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

Henry Richard
Scripting Job

So i just started writing an hollywood script just after selling out two previous ones i wrote recently..Who is the lucky producer that'll have this beautiful script to his production..Let's watch out!!

Aleisha Brooks
Intro to Free Writer's Course - Start Here!

Spend two minutes with me on this introduction to my free writer's course. In each video there are key pieces of information, sometimes so simple we forget we should be doing it.

Start here https://youtu.be/hDrzsKyL2I8 and then go on to video 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2S8i216Rag)

Visit my w...

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Jason Gonsalves
Script Exchange!

Heyyyyy guys,

I wrote a coming of age dramedy that tackles gender stereotypes, self-love, parental trauma, race, and inclusive love. It all centers around an acid trip. The feedback I'm getting on it is wildly divisive because of the premise. I'm looking for some open minded AND BIPOC opinions on it....

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Zorrawa Emily Ann Jefferson

Hey I have a screenplay called the voice of forgiveness. It's about a 13 year old boy who falls in love with the deaf transfer student, Milo. Unfortunately for Dustin, Millo is a complusive liar.

Zorrawa Emily Ann Jefferson

It's sad I'm the only one who posted

Jim Boston

Jason, I'd like to read your script...if you don't mind exchanging with the closest I've got to a coming-of-age dramedy, "Gayle Strawberry and Her Soda Pop Music Makers."

All the VERY BEST to you, Jason! Glad you're here on Stage 32!

Doug Nelson

You ask for an opinion - this is only my take. Coming of age stories often follow interesting threads (I've got two; a FL titled Halt and a short titled Hope and a Wish). They can be comedic, dramatic...

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Itayi Chitauro Junior

Hi Jason, you definitely did the one thing I'm failing to... Those kind of themes are often hard to put in a script... But however I can relate to them. I can definitely give it a read if you don't mi...

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Fritz Gilbert
Need Any Help On Retirement Scripts?

If anyone is looking for insight on what retirement is really like, hit me up. I retired 2 years ago and have an award-winning blog on the subject that's been running strong for 5 years. I'm also a published author, with my book "Keys to a Successful Retirement" hitting #1 on Amazon. Happy to assist...

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Paul Mehri

Make sure when you retire you’ll have good friends you have good neighbors you have a good place to live you have good partners if you’re not married and you have a good believe and have lots of good...

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Paul Mehri

Your family relationships are good is an important fact .

Doug Nelson

I've retired twice over the years - last time in 2008. Retirement is boring so I'm starting a new project (for lack of a good provocative hobby).

Rebecca D Robinson
Diversity in Our Writing

How are you consciously including all people - colors, genders, sexual orientation, ages - in your writing?

Jason Gonsalves

I'm very conscious of it. Being a person of color in this industry, I find it hard not to. I think it's good to create meaningful relationships with BIPOC so that your work comes across as genuine. Ma...

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Zorrawa Emily Ann Jefferson

Well yes, I have two gay characters and three disabled ones.

Julia Petrisor

Great question, Rebecca! I was discussing this with a friend recently. At the risk of disobeying the sacred rules of screenwriting, I actually do write diversity in. The way I see it, can we not be al...

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Stefano Pavone

Doug Nelson If the characters are written in a way that affects the plot and/or their personal character arcs (in my case, a lot of my stories feature international characters), then it can be allowed...

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Aray Brown

As a black person, I can not not be conscious of it. I'm pleased that Hollywood is becoming more diverse, it's been a long time coming. I feel it's my duty to use whatever platform i have to showcase...

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Aleisha Brooks
Free Writer's Videos Coming Soon

Hello Writers, I have a free video series for writers coming out soon. I also have a kindle book for writers. Message me if you'd like details. :) Best, Aleisha

Barry John Terblanche

Hi Aleisha. Cool! I myself am a Kindle publisher and am connected with them. Love to read your writers book. Hook me up. Regards

Zak Mir
What is the market like for new screenplays!

Given everything going on, is this a right time to market our screenplays? What is the best way to go about it? One of the platforms was candid enough to suggest that this indeed may not be the best time as studios are not even looking for new scripts or perhaps new writers.

And also, the market mig...

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Craig D Griffiths

No offence Zak studios are not foaming at the mouth to get hold of scripts from unknown writers. They have a sizeable stable of writers. People they know and trust.

How is the indie market? Just fine....

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Kiril Maksimoski

As a freelanced that does writing on spec I don't put too much worry in it. My sympathy goes to work-for-a-living commissioned writes (other staff as well). These must be harsh times for some of them...

Dan MaxXx

probably good and bad- depending on which resources you believe, your status/track record, pay-scale needs. Streamer companies like Netflix, Apple have their own algorithm pay-scale, 0 residuals now b...

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Doug Nelson

Jack - A good bet.

Kiril Maksimoski

Been similar here for a long time...We actually do not have screenwriting community (except a few that work on TV) Director is a writer 98 percent of the time and in many cases producer or co-producer...

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Kathi Carey
Your Second Act

It took me a long time to call myself a writer ... more than 1,000 half-hour teleplays, two produced features, and an award-winning short. By the time I was on my second award-winning short film I finally began to consider myself, and call myself, a writer. It was when that film was in qualification...

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Janet Scott

Yes spot on lass... We can all learn something from that.

Dan Guardino

Congrats on what you've accomplished.

Natalie Farst

What a great post Kathi!! Thanks for sharing!

Monty C. Floyd

Congratulations, Kathi!

Patrick Peter

Congrats. I want to attend that height too.

Barry John Terblanche
A.I and scene location can be misleading for production evaluation.

A.I Is the new big deal for production companies. They don't have to spend two hours reading your fantastic feature script... making budget notes / estimates as they go along. NO, hell all they have to do is read its A.I and they good a good (BAD) idea of its production cost. Actors aside, the bigge...

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Doug Nelson

I guess I'm still just 'old school'. I'll stick with Real Intelligence over Artificial Intelligence.

Ismael Judá Moraes Reis Dias

A.I must have no place in evaluating scripts, since all stories have too many variables to make an objective analysis.

Craig D Griffiths

Barry John Terblanche not everything can be gold. The film industry doesn’t give out participation medals.

I don’t read scripts from strangers for that reason. Most first attempts can’t even be called...

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Ismael Judá Moraes Reis Dias

Craig D Griffiths I agree with you in this one.

Most people don't stop to pay a good look in their own work or to search if X or Y aspect of their stories are compelling, or are cliche or not. They ju...

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William Martell

What the hell are you talking about?

Do you work for a production company that is using A.I?

30 years in the business and I don't know any company that is using A.I. Companies use algorithms to coll...

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Sara Dee
ACTOR FRIENDLY SCREENPLAYS : We Don't Thump Tables, We Get Angry.

I'm an actor but am popping into your screenwriters lounge because Kyle Little, here on Stage 32 asked a question of how, basically, to create an ‘actors screenplay’.  So I wrote this outpouring of what, for me, constitutes a bad or difficult screenplay to read as an actor.  I have mentored sc...

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Doug Nelson

I'm always on the lookout for that money shot. Those are the gems that sparkle throughout the film and raise it to a higher plane. Aside; I write action - I don't use '...ing' words. But that's just me.

Peter Roach

Thank You Sara. Noted/Saved in Action safe.

Sara Dee

Oh Doug, that's so interesting! I've never specifically noticed that but yes, I see it now! So my example would read ". . .she lets the lies tumble from his mouth. Her face speaks volumes as her anger...

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Ismael Judá Moraes Reis Dias

I tend to make screenplays friendly to actors to improvise or add their own mannerisms to the characters, so it becomes better to them in terms of performance.

Doug Nelson

Sara - even tighter. She doesn't let the lies tumble from his mouth; he lets the lies tumble from his mouth. I'd probably start with a Mid Shot, his lies would be OC, I'd pull in to a Close Up as her...

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Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services Coordinator
What film are you most disappointed was delayed?

Things are weird right now, and I was really hoping to check out GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE this Halloween. I'm very curious where the writing direction of the franchise has gone. I really enjoy Jason Reitman's films, especially TULLY and THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, but he's never done a genre flick. He's p...

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Daniel Smith

Ghostbusters Afterlife was so promising I was really looking forward to it.

Kiril Maksimoski

Dan MaxXx I can go with that minding the cause. But otherwise, I would rather pay to see Ruffalo as Hulk in next Avengers flick, no matter how amusing is he reading script of the table.

Florin Şumălan

I say "Dune". I knew about the Dune world by playing some of the Dune video games, then later I saw David Lynch's movie and some of the series. I am hoping that Denis Villeneuve will bring more from t...

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Julia Petrisor

Dune and No Time To Die - just found that out yesterday and feelin' super bummed

Rutger Oosterhoff

Non.

Butch Berry
Willing the read and review scripts

Willing to Read and Review scripts...No strings attached. I'm not a professional so it will be a layman's review

 I am willing to read and review scripts. 

Vanshdeep Singh

Hi, Butch! How can I send you my script?

Butch Berry

PDF

Claude Gagne

If you're not a professional, why do you call yourself a producer?

Barry John Terblanche

Just click on his profile. - Producer. Not accepting scripts. I only produce my own productions

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