Screenwriting

From structure to content to representation to industry trends, this is the place to discuss, share content and offer tips and advice on the craft and business of screenwriting

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Keith Hannigan
TV Bible

Okay, cats and kittens -- I was told I need to have my bible at the ready. Here's the thing, I spent so much damn time working the craft of writing a script, I never took the time to study how to create a bible. Any suggestions?

James Scott

It happens. They say the best mechanics drive the crappiest cars because they're too busy fixing everyone else's.

Barry John Terblanche

Keith. You not making mention to you wrote a TV pilot/series? This would entail a Bible, a feature script would require a pitch doc. - ?

Keith Hannigan

Thank you all for your insight! I like to say I’m just a scribe looking for my tribe — and clearly I found mine with Stage 32! (Fist bump emoji)

Kacee Diehl DeMasi

Hello - If you are writing a tv series you will need both a Pitch Deck and a Series Bible and they are definitely NOT at all the same, even though some people who monitor this platform think they are....

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Barry John Terblanche

Kacee. Sorry, you wrong, It's one or the other. Why would a production company what to read two of the same that tell the same? It's pitch doc or bible! And, as you said, they different - the bible been the most informative with photos and all, that is not used in pitch docs.

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Duncan Kinzie
Getting a Screenwriting Manager

So here I am, with a degree in film, a handful of credits, a passion for filmmaking, and a crap ton of ideas. I am primed and ready to get my work out there. Thing is, I'm lacking in the network department.

Don't get me wrong, I've had the opportunity to meet a good number of wonderful local creative...

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Bill Albert

Duncan,

With Script Revolution, like here, it's not just anyone who can download them and read them so you have that on your side. You also can get your scripts registered with WGA and others to keep y...

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Duncan Kinzie

Oh wow that's amazing! I will definitely be pursuing that. Thanks Bill!

Craig D Griffiths

Here is a blog post I wrote about getting the most out of Script Revolution.

http://griffithscreative.com.au/how-to-get-your-work-sold/...

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CJ Walley

Thanks for the kind words on Script Revolution, guys.

Certainly make the most out of all the free resources you can, Duncan, and don't be afraid to be proactive. There are managers opening up discussi...

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John Ellis

Local, personal relationships are the way to go. Don't be in a hurry, this is a marathon biz. It's also about relationships - build them, always be professional, give more than take.

Most managers only...

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Bali Li
Literary Manager Representation

Hello Everyone! How do I go about getting Literary Management Representation? I have tried cold email queries with no response. Many thanks for any advice.

Erik A. Jacobson

Write some great scripts. You'll get noticed.

Bali Li

Thanks Erik for the advice!

Wally Wu

I agree, you have to show them you talent and keep showing them until they can see you clearly.

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Maurice Vaughan
The Screenwriter's Simple Guide to Formatting Television Scripts
A Simple Guide to Formatting Television Scripts - ScreenCraft
A Simple Guide to Formatting Television Scripts - ScreenCraft
What's the difference between a feature film script and a television script? Television is in a new golden era, and the formats of television are evolving. Film vs. Television With film, you're genera…
Ewan Dunbar

Articles like this are great to look into. They're small details but getting these things right helps keep the reader in the world of the script.

Maurice Vaughan

Yeah, you're right, Ewan Dunbar. I used this article to format my teleplays.

Barry John Terblanche

It's more the structure than format, format remains the same.

Maurice Vaughan

Hi, Barry John Terblanche. How are you? What are you working on?

Barry John Terblanche

Hi Maurice. I'm as well as I trust you are. What am I working on...? Since you ask, I can't be slandered and pitted as what Lisa Simpson, LSB BOOKS was for "promoting her great website/services" heret...

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Craig D Griffiths
When people say TV seems like a good idea, they aren’t crazy.

In TV the writer is king. In features are not considered highly (unless legendary).

I have notes from a financier via a producer. The financier discussed sentence structure. I laughed so hard I didn’t think my pants would dry.

No real feedback in the story except they’d like more action and less dialo...

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CJ Walley

It's amazing how different film, TV, and playwriting really is in terms of influence on the writer's part. Had a literary manager only this week commenting on how much more complex film is compared to...

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Cynthia Garbutt
Fingers Crossed

I just got some hope filled news..."Congratulations! Your project has been selected for Round 2 of the MACRO x The Black List Feature Screenwriter Incubator, created in partnership with Warner Bros. If you submitted multiple projects, only one will be considered in the next round."

Aray Brown

Sending postive vibes

Cynthia Garbutt

Anyone with any comments on Black List Incubator, please contact me.

Jayendra Pareek

Congratulations. Wish you all the best!

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Mohamed Ali
What's wrong with her?

I feel like this character is missing something or exaggerated in some of its description, beautiful people, What are your opinions? 

"A rich girl who looks like a charming Turkish teen, sharp and dominant. because of her mother's carelessness, the girl is exposed to sexual abuse from her relatives....

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Wally Wu

Simple sells, make her simple that anyone and everyone could relate to. Cut out the fat and leave the meat. Example - A very beautiful, controlling, abused Turkish girl loves to hurt and use people for drugs and power. Just a thought!

Mohamed Ali

Wally Wu Your description is undoubtedly great, but is it enough when I write the character description in the pitch deck ?

Wally Wu

No, you will need to go deep of course. I just scratched the surface for you. Your description is all of the backstory of why she is the way she is and what really makes her tick. Just look at the Har...

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Craig Prickett

You've written it like a novelist not a screenwriter.Give us a simple discription of her and if you want us to know she's abused and manipulative etc.Show us that in both action lines and dialogue thr...

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Marty Howe

psychopath?

Need a suggestion

How to make a play/film with only 2 characters (where 1 character is narrating a long and detailed incident) more interesting?

For eg. the chunk he/she's narrating will happen on the stage as a flashback, as he/she narrates.

Any more suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

Freyja Seren

Is the whole script just one or two characters? Or are there more characters in the depiction of the flashbacks? What genre is it? Is it entirely narrated? What's going on in the "present"? Why is the...

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Craig D Griffiths

Regardless of the number of characters or locations a story is interesting or it isn’t.

Here is my checklist for each scene.

Do we or the characters learn something?

Is there a change in power or status?...

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Felix Agyeman Boahen
Brand as a writer...

I've been in contact with a producer who finds me interesting and in a process of building a connection...

He requested a script for a short film... I sent him a draft, he complimented my writing and sent me an IDEA to write about...

I sent him a finished copy of his own Idea... He loved the script.....

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Felix Agyeman Boahen

Craig, I get your point now...

Felix Agyeman Boahen

Thanks Marty... James, you've said something.

Dan MaxXx

Did producer pay you $ for writing his idea?

Felix Agyeman Boahen

No MaxXx, we didn't talk about payment... It's a process of building connection.

Felix Agyeman Boahen

It seems like Dan MaxXx is all about the Money... Or you're already a professional??? Professionals think like that.

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Evelyne Gauthier
How many of you do this full-time?

Hi guys! I was wondering: how many of you are scrennwriting full-time ? How many of you have another day job? I have a full-time job (as a freelancer at home, but still a full-time job). Let's say that juggling with my job, the kids, homeworks, family obligations, etc. is quite a challenge. I manage...

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Dan MaxXx

We know a writer/playwright who's won an Emmy, Obie & Tony awards, and he still teaches part time at a university. It's a flexible job paying 6-figure annual salary, free tuition for his kids, and healthcare. Peace of mind steady income when you got a family and monthly mortgage bills.

James Scott

I don't think I could do it full time if I wanted. My brain needs to refill like a tank on a toilet. Once in a while I get a good flush and purge all the crap thats floating around in my head on to pages.

Debbie Croysdale

@James LOL I write as often as possible, the purge for me is a momentary respite and there's always more shit around the corner.

Amara Franklin

I have a full-time job and my own small business, plus chasing my twins around the house and homeschool. I basically write at 4 am or midnight.

Evelyne Gauthier

I don't feel so alone anymore. :D Thank you so much, everyone! I was really wondering...

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Amazing news for a new screenwriter!

Oh, my LORD! So much good news in recent days! My screenplay, SHE WASN'T THERE, has won Official Selection in another competition!

Barry John Terblanche

You go girl... again!!

Carlos Perez

Congratulations!!

Erik A. Jacobson

Congrats again, girl.

Tim Gale

Congrats!! Keep up the momentum!

Vanessa Chamberlain

Thank you, so much, everyone!!

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Tim Hayes
Where to go from here.

Many years ago, my kids forced me to watch, "The Fast and the Furious." They thought it was the best thing since ice cream. I'm car crazy, yet I hated it. They challenged me to write something better. So, here I am, a grizzly old retired curmudgeon of near seventy, who spent the majority of his life...

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Doug Nelson

Tim, join me down at the pub for a pint. We can swap tales of woe. I only have three novels but twelve scripts. Old age is a bitch, isn't it?

Tim Hayes

Sounds like a lot of fun, but I live outside of San Diego in Ramona. I'll have to take a rain check. If you're ever down this way, give me a heads up.

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