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

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Matthew D Rhodes
Exploring Book Series Adaptation: Seeking Community Insights

I find myself contemplating the potential transition of my work into either movies or a television series. With two books nearing publication and two more in active development, the possibility of expanding my literary universe into visual media has piqued my interest.

In particular, I'm exploring th...

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Tucker Teague
As you work on your screenplay, what music have you been listening too?

Lately my "writing music" has included, but not limited, to the following albums:

Lour Reed, American Poet

The Jesus and Mary Chain, Psychocandy

Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade

Blonde Redhead, Sit Down for Dinner

Warpaint, Radiate Like This

Igor Stravinsky, Bernstein Conducts Stravinsky

Jerry Robbins

I never write to music - in fact, I usually write with ear plugs for a totally dead sound; it helps me picture the images in my head and watch them as if in a movie.

Michael Wormald

At the moment the Ad Astra and 'The Keep' soundtracks.

Francisco Castro

When I'm writing, I don't listen to music. If I listen to anything it's usually a movies or series from the 80s or 90s. For instance, right now I'm writing a mystery thriller pilot so I watch episodes of MIAMI VICE that are on Youtube.

Tucker Teague

Jerry Robbins I've heard of writers doing that and also placing their desk in front of a blank wall so they have nothing to look at.

Ian Milne

Dig the playlist! Mine depends on the project, and I typically use music during the story design stage. Once I start writing dialogue I typically switch to nature sounds on an App/ or keep it silent a...

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Abi Baumann
How to get past the feeling of frustration & guilt at not getting any where. A rant that can be ignored.

Self pity post. Feel free to ignore just need to vent. Being an unqualified TV and Film screenwriter can be a lonely place sometimes. Having no industry experience & no clear way of gaining any. Let alone knowing if you’re actually writing in the correct script format is starting to take its toll.

Bu...

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Maurice Vaughan

I'm sure a lot of us can relate to your post, Abi Baumann. Have you thought about working with producers and directors to gain experience and build up your portfolio/taking on "just for credit" jobs?...

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Abi Baumann

In regards to your unpaid work comment. Both unpaid and paid opportunities with producers/ directors, or on a set in general is some...

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Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Abi Baumann. There are paid and unpaid jobs on the Job Board. A lot of screenwriters take on non-paid jobs when they start off to build their portfolios, but there should come a point...

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Bill Albert

You got it Abi. Good luck.

Craig D Griffiths

Format is something that is the last thing. No one has ever turned down an amazing story for bad formatting.

It may leave a bad taste in a readers mouth. You also don’t want to put a barrier between th...

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Maurice Vaughan
LAST DAY – Win a FREE Stage 32 Career Mentoring Call!

Do you have three great scripts? Tell Stage 32 about them and get a free entry to win a Career Mentoring Call with the industry professional of your choice!

ALL SUBMISSIONS HAVE AN EQUAL SHOT AT WINNING!

Stage 32 is accepting entries from now through Sunday, April 21st at midnight PST.

On Monday, Ap...

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Maurice Vaughan

Ends soon!

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Sydney Summers
8-Part Screenwriting Lab: Write a Historical Fiction TV Pilot Script with an Industry Executive (April 2024)

Stage 32 is eager to welcome Anna Henry back!

Over eight sessions, you’ll study how to write a historical television pilot under the guidance of accomplished producer, Anna Henry. Throughout the class, you’ll study successful period shows depicting both real and fictional characters in historical se...

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C. E. Heath

C.E.Heath here. Greetings! I want to share a favorite quote that not only applies to all fictional writing, but is a goal that I strive for:

“…the quality the greatest novelists have always had in com...

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Thomas McCafferty

Hey! I joined late and could not make the zoom earlier today, so I'll be watching the video. Look forward tot meeting you all next week.

Ewan Dunbar

Great opportunity. Making the world feel real and using it to compliment the story is a true skill.

C. E. Heath

I have very much appreciated Anna's admonition to compose ten philosophical guidelines by which to craft historical fiction. I will be working on my ten starting this week!

Hobart B Carraway Jr

I also came in a little late. Had some problems with my Zoom. Anna's class eased several of my fears. I'm adapting a novel I wrote -"Bass Reeves - The Buffalo Marshal (copyright 2018)" since there is...

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Jason Lawrence Bell
Introduction and screenwriting question

Hello, I am Jason Lawrence Bell, screenwriter. I have technical screenwriting question. Recently, a Producer read a screenplay of mind and commented that I am not writing or formatting Phone Conversations to industry standards in my script. I have researched but can't find anything about Phone Conve...

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Maurice Vaughan

Great to meet you, Jason Lawrence Bell. I write phone conversations like this:

INT. HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY

Action line

KELLY

Dialogue

RICH (PHONE) or (V.O.)

Dialogue

Or like this if I'm only writing one side...

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Jason Lawrence Bell

Thank you both for your responses. Christopher your article on "Intercuts" was what I was looking for. Thank you so much.

Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Jason Lawrence Bell.

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Michael Joseph
Screenplay

Hello! Any writer, agent, producer or someone would like to read my screenplay? Looking for feedback or any advice I can get. Thank you.

Here's my logline :

While traveling across the country with her ailing father, a troubled young woman entrenched in a life of killing undergoes an unexpected shift...

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Maurice Vaughan

Hey, Michael Joseph. Have you thought about getting feedback through Stage 32 (www.stage32.com/scriptservices)?

You did great with the first part of your logline ("While traveling across the country wi...

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Michael Joseph

Hey Maurice Vaughan thanks for the feedback I see what you mean I'll make those changes.

Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Michael Joseph.

Ewan Dunbar

The script services page here can help.

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Sydney Summers
Screenwriting Lab: Write Your 1 Hour Pilot for A Major Streamer in 10 Weeks!

Disney+, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Max, Apple TV, Paramount+...

Do you want to write for them?

Their audiences want amazing new shows every day. But the bar is set high. That's where Stage 32 comes in.

Whether you want to sell a show or be staffed on a series, the first step is writing a great one-hour pi...

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Eileen Alden

Ok, same here... I tried reaching out to Stage32 support via email, no response yet.

Nadia Holiday

I just received an email from Charlie saying, "Sorry about the delay. Having some technical issues on my end. The class will begin shortly. Thank you!"

Carter Smith

Happy to connect and share ideas on here or through email.

Carter@munromedia.ca

Nadia Holiday

It was great meeting you all in Charlie's Lab, today!

Eileen Alden

Likewise! :)

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Claude Gagne
I'm back...

Thanks to Amanda and Richard sending me a hand to reactivate another Stage 32 account after my tower went to the computer cemetery, I can say I'm beginning to readjust my presence here. Thank God, I have all my screenplays in the repair shop's file so everything isn't at a lost. The only thing I nee...

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Amanda Toney

Welcome back Claude!

Claude Gagne

Thanks, everyone. Computers are like everything we own. Nothing lasts forever! Cars fall apart, tires wear out, fridges, hot water tanks (mine is 13 years old and before I'm flooded needs to be replac...

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Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Claude Gagne. There are cheap used laptops on eBay or Amazon. I bought one on eBay. I mainly used it to outline and write scripts. And pawn shops have cheap used laptops.

"Do you think...

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Claude Gagne

Anyone out there need a few jokes! What's black, real dangerous and is perched in a tree. A crow with a machine gun! Hahaha!

Maurice Vaughan

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Tony Ray
Scary scripts

Odd question, but have you ever read a script that scared you a little bit or, at the very least, freaked you out a little? And if so, what made you a little freaked out about it?

Travis Seppala

Sadly, no.

Michael Wormald

I've written several that freaked me out, but never in a good way.

Ewan Dunbar

Vice was one of the most terrifying scripts because of howm uch of it happened!

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Maurice Vaughan

Thanks for sharing, Martin Reese. One thing I'm doing is focusing on micro-budget and low-budget spec scripts. I have some mid-budget and big-budget spec ideas, but I'm holding off on those right now....

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Pat Alexander

Yeah that's a good strategy @Maurice that applies to a lot of writers. The way the market is right now, every writer should try to have one low-budget spec on hand and even one micro-budget spec (1-2...

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Pamela Jaye Smith

Seems like a smart approach, Maurice, given what's going on with the majors. Good luck!

Pamela Jaye Smith

Agreed, Pat.

Pamela Jaye Smith

Also, keep in mind the strong market in Web Series. You're in control and distribution portals are plentiful. The LAWEBFEST (the original Web Fest) is May 2-3 here in Hollywood.

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David Shorb
How Many Pages

I'm curious. How many pages do you attach to the loglines you have on your profile? I feel hesitant to post a full script to a logline. I feel that if someone wants to have the full script, they should have to pay for that and schedule a meeting. Not in that order. The meetings normally come first....

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David Shorb

ok, thank you for for all the responses. It gives me a lot to think about.

Dan Guardino

I don't bother anymore because I am not trying to sell any of my screenplays. But I wouldn't worry about someone here stealing it. However make sure you register it with the LoC like Christopher Phill...

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Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, David Shorb.

Mike Boas

One can usually tell in 3 to 5 pages if someone is a good writer.

Jed Power

Christopher, I didn't know FF hosted scripts, but I'll check that out now. Thanks & Best, Jed.

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