Screenwriting

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James Pappoe Jr
Poster

Finished a poster for my 'Princess' script. Here's the logline:

Destined for greatness, a young girl is kidnapped by the militia from a refugee camp in Africa and is forced to endure heart wrenching events. With the aid of an unexpected friend she finds a way out to fulfill her dream as an undispute...

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Julia Bobkoff

At first glance I like the poster, but once I read that she fulfills her dream as an undisputed boxing champion I felt that the image of a girl striking a knockout blow, her fist caught mid-air, with...

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James Pappoe Jr

Thanks Bill. No it's not a true story. Some of the events that took place in the story I took from some friends I knew when I was living in Ghana, West Africa. They were refugees from Liberia who had some pretty eventful turns in their lives and wanted to share it with the world.

James Pappoe Jr

Thank you Julia. Makes sense.

Erik A. Jacobson

You only requested feedback on the poster so I'll focus on that. First, what is your target audience? You're right, the photo you pick is very important. But your present pic looks anything but one wh...

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James Pappoe Jr

How's this? Took it out of Google images. Just an idea until this gets picked up and I can create my own.

DC Harrison
Off-screen formatting question

Darryl looks behind him. Terrified, he crawls frantically toward the door.

Mr. Henderson slams the door and locks it.

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OK, regarding Darryl's off-screen screams, do I write:

Darryl's blood-curdling screams are heard from behind the door?

or

Darryl's blood-curdling screams are heard off-scre...

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Heidi Schussman
The Legend of The Toymaker

The purpose for having a table read of my screenplay was to determine if it is worthy to keep pitching it, and also to get feedback about making it better. I got both. Hands down, everyone who participated in the read felt it "had legs" and should be pursued. I took all of the advice and sifted thro...

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Damian Lloyd

You would need to be more specific about the type and needs of the animation to obtain a meaningful estimate. I worked on a sort of fake-news "South Park" thing a few years ago, and the rule of thumb was a thousand bucks a minute. On the other hand, they spent $260 million to make "Tangled".

Damian Lloyd

Oh, and I stole this from another thread: https://getwrightonit.com/animation-price-guide. We should compile a FAQ or something.

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Maurice Vaughan
If you could put together a movie with...

If you could put together a movie with anyone in Hollywood (plus an unlimited budget), who would be the director and the two main actors?

I would pick Steven Spielberg as the director. For the two actors, I would pick Denzel Washington and Jim Carey. The cast would be diverse, and it would have a balanced mix of men and women.

Maurice Vaughan

Thanks for the info, Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services. I watched the trailer for "Booksmart," but I didn't know Olivia directed it until I looked it up on IMDb.

Maurice Vaughan

Thanks for posting, everyone. This was a fun "if I could" type of post.

Tiffany Johnson

So I usually stick to the drama or adventure category in my own personal writing, but I would like to see some kind of romance story with Nicole Beharie and Denzel Washington set on a winery somehwere...

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Maurice Vaughan

Hi, Tiffany Johnson. Denzel in a romance story sounds interesting. I can picture that movie.

Bale and Gossling acting together in the main roles would be an entertaining movie. Action/Thriller?...

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Tiffany Johnson

Maurice Vaughan Yeah Denzel did a thriller with Sanna Lathan as the love interest but she was trying to kill him so that's not very romantic I think lol. As far as Bale and Goss I think a thriller bec...

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Hallmark movies

Hey y'all. Nancy Naigle here. I was asked to start this thread, and I'm looking forward to the discussion we'll have. I'm new at screenwriting, but I've written lots of novels. I've had the wonderful blessing to have three of my novels turned into Hallmark movies. A dream come true! It was such a wo...

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Meg Stone

@Dan Guardino, were any of those 12 novels you adapted, your own? I am very interested in the process of writers adapting their own works - essentially changing hats, as opposed to a screenwriter adapting someone else's literary work.

Dan Guardino

Meg. I think there are a few screenwriters here who have adapted their own novels. I am not one of them. All the novels I adapted where written by several different authors. I just posted one of the f...

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Meg Stone

Dan, Dan Guardino by 'posted' do you mean online, or stage32? If so, where can I read it?

Dan Guardino

Meg. Click on my name. scroll down until you see Loglines. Click on GLASS HOUSE. Scroll down to View Screenplay and click on that. It will download in a pdf. Or you can email me at danguardino@yahoo.c...

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John Antony Dunne

Congratulations Nancy. I have the interest of Emmy award winning producer Alex Greene that is interested in turning my Book POL-FORCE into a TV show. and I am also working on a Fantasy Adventure calle...

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Amanda Toney
Where are our faith-based and faith-friendly writers?

What an incredible webinar today with founder of Higher Purpose Entertainment, Brad Wilson. He shared some great insights into writing the faith based and faith friendly genre. What were some of your favorite take aways?

John Ellis

Good point, Angela VanZandt-Bumpass about not being preachy. And congrats in advance for your 1st wedding anniversary!

Owen Mowatt

I'm a non believer myself, but see faith films as just another genre to write for. Having said that the level of quality of most is shockingly bad imo (step forward Mr Perry!). Described by some as, j...

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Amanda Toney

If anyone missed Brad's webinar, I just put it on demand: https://www.stage32.com/webinars/How-to-Write-Faith-Based-and-Faith-Frie......

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Lynn Kauffman

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Angela VanZandt-Bumpass

Thanks, John! I married a wonderful man!

Habou Adi Said
Reading User Review of Budget Movies

Hello Everyone,

I hope your are great. I was looking for air battle movies and aliens attack movies' trailers when I saw Alien Siege 2018. I went on some website to read the user reviews and I saw a lot of people hating indie movies.

In your opinion, how much was that movie produced?

Why can't indie mo...

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Craig D Griffiths

Dan Guardino movie people aren’t stupid. That is a fairytale people tell themselves to excuse their bad writing.

But people in bigger companies than any film company do it.

The HP tablet (with their own...

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Habou Adi Said

Hi Bill Costantini,

You're right about that, but I wanted to illustrate how people can make great movies with small budget. Imagine, a less than 5 Millions animation which braught around 95 Millions do...

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Habou Adi Said

You are right Craig D Griffiths. The market is saturated, and Hollywood will soon need great stories to make income.

Dan Guardino

We'll see but since they make a ton of money I am not going to pretend I am smarter than they are just because I can write a good screenplay.

Habou Adi Said

I have included some samples of eastern european animations movies.

Any indie writer with a good screenplays should try to contact them.

The Stolen Princess : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDOPiR5IAaI Expand comment
Sarah Gabrielle Baron
All-indigenous film festival

Still loads of time to see some intense films and catch some live music! https://www.facebook.com/weengushkfest/

Weengushk International Film Festival
Weengushk International Film Festival
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Craig D Griffiths
First steps

What are your first steps in getting a career.

Not so much milestones, like getting an agent.

Actions you would suggest people take to get as much success as they can. Mine are:

1. Read scripts (never stop)

2. Write a short film

3. shoot a short film

4. write more (shorts or feature)

5. when they are good,...

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Rutger Oosterhoff

All of the above except deluding myself I could ever get a film career. I am far from a good enough writer for that. I make films just for fun.

Dan MaxXx

1- move to a large film & TV community,

2- start young, like in your 20s

3- don't have big bills or family commitments you can't walk away from.

4- get a job in the industry

5- meet people who do the thin...

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Kiril Maksimoski

Just three from me...

1) Keep your dayjob for now...most of us do so :)))

2) Write that one contained thriller with smart twist your gut tell's it's gonna get you through.

3) Rutger Oosterhoff don't ever...

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Craig D Griffiths

Dan MaxXx I’ll start at 5, too old for the rest. I’ll duplicate 10 out to 100.

I am closer to Kiril Maksimoski and Rutger Oosterhoff...

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Dan Guardino

1) Read two books about screenwriting.

2) Read quite a few screenplays.

3) Wrote a lot of screenplays.

4) Used my spec screenplays to make connections.

5) Attached a couple of well-known directors to some...

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Marjolein Smit
Anybody need logline help?

We all know what a BLEEP loglines can be. Well, it took me a while but I have come to actually enjoy cracking the logline puzzle. (Don't be mean to me now hahaha ) If you're stuck, feel free to ask for help. Hope y'all are doing okay. --------------------- It is now a month later. I have seen some a...

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T.L. Davis

As I learned from those on this site, if the logline isn't almost automatic, perhaps there are problems with the script itself. Is the script trying to tell too may stories? Is the protagonist and his/her goal and motivation not clear? Etc.

Craig D Griffiths

Thanks everyone.

Anthony Moore good suggestion. He wants to go back to undercover, but he is learning it is bad for him.

Dan MaxXx I believe you have to tell to sell. Like a restaurant menu. You never...

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Kiril Maksimoski

@ TL, I agree. There can't be a great logline to a poor story. If logline doesn't work, there's probably something wrong with the story concept itself.

Dan MaxXx

Craig D Griffiths i don't think I ever read a logline as a reader at prod companies. Scripts just arrive and stacked in piles. I don't even think writers of produced screenplays write the loglines pos...

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Craig D Griffiths

Dan MaxXx I don’t think loglines are a thing outside the low end and indie world. The part of the industry that is effected by the massive wave of amateurs.

Agents, managers and other style of filters...

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Taylor C. Baker
How to Use Your Struggles as Creative Fuel

Happy Friday Folks!

I wanted to share an amazing blog by Germany-based screenwriter Christina Patjens about how to the sour parts of your own life as fuel for your creative endeavors.

Christina's story and vulnerability is truly moving and she offers some really sound advice that has helped her throu...

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William Joseph Hill

That was a great post from Christina, Taylor C. Baker . Her story is very inspirational.

Lisa R Malone

Hello Taylor! My name is Lisa Malone with Luminaries in Life and Sports on Instagram and I'm also a wet behind the ears newbie to Stage 32. You are awesomely fun and full of energy, and I just wanted to thank you for being so excited for all of your Stage 32 members.

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Phillip "Reflective" Hardy
The unexpected things that come during the writing process.

I'm writing a new screenplay and like I normally do, I've been working off a outline. While crafting a script, there's a point where I really hit the groove. It took me a while with this new one but I found my groove yesterday. The outline is an essential part of my writing road map, but what I real...

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Kiril Maksimoski

I believe there's actually a term for that - Epiphany...

Phillip "Reflective" Hardy

Kiril: That works for me. I've had several over the past two days.

Paul Grammatico

Kiril Maksimoski yes, you're spot on. Epiphanies can be quite exhilarating!

Richard P. Alvarez

I woke in the middle of the night a few nights ago - A character in a script I had written two years ago - delivered a line in a dream that blew me away.

I got up - put it in the script - and updated t...

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WL Wright

I love when I get in that groove, it's like being in the moment that Dr. Frankenstein realized his experiment turned into reality feeling.

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