Screenwriting : S32's Happy Writers First Ten Pages Evaluation - my reading experience for what it's worth by Regina Lee

Regina Lee

S32's Happy Writers First Ten Pages Evaluation - my reading experience for what it's worth

After a good experience hearing pitches on Stage 32 in April, I've started participating in the First Ten Pages evaluation program. Over the last 2 weeks, I've been very pleased and impressed by the quality of screenwriting I've seen! Bravo!! I have to admit that I've been pretty surprised by how well participants are writing. I figured that 50% of participants would probably be pretty green. However, I'm delighted to say that, imho, 80% of the writers I've read have real promise as storytellers and craftspeople, and 20% feel like they're still in the early stages of their craft - not without promise, just earlier on in their personal development. Again, that is merely my personal opinion. I guess my point is that you, S32ers, are among a really good crop. I'm hopeful for all of you, for all of us. Keep up the good work, and I hope you are enjoying the process. Nothing worth having comes easily, right? And trust me, no one is getting rich off this program. It's more of a treasure hunt, and those aren't easy.

Dan MaxXx

that's awesome Regina. thanks for your dedication looking for the 'next superstar.' I look at it like this: it's cheaper than taking an Industry person out to lunch/dinner. Waste car gas, Time, Meal, drinks, Tips, etc.

Regina Lee

Thanks, Dan. I'm afraid I'm old enough to know that the odds aren't great for finding the next "superstar," as you say. I'd be happy to find a sell-able project and/or a sell-able writer who is easy to work with. "Superstar" is too tiny a bull's-eye for me to hit. My odds are better if I can widen the bull's-eye that I'm trying to hit.

Regina Lee

To be pragmatic, my goal is not to find the superstar Steph Curry or LeBron James of screenwriting. Would be thrilled to find someone who can play in the pros. :-)

Dan MaxXx

gotcha James Jones has had a long successful career from the bench (5 straight Finals appearances)

Regina Lee

I'd like to please add that if you are getting a completed scorecard from me, I've based those scores on all scripts I read, not just "amateur" scripts. If your rating is average or below average, please understand that I'm comparing your script against the average quality of pro scripts. If I were only comparing you against amateurs, your scores would be higher. And to those who are getting above average scores, it's my humble opinion that your script is indeed above average from all scripts in the marketplace. I continue to be really impressed by the quality I'm seeing! Bravo!

David Levy

Regina's feedback speaks volumes. It's helped me start my script on a stronger note to grab the reader. Keep preaching the truth, Regina!

Dan MaxXx

Im waiting for my score card. Regina, has any stage 32 writers sold a script to a prod company or producer from a submission to 1st 10 pages development notes? If not, I wanna be the first. when I do, Im gonna pay the $49 for every member on stage 32 (well, everyone on my network). My tab! Thats my way of giving back to the community!

Regina Lee

Hi Dan, I don't work for S32, and I don't have any stats, nor would it be my place to disclose private information. Please ask the employees. Thanks!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Dan M., perhaps send your question to Erik Grossman. :)

Ryan D. Canty

this is great feedback! I will have to use this service in the near future...

Regina Lee

I'd like to add to this topic and recommend that you reread your First 10 Pages before submitting them with the following in mind - - Can an uninitiated reader intuit what my movie/pilot is about within the First 10? - In other words, does the Central Dramatic Question come across clearly to a new reader in the First 10? If not, does it start to come into focus so a reader can intuit it and become emotionally invested in continuing past the First 10 to page 11? - Does my protagonist's set-up come across clearly in the First 10? - Does my tone come across clearly in the First 10? In my opinion, if those are all yeses, then your script is a great candidate for this particular program. (If they're not all yeses, then you can still use this program as a tool to help you work on these areas.) If you're interested in additional discussion on script openings, my Stage 32 class is focused on openings - https://www.stage32.com/classes/How-To-Hook-Your-Reader-In-Only-5-Pages

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