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

Lawrence Whitener
Go West, Old Man

My 25 feature screenplays of every genre along with my self-produced 8 SAG-Short films have now earned me 90 Wins and 168 Nominations on IMDb...all in the past seven years. Looks like I have to move to L.A. because no one there takes me serious while I live in Washington, D.C. "Keep movin', movin',...

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William Martell

Almost everyone sells their first script living outside Los Angeles. So where you live isn't going to be the problem.

And if you enter a top contest like Nicholl or Austin and are a finalist, production companies will find you.

Barry John Terblanche

Quite an achievement in seven years! Well done, and be as proud of yourself as I'm sure you are.

Dan MaxXx

Move in 2022. Couple of writer-folks I know on Twitterverse moved to LA this year and they all had tv staff job offers before the move. They used writing samples and aced zoom interview meetings with...

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Lasse Wennerstrand

That's great! Keep at it and we'll soon see your name on the silverscreen!

Kirby Taylor

Best of luck on your move! Very exciting.

Kenneth Adrian Ellis
After #2 of 3 WGA Book-To-Film scripts is ready

'GETTING (PITCHING) A SCREENWRITING AGENT; AN OBVIOUS NEXT LEVEL BLESSING! A 20 DOCUMENTARY WILL BE (SUBSEQUENT) IN ADDITION TO THIS THREE MOTION PICTURE FRANCHISE; HALLELUJAH! I AM APPROVED (CAUSE MY BOOK(S) ARE READY) FOR A THIRD SCRIPT THROUGH WGA AT MY PUBLISHER'S BOOK-TO-FILM CO (COMPANY)! DIRE...

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Shimataver Igbawua
Writing synopsis

Hi wonderful minds. I am Shimataver from Lagos, Nigeria. A producer by training but now interested in writing hugely because most times I struggle to find scriptwriters willing to collaborate with me a beginner to develop my ideas.

So I made decision to commit to learning how to write. At least to be...

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Barry John Terblanche

Hey bud, there's no logline on your profile?

Shimataver Igbawua

Hi Barry, I posted it on my Wall. Anyway, here it is nonetheless.

“A respectful Muslim son must abandon his rap career for the family business or risk being disowned by his overbearing Father.”

Looking forward to your feedback. Thank you.

Shimataver Igbawua

Yeah! Thank you again

Barry John Terblanche

Nice... very nice.

Shimataver Igbawua

Thank you very much.

Rashika R
Unscripted Shows Dominating the Digital Market

According to the Hollywood Reporter, unscripted TV, from reality formats to long-form documentaries, and true crime, is the unsung hero of the pandemic.

Also, it seems that households are comfortable with so many streaming options and pricing. For me, all of this means shifting my outlook and perspec...

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Dan MaxXx

Well, THR is owned by a parent company that produces many “unscripted” shows for streamers :)

Writing Outside My Comfort Zone

The first story I wrote was in the second grade and it was about an 8 foot tall Martian who's spaceship crashes and he gets rescued by a magic genie. Honestly, not everything I've written has been a step up from there. In the days of fanzines I submitted Dr. Who fanfic and even tried to get permissi...

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Craig D Griffiths

Good luck. I used to write with my brother who is a talented TV Comedy writer. Therefore I thought I was funny.

It wasn’t till I started “colouring outside the lines” that I discovered am I dark and as funny as a plague. So I found my groove. Never been happier.

Lasse Wennerstrand
Writing for more than fun?

I started off writing a potential adult animated pilot based upon my webcomic. After the first draft I have gone over the script several times and gotten some great feedback.

In the meantime I wrote episode 2, and 3... and 4. Now I'm on episode 5 just because I love to write and learn the craft.

Craig D Griffiths

It is easy to become a slave to some notion of writing. If you can do it, feed whatever addiction writing has for you, and be happy. The best result. If it brings money - outstanding.

Dustin Bowcott
The Blcklst Scam

This is taken from another site, here: http://www.screenwritinggoldmine.com/forum/showthread.php?p=70659#post70659 "I'm a screenwriter of course, and I've been writing for a long time. Not too long ago, a fellow screenwriter introduced me to The Blacklist; upload yer script, pay a lil fee, and wait...

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Barry John Terblanche

I'm a freelance competition reader/score/feedback for a few well-known companies (please don't shoot me). I'd love to mention their names cause these companies are the real deal! But, as you well know...

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Clayton Dudzic

That's why I stick close to Stage32. Valuable and trust worthy to your career and pocketbook.

Harry Kakatsakis

I've purchased several evaluations and received one 8 for one script and two 8s for another. Those 8s got me two months of free hosting, which is nice, and two free evaluations. I did get quite a few...

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Doug Nelson

An 8 year old zombie post!

Cannon Rosenau

Years ago, the first time I ever paid for feedback was on my very first draft of my first script ever (I don't remember who I went to). I scored okay (for a first vomit draft - I was pleased). Anyhow,...

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Barry John Terblanche
7 Things to do before your submit your script.

Hi, all. Of late there has been a few posts on the subject of what and how to submit one's screenplay to either an agency and or competition? Here is an article aspiring screenwriters may find helpful? You all have a great weekend. https://screencraft.org/2015/10/27/7-things-to-do-before-you-submit-...

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7 Things to Do Before You Submit Your Screenplays
7 Things to Do Before You Submit Your Screenplays
Whether it's submitting it to competitions, production companies, agents, managers, studios, or talent, screenwriters need to go through a checklist to prepare their scripts for submission. This is th…
Teng Ky-Gan

Great advice!

Harry Kakatsakis
Logline Shmogline

So, in writing loglines, I try to keep them to a sentence. I also try to cram as much story, character arc, and twists into them, which, from a note I was just given, makes them too long.

What do others find effective? Just basic this person does this? Giving color and hooks and not worrying about l...

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Barry John Terblanche

Three at most if that is what it takes to write a killer logline. If you limit yourself to one sentence? You may be limiting your script? I look at it this way... if it's too short and does not create an interest in my story, It'll not attract a read. That's just me.

Jim Boston

Harry, I've learned not only to use just one sentence for a logline...but also, thanks to hooking onto Script Revolution, keep my loglines at 35 words or fewer.

Something like:

1. Two modern-day Univers...

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Craig D Griffiths

There is a French novel my brother gave me. He loves it (the name escapes me). The opening sentence is the entire paragraph, about 400 words. One sentence, hard to read and impossible to enjoy. I clos...

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Teng Ky-Gan

I focus on making it as compelling as possible even if it takes 2 - 3 sentences.

David Tackett

As a copywriter, I totally believe in the adage that in Mark Twain's quote - "If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter." It takes hard work and time to get the point across in 30 word...

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Hunter Huiet
After the script is finished

Hi, so I am not quite finished with my screenplay yet. However, after my screenplay is finished, is it better to get the screenplay copyrighted first or register the script with the WGA (Writer's Guild of America) then get the script copyrighted?

Dan Guardino

I do both because my agent asked me to but I would just register it.

Dewayne Edwards
Manager or No Manager

I have two sold scripts and one that's optioned. I'm not sure what are the next steps I should take in my screenwriting career. Attempt to get a manager, continue on my own, or something different? Your advice is appreciated.

Drew Warren Delaine

You've sold two plays, optioned another on your own. Just stick to the script no pun attended you're doing a great job on your own. If and when it's time to do otherwise you will know. Great job my man.

Craig D Griffiths

I have reached out to specific managers. I want specific things from a manager. I need someone that can rep me and get on some open writing assignments etc. I don’t see a manager as a next step. I see...

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Dan Guardino

If you want a manager then get one. I only have an agent so I never tried to get a manager. I don't want to pay two people to do the same job.

Dirk Patton
Loglines

Maybe everyone already knows this but I just realized something after watching my wife scroll through the Direct TV on-screen guide in search of a movie to watch. Direct TV uses the movie's logline as their synopsis in the guide. It's only taken me close to a decade to notice this.

Anyway, if you wer...

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Phil Clarke

They certainly are a good way to get used to familiarising yourself with reducing a story's premise down to a line or two, but the best loglines tend to include a little more specific ingredients than...

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Craig D Griffiths

A person at my work often uses this quote. “I am sending you a long letter because I didn’t have time to write a short one”. Condensing is harder than expanding.

Barry John Terblanche

If I'm not mistaken? Dickens wrote that?

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