Screenwriting

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Dustin Quinteros
Interesting VLOG: Confessions from a former Hollywood script reader.

I found this interesting, but please take into consideration that this is from 2013 and the demand for content has increased by roughly 200% due to the growing number of streaming services. Thoughts?

https://youtu.be/zG8I0Wr0pcg

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What advice would you give your younger self starting off as a Writer?

I'll go first. READ MORE SCREENPLAYS!!! Would anyone else like to share? :)

Stefano Pavone

Plan your premise as clearly as possible - plot it out in bullet points. If writing a novel, then make it at least 5 pages per chapter (my record is about 30 pages in a single chapter, as I tend to ge...

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Martin Reese

Don't just try to follow a formula when writing. Have confidence that your own unique voice will shine through.

Claude Gagne

Weigh in on the pros and cons before making a sound decision to write. Are you ready to sit in front of your keyboard tapping your life away? Are you well prepared with the research it entails? Are yo...

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Cynthia Garbutt

Write even more.

Sarah Gabrielle Baron

Just Keep Writing. Just Keep Writing. Keep learning. Take the webinars and join the Writer's Room on Stage32. Learn how to polish your scripts early. Make a bible first, before the pilot. invest in bi...

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Cynthia Garbutt
"The First Draft Is A Journey"
The First Draft is a Journey of Discovery
The First Draft is a Journey of Discovery
"As a writer, when you put something down, you make something happen." I began teaching in 2001, first as a hobby, now full-time as an assistant professor at the DePaul University School of Cinematic…
Page Blaster
Advice on stolen script that has already been released

So it’s 2021 and this goes back to 2015, so apologies for the saga—unless you like drama, in which case, settle in.

About me: I’m a 31 y/o writer. I have a small copywriting business, write and sell novels mostly for fun, and dabbled in various media i.e. screenwriting.

Beginning: I was in a debilita...

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Tim Bragg

Page. If there is a story, do post it or at least show a synopsis. You said you wrote this in 2015, in six years, you could have written a bunch of new features and shorts. Almost every production has...

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Craig D Griffiths

Page Blaster so you acknowledge that (perhaps) they didn’t steal your work. Which is the point. They didn’t take your work. They created their work, which resembles yours.

You had an idea that someone...

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John Iannucci

Page - you do realize that if you do ever sue - everything you say here is admissible - like admitting they may have not stole your work.

Lyter Daniel

That’s horrible - I’m curious - did you ever Copyright or register in with the WGAW?

Katherine de Bois

I am sorry for your angst. I see spattered in this thread much good advice. Lyter Daniel I read your comment amongst all the others. For $25 non member registering of a screenplay - months of work, it...

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Brian Walsh
Contest fraud

In RB's last AMA, he mentioned that a big screenwriting contest was found to be using readers that had no idea what they were doing, and the contest was fraudulent, but he didn't mention which one (or somehow I missed it) Anyone know which contest it was?

Nick Assunto - Stage 32 Script Services Coordinator

I don't believe anyone said the contest was fraudulent, simply that a bunch of writers on Twitter were receiving their feedback from one and very disappointed throughout. Just repeating the buzz from the writing community.

Dan MaxXx

thats a slippery slope when people in the same business are competing for the same customers.

CJ Walley

You're going to struggle to find people who will name names but there's a bigger picture here. Within the industry, screenwriting competitions in general have a dire reputation. It's a completely unre...

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Barry John Terblanche

Scary!

Martin Reese

You make some great points CJ Walley. Very insightful.

Dominik Schmidt
Forester

Hello there! My name´s Dominik and I have recently wrote a pilot for a mini-series, but I would need some advice...is there anyone willing to help me? It has been selected for Prisma Rome Film Awards, but I am looking for a way to maybe sell it or something. Any ideas? :)

Thank you :)

Be safe and healthy! :) <3

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Ashley Tyler
Advice on Pitching Scripts

I am working on a mini-series at the moment. I have almost finished the first episode of a seven-episode, dark comedy/ drama.

Once it is done and edited. I want to pitch it to TV studios but have absolutely no idea where to start. Any advice would be most welcome!

Hope you are all safe and well!

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Kacee DeMasi

Hi, Ashley you actually do not pitch to studios, you pitch to producers who either work for a production company that has a relationship with the studios or to producers themselves who have a relation...

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Martin Reese

I echo the advice of Aray Brown and Dawn Prato . The Writer's Room is a great community and offers all types opportunities to hone your craft and learn....

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Bill Albert

Good Luck Ashley. I'm in the same situation that you are and understand it's an uphill battle. Have you looked through the listing of who's taking pitches yet? I made the mistake of just trying to go...

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Ashley Tyler

Thanks for all the help and advice. I shall check the writers room and so some research on studios and producers. I have finally finished episode one!

I have a logline and a written pitch but haven't written a series bible yet.

Thanks for all the help!

Neal Howard

You can't seriously pitch a series to Netflix or any network or competitive platform without a significant contact or without credible representation/management or without a credible production compan...

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Lyter Daniel
Profile edit

Hi-

Does anyone know how to edit the top information on your above your bio? Not the summary part or your complete body of work - but the information or job title right under your name.

Tristan Hutchinson

Lyter, if you click on edit profile, the section under your name appears on occupation.

Lyter Daniel

Yes - but it won’t allow me to change that portion. Do I have to be on a desktop?

Tristan Hutchinson

Yes I'm on a desktop and everything is able to be changed.

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Luis Quiroga
Literary Agents for NETFLIX (or HBO)

Please, where can I find Literary Agents for NETFLIX and show my material? (specifically in Spain)

Thoko Zulu

Lol! @Stephen

Mr Floyd, sir... you bring a very valid point that cannot be disputed. It's a hard blow under the belly but yeah, some of us are here to cut our teeth and grow them so we can join the big league.

Jeffrey Robertson

Stephen Floyd If I do all the heavy lifting what do I need Netflix for? There is a myriad of different avenues I can distribute my work on. If I do everything I don't need Netflix....

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Jeffrey Robertson

Stephen Floyd These network executives can do whatever they want, for whoever they want whenever they want. I was looking at GMA this morning and a kid did a simple TikTok video, and because he got a...

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Jeffrey Robertson

About 90% of the deals that are done in Hollywood fall under three categories; connections, relationships and time and change (dumb luck). We need to demystify Hollywood

CJ Walley

I know sales agents who regularly sell to Neflix who are constantly perplexed by what they want. They are a highly organic organisation willing to turn on a dime and switch up their leadership if they...

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Michael Nguyen
How to turn a script into a piece of media quick (Screenwriting Lounge version)

This doesn't just cover screenplays, but scripts in general: My portfolio when it comes to scriptwriting has so far included two screenplays, two full-length horror plays, ten short plays, and a television pilot, all of which have yet to be published (and many of them rewritten multiple times). I ha...

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Dan MaxXx

Book publishers make screenplay-books of hit movies and successful filmmaker-writers. Tarantino, William Goldman, Spike Lee, Chris Nolan- you can find their screenplays at any Barnes & Noble.

There is no publishing market for spec screenplays/writing samples by unknowns.

Craig D Griffiths

Michael Nguyen I have a question. I think ever writer needs to ask themselves at least once.

“If I knew I was never going to have ANY success, would I keep writing?”. Personally I get pleasure from wr...

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Barry John Terblanche

Screenwriting and story (novel) book writing are far apart, in all aspects. Here is an intro I wrote to a book I wrote and published:

A novelist and a screenwriter will give you the same story.

Noveli...

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Rohit Kumar

As everyone are sharing their views. I have few questions though, how are you making your living so far now with whatever you are doing?

Because to me I feel the most important thing one got ask thems...

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CJ Walley

I know of a few screenwriters who turn their scripts into self published novellas and get a feeling of fulfilment from that. There's a market for something called "airplane books" or something like th...

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Lyter Daniel
Trinity Park

LOGLINE: Two Police Officers, one well respected Police Detective and his shady brother must test their loyalties towards each other after a Female Officer is found dead.

Craig D Griffiths

The questions I have:

Is there relationship pivotal to the story or just interesting?

How does her death trigger them to test their relationship?

- normally relationships are tested from one side, cheat...

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Lyter Daniel

Thanks for the feedback. All of those questions you raised are pretty much answered in my synopsis. I’m not sure if I can fit all of those issues you raised in a short logline. Would this be better -...

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Cynthia Garbutt
From Rod Serling Master of the Otherworldly (Twilight Zone original series & Planet of the Apes original film)
Rod Serling on Writing
Rod Serling on Writing
16 videos with excerpted writing quotes from a master storyteller. Ever since I launched Go Into The Story, I have regularly gone down the Internet's rabbit hole in search of unique video clips featur…
David C. Velasco

Grew up on Twilight Zone. Love the lessons and connection to current events each portrayed.

Bill Albert

Been watching it a lot lately and always amazed at how good it is. Filmmakers today should be required to watch this series.

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