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

Don Zorbas
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Page 1 I would love to hear your thoughts.

Kiril Maksimoski

Don, wanna feedback why don't you post the script here? Don't sweat of those first coupla pages urban legend....reading usually stops because after first few sparking pages, many scripts usually get into mediocrity...

Matthew Parvin

Good descriptions. Piques my interest. The blocks of text, however, are a bit long. Try to keep them to two lines; three is the max and only once in a while. The key is to keep the reader's eyes moving down the page. Be descriptive, but succinct.

Christine Capone

Matthew Parvin How are you able to read it? Is my age showing? haha The font is so small and I tried to enlarge the document but can't for some reason.

Evelyne Gauthier

It's too small and blurry. I can't read it. :(

Don Zorbas

How’s this.

Martha Caprarotta
Network requests and missing bios

It's great to see Stage 32 grow so tremendously in members and success stories this past year.  So are network requests. But before you click that button asking someone to join your network, take a minute to write your professional bio in your profile, to let the other person know who you are.  Add...

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Erik Meyers

Great idea!

WL Wright

I'm the same on all platforms, I don't look for people to follow unless it's some weird moon or something. It just isn't my bag. Oddly twitter is suggesting I follow a bunch of wrestlers lately. Now that's weird and hilarious at the same time.

Laurie Ashbourne

could not agree more! I have 15 requests in my queue that I will not accept because there is no bio.

Stefano Pavone

I always look to bulk up my bio (and usually accept most requests in good faith).

Mark DePonte

My 2 cents...

What is an example of a good "message" to send with a network request? I have a bio and credits (small but enough) Yet the only people that have accepted my network request are those applying for my job post.

Bill Lonero
Too Many Ideas

Hi Everyone! I have a bit of a dilemma. I have a lot of ideas for scripts. I have two I just finished. Three in process and many more in my head. How do you prioritize which ones you work on? I tend to work on one until I hit a creative wall and then jump to another one. I would love to hear how you...

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David Tackett

A fellow ADHD screenwriter! Don't be fearful of going back and forth on screenplays. I've learned working on one screenplay will give me an idea for another screenplay.

Marven Likness

At the moment I am juggling 5 shorts (three of which I am expanding into features), a feature I have expanded into a series or TV season while pitching multiple others. My writing is best in the early...

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Amin Scofield Ramart

I have the same problem.

Mark Simborg

I have the same issue, Bill. I have three lifetimes' worth of ideas I want to write and only about half a lifetime left to do them. I just work on whatever idea is burning a hole in my brain and wanti...

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Craig D Griffiths

Start them all. The best one will win and start to monopolise your attention. You are try assess something thy hasn’t been written.

Sharon Salazar
Scorecard

Hi everyone, just checking how the 1 -5 on the scorecard works? as in 1 = amazing I love it! :) to 5 = mehhh, pass :(

Dan Guardino

Barry. I don't know about that but it's awfully nice of you to say. Thanks!

Marven Likness

These are the ones I like to see. I know I can do better but they are interested.

Evelyne Gauthier

Marven, I'm curious. This scorecard, is it about the script, the pitch or both? If you don't mind me asking.

Marven Likness

Score card is about the pitch first. If they request a script then you get another score card on the script.

Evelyne Gauthier

Ok, thanks. :)

Vanessa Chamberlain
Holy Smokes!!

As a first-time Screenwriter, I was super excited when my screenplay was chosen as Official Crown Selection for the Queen Palm International Film Festival, but IMAGINE MY SURPRISE when I opened my email, tonight to find it has been chosen as Bronze Winner, too!!

Jim Boston

Vanessa, I'm not fuming at all! I'M CHEERING!!

Great job on taking the bronze at the Queen Palm International Film Festival...and more of the VERY BEST to you!

Monica Mansy

Congrats, Vanessa! That’s awesome!

Matthew Parvin

Congratulations, Vanessa. Excellent job!

David Tackett

Congrats!

Amanda Lee

Congratulations. Excellent Job.

Vanessa Chamberlain
My screenplay has been selected!

I cannot even begin to describe how excited I am right now! This is the first screenplay I've ever written, have no formal screenwriting education, and worked my butt off to bring this story to life. I originally hadn't intended to submit my screenplay to any competitions - 1. probably because I did...

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Kat Rollinson

Congrats! As a newbie, I love this post - inspiring and motivating. Good luck with the other 7.

Barry John Terblanche

Well done! All the best forward.

Bill Albert

I'm so happy for you!

Richard M Kjeldgaard

Very Exciting!! Congrats!!

Keith Brandon

Well done! What it is about?

WL Wright
A Twist

I have been writing a new script when a new request came up that fits exactly the script I'm writing. My first thought was damn, I'm not done. My next was hey I have three months because that's how long they take submissions.

Unfortunately it's been a slow burn because I have so much going on at onc...

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Kat Rollinson

I'm an organic writer too - start with a rough idea, envisage some key scenes and characters, and build out from there. This takes me way out of my comfort zone, as I am generally a structured person...

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Dan Guardino

I never wrote an outline so I really never knew how my screenplays would end. Eventually I followed this formula which seemed to help a little but I didn't pay a lot of attention to the page count. Al...

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David Tackett

Force yourself to beat board. I am not an outliner. I resisted it. But once I did it, it makes writing SO much easier.

Dan MaxXx

write however you want; nobody cares about your process. But when you write for someone else or a salary team on stand by, employers want to see outlines/treatments. TV is all planned before script wr...

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WL Wright

Wow I never thought this would create this much dialogue. I mean, at first I was like, okay everyone ignored it, wrong time of day maybe? That was okay, really, It's the online world. Then this surpri...

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Kristofer Mikal
Submitting scripts

Not new to screenwriting but trying to take my steps into the business. Sometimes it seems daunting and I’ve felt overwhelmed. I’ve been a stubborn man trying to figure it out on my own for too long and I’ve decided to ask the bright and insightful minds of this site. I’ve read some of the advice ot...

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Martin Reese
Similar Ideas from a World Away

You often hear folks say that their ideas have been stolen. The answer is that lots of folks have similar ideas to which many say pish posh. Well I'm going to give you the perfect case of similar ideas by folks from a world away. I'm writing a TV series that deals with a detective that investigates...

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David Tackett

Even Michael Scott had the same issue! :D

Dan MaxXx

imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Tarantino is an expert of taking ideas from other movies and adding his own spin. Chris Nolan said the Dark Knight's visual look was inspired by Michael Ma...

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Nick Assunto

It's definitely all in the execution. And as far as I'm concerned, there's never enough good sci-fi/fantasy series out there. More = better for me!

David Tackett
Just Got My 1st Script Request From Pitching!

Probably like a lot of you, I'm skeptical of having to pay to pitch.  Each time I hit the Paypal button, "Is it a scam?" ran through my head.  But I justified it as paying for an expert's time, which can be extremely helpful... and is has been!

For every "pass" I received, I got invaluable advice on...

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Marven Likness

I feel the same when I go to the pay button but I do like the feed back on my pitches. It helps to hone my craft. Gives me direction.

Danny Cameron
Pitch Sessions

This is not me being judgemental or questioning the legitimacy of the pitch sessions, but since I'm new here, can someone please let me know their experience with the pitch sessions. I would love to hear stories about pitch sessions.

David Tackett

Just got my first script request after 5 pitches! I agree with Jenny. Come into this with a mindset that you're paying for expert advice and the small chance you might actually get something picked up.

David Tackett

Kiril, I think the problem with many of us on here is that most production companies won't hear your pitch if you're not repped, never sold a script, or aren't related to someone that they know. I'm s...

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Dan MaxXx

these pitches are for practice and education. Not sure why folks think pay to pitch website is a pipeline to buyers.

Martin Reese

Folks have had their scripts optioned from pitching on this site, Dan MaxXx. There are a number of success stories.

Martin Reese

Hey, David Tackett great to hear that you got a script request. And if you pitch you idea to several experts it doesn't necessarily mean your idea is not marketable. Just means it didn't resonate with that particular expert. Doesn't mean the next one won't like it.

Roberto Marsicano
An analysis of 12,309 feature film script reports

A free 67-page PDF report on how the script readers rate scripts

https://stephenfollows.com/analysis-of-12309-feature-film-script-reports/?fbclid=IwAR2AXly1q3zTGCYBHa7J0Nsr4vbr1ELfKTki23BcA1YSyha0C6fJB18Q9PY

An analysis of 12,309 feature film script reports
An analysis of 12,309 feature film script reports
Script readers are powerful gatekeepers. They read and rate scripts on behalf of producers, studios and competitions, meaning that what they think of a script is critical. Scoring well with readers co…
WL Wright

I'm proud to know that some of scripts have been moved on by readers. Where it lands no one knows, but I know it's moved on.

Andrea Zastrow

John Austin, that has happened to me twice, lol. It's all so subjective. What can you do? Yeah, you chuckle and, in my case, sometimes re-evaluate that competition. With many competitions, you have to...

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Kat Rollinson

Barry John Terblanche Thanks for the pep talk, I'll keep that in mind! Constructive feedback is good for growth, and if the feedback is great, it is a boost. A no-lose situation ;-)...

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Pattana Thaivanich

This is awesome! Now I can answer to people who say my historical script does not have enough conflict. In your analysis, conflict is least important in the historical genre but VOICE is most important. Voice is not dialogue. What is it exactly?

John Austin

Pattana, I've always understood voice to be similar to style. The ability to bring characters, situations, settings, etc. to life through the words on the page so that the reader can 'see' the movie p...

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