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

Evelyne Gauthier
Problem with your logline? Check this out

Hey guys (and girls),

I see that many screenwriters struggle a lot with their loglines. Let me share with you a little guide made by Studiobinder. It helped me so much to understand what a logline is and what it should contain.

Here's the link to the page. I also suggest you download the free documen...

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How to Write a Logline that Producers Love | Log line Examples
How to Write a Logline that Producers Love | Log line Examples
At any stage of a video production, a movie logline is a tool used to sell your screenplay. Learn from famous logline examples how to write a logline that makes producers wanna read your script. Even…
James Welday

I love Studio Binder. Their teaching tools are of great value. Thanks for posting!

Evelyne Gauthier

James Welday, me too! They're great! I think they are partners with stage32 as well.

Danny Cameron

I feel like being a copywriter has helped immensely with my loglines. I see a lot of writers not understanding that the logline has got to hook me immediately. It's that sentence you say to get your f...

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James Welday

Evelyne Gauthier even better!! I didn't know that!

Scott Adlai Stevenson
Seeking collaboration with screenwriters

Riveting true story seeking a collaboration with a produced screenwriter for a tv or feature film with the genre of true crime with a touch of romance. This story is based on my memoir "Scoundrels in Paradise" and HAD been optioned by 3 major studios and needs a breath of fresh air :)

Steven M. Cross
Craft question

I have a craft question. I have run into an issue with my WIP and I'm looking for some help. I've written about 2/3 of a family script, and I've tried to make it fairly low budget. It occurred to me today that I need to write a scene with a dance attended by 13-year-olds which suddenly derails my lo...

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Nick Assunto

Hi Steven, the short answer is no.

The long answer is somewhere in the vain of don't worry about it while you're writing, just tell your story and if it resonates with people then they'll want to take...

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CJ Walley

Generally, in a situation like this, change it if there's an easy alternative that delivers the same or close the same production value and story dynamic. If it's fundamental then don't butcher your b...

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Julia Petrisor

yeah, just write it and then it can be a conversation later when it goes to production. this idea of writing to a low budget can feel constricting to me, sometimes, so if that is the case for you, too, then just write it as you see it for now.

Conflicting Tone: A Pass Or Go?

It has been mentioned to me in a couple of different readers' notes that they thought the tone of the storyline of my " Joe Plant" screenplay was conflicting. It has scenes of humor that have an all ages appeal and others where the content would be considered adult material. What are your thoughts o...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Here is my two cents from my time teaching: TONE starts with LIGHT or DARK because it's based on LIGHT (but it's expressed as either comedy or tragedy). This ultimately is just a HINT at the ending, w...

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Richard Buzzell

Tone - one more thing audiences don't care about.

Ewan Dunbar

If you're writing something for younger audiences it is good to include material that will entertain adults as well, but if there is a huge tonal shift into only content adults will find entertaining...

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Myriam B

Hi Hanna...

It's hard to help without having read the script... but in general: When in doubt, I study.

Find successful movies that have that kind duality tone and: A) see how they pulled it off B) us...

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Dan MaxXx

great screenwriting begins with the first sentence, establishes everything from world building, tone, genre. Study peers, living or dead. Especially in the techy PDF era where writers got less than 2-...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey Alex, this is Karen from the Stage 32 team. I just wanted to let you know I moved your post from Your Stage to Screenwriting (since this link is not self-promotion), as it fits much better there. Let me know if you have any questions and all the best to you!

Alex Edge

Thanks Karen!!

Rita Avellar
Looking for a writing contest or writing program for new writers (spec script)

I missed the deadline for the Warner Bros writing program for new writers https://televisionworkshop.warnerbros.com/writers-workshop/. It's a long story but stupidly I messed up the deadline hour. The thing is, I loved the spec script that I wrote hahaha, so I'm trying to find out another writing co...

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Writers' Workshop
Writers' Workshop
Spec Script Specs MUST be written for a show that is listed on our Accepted Shows page. Not all shows are accepted. Please take a moment to make sure your show is listed. Please include a "Previously…
Evelyne Gauthier

Coverfly has a page for that. It includes contests, competitions and writing programs. https://writers.coverfly.com/competitions

Rita Avellar

@dan maxXx it was on my list too. ;)

Rita Avellar

@evelyne gauthier thank you!! I will check it out!

Tyler VanHolsbeck

There is also the Nick Writing Program. The submission period is from July 1-August 1. All you need is an original pilot and a spec script of one of the approved shows that is listed on their site. Hope this helps! Good luck!

Rita Avellar

@tyler VanHolsbeck yep, just saw it yesterday but the spec I did is from a show that is not listed on Nick Writing Program. But thank you anyway! :)

Stefano Pavone
Killing a character

Hey, guys.

Title speaks for itself - at what point do you consider killing off a character in your story, whether they are a supporting player or major protagonist/antagonist? Me, personally, I like to kill off characters if they have served their purpose and/or if their deaths will give the other pr...

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Ewan Dunbar

Sometimes it can feel a little too convenient if all the main characters survive relatively unscathed compared to everyone else around them. Killing off someone important/ most able to influence a sit...

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Evelyne Gauthier

By the way, if you do that to add drama to your story, create a certain suspense, show the viewer that there is danger, and that you mean business, it would be preferable if the character you kill is...

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Dan MaxXx

worked for Scream. At the time of the movie release, Drew Barrymore was a popular actress and her Scream character was killed in the first scene.

Harvey Read

I agree with Ewan, but offer a slightly different opinion - the character doesn't have to die, but maybe a part of them has to. This could be as simple as someone they love dying or that they have to...

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CJ Walley

At a story level, it's as simple as them having served their purpose and their death bringing about some sort of truth or resolution.

At a production level, it's something I'm wary of. Sequel potential...

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J R O'Hara
Need advice.

Help.

I reached out to a development exec at a production company on LinkedIn. I mentioned some work she had previously done and my own background, then said "The script that I'm currently pitching has a kick-ass female protagonist. Would love to tell you more."

She replied today saying please send...

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Pidge Jobst

Sending solicitations via inmail boxes on LinkedIn can be tricky. It can be considered invasive and is often frowned upon. Apparently, you performed it in such a manner and with a formula that got you...

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Cherelynn Baker

Congratulations! What did your entertainment attorney advise you to do? Listen to that first and if you don't have that - ok, do the poor man's "mail it to yourself" print version first before sharing so you have the most minimal of protection. Good luck!

J R O'Hara

Thanks everyone for the great advice and words of encouragement. I have decided to send the script.

Kiril Maksimoski

Getting people to read you work's not that hard even if they're industry insiders...getting them to buy it for a big $$$ a whole another ball game...

Dan MaxXx

Way to hustle! You saved $ for a read request! Surprised this Dev Exec didnt ask you to sign a submission form first; generally when you solicit $ from the general public, it is wise for both parties to sign something before reading. Good Luck

Nick Assunto
So You Got a Meeting Request on Stage 32. What Now?

Hey Writers!

Thought I'd start a reference thread for this since I deal with these issues weekly. This thread specifically only applies to meeting requests via Stage 32 from our pitch sessions and coverage services. This isn't universal email meeting advice, though some things might apply. If you hav...

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Kacee Diehl DeMasi

Nick Assunto thanks for sharing - I learned early always take help from anyone who offers. I meet lots of entitled folks when I do casting and all the actors seem to know who they are, sadly...

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Kathleen Oneill

WOW! Thank you.

Sarah Gabrielle Baron

Well, I loved my meeting with my one request, Alexia Melocchi. She LOVED the fact that I have so much material. We were pretty informal and actually joked a fair bit about divorce. I'm so grateful I'v...

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Christiane Lange

Nick Assunto I worked as an editor for many years (academic publishing - humanities), and I have come across authors like that. I also had many, who were grateful for the opportunity to improve their...

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Nick Assunto

A lot of these questions have started to come up again with the increase of meeting requests via Stage 32 pitch sessions and coverage. Bumping the thread so more newer members can see it!

Sille Larsen
Introduce yourself with a logline

Hello, my fellows!

We all know how hard it can be to create a logline for our work!

To describe a script or a short film with only 1 sentence is almost impossible to do just like that! I admit I haven't created a logline on only one sentence. But the good thing is we have plenty of time to practice!...

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Gary Floyd

When a young man recovers from a devastating disease, he searches for a story to give meaning to his suffering only to learn he must live out the ending he hopes to write.

Christiane Lange

After a near brush with death, a Viking broad sallies forth to conquer the world. :P

Jim Boston

Inspired by two codirectors of a documentary he appeared in, a factory worker in modern-day Omaha, NE rekindles his own efforts to become a screenwriter...after a 22-year hiatus.

Noel Thompson

When a home-birthing, homeschooling archaeologist decides to take her family on a sailboat trip about the world to find "the amazing," but she may find it's been inside her all along.

Jill A. Hargrave

When an aging documentarian's TV station shuts its doors, she is set adrift to find a new outlet for her creativity and discovers spec screenwriting fits her need to tell stories.

Emily Hu
My VPF experience so far

Since someone on S32 mentioned Virtual Pitchfest in my previous post, I went and researched it a bit. Figured it couldn't hurt to give it a shot, so I bought the VIP package that included a free query letter edit. I sent them the draft for my query letter and just got my response back. It reads like...

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Regina Lee

I've been accepting pitches on VPF for about 3 years. I estimate that I have requested the first 10 pages of about 15 scripts. From there, I've sent out a release form and requested the full script on...

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Emily Hu

Thank you for the bit of insight from the other side, Regina. Given other folks' responses, I'm beginning to think that maybe my query letter just didn't require significant edits. Perhaps, in this ca...

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John Cruz Alarid

Your pitch has to be short. Many of the professionals on VPF also take pitches on Stage 32. They offer more bang for the buck. But they have no one to help with your written pitch.

Danny Manus

I've been taking queries on VPF for about 7 years - pretty much since they started. Ive requested probably 50 scripts over that time. I've liked about 5. I've developed/optioned 2. But hands down the...

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Emily Hu

Thanks for the feedback, everyone. Joey, I will definitely take advantage of the free help with my next script. Danny, I hope they took the template with your permission! I can see why it works; it seems to hit all the key points I read about in other sample query letters.

Alex Edge
The SWN Screenplay Competition…

The SWN Screenplay Competition ( https://www.screenwritersnetwork.org/swn-screenplay-competition/ ) has some of the most respected judges in the industry. Enter your script and receive many of our submission benefits.

Our guest judge and this season's competition is named after Alec Sokolow, writer o...

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SWN | Screenwriting Competitions and Script Services
SWN | Screenwriting Competitions and Script Services
Screenwriters Network (SWN) is an organisation founded by a collection of award-winning and produced filmmakers in the UK. Our four founders have collectively worked for every major broadcasting and f…
Barry John Terblanche

Hi SWN...as you have exposed yourself on an OPEN SITE... you make yourself open/vulnerable to open discussion. There are over 850,000 members here... competition readers here that may differ from your view. And may blast you/SWN, since you made a pubic address, just saying... - FADE OUT!

Dan MaxXx

Meh. Pay $200 fee for a 1st place of consultation worth $199? Cmon, do better. Pay writers cash. cash. cash.

Pablo Diablo

You should see how much they pay their readers...

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