Screenwriting

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Donna Tiberio
Screen Writer

i maka lots and lots of notes and outline as I go.

Craig D Griffiths

I have become an outliner. I outline a lot. Then when I get script it is like I get to see their personalities.

Donna Tiberio

i DONT KNOW WHY I SOMETMES OUTLONE CHAPTER AS I GO ALONG

Donna Tiberio

i FINISHED WRITING NUMBER TWELVE TINIGHT. I AM FILALLY GETTING IT RIGHT.

Maurice Vaughan

Congratulations on finishing writing #12, Donna Tiberio!

Claude Gagne

My outline is the first draft. It's a rough draft and treat as an outline. I can spend as long as I want until its polished and holds all the points in accordance to the paradigm. It's work any which way you look at it.

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Maurice Vaughan
Coffee & Content: How To Hook A Reader With Your Screenplay

Stage 32’s founder and CEO, Richard “RB” Botto, shares two videos in today’s blog.

In the first video, you’ll get an overview of how to grab your script reader quickly so they don’t want to put your script down.

In the second video, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at commercial filmmaking and pro...

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Nkosentsha Mathonsi
Short stories

Hello guys i am new looking to start using my time by creating short stories , comedies and more but knows nothing about how to setup stories and have beautiful tv drama that stands out. any help guys

Bill Brock
Eight is enough.

No. No. No. I'm not talking about the hit tv series that aired on the ABC television network from 1977 to 1981. Nope. That was a bit of a trick, a ruse, a deception, a slight of (keyboard) hand, an illusion just to grab some curious  eyeballs. I'm talking about having just completed my eighth featur...

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Maurice Vaughan

Congratulations on finishing your portfolio, Bill Brock! I "continue writing 'til INFINITY"! I add scripts to my portfolio as I pitch.

Maurice Vaughan
Successful Habits of Screenwriters

"Writing is hard work. Cranking out one screenplay, let alone a three or four, per year seems like a near impossible task at times. But the screenwriters who do are able to do so because they’ve developed effective writing habits." —Brianne Hogan

www.networkisa.org/screenwriting_articles/view/success...

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Successful Habits of Screenwriters
Successful Habits of Screenwriters
habit (noun): an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.Habits are often perceived as something negative (a drug habit or a gambling habit comes to mind) b…
Maurice Vaughan

I used to watch a lot of "Fortnite" gameplay, Pat Alexander. I think they're gonna make it into a movie one day.

Ewan Dunbar

James Clear's book "Atomic Habits" is great for work and life in general. It goes into creating better habits and how to make them easy and sustainable.

Maurice Vaughan

Thanks for the book rec, Ewan Dunbar.

Marcel Nault Jr.

Very insightful article, Maurice. Thanks for sharing!

Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Marcel Nault Jr.!

Donna Tiberio
Screen Writer

still working on number 12 trying to get a read this week. on and on I go!

Maurice Vaughan

That's great, Donna Tiberio! Stage 32 offers script feedback. Is that what you mean by "trying to get a read this week"?

Pat Alexander
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: 2nd Annual Feature Screenwriting Fellowship Competition

Congrats to the Finalists in our 2nd Annual Feature Screenwriting Fellowship Competition!

- KAYLA SUN

- JENNIFER WILTON

- WILL BERMENDER

- BRIANA COX

- ELAINE WONG

- CARLY HEBERT

- IAN MILNE

- DAVID BRAMER

- SIMON X. FREDERICK

Let's show our support for all the finalists and if you placed, tell us more about...

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Dianne Politud

Congratulations to the finalist!

Francisco Castro

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Jed Power

Congratulations, ALL!

Stephen Folker

Congrats!

DT Houston

Excellent work, everybody! Wishing lots of luck to all!

Marcus Fike
Planning Preferences

Here's a question for everyone:

Whenever you're starting a new script, do prefer to write-out a detailed synopsis to brain-storm ideas before you begin, or are you more of a "write down a few lines of actions and dialog and see were it goes" type of writer?

Rachel White

Hi Marcus Fike I usually have a starting image and an idea of how things might end and then sort of join those dots. I'm rubbish at planning and actually sticking to said plan! I like to write a first...

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Alicia Vaughan

I used to type Fade in and write but now I outline. It's boring but it's easier and it saves me a lot of time.

Bill McCormick

Sometimes I don't even name characters until I'm done with the story.

Dianne Politud

One of the things I enjoy is creating the characters personalities. Before I make them I already have been daydreaming of the story in my head.

Sometimes if the names comes easy to me. I just write th...

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Jim Boston

Marcus, I like creating what I call an "outline/scene list" (in a way, it's a synopsis) before I start an actual script...and I don't develop an actual, formal synopsis until I've reached my script's "FADE OUT" page.

Great question! Thanks for posting!

Omnia Algaml
A query

Do production companies prefer to keep themselves in a "safe zone" by communicating with writers they have worked with previously?

Pat Alexander

People generally like to collaborate with those they know and trust because there is some expectation about the quality of the final product and matching work styles. Their isn't a complete wall aroun...

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Dan MaxXx

That's where your contest & spec scripts come to play. They are your audition tape to a pro occupation, just like actors doing demo auditions, or newbie directors shooting short movies. Maybe partner...

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Mike Boas

A few people here are making a distinction between independent producers and production companies.

But if you’re an independent producer, that usually indicates you have ownership or partial ownership...

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CJ Walley

If you have any sort of presence in the industry, you become hounded by new writers with submissions, and many of those writers genuinely are "new", as in they've written one script in a few months wi...

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Ewan Dunbar

Depends on the company, but a lot of companies keep an eye out for new talent. Some of the bigger ones run schemes to find new writers.

Claude Gagne
NOTES - Special notes

Not to spoil the script with notes, would it be correct to place notes on the title page? Since no hard copies are made today. (Maybe quite a few at the studio though!) Everything is shipped through the computer nowadays, so I have one special note to place. I guess, I could place some notes here an...

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Maurice Vaughan

Ok, cool, Claude Gagne. Even though I put notes in my scripts sometimes, I try to figure out ways to add the notes in action lines without them looking like notes. Have a great weekend....

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Pat Alexander

i'm okay with notes on the first page but only in super rare occasions to clarify something that is completely out of the ordinary that will affect the physical production of the script. like language notes mainly.

Anna Marton Henry

Claude Gagne You're making the right decision! No notes to the reader and especially not on the title page. In fact, it's good to keep in mind that there is no such person as a "reader." We are all vi...

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Claude Gagne

Anna Marton Henry When you come to think of it; you're right, we are all viewers. It's a hard process to take my vision of what I see, to set it up in words for you to visualize the movie in your mind...

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Ewan Dunbar

It depends on how you're using them, but it is better to avoid this. The script is a good way for the reader to experience events in the same way an audience will as they're watching the movie.

Brian Smith
A productive day

Finished the first draft of episode 3 of my limited series. Cheers!

Brian Smith

Thanks for noticing that, Christopher Phillips ! It was delicious!

Pamela Jaye Smith

Good for you! And good luck moving it forward.

Geoff Hall

Brian Smith well done, Brian. Remind me again please, what’s the genre/theme?

Mark Deuce

Great Job Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Geoff Hall It's a bio-series/historical drama, action-adventure.

Diego Rojas
Open AI - SORA

I am a script writer. I want to see my stories made. Anybody else?

Pat Alexander

Heck yeah! Sounds like you've got a lot to share with the world :)

Diego Rojas

What about you Pat, I´m sure you have several scripts you know should have been made by now, don´t you wanna see them made? Would you use this technology to accomplish this? It could be just for your own appreciation, if you know what I mean.

Craig D Griffiths

I want to see my stories made for sure. But not just because I want to see them made. I want to see what an actor can do with them. I want to collaborate with other creatives.

The same way a chef wants...

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Bill Albert

I've produced some of my work and am very proud of it.

Rachel White

I would love to see my stories come to life and not just be words on screen. The one I'm working on right now is about something we don't really talk about and probably should be.

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