Screenwriting : The 10 Most Common Reasons Why Scripts Are Rejected by Eoin O'Sullivan

Eoin O'Sullivan

The 10 Most Common Reasons Why Scripts Are Rejected

The 10 Most Common Reasons Why Scripts Are Rejected
The 10 Most Common Reasons Why Scripts Are Rejected
The 10 Most Common Reasons Why Scripts Are Rejected This blog post originally appeared on Film Independent's blog READ MORE: Why Story Structure Formulas Don't Work and appears here with the permissio…
Mark Robyn

I'm happy to say that upon reading this list and thinking on my scripts, none of them has any of these problems. I find that very encouraging.

Stephen Barber

Great post!

Debbie Croysdale

A great read. The second link on procrastination also well worth a glance.

Stephen Barber

Good point Debbie. I saw that 'link' and figured I'd just bookmark the page and read it later.

W. Keith Sewell

Biggest peeve, it takes to long to get the conflict started. A lot of unproduced scripts start too slow for the audience and readers these days. I think you get about 3 pages to hook them - some, you get ONE...!

Mark Robyn

I read that on the list as well, about conflict not happening soon enough, and am happy to say none of my scripts has this problem. They all start out with excitement or humor and take off from there, especially my sci-fi thriller Werewolf Dawn.

William Martell

"It's the smell, if there is such a thing. I feel saturated by it. I can taste your screenplay's stink and every time I do, I fear that I've somehow been infected by it."

Sarah Gabrielle Baron

Good link, Eoin, thanks. I think I might be this 'conceptual writer' but I think I've come a long way to ensuring my characters have good voice and unique, dynamic traits. Good food for thought! So, Corey Mandell gave a stage32 seminar on tips on doing the whole nasty business of re-writing, which is exactly where I'm struggling daily as a developing writer....does anyone know if I can access this webinar? It was Feb 26 2015...

Craig D Griffiths

I like that the second best way to get ignored is to have a paint by numbers script. Where are the formula fanatics, surely I have to have a twist on page 11 and a shift into the second act on exactly page 25. I am told only amateurs stray from the formulas. Obviously Indiewire is full of amateurs. I have never stuck to a formula.... Yes I am making fun of the formula fanatics.

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