Screenwriting

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Hank Biro
Another Godzilla Synopsis!

Recently I posted a synopsis for one of my Godzilla scripts. It was for Godzilla Against the War-Relics, the 2nd instalment in a Godzilla trilogy I'm working on titled Elder Godzilla Trilogy. The 1st instalment in the trilogy I've begun writing and it's titled Godzilla and the Technicolor Guards. He...

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Billy Kwack

awesome

Hank Biro

Thanks so much!

Hank Biro
Godzilla Spec Script Synopsis

Who else is a huge fan of the Godzilla franchise? Here is a synopsis for my Godzilla spec titled Godzilla Against the War-Relics:

Godzilla lounges in the forest. He perks up when he senses a militia arriving outside of Earth. He looks to the sky. There’s three massive ships, even bigger than Earth, a...

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Todd Bronson

Keep Godzilla alive! Sounds fun and filled with destruction. Like the Zoidzilla twist. I'm a fan of Kaiju monster films. I completed a modern script inspired by 1966 Daimajin and toying with another m...

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Hank Biro

Agreed! I plan on submitting the predecessor to this script, Godzilla and the Technicolor Guards, to a few genre contests once it's finished. I'm 12 pages into the story so far. I would love to read or hear more about your monster scripts!

Phillip "Le Raconteur" Hardy
Why do research?

I know what my primary objective is when I do research before writing a screenplay.

What's your main objective?

Rutger Oosterhoff

Prinary: getting the facts righ.

Secundary: getting an original perspective on those facts.

Richard P. Alvarez

Research is intended to broaden my understanding of a subject. Greater depth of understanding, yields greater veracity.

That's true whether or not I'm writing a historical/biographical piece, or total fantasy. (Because fantasy exists within a real world.)

Dan MaxXx

It’s like any job trade. The more you know about the subject the better you’re gonna perform. For example, sports players study game tape of their opponents

Jim Boston

Phillip, I LOVE doing research...and it helps me keep from falling flat on my face when I'm writing. As long as I can make sure I've got my facts straight about this or that subject, it helps.

Debbie Croysdale

Research chills me, can get lost in it for hours and it's vital to understand your story more even if don't end up using most of it. Occasionally I find a controversial topic to research both sides of...

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HB Duran
Just booked my first-ever pitch session on Stage 32

...it's also my first pitch as a screenwriter ever, so...trying not to panic, ha!

I've got three weeks to prepare and chose the Skype option. My pilot is solid but I'm spending this time to master pitch techniques and requirements. For those who have pitched here before, what advice do you have?

Do th...

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Rebecca D Robinson

I did a pitchfest down in Burbank a few years ago and it was really fun. By number 4 or 5 I was more relaxed and didn't need my notes anymore. If you can work in a bit of humor, that's good! Be enthusiastic and confident - you'll nail it.

Jerry Robbins

That's awesome news! Congratulations! Now the pins and needles start!

Laurie Gabriel

Congratulations!!!

Bill Albert

Congrats. It's a pretty crazy ten minutes. I resisted it for a long time and stuck with written but made jumped in feet first a few months ago. Just take a deep breath and start running. Good luck.

Barry John Terblanche

Well done

Coreetta S Buchan
Psychological Thriller

Hey guys How many of you awesome people have seen this movie "Gaslight"? I wasn't just blown away by how it was written, but by the way it was directed and performed by actors. This is about an insidious method of mind control by a narcissistic husband to convince his wife that she was " mentally il...

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Coreetta S Buchan

@debbieCroysdale You aren't kidding!! Recovery I believe is impossible if you don't take back who the hell you were before you met those people. I love how fierce you are with your content writing. It's so engaging!!

Coreetta S Buchan

@Nickassunto I've never seen that yet, but I will this week!!

Coreetta S Buchan

@CameronLeighjames Wow, I'm also sorry about your friend. Lawyers are the WORST for this. I remember getting into a debate with one when I was prosecuting someone and he used so much suggestions but h...

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Debbie Croysdale

@Coreetta Many thanks for reminding me of the fact “we need to remember who the hell we were/still are before we met these people.” I have learnt to lead a stronger life viewing these encounters as an...

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Coreetta S Buchan

@debbie thanks so much for your additional insight and support.

Alex Bloom
How to write Flashbacks in Scripts

Writers are often told by teachers & screenwriting gurus to refrain from using flashbacks due to fears of misuse. But A LOT of our favorite stories and films in history use them A LOT!

https://www.scriptreaderpro.com/how-to-write-a-flashback-in-a-script/...

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How to Write a Flashback in a Script Like a Pro Screenwriter
How to Write a Flashback in a Script Like a Pro Screenwriter
Wanna know how to write a flashback in a script the right way? Great, because some of the most memorable moments in cinema history have been flashbacks. From Alvy's iconic "seems like old times" monta…
A. S. Templeton

One aspect absent in the article is that a flashback must be shown from the character’s POV and/or show the character in the flashback. Even released big-budget flicks contain flashbacks in which the flashing character was not actually there.

Barry John Terblanche

Sure, don't use them as a crutch. Don't use anything in life as a crutch! If a flashback is required to tell / move the story forward? Use it. And make sure you use it correctly.

Dan Guardino

I use flashbacks when I need them to tell my story. Personally I don't pay much attention to what gurus say you should or shouldn't do.

Debbie Croysdale

There are different types of flashback Eg Audience sees something that happened in characters past so learns reason why they behave the way they do now. Or some flashback disturbance that is an action...

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Debbie Croysdale

I studied under Linda Aronson, queen of tandem, flashback and non linear, this statement in photo looks like some Einstein formula. There's a great book called 21st Century Screenplay that is a must read if you cannot do her courses.

Jeff Zampino
Continuous Scene Question

My script came out to 136 scenes for a 110-page script! Many are continuous. Example: there is a train set piece which takes place in every car on the train and also on the roof. This action sequence is 18 scenes over 9 pages, and bounces between 3 different POVs (PROTAG, ANTAG, hostages). Can you u...

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Dan Guardino

Using your example of the train you say you have 18 scenes which may or may not be the case. Like Jack I would need to see the sequence. A scene can take place in more than one location.

Once you are...

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Jeff Zampino

Jack - (1) Apologies, POV was the wrong term. There are three sets of people we are following in the scene(s). (2) The "scenes" change when we switch locations, or characters.The entire set of scenes...

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Barry John Terblanche

Listen to Dan. He said it spot on!

Rutger Oosterhoff

I guess several roads lead to Rome. But check out the screenplay "Snowpiercer" by Bong Joon Ho.

Maybe this helps....

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Jeff Zampino

Jack - Thanks for that. I have a few dashes I can simplify. Rutger - I have downloaded the script. Thanks!

Rutger Oosterhoff
Pulp Fiction: Cats and Dogs

FADE IN:

TOETAN JULES, master of all dogs and cats confronting a DOG and its CAT LOVER in a local Pup packed with CATS and DOGS -- doing their business; reading the PAPER upside down, chatting away, having conversations that go nowhere, until....:

CAMERA MOVES OVER TO Toetan Jules - who talks BUSINESS...

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Jeremy Storey
Successes

Can one of you wise minded souls help me understand the specific rules about posting something success related? I am assuming that the Stage 32 success stories is for work, jobs, awards that have come by virtue of Stage 32? Hence, if you won, let's say an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay,...

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Beth Fox Heisinger

Yup. Hey, if a tiny award makes your day then why not share it!

Jeremy Storey

Beth Fox Heisinger Oh boy... be careful about taking my leash off.... I'll celebrate just about anything!! But seriously, thanks for the words of wisdom. Much appreciated.

Kiril Maksimoski

Isn't in funny about life...I'm dying for an Oscar now, but will probably get it in the period of my life, I wouldn't care less....like at 86 when I'll be battling cancer and my kids over heritage...p...

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Barry John Terblanche

Kiril. We ARTIST remember! Our work only becomes "famous" wants we die. Lol

Rutger Oosterhoff

Success:

“If you think about the very nature of life - I mean, on the very beginning, the development of the first cell divided into two cells - the sole purpose of life has been to pass on what was learned.” Morgan Freeman - Professor Norman

Julia Petrisor
Where do your ideas come from?

I have started pitching Temperance, my feminist horror-thriller feature screenplay, and the best part of the pitch is telling them how the story idea originated!

I tend to write female-driven pieces to begin with, but I don't want to create lead characters people will think are based on me. Haha. Th...

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Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services Coordinator

That's cool! I get my ideas from other films. I don't really have any life-based stories I'd care to write about. I'm a genre nut, so I like to see how I can take those genres to the next level by deconstructing the tropes and themes.

Julia Petrisor

Thanks Jim Boston you're so kind. And I personally would love to see a new Animal House with it being in a sorority! LOL Hope you write that one. And the old-time piano playing could be a lot of fun t...

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Cameron Leigh James

Temperance sounds like a fantastic idea. As does Sun Dogs. My stories are all female driven as well. Talking about this a few weeks back w/other writers and one was adamant that all the characters we...

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Debbie Croysdale

@Jim You are right world beating films came long before internet, just one example Charlie Chaplin was born around same time as invention of telephone but still makes audiences laugh or cry.

Julia Petrisor

Thanks for your comments and kind words, Debbie Croysdale and Cameron Leigh James ! Yeah, Cameron, I know what you mean about not fully agreeing that all the characters we write are us. But I do agree...

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Steven M. Cross
Planning template

I've never been much of a planner, but in my screenwriting endeavors, I have come to the conclusion that I need some kind of planning if I am going to write a decent screenplay. I developed a very simple template that I -- a pantser -- could use to plan a screenplay or really any other kind of writi...

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Barry John Terblanche

Hi Steven. Lets know hereto if / when you gonna link it to your profile page? I'd like to check it out.

Steven M. Cross

I don’t know how to upload just a document. I have uploaded everything else.

Barry John Terblanche

Hi steven. That document, print it in PDF, and post it to your profile page - as what you would a script to your profile.

Steven M. Cross

I figured it out, and it is posted under my logline list.

Barry John Terblanche

Cool. I'll check it out.

Amir Jedari
Request from producer and investor

Hello, I'm Amir Jedari, Iranian Writer and Director of Cinema and Theatre. I currently have two powerful and good scripts (feature and short) (registered in the cinema house) and I need a producer and an investor.

Barry John Terblanche

Don't we all. You, me and a few thousand other screenwriters with equally powerful and good scripts . Best of luck Amir.

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