Screenwriting : Fade out. by Gavin Rhoades

Gavin Rhoades

Fade out.

I just finished my first screenplay! What a thrill. I’m so happy with the final product and can’t wait for the next steps! The hard work is well worth it!

Joey Madia

Gavin: Congratulations! I wrote my first one about 3 years ago and have written two more since. I remember the feeling getting that first one finished. Cheers and best of luck with the next steps!

David Sullivan

Congrats Gavin! That's super exciting!

Anthony D Paul

Here’s to you and many more screenplays. Now go get some egg nog and relax. After Christmas start rewriting.

Bill Costantini

You seem to have your head screwed on straight, based on what I read on your profile. You're a real writer who knows structure; you have a passion for writing; and you're a researcher who knows how and where to find out what you don't know. So you have all the main elements for advanced success.

Use your strengths, and please don't become a jaded/cynical/delusional/ignorant person who starts to develop thoughts like "Hollywood sucks/Hollywood doesn't make good movies"; "reputable script consultants suck"; or "contests suck." Stay out of those wrong mindsets; utilize your strengths/gifts; work wisely and effectively manage your time.

If you do all will have a real chance to succeed. And that's all anybody should want, you know? A real chance to succeed.

Best wishes to your and your loved ones, and best fortunes to you, bro!

Derek Reid

Congrats Gavin!

Pamela Bolinder

Gavin, congrats! Good feeling, huh! =)

Joleene DesRosiers

One of the best feelings in the world, isn't it? Congratulations.

Joseph Deegan

Big congrats! Always a major accomplishment. Now come the rewrites... good luck with your project!

Kristina Rezek

Congratulations, Gavin! "The hard work is well worth it!" I couldn't agree more with that statement :).

Apolos Israel

Congrats. It's always a great feeling. Are you finished finished or is this the first of a few drafts?

James Drago

Great feeling!

Alessandro Machi

The Next bit of Hard work is burying the Script in a Desk Drawer somewhere, leaving it alone for about a week to 10 days, then reviewing it and seeing if you still like it.

Craig D Griffiths

Gavin you are a better writer now than you were when you started writing it.

So like others will tell you. Put it away and start writing the next one. When you hit a bit of a block in the next script. Go back and read your first. You will see all the growth you have done and what can be improved in that first script.

Some people say "Never show anyone your first script". That may be true. My first one placed in comps, but I wouldn't write it again. It was more like a series of ideas than a story. I was trying to glue depth onto the main character rather than build someone real.

Never stop writing.

There are two stories I have in my head that I know I am not good enough to write yet. I have written a lot of stuff. But these are important and I need to be the best I can to do them justice.

Sarah Gabrielle Baron

Congratulations! Give yourself a little mini-party! Remember to thank your Creative Self and everything she birngs to this existence.

Ted Westby

There's really nothing like writing 'Fade Out'. Nicely done indeed. All the best on your journey.

Gavin Rhoades

Thanks to everyone for the kind words and support! This has been an amazing experience. I’ve already submitted my screenplay to a competition and will be revisiting it after the new year to make edit and do rewrites. This community is wonderful! Love to all!

Doug Nelson

Congratulations on getting it drafted. But when it comes to the hard work part - you ain't seen nothin' yet.

Alessandro Machi

You finish the script, forget about for a week to 10 days, maybe even a month. Then read it through. I would suggest actually printing a copy out and reading the copy. See how you feel about it now that time has passed.

Phillip "Le Raconteur" Hardy

Good job!

Pamela Bolinder

A. S. T.: LOL

Joey Madia


Jodi Rath

Congrats Gavin Rhoades ! I'm still learning the Final Draft software and how to go from writing books to scripts. So happy for your success!

Erik Ros

Congrats! What's your next step?

Barry John Terblanche

Yeah... there ain't no feeling like your first born. Ask my firstborn child who is now second to my first script :-)

Renee N. Meland


Doug Kayne


Bill Albert

Good luck. Hang on! It's going to be a bumpy ride.

James Welday

Congratulations!! The best part is about to begin: the editing process.

Langley Coleman

Congrats! what a great feeling!

Sarah Gabrielle Baron

Congratulations! Now put it in a drawer for three months and write something else!

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