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For all of my screenwriters...How many screenplays/scripts do you have written/completed?
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I have written thirty.
12... and counting
Six. Writing two simultaneously; Just flip from one to the other. I have two more completed in my head, not yet on paper. Frantic?
I store hard copies in three-ring binders - I count a baker's dozen on the shelf. There are a couple more 'in progress' on my computers with back-ups on HD cards.
Seven shorts and features. One digital series script in progress.
Three features, first three episodes of a sitcom written, two features in progress plus many more ideas in the computer. Also, two novels, one memoir, two books of poetry, two business books, several songs...always writing.
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Doug trumps us all. I have six completed Features and One Short. Genre range from Family/Friendly/Romance to Drama, Thriller, Fantasy.
I think two or three. Bro I just do it
A dozen features, two shorts. Already working on my next one while awaiting feedback from contests on my last three.
About a dozen.
Seven. All comedies. Even some that didn't start out that way.
Eight, plus another I co-wrote and an adaptation of a novel, which was a collaboration as well.
One feature, two half-hour pilots, and two shorts.
One feature, 5 treatments; currently working on developing a few more full length ideas!
Four, one political comedy, one Dramady about women's journey taking on a male-dominated career, a crime drama about a culturally diverse internal affairs unit and a fish out of water comedy about a straight-laced FBI agent banished to a small Hawaiian town.
Nine full length screenplays & one short film script. Gotta try to write every day, it's the best experience along w/reading screenplays. Last, always try (I do) to find a personal connection with your characters and your audience will have a chance of caring.
To date I've completed 4 features, 3 pilots, and hundreds of audio dramas (they don't count, but I'm developing some of them in screenplays/pilots)
Currently, about 10 complete, of those one has been produced (DELIRIUM), a few were work for hire and I was paid for them but they were not produced, of a couple I wrote with Johnny Martin, one is optioned and another one looking for backers. And DEAD WAKE has a couple more film festivals to compete in (already won a few awards/finalist laurels) Oh and another my partner and I are currently reworking in hopes of it getting started next year!
One less than the one that gets me that BIG meeting.
Halfway done with my 18th.
Seven features. Working on my first short.
12, and I've got 3 unfinished features that I really need to get working on!
Eleven. That doesn't include pilots, episodes, shorts and one hour made for TV scripts. Close to twenty. Been writing sp's for ten years and some were adapated from my already written stories.
Two features, 18 shorts....
4 TV show Pilots and 6 full feature scripts
I have completed 45+ screenplays, teleplays and some short stories
1 feature film, 2 pilot episodes with there television proposals, a couple of shorts and a variety of new proposals that need fleshing and scripting
2 shorts, 4 features, and 1 feature in progress
As a writer I'm so happy to see that I'm not alone drowning in various "back-up" scripts. I have to admit though, I would only bring a half of my completed features to an official table as of now, but to have multiple ideas half thought out or already written is a writers best asset. As an actor it excites me to see that so many writers have scripts on hand, hopefully ready to shoot.
36 feature length scripts, nine tv pilots, one spec sale, twenty-one screenplay assignments, 14 produced films.
2 shorts, 2 tv scripts and 1 episodic and 2 features
6 in my arsenal. in plain sight, 3
4 features and 2 TV pilots.
The better question is how many of your scripts have made it to the silver or tv screen?
And how many answers do think he would get asking that question?
Now that all have bared their soul, what plan did you have in place when you posed this question? How many are you looking for? What do you intend to do with this information?
I mean, I'm sure it's just making conversation. Seems to have worked.
The reality is that you need more than one solid script in the marketplace at all times for any shot at success. Some writers think that one script is going to do it, but it's a numbers game. And even when you do sell something or get paid on assignment, the movies can still languish in development hell, lose financing, the star, a change of marketplace, whatever. The key is finding a genre that you love and write the hell out of it. Your specs are a tool to find your voice, to become a better screenwriter, and find the genre that you love. It's good to hear most writers on the feedback are writing. That's what is within our power.
Excellent post Mark Sanderson
Wow! Zeus does come down from Mount Olympus.
Thanks Mark S. I have written 5 scripts and always seem to get polishing ideas. Every time you think 'it's done', another little gem of an idea comes along making it (hopefully) better. I keep writing, reading, watching and learning. Cheers from Oz!
Thanks Tony. Perhaps only because the goddess is a little too forceful.
Hi Robert. Yes, nothing like a first date someone wrote about.
Sorry Robert. Should have mentioned - I'm from Oz.
I've seen/read some pretty good stuff from the land of Oz.
I wrote a trilogy set in Australia. I optioned it to a company here in LA once but it died in development. Recently I had an Australian Producer who wanted to produce it. They have some great government benefits if the producer is an Australian and if the movie will help bring more tourist to Australia.
Quite a few. I've got a couple short film scripts, a TV pilot and a couple TV and film specs.
Writing five now, trying to complete one for the National Lampoon competition.
I need a f*&king script coverage editor!
Maybe 20ish short film screenplays (6 of which have been produced). Currently working on my second feature screenplay
Adam S. MacPherson check out screenplaygurus.com Fantastic notes, not coverage, plus a 10% off coupon for first timers. They're the only guys I use and they've helped me improve tremendously. Good luck.
So far, only two TV pilots :(
I have completed 2 movie scripts
Hey Rachel T - keep going. It’s about believing in your story/s. Good luck!
Hey Dan G
We (in Oz) also need visionary industry people who know there are a ton of great stories that would be better then a pointless bloody remake of the 1970’s “Stormboy” for heavens sake!
Hey Adam S
Good luck with your National Lampoon story. I wrote one comedy (with positive coverage) but man, they’re hard to write.
I have 10 completed award winning screenplays, I have 10 works in progress close to being completed and I have another 10 screenplays I am currently developing. Each one of a different genre, budget and premise.
Thanks Tony S - I will also check it out.
Congratulations Robert. Hope you do well with it.
Congratulations Raymond. Hope all do well.
Robert, I would have liked your post to Dan, but not sure what the >>>> are. I'm not sure of all our talenteds but, we've made some pretty good movies. Hope those guys are still around. I know of one great producer who is.
I'm a little perplexed. The Austin Film Festival is said to be the home of scripts. Yet, I don't seem to be able to submit. Can someone please clarify for me a 'Narrative Feature'.
Fiction, feature length script. AMPAS considers any film over 40 minutes to be feature length to be considered for an Academy Award. Feature length used to be over 69 minutes
I got 1 feature film and 2 pilot episodes, and 10 pages in on episode 2 of one of the shows now
(2) copyrighted features. (1) copyrighted short. They are posted on my logline page. My 31 one page treatments that cover the genres of COMEDY, SCI-FI, TV SIT-COM, TV DRAMA, & ANIMATION are not.
Raymond D - so you're currently working on 20? At the same time?? Seriously?
Zero. Unless they are made into a movie they are not finished screenplays.
Define completed. To my way of thinking a script is only completed when it's sold and no longer my property.