Introduce Yourself : Beginning Screen Writing Profession by Robert Carfang

Robert Carfang

Beginning Screen Writing Profession

Hello, I'm an aspiring Screen writer from Chicago. At DePaul, I minored in digital cinema with a B.A in Economics. I'm currently a Part Time Marketing Analyst. I took Screen writing 101 and Writing for TV. I got A's in both classes. I own Screen Writing for Dummies and Larry Brody's Television Writing from the Inside Out. I'm looking for ways to improve my writing skills and go into the industry. I have a 30 page of a pilot of a tv show with background documents about the mythos of the story.

Pierre Langenegger

Hey Robert, the best way is to post your script for feedback. You can do it here in your ligkines section or use one of the other sites specifically designed for script feedback.

Robert Carfang

My script has not been trademarked yet and I am afraid people might steal ideas from it.

Phillip "Le Raconteur" Hardy

Robert: If you're worried about your work being stolen, then take the most important step in protecting it and register it online with U.S. office of copyrights. Here is the login link. http://copyright.gov/eco/ Register, pay the 35 dollars and then you''re ready to begin sharing your work.

Pierre Langenegger

That's right Phillip.

Chanel Ashley

Pierre, Phillip, how often do we hear that sentiment, lol - "…afraid people might steal ideas from it." - I remember being exactly the same with my first script, a while back now, but it's the least of my concerns now - good to see you guys still offering good advice - listen to them, Robert, both champions.

Pierre Langenegger

Yeah, I remember my paranoid days as well but if someone is concerned then I have no problems offering advice. Thanks for the thumbs up Chanel, always good to hear from you my friend.

Annie Mac

Robert, screenwriters have ideas by the dozen everyday, in my experience, all they crave is for someone to actually hear their voice. The last thing they'd want is stealing someone else's ideas. But, by all means register your work. Great advice, all around, and best of luck.

Rick Mowat

Am I missing something here but the original poster never opened the topic of stealing material did he? Hmm.

Phillip "Le Raconteur" Hardy

@ Rick: Yes, you missed Robert's second post in this thread where he stated: "My script has not been trademarked yet and I am afraid people might steal ideas from it." Hence my post about copyrighting.

Rick Mowat

Oh my apologies. Well it's true anybody can steal your stuff. You cannot copywright a title or an idea and if someone keeps all your characters, concepts, plot points and basic feel but rewrites 51% of the dialog...it's theirs now and nothing you can do.

Phillip "Le Raconteur" Hardy

@Rick Rewrite 51% of my dialogue? They wouldn't dare!

Rick Mowat

No of course not yours! But others...

Elaine Haygood

You can also register with the WGA for about $15.00 less. Thing is, at some point, someone has to read your stuff and if you don't feel comfortable with people on a website, then maybe join a Writer's group or just one or two people you trust to give you honest feedback. But, like any discipline. the best way to improve your skills as a Writer: READ a TON of stuff-Primarily books about things OTHER than writing. WATCH a TONof movies and TV and of course, WRITE.

Chanel Ashley

Robert, take a chance, up-load a screenplay, ask to be read, many, many good people here at S32 - I have 6 screenplays up, not final drafts, but close enough - if I can risk 6, you can risk one - at some point, you need to trust people, you gain nothing having written a "brilliant" script that very few will ever read - get it out in the universe, you never know where it can lead, cheers.

Wayne Jarman

Excellent, supportive thread. Good to read. :-)

Robert Carfang

I just registered my script with WGA East because I'm from Chicago. I would not call my script "brilliant", but my two screen writing professors like my idea and concepts for the script. Regardless, I'm going to upload my script "SPIRIT" to the site.

Robert Carfang

My screenplay is on my profile under loglines,

Pierre Langenegger

Good to see, Robert

Owen Mowatt

I must admit that I don't see too many faith based films, nor read any scripts, but I was still surprised by your overall approach to the subject matter. Just from the two pages I read, it seemed extremely heavy handed, and just reminded me of the times I was forced to sit through two hours of Sunday school. Isn't it time that faith based films relaxed their approach to accommodate today's world? Maybe one which addresses peoples concerns over religion and the growing evidence against it? If I'm wrong and this film is just for people of faith then ignore my comments, but it was just a thought.

Robert Carfang

Its about people fighting demons so its going to have light theology. The main character is an atheist being chosen by God to fight demons. It does have Biblical references (Kyle Stone being named after Peter, the "rock of the church" , Solomon's Field, King David , etc). But its also suppose to be a show about people with super powers coming together like the X-men, Justice League, Avengers, HEROS , Legends of Tomorrow , etc but with a Judeo-Christian basis.

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