Screenwriting

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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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WL Wright
Here I am......waiting, like you are

OMG the writer's life is full of ups and downs to the point when we all say, "Hey I am crazy, is this worth it, is this even sane on any level? I mean okay yeah that golden ring is an unreal voyage. No one knows the future, no one knows what happens next. I read so many, I got optioned, I got this,...

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Craig D Griffiths

WL I read this and I think I can say one things that I hope helps. There is no destination, only journey.

Chaun Lee

I think it's normal to feel that way when you're passionate about something and devote a lot of time to it. I agree with the wise words of Craig, and will add that all paths are different. And, if you want something, be relentless about it and explore all avenues.

John Ellis

If you're writing to be successful, you'll constantly and eternally be disappointed. Write because you love telling stories, don't focus on the success/fail ratio.

CJ Walley

Try to make peace with it as early as possible because there is no stability within the arts regardless of position and past successes. Check out the documentary "Seduced and Abandoned" if you can.

WL Wright

Love the positivity thanks to all of you for it. The rest of you, well, I'm used to it. Peace, it's just how I've seen it after being on this journey for a couple of years now. I used to be wet behind the writer ears, not anymore and I'm grateful for it.

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James Scott
Would you watch this?

Here's my log line. Is it compelling, what can make it better?

Powerful inter-dimensional relics hold the fate of WWII. Captain Everest is deployed on a quest to recover them before the Nazi Schatzgrabers. Trapped in time, he emerges 70 years later. A nefarious secret order vowes to enslave mankind...

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James Scott

Damn it...I only made through 4th grade LOL! Good tip, I'll work on it at lunch.

Catherine MacDougall

Dear James, as a logline it's too long, I think. And the immediate question is what's the genre? Is it a period war drama, sci-fi or a contemporary conspiracy thriller?

Cherelynn Baker

Is this a mash up on Man In the High Castle?

James Scott

Cherelynn, Never saw it, but I'm sure there's a lot of repetitive concepts floating around. One of my writer friends suggested that he emerges in a world where the Nazi's won...how many times have we...

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Doug Nelson

No. You asked.

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I need a screenwriter for my book "Such Unfortunates" by Andrew Mann

Two years ago I published my book "Such Unfortunates" on Amazon. It is my story of overcoming a terrible childhood which led to an even worse drug addiction and a life which could only be described as a complete nightmare. My book has given hope to so many people suffering from addiction and I can't...

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Barry John Terblanche

Hi Andrew. I can assist you in the novel-to-script rewrite. PM me.

Nathan McQuarrie
Need Help!!

Hello everyone,

I am looking for what individuals do when it comes to editing their scripts? I am currently editing a script and finding it difficult to get a rhythm that works for me. Does anyone have any suggestions or a list A, B, C, they use when editing their scripts that they find helpful?

Brad Mason

I second Christiane's response.

And I'll add cutting and combining characters. You don't need an extra abundance of cast-members when half the amount can get your ideas across. Who needs Thor's Warrior...

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Nathan McQuarrie

Thanks for the advice guys!! I think I enjoy throwing up on the paper but not cleaning up the mess.

Nathan Mccoy

So I STRONGLY recommend... setting the script down for about 2 weeks (if possible). Then re-read it with fresh eyes. As you go through take your time and imagine the characters saying the lines and yo...

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Chayah Masters

Some of the the writers in my development workshop use it to do the sort of clean up you're wrestling. If it's of interest, you can see if it's for you via my site - ChayahMasters.com

Barry John Terblanche

Natham, PM me, and I'll assist you.

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Keith Hannigan
The pain is real...

I have to share this -- I recently made it to the Semifinals of the ScreenCrarft Fellowship with my one-hour pilot about the people in the professional wrestling industry. It's a Succession-style script in the world of the WWE. I also submitted the script to The Black List purchasing evaluations wit...

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Rebecca Glazer Greene

As you say you found your tribe.

Keith Hannigan

Rebecca Glazer Greene -- where do I find the groups on here? I'm not necessarily slow, just buffering. :)

Rebecca Glazer Greene

Keith Hannigan it took me a long time to find everything. If you're a member of the Writers' Room, then usually everything will be posted on the lounge there. I just realized that this post is in the...

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Rebecca Glazer Greene

@Keith it has been really inspiring for me and helpful to have a group of people to help me push my work forward.

Barry John Terblanche

Wow, Rebecca... respectfully, but did you just buy shares in S32? Eoin and Dirk, Spot on! Screenplay competitions are no more than an ego-stroke - or no stroke? The reason competition companies do not...

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Catherine MacDougall
Table read

Hello everyone,

I'd like to table read my script. Never done it before though. Does one require a director to do it or one can just reach out to actors? Any advice would be appreciated. (I am London-based). Many thanks.

Anna Nuria Francino

I've found that it's definitely helpful to have someone else in the room to allow me, as the writer, to just sit back and listen and take notes. That person can be a director, or just someone who is g...

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Catherine MacDougall

Thank you very much, this is very helpful

James Scott

I do them with anyone with critical feedback, even if over skype. Usually the actors and have them read their parts. It really helps iron out bugs. Some things sound better on paper but just don't roll off the tongue naturally.

Catherine MacDougall

Thank you, James.

Christine J. Whitlock
Mon. June 21st - FREE Zoom Meeting for Scriptwriters & Filmmakers

Mon. June 21st - FREE Zoom Meeting for Scriptwriters & Filmmakers - bi-monthly, 7 pm. EST (2 hours). Any genre – thriller, romance, horror, family, drama, comedy, children’s, etc. Any format – feature, TV, short, and web. Directors, producers, distributors, and agents are welcome – tell us what you...

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Paul DeLesDerniers
Pitch document

What program do I use for a pitch document?

Jack Binder

Pages on mac is good but word is fine too. Thanks for posting Dan.

Christiane Lange

Also watch the free webinar with Chris Mack on what Netflix looks for in a pitch.

Paul DeLesDerniers

Thanks jack , I am familiar with pages, that shortens the curve for me.

Eric Christopherson

Apple's Keynote.

Maurice Vaughan

I use Microsoft Word for treatments. I use Canva.com for pitch decks.

Paul Hickman
I have finished my pilot

Hello to all.

I have finally finished my pilot for an idea I have been sat on for quite some time. It isn't perfect by any means but neither was Rocky at the beginning and look where that ended up! I don't claim to be a writer at all but I do have the ideas for the story lines to have this project ru...

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Jenny Rauch

Congratulations, Paul! I agree with Phil, definitely put it in a drawer and let it sit for a bit before you start your rewrites. Stage 32 has a few great options for coverage (both from execs and prof...

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Wally Wu

I recommend the WGAE which will help you lots.

Wally Wu

Congratulations on making the first big step!

Karen "Kay" Ross

Sweet, great work! Keep at it and keep us posted!

Heather Hale

Congrats! ;-)

Todd Crowell
Help with wants and needs

Howdy everyone!

I've got a dystopian story about slaves and am having trouble figuring out their wants. I know, I know. What else would they want? FREEDOM! But here's the deal - outside the area they live is a deadly wasteland. Freedom, as far as they know, means death. So, I need some ideas on what...

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Michael Mizov

Another aspect I don't think has been explored in the other comments is what it would mean if they were in charge. If outside their enclave is death have the current leaders had to make hard decisions...

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James Scott

They need toilet paper! Lots of toilet paper.

Christiane Lange

A new slave arrives and has a story about a livable place beyond the wasteland.

Todd Crowell

James, That is absolute best answer I've heard yet. I like the way you think, my man.

James Scott

https://fb.watch/6bf0x9DpqU/ Its seems to be a recurring thought. Maybe I've been tramatized.

Chaun Lee
Formatting question...

In a script, what is the correct way to write the passage of time in one scene?  I have a young girl running across a field, and by the time she reaches the end, she is an adult.  Any suggestions on how to write this correctly?  I'm currently researching screenplays online, but haven't had much luck...

Chaun Lee

I love this, Carl. Thank you. :)

Doug Nelson

Talk with the Director. You can morph the Spring field & trees into Autumn colors via a green screen and cross fade young to older character with some simple X fades as she moves across the frames. No...

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Chaun Lee

"I would shoot it slo-mo in three shots"...nice. Child, Adolescent, and Woman. Thank you, Doug!

Laurie Ashbourne

Here's how the original Lion King handled it.

Chaun Lee

Thanks for the example Laurie. I forgot about Lion King.

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