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

Maurice Vaughan
The 9 Levels of Story - Part 1: Cosmic, Culture, & Life

In today’s blog, Miquiel Banks (screenwriter, film/theatre journalist, and story analyst) talks about the first three levels of the 9 Levels of Story: Cosmic, Culture, & Life. This blog is part of a three-part series.

www.stage32.com/blog/the-9-levels-of-story-part-1-cosmic-culture-life-3705...

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Miquiel Banks

Thanks for sharing Maurice.....

Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Miquiel Banks. It's helpful for new writers. Experienced writers too.

Maurice Vaughan
Win a FREE Stage 32 Career Mentoring Call!

Do you have three great scripts? Tell Stage 32 about them and get a free entry to win a Career Mentoring Call with the industry professional of your choice!

ALL SUBMISSIONS HAVE AN EQUAL SHOT AT WINNING!

Stage 32 is accepting entries from now through Sunday, April 21st at midnight PST.

On Monday, Ap...

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Sydney Summers
Screenwriting Lab: Write Your 1 Hour Pilot for A Major Streamer in 10 Weeks!

Disney+, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Max, Apple TV, Paramount+...

Do you want to write for them?

Their audiences want amazing new shows every day. But the bar is set high. That's where Stage 32 comes in.

Whether you want to sell a show or be staffed on a series, the first step is writing a great one-hour pi...

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Sam Sokolow

Charlie is a such a terrific mentor and manager. This is a great lab for any writer looking to get their pilot script written. Thanks, Sydney Summers!

Nadia Holiday

Excited to delve into Charlie's 1-Hour Pilot Lab this weekend!

Sydney Summers

Looking forward to the lab beginning this weekend :)

Toua Her
Remakes

is it just me or are we having less original films and more remakes?

Bill Albert

It's not just you. Between remakes and the zillion comic book movies I rarely go to theaters any more.

David Page

I must admit, sometimes a remake is better. FREAKY FRIDAY, for example. And, though I'll probably get my head handed to me for this, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN is better than SEVEN SAMURAI. I mean the orig...

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Robin Gregory

BTW Toua Her , if you want to keep up with new indie releases, Film International, Indie Cinema, and The Director's Chair (online magazines) are all free.

Toua Her

thank you Robin Gregory

Robin Gregory

You're welcome Toua Her .

Pat Alexander
Period Piece contest closed - who submitted?

Hey Friends, the Period Piece Movies Contest closed this week! Good luck to all who submitted and would love to hear what script you decided to enter!

L. Tom Deaver

Hey Pat, I entered JANISSARY (epic), THE MESSAGE (biopic), and THE MONK WHO WOULD BE SPY (action/historical). Historical fiction genre which includes Period is my main genre of writing as I love, love, love the different settings and opportunities to learn new things as I research.

Pat Alexander

Nikki Oldaker Announcements for contests go out at 4 PM PST on Fridays.

Sam Kesler

How many entries were received in the Period Piece competition and how many finalists will there be?

Elizabeth Dickinson

Sam, good question - for transparency's sake, I hope Stage 32 answers :)

Sam Kesler

Thanks for your response, Elizabeth. I’ve been revising my historical script for ten years. I only get it out to make another pass at it because of these competitions. Our period piece scripts must be...

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Maurice Vaughan
Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Shaun O'Banion

Shaun O'Banion is having a 24-hour AMA in the Writers’ Room Lounge, focused on “What Are Common Producer Red Flags?”

Shaun O'Banion is an award-winning film & television producer and owner of Ravenwood Films (“Jojo Rabbit,” “Jungle Cruise,” “Genius”).

You can ask Shaun things like: What are some re...

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Donna Tiberio
Screen Writer

is it a sin to have 58 pages??

Dan MaxXx

Depends on your track record & peer connections. One famous "spec" is A Quiet Place by Beck & Woods. They weren't famous writers at the time but they partnered with powerful backers. QAP was like 45 pages total with pictures.

Stephen Folker

Dan MaxXx Scott Beck and Bryan Woods are from the next town over (where I live). I photographed Scott's sisters wedding back in day, when he was making no-budget feature films for $500. One of them, i...

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Craig D Griffiths

I am guessing we are talking a feature?

Is there any lines that say

“11 minutes chariot race goes here”. This was in the Ben Hur script.

Read it, perform it, and time it. Is it a feature or a long short film.

Kiril Maksimoski

In Europe for example no one counts pages...some did start recently following the mainstream industry standards...

Stephen Folker

Page a minutes theory is not accurate. Especially for scripts that have moments where we see something with no dialogue. Example: Jill walks over to a window and peers out into the yard. This could be 10 seconds, or 2 minutes. Just write what you want to write.

Maurice Vaughan
Introduce Yourself Weekend

It’s Stage 32’s Introduce Yourself Weekend again!

Friday through Monday

IYW is a great time to meet people, build industry relationships/network, catch up with friends, talk about your projects/goals, and share your victories.

Even if you’ve introduced yourself before, you can introduce yourself agai...

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Maurice Vaughan

Blog to check out for Introduce Yourself Weekend:

“Navigating Stage 32's Introduce Yourself Weekend!”

www.stage32.com/blog/navigating-stage-32s-introduce-yourself-weekend-3460...

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Maurice Vaughan

Blog to check out for Introduce Yourself Weekend:

“Take The “Work” Out Of Networking - The Importance Of A Polished Stage 32 Profile”

www.stage32.com/blog/take-the-work-out-of-networking-the-importance-...

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Maurice Vaughan

Blog to check out for Introduce Yourself Weekend:

“How To Present Yourself Online To Book Jobs In The Entertainment Industry”

www.stage32.com/blog/how-to-present-yourself-online-to-book-jobs-in-the-......

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Pascal Chidiadi
Am New

My name is Pascal Chidiadi.

I have been around for few weeks now.

Its needful I introduce myself.

Hope am welcome and I will be needing help.

Thank you

Pascal Chidiadi

Maurice Vaughan

I kinda need help to write a script regarding action (violence fight) and disappearance notions.

Maurice Vaughan

You could post a collaboration post on the Job Board, Pascal Chidiadi (www.stage32.com/find-jobs). There are a lot of talented screenwriters on Stage 32.

I suggest adding a profile picture. People will...

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Sydney Summers

Welcome to the community Pascal Chidiadi! I saw your comment about writing an action script. We actually have a wonderful webinar in our library to help write a successful action movie! Here's the lin...

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Pat Alexander

Hello @Pascal, nice to meet you! What's your favorite action movie?

Pat Alexander
Writers Guild of Canada are gonna be striking against CMPA it seems

Been in negotiations since last October, but writers are now voting whether to strike. Very similar to WGA strike last year. WGC wants same protections as WGA, while CMPA wants the right to come up with ideas and write the first drafts of scripts with AI

(https://playbackonline.ca/2024/04/10/writers- Expand post

Tucker Teague
The Life and Death of Hollywood: Film and television writers face an existential threat

"Profit will of course find a way; there will always be sh*t to watch. But without radical intervention, whether by the government or the workers, the industry will become unrecognizable. And the writing trade—the kind where one actually earns a living—will be obliterated."

Did that quote get your at...

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Daniel Goudreau

Probably Taylor Swift declares herself One Exec to rule them all and sets up a paradigm that all entertainment runs through her. (Half-Joking... Half.)

Tucker Teague

Daniel Goudreau so far, her plan looks the best.

Pat Alexander

The value of writing has been diminished across a lot of industries. People in positions of power these days seem to think writing is just words on a screen, and not tactful messaging or any form of d...

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Maurice Vaughan
Why Your Reputation Is More Important Than Your Talent

Alexia Melocchi talks about why your reputation is more important than your talent in today’s blog. She also shines the light on the three things that’ll help your reputation and the three things that could destroy it.

www.stage32.com/blog/why-your-reputation-is-more-important-than-your-tal......

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Maurice Vaughan

It is insulting, CJ Walley. I made that mistake when I was an aspiring writer. I emailed a lady to ask her to put me in contact with a big actress. The lady was insulted. Her response was something li...

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CJ Walley

Massive respect for admitting to that and sharing it, Maurice Vaughan.

Maurice Vaughan

Thanks, CJ Walley. Hopefully writers read my comment and avoid that embarrassing mistake.

Craig D Griffiths

Reputation (for me) is not connected to talent. If we push the dials to their extremes and look at the effects, we prove they’re are attributes, that are not connected.

Super Famous with No Talent. The...

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Maurice Vaughan

"Unknown with massive talent" and "You need to put up a flag so people will look." There are SO many unknown talented people out there, Craig D Griffiths. Talent alone can lead to success, but that's...

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