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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Michael Elliott
Matthew Parvin

Congratulations, Michael!

Wendy Weising

Yay! Great job!

Maurice Vaughan

Congrats on being a finalist, Michael Elliott! When you win the contest (I have confidence in you), it'll be, "Winner, winner, _______ (finish the saying)." :)...

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Jim Boston

Michael, way to go! Congratulations!

Susan Jordan

Impressive! Congratulations, Michael.

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Tashen Jason Ramlall
Newbie to stage 32

Good day members,

I have been for years wondering how movies were made and all the tricks that go into creating a movie... through research, stage 32 popped up on my Facebook page as an advert, and boom that's how I arrived here today.

I would like to ask you guys who have been on this platform and kn...

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Dan MaxXx

take webinars here and elsewhere, and hustle for an Industry job. Classroom theories + real job experiences.

Matthew Parvin

Welcome, Tashen! Nice to meet you. Glad you're here.

Maurice Vaughan

Welcome to the community, Tashen Jason Ramlall. You can check out the Lounges (https://www.stage32.com/lounge) and the blogs (https://www.stage32.com/blog) to learn those things (and more). Hope you h...

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Cara Rogers

Definitely invest in screenwriting software to take care of formatting for you, such as Final Draft (can get 50% off if you have connections to education pricing, such as employee or student). But fir...

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Abraham Adzashoja
How To Tell Your Story The Right Way

••• How to Tell a Story the Right Way

Stories are part of our daily lives. In fact, every day of your life is a story. A story is a written or oral account of an event or string of events leading to a particular end.

Stories occur spontaneously and are as natural as nature herself. Your journey from t...

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Maurice Vaughan

Great post, Abraham Adzashoja. It reminds me of telling a joke. In a joke, you tell the punchline at the end. If you tell the punchline at the start or in the middle, the joke falls flat. Looking forw...

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Abraham Adzashoja

Thanks Maurice! I just made the first post!

Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Abraham Adzashoja. Ok, I'll check it out.

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Kumali Neptune
Literary Managers

Are literary managers necessary? Or should one go straight to an agent?

Emily J

@Maurice - They do similar things, but you're right, managers develop you as a writer and introduce you to the town, but they can't solicit work (technically). Agents sell you through your scripts and...

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Maurice Vaughan

Thanks for the info, Emily. I didn't know managers couldn't solicit work.

Dan Guardino

Emily. Now you know someone who did:) I never got a manager. I did get a WGA Agent to rep me. However, you are right. If I was starting today I would try to get a manager and then worry about getting...

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Emily J

Dan Guardino Thanks for sharing! May I ask what year this was? How do you feel about more boutique agencies?

Dan Guardino

Emily J. I don’t remember. It was a long time ago. I like having a boutique agency.

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Sam Sokolow
A new horror screenplay writing lab is about to drop.

Wanted to share with the Screenwriting Lounge… there are only 15 spots available in this lab. The host wrote a horror feature called Margaux that Paramount is distributing that premieres the day after the lab starts. He’s a great resource and passionate teacher. Here’s a link if you want to check it...

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Claire V. Riley
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN – The TV Series

I was a huge fan of the 1992 movie A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, so when I heard that Amazon made a series based on that movie, I had to see it.

I binged watched it over the weekend and loved it.

It has much of the same fun feel the original movie had, young women playing baseball in a new “girls” league...

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Maurice Vaughan
Coming Up with Great Script Ideas

If you wanna come up with great script ideas, look at the concepts of movies and ask, "What if?"

Example: "What if "The Truman Show" was an Action/Thriller?" Or "What if "The Truman Show" had a group of people instead of just one man?"

Maurice Vaughan

Thanks, Matthew.

Maurice Vaughan

It's a really cool and helpful concept, Norman. I've heard people say it over the years.

Maurice Vaughan

You're right, Phillip. "I think it safe to assume screenwriters write very little that the work of our predecessors hasn't influenced." And I just found out there's a new "The Wild Bunch" coming out. With Jamie Foxx.

Phillip "Uncle Phil" Hardy

Sam Peckinpah's groundbreaking film used six cameras shot from multiple angles for the action sequences. And Lucien Ballard's cinematography was masterful. It's on AFI's list of the 100 greatest movies.

Phillip "Uncle Phil" Hardy

I'll be interested to see how the new Wild Bunch develops.

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Maurice Vaughan
BLOG: "3 Things in the Entertainment Industry You Shouldn’t Take Personally"

Richard "RB" Botto (Stage 32's founder and CEO) lays down some great advice in this blog. Check it out!

https://medium.com/@RBwalksintoabar/things-in-entertainment-you-shouldnt......

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Things in Entertainment You Shouldn't Take Personally
Things in Entertainment You Shouldn't Take Personally
It's tough not to take things personally when you're a creative. Writers, directors, actors, cinematographers and other film and TV creatives are emotionally invested in their work, while putting in a…
Phillip "Uncle Phil" Hardy

Good counsel and if they:re in for the long haul, a writer needs to develop confidence and a thick skin.

Maurice Vaughan

Exactly, Phillip "Uncle Phil" Hardy. I didn't know that when I started out writing. Would've helped if I did. :)

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Stephanie Madison

Thanks for sharing this, Maurice. Cheers!

Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Stephanie Madison. I didn't know Stage 32 had a TikTok. :)

Matthew Parvin

Thanks for the post, Maurice!

Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Matthew Parvin. How are you?

Stephanie Madison

Me neither, my friend. Who knew?! :-)

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Rosemond Perdue
Write Your Female-Driven One-Hour TV Pilot With The Exec Behind "Russian Doll"

This is gonna be AMAZING! Don't miss this chance to work one on one with Colleen Labella to write your female driven pilot. Over eight sessions, you'll study successful television pilots alongside a small group of passionate writers in an interactive setting. Will this class be easy? No. Will it cat...

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Ana Carrizales

Oh. I checked my spam folder and I haven't seen the email. I sent Amanda an email. I hope she sees my message before the class. starts. Thanks for the info Claudio!

Rosemary Lokhorst

Hello Everyone. I am excited to meet you all. I didn't get the login until after the class, but will join the next one for sure.

Ana Carrizales

Hi folks, do we have class on August 20th., or would it be just the one-on-one meetings instead?

Claudio Torres

Colleen said they place one-on-one in the second week, so I understand there is no class.

Rosemond Perdue

Hi everyone! I've just sent out an email to everyone with sign up times for your one on ones. The timeslots are spread out over a few days. So check your email!

Joseph Rhea
What's the fastest you've ever written a screenplay?

I'm talking about the first draft of a feature, and assuming that you had a detailed beat sheet and the entire story well-formed in your head?

Asking for a friend who has no time to write, but has a rare 12 free hours coming up this weekend.

And yes, that friend is me, and I need some inspiration.

Lisa Lee

Did you end up writing that script on your free weekend?

Matthew Parvin

Hi, Joseph. First draft, 6 days. Draft I'm happy with showing to people, 2 weeks.

Dan Guardino

Two weeks for a producer who needed it done in two weeks.The script was a piece of shit but so was the producer.

Michael David

It's a great question. I find I get exhausted very easily when typing a screenplay. For some reason, just the act of typing gives me fatigue. I can rarely punch out more than 5 pages in one sitting, making my daily maximum about 15-20 pages!

Maurice Vaughan

Editing/checking for typos gives me fatigue, Michael. But it must be done! :)

Susan Jordan
Thank you!

Thank you for your kind comments regarding my "Honorable Mention" at the Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards. I've subsequently worked with Sydni Griffin, a Navajo Sensitivity Editor, and made changes to the pilot which is now entered in other contests. Don't you love finding wonderful res...

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Maurice Vaughan

Yup, love finding wonderful resources on here, Susan Jordan! I find a lot of them in the lounges, the blogs, and the Writers' Room. And the Education section (the webinars). Hope your pilot wins the c...

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