to you?

Craig D Griffiths

Sorry people neglected my own post, what a jerk. So many of these films have made want to watch them again. But the forgotten masterpiece is "The Ref". I actually have a VHS tape of this film and noth...

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Steven Harris Anzelowitz

My (3) favorite movies are 'Annie Hall' , 'The Producers' , and 'Some Like It Hot'

Travis Sharp

The Ref is available to stream on Netflix.

Brian Shell

Rocky still works each and every time

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

I just watched The Ref. Great film. Sharp, funny, hard hitting dialogue. This is one of Denis Leary's best roles. And to my surprise it was produced by Don Simpson & Jerry Bruckheimer. Kevin Spacey, J...

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AFM Santa Monica

Happy Friday! Has anyone done AFM in Santa Monica with a script? I've never been there as an attendee or exhibitor. It seems like what you do is you rent a room/booth/mini-booth and then put up some posters you create that represent your various scripts, bring a million business cards, and then pitch ...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Yep. that's the scoop.

Danny Manus

D Marcus is right on this one. also, ive been pitched in bathrooms on more than one occasion... dont do it.

Dan MaxXx

The "30-second piss pitch?" Webinars available?

Vitaly Kozlov

With a candid camera.

Brian Shell

Just reflect the pitch logline onto the ceiling, and ya might hook 'em ;-)