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Screenwriting : What do you do????? by Raymond (Ray) Scanlon

Raymond (Ray) Scanlon

What do you do?????

What's on your mind?Man I can write to some Stevie Wonder all day long!!! I can write to anything, but I have my favorites. Ranging from Heavy Metal to Funk. Anything and everything really!! I know some people like to write while a movie goes on in the background to inspire them. I'm a music man myself. What does everyone else write to?

Sean Chipman

Yeah, I need music. I can write without it, but something seems wrong when I do. My current playlist is kind of a jumbled mess, but in total, I like to range between about 400-500 songs. But, if I want a particular mood, I set out a specific group. Currently, from my two action features I'm trying, I have: Ball and Chain - Social Distortion. Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park. Come Sail Away - Styx. Crimson & Clover - Tommy James and the Shondells. Face Down - Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Faint - Linkin Park. Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty. Kryptonite - Three Doors Down. You're the Best Around - Joe Esposito. Layla - Derek & the Dominos. Keep On Lovin' You - REO Speedwagon. Heartbreaker - Pat Benatar. Piano Man - Billy Joel. Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones. Skyfall - Adele. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns 'n' Roses. Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith. Walk Like an Egyptian - The Bangles. You May Be Right - Billy Joel. More than anything, it's about setting a tone for the feeling you want the script to have. Funny thing is, there's several songs I listen to that I don't even like. But, the speed and pace of the song helps me avoid the fact that I don't even like it.

Antonia Jones-Hackley

I listen to all kinds of music but I really don't get a feel of what to listen to for inspiration until I have nailed my character. Like the script I'm working on now, The Bee Gees. Another script it was Linkin Park.

Raymond (Ray) Scanlon

wow, Edward.. total silence would drive me insane.

CJ Walley

I like writing in silence sometimes, in fact sometimes I have to. I like writing with a playlist playing quietly, I create one for each script I write. Sometimes I just put on tracks of waves or fire crackling to drown out any background sounds. I love sitting back and imagining while listing to music loud, I'm a big music fan, I follow around 750 bands on Spotify.

Marco Pieper

I'm a heavy metal fan and play 7 & 8 string guitars for the ultimate experience in loudness, but for writing I prefer total silence :-)

Raymond (Ray) Scanlon

It's seems to me most musicians write and create in silence. I use inspiration from the music sometimes.. sometimes its just background noise, SOMETIMES, not often, I can't write because I am too busy singing along!!!

Kristofer Atkinson

Oh MAN!! I listen to my John Williams Pandora station! I love the idea of great thematic music when trying to submerge myself into something. Generally if i listen to something with lyrics in it my ADD kicks in so bad I start listening to the song rather than focusing on the task at hand haha!

Lisa Maliga

I once told an aspiring jazz single that I liked total silence and she thought that was a music group!

Marvin Willson

Ba-dom, psssh! - Nice one Lisa.

Lewis Gordon

I can't have music when I write. Even coffee house skat gets too irritating.

Tony McFadden

First draft writing (book or screenplay - or even technical reports) exclusively Zoe Keating. (pimping her out >> http://www.zoekeating.com/ and @zoecello on twitter. Editing: Dire Straits / Classic Rock

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