Screenwriting

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Sam Sokolow
30 minutes left to register!

You still have 30 minutes to register and join writer/producer Nick Waters for his webinar on how to write successful horror screenplays. Nick is a great resource and educator. Here’s a link so you can hop in: https://www.stage32.com/webinars/Writing-Horror-to-Scare-Up-the-Big-Bucks-2...

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Maria Restivo Glassner
Looking for "All in the Family" pilot script!

Hey guys! I am crafting my reading list in prep for another rewrite of my pilot and would really like to find the pilot script for "All in the Family". If anyone knows where to find it let me know! Also what are you guys currently reading? I just finished the "Silicon Valley" pilot and now I am about to start "What We Do In The Shadows".

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Claude Gagne
Screenplay Title

I've changed my mind about writing a gangster, comedy screenplay. I'm going into the creepy, beastly story I had started last year. I've chosen a title but I'd like your take on the length. Is 'WARNING: KEEP YOUR CATS AND DOGS INSIDE,' too long? I've done some research when I moved here that a beast...

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Sydney Summers

Claude Gagne Horror is very hot right now. I like the long one a lot !

Claude Gagne

Before I even begin to write the screenplay, I need a working title, the beginning, and the ending. I was going to title it, 'The Mugwump' as mentioned before, but "Batteries Not Included" came to min...

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Sam Mannetti

Agree with Sam on this one!

Sydney Summers

Please keep us in the loop with your journey!

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Maurice Vaughan
5 Ways Writing Can Help You Overcome Stress

"Obviously, everyone is different, as are our life journeys. For me, creative writing opened up an unexpected world and helped me cope and manage stress when I most needed it." —Inky Egwuenu

www.stage32.com/blog/5-ways-writing-can-help-you-overcome-stress-3259...

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Sam Sokolow

This is sage advice and a great blog, Maurice!

Sam Mannetti

Great article Maurice! Thanks for sharing it here!

Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Sam Mannetti. I picked up some tips from it.

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Saydam Twins
Using IMDb Pro as a source to send our scripts.

Hello, my cousin and I've been writing scripts for a long time and now we have decided to send them out. We have signed up with imdb pro and picked out some contact information. Now my question, would it be beter to send the scripts directly to talent agents or rather to a talent agent representativ...

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Molly Peck

Hi Pelin, we also have a sample query letter you can take a look at - just send an email to success@stage32.com if you're interested.

Sam Mannetti

Hi there, the best way to get your scripts in front of industry executives is to book time with them through Stage 32 Script Services. Please email my team and I at success@stage32.com and we can poin...

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Claudio Torres

As already said, never send your script to someone that do not ask for it. The script will be trashed without read. Send a short query letter, and if they like the logline they will contact you.

Amanda Toney

Great advice on this thread, everyone. Very helpful.

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Blair W. Milbourne
What's the One Screenplay You've Read That Left You in Awe?

I recently re-read Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" and ho-ly shmokes! It hit me even harder the second time around.

Maurice Vaughan

Lowers head. Not yet, Michael David.

Dan MaxXx

Die Hard- does anyone have the draft by Jed Stuart? I could never find that version.

Tom Batha

"Bone Tomahawk". Or "The Brigands of Rattleborge". I can't decide....

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Sydney Summers
Writing Horror to Scare Up the Big Bucks!

Join the writer + producer of Paramount's Margaux for this exclusive Stage 32 webinar. You will leave this webinar with an understanding of not only how to make your existing scripts stronger, but how to develop and come up with the next big horror hit film!

https://www.stage32.com/webinars/Writing-...

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Maurice Vaughan

Thanks, Sydney Summers. I'm thinking about taking the lab.

Nick Waters

Thank you all for joining! Great questions during the q&a. I hope to keep working with you all on your scripts soon!

Sydney Summers

Maurice Vaughan That is lovely to hear! Message me when you get closer to signing up for the lab!

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Eric Boles
Veteran Advice

Hey, everyone! I’m looking for some advice from our veterans here. I submitted a screenplay for coverage, and the reader gave me a consider for both project and writer, with a few items to work on.

I have since worked on those things and let a few people I know read it and give me their notes. I bel...

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Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Yes, do get a new pair of 'fresh eyes' on it. And this person should be someone who knows storytelling, structure like the back of their hand.

Sam Mannetti

Hi Eric, I am the Director of Development Services at Stage 32. My team and I would love to point you to all the resources we have to offer on Stage 32. Shoot me an email at success@stage32.com and le...

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Eric Boles

Thanks for the responses, everyone! I definitely want to get another pair of trained eyes on it. And Sam, I will be in touch!

Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Eric Boles.

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Carmen Boykin
LIVE in the Writers' Room | Jason Roberts - Producer

Is it important as a screenwriter to have a pitch deck? Currently listening to Jason Roberts... Really good webinar.

Carmen Boykin

Hi, Richard Botto, thanks so much for your advice! Hope you're having a great year so far :-)

Carmen Boykin

"Uncle Phil", you've got me smiling!

Richard "RB" Botto

Absolutely am, Carmen. Thank you!

Phillip "Uncle Phil" Hardy

Carmen: that's a beautiful thing.

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Jill Godley
Scrapping the First Episode

So I got coverage twice, watched some youtube videos and decided to scrap my first episode and jump straight to the second. Now all my problems should be gone (for now). The hardest thing about writing is finding the place to start, the liberating thing about writing is you can start wherever you want :) Moving forward on my adventure!

Richard "RB" Botto

Some great advice and comments here already, Jill, but I'll add that your willingness to be open and receptive to notes and adapt accordingly is refreshing.

Jill Godley

LOL, I'm still young enough to adapt, but old enough to know when to listen. Plus, why pay for constructive criticism if you are not willing to take it. My goal is to get my script to RECCOMENDED level.

Richard "RB" Botto

Ah, but easier said than done for so many writers. Hard to check the ego at the door. Of course, a whole world opens up once you do, not only creatively, but opportunity wise.

Have no doubt that Recommend is right around the corner. Great material always finds a champion.

Jed Power

Jill, What were you working on? Do you have a pilot?

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Phillip "Uncle Phil" Hardy
Bragging Rights?

I started two weeks ago and finished my first feature screenplay for 2023 a few minutes before midnight on January 31. This does not include my polishing phase.

What's your accomplishment for the first month of the year?

Phillip "Uncle Phil" Hardy

David:

Wow! Good job.

Phillip "Uncle Phil" Hardy

Emily J: I'm going to road test it in some contests and film festivals and look for film noir opportunities.

Matt Whigham

I quit smoking cigarettes and did a dry January. It wasn't easy but I have a baby on the way so it was time. As far as writing goes, I placed as a semifinalist in the emerging screenwriters genre comp...

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Maria Restivo Glassner

How are you so prolific? Any tips?

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Doug Fetterly
Are viewers tired of political TV series?

I wrote a one-hour tv pilot about an African American female journalist in DC who takes on corruption (including Big Pharma, a senator, FDA Commissioner, and a few others). One critic told me that viewers have grown tired of political drama. Thoughts?

Erik Meyers

I think there will also be love for political drama. Don't give up on your dream :)

Maurice Vaughan

Congrats on the script request, Doug Fetterly. I'm not sure what your question means.

Ewan Dunbar

If it provides a different outlook on something familiar, enabling the audience to see it from a different perspective and may challenge their previous experiences, then it absolutely still has a chan...

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Bill Loiselle

I know I'm late jumping on this thread but I was curious if others were running into the same problem I was experiencing with my political piece "The Judas Branch". I've been told a number of times by...

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