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You're on a desert island. You have 30 days to complete a script. You can only have one book. Which would you choose?

1)Aristole's Poetics. 2)Save the Cat 3)The Screenwriters Bible. There are NO OTHER choices. The studio is Warner Brothers. You have a signed contract for $50,000. Go!!!

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Yaseen Ali Appreciate your choice. But it is not one of the (3) and if you read the lead thread again you don't get the $50,000 if you don't choose one of the (3). And you know this is purely hypothet...

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Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Jeff Lyons Thesaurus is a good choice. But it is not one of the (3) and as you know by now you don't get the hypothetical $50,000 if you don't choose. But I see a lot of you are having fun with your o...

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Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Jeff Lyons I am sorry also. I wanted everyone to pick one of the (3) books so I can complete the survey. But I understand why you want to be independent and wish you well in all your future endeavors....

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Rutger Oosterhoff

First nowbody in his right mind goes to a desert island for 30 days, even for $50.000. But ok, let us play the game. So you are 'washed up' up on this desert island without food and water. And you are...

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Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Rutger Oosterhoff - Okay. First of all this entire scenario was just written to get a more interesting, creative, and lively response from my fellow "Happy Writers" on which of the (3) books you prefe...

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What kind of screenwriting software you use?

Hi, at the beginning of 2018 I will follow a new screenwriting course and the tool to use is Celtx. I've never heard of it. Ofcourse I tried the free version, but it makes me wonder if this is a good program. I also use Scrivener for writing and it seems there's loads of programs out there. So what...

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Dan Guardino

'Raymond. Doug is right nobody cares if you are writing spec screenplays. I love Movie Magic but I switched to Final Draft because I was forced to do so. I like both but if I was just starting out I would go with a free one to make sure I really wanted to stick with this or not.

Aray Brown

I was using Final Draft (illegally, don' tjudge me) but got duped into trying Fade In free trial and am hooked, prolly cuz it reminds me of Movie Magic Screenwriter. Still a fan. It's also less expensive than FD, and you can also export to FD if need be.

James Drago

Final Draft or bust.

Raymond Zachariasse

Thanks. A lot to choose from :)

Dan MaxXx

I dont care about software brand, but my laptop does affect my public confidence. I use a Microsoft surface and Pros generally use Macs.

Hello All

looking for other screenwriters in London with their own projects for cross collaboration. I'm writing 40 min episodes.

James Drago

Have you searched here?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Perhaps utilize "Browse" located in the top menu bar and search our membership by location and/or occupation. ;)

Elisabeth Meier

Am interested, just drop me a line. Thanks.

Pitch Sessions: My experience v. Yours

I have submitted a synopsis to three different producers/content people on Pitch Sessions at $30 a pop. Same synopsis to all three. One liked it but passed, one felt it needed work and passed, and one said he found it offensive, and of course, passed. This one made me chuckle. All in all, I found it...

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Dan MaxXx

I've done it, cold-calls and queries. I think I have sent over 300++queries and 50 cold-calls in about 1 1/2 years. Maybe (15) YES, "send material". It's probably quicker and easier to pay$$$. But I am a donkey and I do things the tough way. Trial and error.

Uncle Phil

I just read most of this thread through and here are my observations: 1) Jacob Krueger wrote one respectable television movie with another writer and now makes his living running a consulting school/b ...

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Steven Michael

Good info Dan, thanks. Sorry for the hijack Dain.

Dan Guardino

Steven. If you call don't blurt out the fact that you are fairly new.

Elisabeth Meier

LOL, Dan. Best advice and so true.

Legal question about working with a producer

I'm skyping tomorrow with a producer who read my script and wants to talk about it and share some suggestions on revising it. (Whatever else her intentions are towards me and the script I'll find out tomorrow.) I have no reason to distrust this person, who is quite established in the Hollywood indus...

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Uncle Phil

Eric: Don't put the cart before the horse. First, establish an objective for the meeting. Did this producer call you to say I want to discuss this screenplay? If so, find out what it is the producer ai ...

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Eric Christopherson

Thanks, Unc P, but the meeting already happened (see my previous comment above).

Boomer Murrhee

I have a scheduled call for today with a producer who wants to talk about my script. I'm glad your call went well. Thanks for the post.

Eric Christopherson

How'd it go, Boomer?

Elisabeth Meier

Yes, Boomer, would like to know how it was too. :)

Quentin Tarantino leading the next Star Trek movie writing team? He wants an R-rated Star Trek?

Scribes, how do you feel about writer/director Quentin Tarantino directing the next Star Trek movie? And, assembling the writing team? This is a half-century long franchise with legions of fans. Do you think Tarantino's in your face style of writing and direction will have a positive or negative eff...

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Report: Quentin Tarantino And J.J. Abrams Close To Picking Star Trek Screenwriter - Movie Would Be R-Rated
Report: Quentin Tarantino And J.J. Abrams Close To Picking Star Trek Screenwriter - Movie Would Be R-Rated
Earlier this week it was reported that Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams were assembling a writing room to hear Tarantino's pitch for an idea for a Star Trek movie. Today Deadline reports that the "wh…
Frankie Gaddo

This film will be a sure success.

Anna Ebell

I always liked the message that Gene Roddenberry tried to convey, I think it would become lost in all the guts and glory style of Tarantino

Pat Savage

I think it will be colossal compared to the last few offerings from the franchise.

Tao Ryan Moua

I'm not a fan of QT's style, but I think it can work if he can bring a fresh take and limit the violence to PG-13 like what Nolan did to the Batman.

James Drago

At least it's something different. I consider that progress!

Literary Agent

Does anyone know if there are any literary agents or managers accepting submissions for big bald men with 8 TV series and a feature ready to roll?

Dan MaxXx


Whatca mean by "ready to roll"? My definition means "financed, set up". Money offers to cast & crew.
This is Show Business.

James Drago

Echoing Dan. Are there attachments?

Logans Run

How can I find out who's working on this now - if anyone? Or who has the current rights?

Dan MaxXx

quick google search and producer Joel Silver is producing a TV series. Start there.

What would you do?

Hey guys! So I am working constantly. However I have my ups and downs with a steady income with being in this industry and not being part of the Union, which I am not even sure would help me with my situation anyway. So right now I don’t have the funds to use platforms like stage 32 to pitch my scri...

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Mercedes Street

Hi Luna, I haven't posted anything for sale but I did create a website with wix showcasing samples of my work and I created an IG documenting updates on any of my work and competitions that I've enter...

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Script Sample

Does anyone know where I could find free Full Script Samples? Working on revisions and would like to make sure I'm following proper formatting.

Thank you,

KX.

Robert Franklin

Keep writing

Dan Guardino

Kay. The example Wayne posted is a good example. What you find on the internet are normally production screenplays so they do some things you would not do in a spec screenplay. It is okay to read them...

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Fleurette M Van Gulden

kay, formatting books are available. You need to know the elements. If I won't get spanked I suggest you google Storysense.com It's an easy read. Structure and craft are determined by the writer's cho...

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Fleurette M Van Gulden

Gilberto Villahermosa, I read scripts from imsdb and download pdf via a Facebook writer's group. Simply script just posted pdf of current films including Pixar's Coco.
I read a lot but I'm focused on the genre and period similar to my work.

All the best.

Pat Savage

The example Wayne posted is a good example.

"Stuart Little" Set-up

I was rewatching a childhood favorite "Stuart Little" and realized the Littles could have just adopted the mouse plus a boy for their son, end of story. ;)

Fleurette M Van Gulden

Dennis, I plumb forgot that film, wonder why?
Set-ups have payoffs. Did the story pay off?

Screenwriting

A good film script should be able to do completely without dialogue.- David Mamet

Darjan Petrović

This is a caveman level statement.

Dan MaxXx

Ironic quote from Mamet who started as a playwright and is known for meaty monologues, but I think i get his point somewhat. Film is visual. Generally, there ain't much talking in good/great movies.

William Martell

"A word here about movie dialogue: It is among the least important parts of a screenplay," William Goldman. Remember, 2/3rds of a USA movie's income is from overseas. In my Visual Blue Book I share a ...

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Uncle Phil

I think smart, ping-pong dialogue is very important to most films. However, if you want to see a great movie with very minimal dialogue, superb acting and excellent visual storytelling, look no furthe...

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Raymond Zachariasse

I agree. The latest Blade Runner has plenty of silent moments. However you can see it's staged, so you need to be really good to pull it off. I think they did a great job with Wall-E.

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