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

Claude Gagne
I'm back...

Thanks to Amanda and Richard sending me a hand to reactivate another Stage 32 account after my tower went to the computer cemetery, I can say I'm beginning to readjust my presence here. Thank God, I have all my screenplays in the repair shop's file so everything isn't at a lost. The only thing I nee...

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Amanda Toney

Welcome back Claude!

Claude Gagne

Thanks, everyone. Computers are like everything we own. Nothing lasts forever! Cars fall apart, tires wear out, fridges, hot water tanks (mine is 13 years old and before I'm flooded needs to be replac...

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Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Claude Gagne. There are cheap used laptops on eBay or Amazon. I bought one on eBay. I mainly used it to outline and write scripts. And pawn shops have cheap used laptops.

"Do you think...

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Claude Gagne

Anyone out there need a few jokes! What's black, real dangerous and is perched in a tree. A crow with a machine gun! Hahaha!

Maurice Vaughan
Maurice Vaughan

Thanks for sharing, Martin Reese. One thing I'm doing is focusing on micro-budget and low-budget spec scripts. I have some mid-budget and big-budget spec ideas, but I'm holding off on those right now....

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Pat Alexander

Yeah that's a good strategy @Maurice that applies to a lot of writers. The way the market is right now, every writer should try to have one low-budget spec on hand and even one micro-budget spec (1-2...

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Pamela Jaye Smith

Seems like a smart approach, Maurice, given what's going on with the majors. Good luck!

Pamela Jaye Smith

Agreed, Pat.

Pamela Jaye Smith

Also, keep in mind the strong market in Web Series. You're in control and distribution portals are plentiful. The LAWEBFEST (the original Web Fest) is May 2-3 here in Hollywood.

David Shorb
How Many Pages

I'm curious. How many pages do you attach to the loglines you have on your profile? I feel hesitant to post a full script to a logline. I feel that if someone wants to have the full script, they should have to pay for that and schedule a meeting. Not in that order. The meetings normally come first....

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David Shorb

ok, thank you for for all the responses. It gives me a lot to think about.

Dan Guardino

I don't bother anymore because I am not trying to sell any of my screenplays. But I wouldn't worry about someone here stealing it. However make sure you register it with the LoC like Christopher Phill...

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Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, David Shorb.

Mike Boas

One can usually tell in 3 to 5 pages if someone is a good writer.

Jed Power

Christopher, I didn't know FF hosted scripts, but I'll check that out now. Thanks & Best, Jed.

Toua Her
Remakes

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

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 .

Richard "RB" Botto

Gold standard post, CJ Walley

Nick Douglas

Hollywood is afraid to take a chance on something new and original. They bank on the fact that remakes of something popular will be more of a sure thing rather than trying something new and original....

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Fran Harris
How cliche is your writing?

I’ll start. let’s talk about the elephant in the room.

Marcel Nault Jr.

A cliché that grinds my gears, whether in a movie or in a TV series, is the typical jealous wife/girlfriend who gets in the way of the protagonist's arc.

Craig D Griffiths

Or the complete lack of communication. People. oils solve the obvious problem if they told people what they know.

E Langley

_____ is my middle name.

Phil Stubbs

The 30 minute chase/battle scenes in Super Hero films

E Langley

Beyond cliched dialogue, the brake squeak when cars stop that sound mixers add to nearly every vehicle, even new ones. Are there endemic brake issues? It's inane and annoying.

Too, the lack of creativi...

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Maurice Vaughan
Introduce Yourself Weekend

It’s the 3rd day of Introduce Yourself Weekend! 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 (small or big).

Even if you’ve introduced yourself before, you can reintrod...

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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-importanc...

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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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Maurice Vaughan

Blog to check out for Introduce Yourself Weekend:

“How To Attract Allies In The Film Industry”

www.stage32.com/blog/how-to-attract-allies-in-the-film-industry-3706...

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Niki Galiano
Happy Friday! Here's my Friday Writing Music. What's your Friday Writing Music list look like?

Today, I'll be posting some Jazz and Blues from Pat Metheny Group, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Blues Traveler.

Niki Galiano

And of course, we can't have Blues Friday without a song from Blues Traveler. I love these guys so much...I've seen them in concert at least....what?...three times? This song, "Hook," is one of my fav...

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Niki Galiano

And here's another great song by Blues Traveler, "But Anyway"....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjYGpTkoRVw

Niki Galiano

This gives me a great idea for a movie.....someone should write a sequel to "Almost Famous." I LOVED that movie....

Maurice Vaughan

I don't think I've ever listened to Comedy movie soundtracks, Niki Galiano. I actually haven't listened to many soundtracks. I mainly listen to movie scores and instrumentals that match the genre I'm...

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Brian Gunter

I’m not a WRITER writer, but as a composer, I listen in the hours not working. Especially if I’m having a hard time finding the right headspace for something I’m working on I’ll find something in the...

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Marcel Nault Jr.
Diving Into Biopics with 'Nyad' Screenwriter Julia Cox by Valerie Kalfrin - Script Magazine.

This insightful article shows how you can create an impressive biopic of a character while following a certain framework.

To quote Kalfrin: "Writing a biopic involves distilling moments and people to their sharpest characteristics."

https://scriptmag.com/interviews-features/diving-into-biopics-with-n...

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Diving Into Biopics with 'Nyad' Screenwriter Julia Cox
Diving Into Biopics with 'Nyad' Screenwriter Julia Cox
Screenwriter Julia Cox gives insight into how she crafted 'Nyad,' and shares tips on how to bring your own biographical script to life.
Maurice Vaughan

Thanks for sharing, Marcel Nault Jr. I don't write biopics, but I saved the article in case I start.

Travis Seppala
which logline? Mine or the AI one?

Which logline for my new script APOSTASY works better?

Mine:

"After the biblical rapture ends the world, an EMT finds herself the sole survivor with the Voice of God as her only companion. But things may not be as they seem."

or the one ChatGPT provided:

"Believing herself the last survivor after the bi...

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Travis Seppala

Maurice Vaughan You had previously said you read my synopsis that I posted earlier, yeah? For much of the film, she believes it's just her and "God" until the teen is there too. But then the teen dies...

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Laurie Ashbourne

One way to come at a logline if there is no clear goal is by looking at the protagonist's flaw or Achilles heel. What's the one thing that seems to trip them up every time? This is usually what they e...

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Laurie Ashbourne

Travis Seppala -- based on your recent reply, maybe her "goal" is to do anything she can to escape the one being that controls all reality.

Maurice Vaughan

Great ideas, Laurie Ashbourne! I like the "do anything she can to escape the one being that controls all reality" idea the most, but I can see the protagonist's flaw/Achilles heel idea working for the...

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Marcel Nault Jr.

I think your own logline works better. By reconfiguring it again and again, it will be tighter. I have my own opinions about AI (some programs are good, but some aren't, including ChatGPT).

Steve Mallinson
Pitching Shorts

No - not what you'd wear in a casual ballgame: my question is about how, or indeed whether, to pitch shorts.

I've written several TV pilots and one feature. I usually research relevant production companies and people to contact and and then generally get some engagement when I want to talk about an i...

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Maurice Vaughan

My best tip is to network with indie producers, indie directors, and actors, Steve Mallinson. That's how I sold four short scripts to a producer on Stage 32. Most of the shorts I watch are made by ind...

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Christopher Phillips

Sometimes film school directors that don't write look for scripts to film. Also, film students that are purely on the production track that don't write anything will sometimes buy scripts. I haven't l...

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Steve Mallinson

Great input - thank you!

Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Steve Mallinson.

Christopher Phillips

Here is a great example of people coming together for shorts. An article popped on my newsfeed today for an anthology series posted on YouTube from Blackmilk Studio called "A Thousand Suns." There are...

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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, A...

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Christian Hearn
Experiences with OWA selections?

Hi everyone, I currently have a three feature scripts that have been selected for a total of six OWAs through the Stage32 Writer's Room. Just wanted to hear from others that have previously been selected, and wondered what your experience has been? Did you hear anything more after that initial notif...

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Maurice Vaughan

Congratulations on having three scripts selected, Christian Hearn! I've had a few scripts selected, but they didn't move forward in the OWAs. That's cool though. Just gotta keep submitting. Hope your...

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