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Screenwriting : Do you spend too much time flogging the same script? by Phillip "Back From The Dead" Hardy

Phillip "Back From The Dead" Hardy

Do you spend too much time flogging the same script?

On Sunday night, I finished a screenplay I wrote in ten days; and now I’ve spent a few days cleaning it up. By Thursday, I’m going to send it over to the director that I collaborated with on writing the treatment and let him tell me what he wants me to rewrite. If he wants to pay for a script consultant or have someone else look at it, then god bless him. We’ll also have the producer read it and provide feedback. However, I won’t begin rewriting the screenplay until we’re all in agreement on what works and what doesn’t. As far as spec scripts, I write a good first draft, do some minor polishing and that’s it. I don’t pay someone to tell me what’s wrong with it. I only rewrite spec scripts if someone is interested in pitching the material to producers or industry people looking for material. Otherwise, I’d rather move on to writing something else. I’m sure this will make many people cringe who subscribe to the notion of writing is rewriting. And, it most certainly is. But I’m far more motivated to rewrite if I have a good reason to do so. In any case, I’ve attached a link to a great Final Draft tutorial on what to do during the rewriting process. http://www.finaldraft.com/mm_media/mm_pdf/How-to-Rewrite-Your-Screenplay...

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Shari D. Frost

you are so fast! i try to bang out my initial "vomit" draft within a week or two, but for me that's just my "lump of clay" and it takes a few more months and some conversations with my writing group to get it where i want it. p.s. could be me, but i think this link only gets you to a final draft ad...

Phillip "Back From The Dead" Hardy

@Shari There are days where I'm at it for hours.

Cherie Grant

I can't concentrate for long so I could never write this fast. It will take me months.

Owen Mowatt

Hmmm.....on the face of it, it seems very impressive but are you talking about ten days from just an initial idea, or ten days after research and notes?

Conrad Ekeke

Is that exclusive to Final Draft only?

Phillip "Back From The Dead" Hardy

@Conrad This tutorial is put out by Final Draft but you can download PDF. I've had a few from inception to completion in ten days; but not this time.

Phillip "Back From The Dead" Hardy

Shari: Click on the top link write below my post writing and it takes you to the PDF file. Otherwise PM and I'll email it to anyone who wants it.

Shari D. Frost

that worked - thank you!

Dan MaxXx

Not to be a DI*K but have you sold a script or made a movie? 10 days scripts, from start to end, are bogus. The Kevin Williamson story, "I wrote SCREAM in 7 days", is like winning Mega million lottery

Dan Guardino

Dan. I adapted a novel and later discovered the author wrote the 185 page book in just nine days. You don't know what other people might be capable of doing.

Dan MaxXx

@dan a Novel is personal, from the Author. A screenplay is a collaboration of many people, from Writer to Actors to Director to even the Make-Up person. the script is just a map. Nobody pays $$ to see a Writer in a movie. I just call "BS" when people say they wrote a good spec script in 7 - 10 days. Really? How many days/months/years did a Writer think of the story before he/she start writing. The Kevin Williamson "7 days to write Scream" is a fable.

Phillip "Back From The Dead" Hardy

Mister Max: Everything I've I done in the past twenty years I've done at an accelerated pace, which includes getting three business degrees, a real estate license and writing scripts. When I submitted my master's thesis five weeks early, the instructor said "This isn't possible and are you sure you want me to grade this now?" I told him "Yup". Two weeks later I received a 4.0. So you keep subscribing to your notion of what's possible and I'll subscribe to mine. One of which is there are no absolutes in the world. Best of luck with the goals listed on your bio.

Dan Guardino

@ Dan Max. Making a movie is a collaboration of many people not a screenplay. When I write a screenplay I am offered the assignment so I don't think about the story for more than a couple of days before I start writing. I usually write one in two or three months and a couple of weeks to do the rewrites. I never did one in seven or ten days but I wouldn't question someone that says they did.

Bill Costantini

Screenplays can be just as personal as novels.

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