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

Justin Groats
Got my feedback

It was passed, however I am proud of the score and I was given good feedback, I will revaluate, correct, and try again, woke up to it this morning and feel really good about it

Patricia Villasana

So many people who want to write, never start so congratulations on getting feedback! A pass is never a dead end, just an opportunity to get better

Matthew D Rhodes

It's always good when you get positive feedback on where to go. Keep up the work. It'll pay off in the long run.

M LaVoie

Just keep in mind any echo chamber that filters rational critique needs scrutiny. There is such a thing as toxic positivity. Stay grounded, trust your instincts and recognize the inherent very real li...

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Ashley Renee Smith

Just keep pushing, Justin! You've got this! =)

Mary Rice
Script Editing Help

I am a novelist who has recently leapt into script writing. I am working on a project with a friend who has contacts with a few film makers, but I need someone to go over my script and show me formatting flaws, as this has been mentioned. I would also like input on the script in general. I knocked i...

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Dan Guardino

Mary Rice I use Final Draft as well. I know how to format a screenplay to industry standards. I was a Script Consultant for two Production Companies and I was employed as a Staff Writer. I don't charg...

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Mary Rice

Thanks Dan, will do!

Dan Guardino

Mary Rice My email address is danguardino@yahoo.com

Lisa Lee

Mary Rice, once you get it formatted I'd be glad to give you some feedback.

Mary Rice

Right now I’m going through correcting some transitions and trying to get it below 120 pages. It’s 123. Then I’ll send some pages.

Feature vs. TV Writing

Hi all. I've decided to turn one of my feature film scripts into a TV pilot. I had sent it out for coverage and it was stressed to me to work on adding exposition, since as it was, there was way more subtext. Granted, it's up to me what goes into the script but does anyone else have experience with doing the same?

Marcel Nault Jr.

Yeah, you can never expose too much. It's a tricky area indeed.

Elizabeth Dickinson

Yes, I've done it and it improved the idea as a result. One piece of advice I was given was to incorporate and start with scenes that were NOT already in the film version. I recommend outlining the 'b...

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Thom Egelston

Thank you, Marcel and Elizabeth. Feels daunting but only one way to get through it.

Elizabeth Dickinson

Thom, have you tried focusmate.com? I've found it really useful when I've been procrastinating...it's free if you want 3 sessions/week, and a nominal amount if you want to use it monthly...you sign up...

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Thom Egelston

Elizabeth, no, didn't know such a thing existed until now but I'll have to give it a try. Thanks!

Kevin Edward Corrigan
Pitching-- where to learn?

Hi Folks,

From what I'm seeing, pitching my screenplay is a tool I need to have. At this point, I'd like to know how to put together a 5-10 minute pitch that targets managers and producers. What do I include, and just as importantly, what do I leave out?

Thanks much for sharing your thoughts!

Kevin

Maurice Vaughan

Are you a member of the Writers' Room, Kevin Edward Corrigan? There's a weekly Pitch Practice. It's every Thursday at 5:30 P.M. PT/8:30 P.M. ET. You can get peer-to-peer feedback from the Writers' Roo...

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Ashley Renee Smith
Wednesday's Ask Me Anything in the Acting Lounge!

Calling all Writer-Performers!

Don't miss out on tomorrow's fantastic AMA with Laura Ackermann, Founder of Advantage PR, Publicist, & Branding Expert (Charisma Carpenter, Anna Lamb, Rushi Kota) in the Acting Lounge! Laura is sharing her time with us to answer YOUR questions about "What Should Perform...

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Christine Capone
Flashbacks

Morning everyone! So I had a question re: Flashbacks. In real life, when we think of a moment from our past, it's snippets of that moment. I wanted to convey a flashback like that in my script. Is it worth writing it that way? for instance, say my character is thinking of a moment from her past and...

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Asmaa Jamil

Christine, maybe you can use specific dialogue or items as clues.

Mike Boas

One of my favorite films, The Limey, uses brief flashbacks (and flash forwards) throughout. I just took a look at the screenplay, and they’re done with a FLASH CUTS slugline, followed by the list of s...

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Dan MaxXx

Manchester By The Sea (Oscar winner) has over 20+ short flashbacks. It is all execution on the page & with your circle of peers (if it ever gets to production) GL!

Christine Capone

Dan, funny enough, I was checking out that script last night! Thank you!

Christine Capone

Thank you Mike, I'll check that out!

Maurice Vaughan
4 Elements To Consider When Selecting Script Topics

Tom Stohlgren (award-winning produced screenwriter, recognized novelist, and internationally renowned scientist) talks about the four elements he considers when selecting script topics in today’s blog.

He knows about picking script topics. He recently uploaded his 85th feature script to his logline...

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Francisco Castro
Two Scripts Were Selected for OWAs

Extremely honored and humbled to have my action-comedy, YEAH, DUDE, I'M A SPY selected for three separate OWAs and my family adventure script, GALACTIC CENTURIONS OF BOBCAT HIGH, selected for one. This is a first time to be selected. Thought my writing was dead but being selected feels like a bit of a resurrection. #HappyEaster

Teleah Moore

Congratulations!

Robin Gregory

Francisco Castro Well done! What a great way to celebrate Easter! I love the titles and am excited to think they're both being considered. Wishing you every success.

Jed Power

what is OWA?

Francisco Castro

OWA stands for Open Writing Assignments, Jed Power. You can find them in The Writer's Room of Stage32.

Jeff Herman
Newbie to Writer's Room

Hello! I was wondering if there is any free Webinars on how to improve screenplay writing once joining the Writer's Room. I've seen Coverage zoom meetings on Mondays, however I was looking for writing instructions to improve writing. I've seen that I can purchase webinars on various topics, but I sa...

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Jeff Herman

Hi Sydney, I couldn't email because I need to be in your network (I tried but not approved yet). I would like to learn more about any educational materials. Thanks again!

Marcel Nault Jr.

Hey Jeff!

There are also helpful videos on YouTube when it comes to screenwriting. The channel "Film Courage" might be a great place to start.

Sydney Summers

Hey Jeff! Sorry about that, I put the incorrect email address! Please email edu@stage32.com :)

Jeff Herman

Thanks, Marcel. I will check out Film Courage as well.

Jeff Herman

Thanks, Sydney. I'll reach out to you.

John Mezes
Coverage Report & Pitch Practice Session Crossover Event Today!

Hi, Stage 32!

You all are invited to attend this special event tonight, 5:30 pm PT/8:30 pm ET. Both the Coverage Report team (Kay, Steph, and Dustin) and the Pitch Practice Session Duo (Noel and John) will be instructing writers who submitted their 1-page synopses on how to approach writing and pitch...

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Christopher Phillips

link?

Marcel Nault Jr.
An Original Concept for a TV Series.

Most of the feedback I've received on my script for The Leviathan boils down to the same flaw: a concept that isn't original enough for a TV series. Some of the reviewers on Coverfly say that I should consider adding a unique twist or element that would set it apart from other series.

I'm trying to...

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Marcel Nault Jr.

Julia Ploshinsky Feedback is always encouraged. And I wouldn't say that they are morons because they give their opinions. lol

Christopher Phillips

Marcel Nault Jr. that makes total sense. What avenue are you targeting? Network, cable, premium cable, or streamer?

Amanda Dettrick

This is a little hard without having more information - and I am very new to the Writers Room, but here goes. When and where is it set? And how wide was your feedback net? If it is the same response f...

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Marcel Nault Jr.

Christopher Phillips Cable and streaming mostly. This isn't made from primetime TV, I can tell you that much. lol I'd easily pitch this to producers at HBO, AMC, even Netflix or Amazon Prime....

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Marcel Nault Jr.

Amanda Dettrick I can definitely say that what holds my main protagonist back is himself. I'll leave it at that because I don't want to spoil too much.

My story is set in Albany, NY.

We could discuss m...

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Maurice Vaughan
THIS WEDNESDAY – Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Laura Ackermann!

Laura Ackermann will be having a 24-hour AMA this Wednesday April 17th in the Acting Lounge, focused on “What Should Performers Look for in a Publicist?”

Laura is the founder of Advantage PR, publicist, & branding expert (Charisma Carpenter, Anna Lamb, Rushi Kota). She’s answering questions like:

Whe...

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