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

Paul Mitchell
Tromaville accepting feature scripts

Lloyd Kaufman and the crew at Tromavilla are accepting feature screenplays. Has anyone done this or heard about anyone trying to do this?!

William Martell

What if I don't accept Troma?

Barry John Terblanche

Hell I've got growing feet! $4,000 That's R50,000 South African Rand's for me down here.

Claude Gagne

I think the only ones that'll make money on this is the post office.

Erick Freitas

Nice! I'm 100% going to apply!

Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services Coordinator

They've done open submissions on and off for some years now. If you have a really gross low budget horror flick with lots of nudity and practical gore, well, yeah you should submit.

Charley Vance
New

Hey. I'm new to Stage 32. Please offer feedback as to the best way to utilize Stage 32 services. Thanks.

Billy Kwack

whats up? What genre you like writing?

Bill Albert

Regularly check the lounges that interest you. I've learned a lot reading posts here on screenwriting.

When you get into pitching make sure you read the listing completely.

Craig D Griffiths

Hang out on this forum. Ask questions. Help others.

Answering questions is a great way of consolidating your own knowledge. I don’t use any of the services so I am no help there.

Barry John Terblanche

Welcome Charley. Sure the moderators will get in contact with you soon, to give you a tour. They real cool and helpful.

Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services Coordinator

Hey Charley, welcome to Stage 32. If you have any questions about the script services, feel free to email me at writerhelp@stage32.com or our Director of Script Services, Jason Mirch, at J.Mirch@stage...

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Dawn M Gray
Character names

I'm having a bit of difficulty with character names, or more to the point, the way to address them in a script. I've always put my names in caps when they first enter the scene, speaking or not, and while reading up on some formatting changes, I've heard that non-speaking characters are not capitali...

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Doug Nelson

Claude - I'd bet that you're reading a lot of production scripts and the 'flaws' you see have been created by the Director, the AD and a whole bunch of other folk along the way. My advice is to first...

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Craig D Griffiths

I would say if they get a name or if they are important to the scene.

If they are just background.

Two guys are browsing the shelves of the shops when WENDY enters and walks to the counter.

Vs.

A TALL GUY...

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Phil Parker

I believe the convention of capitalizing the names of any characters when first introduced is for the benefit of the person/s in charge of casting or assistant directing.

Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services Coordinator

Capitalize every character only when first introduced, including extras.

Geoff Wise
How seriously to take yourself?

On the surface, attempting to break in as a screenwriter seems ludicrous -- so many others with similar dreams, such an unpredictable mix of talent, determination, and luck triggers that rare success.

My not-so-serious view of the screenwriter's journey goes something like this 45-sec clip:

https://yo...

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Bill Albert

You don't have to be crazy to do this, but it helps.

Kiril Maksimoski

Geoff, I take my self seriously as an non-professional writer (won't use the "A" word, some folks might have goosebumps).

I'm aware that only dime in a dozen even reach out to big time producers and e...

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Daniel Smith

I know the odds are against success but I found writing to be quite entertaining for myself alone.

Claude Gagne

Nothing in the world sounds better for me than to sit where I am sitting now, to write on in my screenplay, and make up a story as realistically as possible. What can a writer do when they place a scr...

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Patrick Peter

I want to improve in my style of writing as much as possible. I keep reading and doing all kinds of listening. But one thing I sure know would happen in having a good material is either success finds you or you find success. Be good in such a way that no one can reject you.

Bob Reynolds
NEW Screenplay Competition at SIFF

Hi, a new screenwriting festival at the extraordinary Sedona Int. Film Festival. I am a longtime member of Stage 32 and lifetime fan of SIFF. ( I had two films play there... ) Give it a look-see!

Erik Argenti

Thanks for the heads up. I had a film there a few years back. I’ll check it out.

Willing to Read and Review scripts...No strings attached..

Does anyone remember Triggerstreet? I use to love reading other people's work. I was reviewer of the month on two occasions. I am willing to read and Review scripts. I can usually do 1 or 2 a day and I have the next 10 days or so free. Email synchpro@gmail.com

Timothy Christopher Teemal

Gonna get right on it Brian.

Ismael Judá Moraes Reis Dias

I've sent you an email too!

Vanshdeep Singh

Never thought anyone would be willing to do this for free. I will be sending you an email. Thanks Man :)

Ihekuna Chimezie Benedict

Timothy Christopher Teemal check your mail. Just forwarded the scripts for your perusal.

John Ellis

Check out Script Revolution, Timothy Christopher Teemal

Patronica Clark
My first pitch.

I'm awaiting my score card from my first pitch. I am young and resilient and got great stories to tell. #youngandresilient

Karen "Kay" Ross

Congrats on surviving your first pitch! Let us know how it goes!

If you still need practice or feedback for that pitch, then I would highly suggest signing up for the Writer's Room. We host a weekly Pi...

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Erick Freitas

Keep pushing!

Patronica Clark

So, Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services Coordinator I got 5 for Set-Up of Protagonist(s) & World and 5 for Obstacles & Conflicts. I got 3 for Originality which I strongly disagree with. I also got...

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Patronica Clark

So, Karen "Kay" Ross.I got 5 for Set-Up of Protagonist(s) & World and 5 for Obstacles & Conflicts. I got 3 for Originality which I strongly disagree with. I also got 2 for clarity I think that was bas...

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Patronica Clark

So, Erick Freitas.I got 5 for Set-Up of Protagonist(s) & World and 5 for Obstacles & Conflicts. I got 3 for Originality which I strongly disagree with. I also got 2 for clarity I think that was based...

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Zak Mir
Analysis Paralysis - Script writing

Hello, what's everyone's opinion on script grading. Does it accompany the query to agents or managers, or part of a pitch deck...The information out there is overwhelming. I have a limited budget to spend on script polish but debating whether to spend the $ on another polish or get the script graded...

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Ismael Judá Moraes Reis Dias

I usually get lots of different opinions and make a objective crossing of all of them, observing where they match and don't match. If more than three honest analysis point certain thing as a problem... And I feel that this is true, I usually make a rewrite. If not, I ignore.

Rutger Oosterhoff

Barry, as Ismael said, just take the info you need and ignore the rest.

Dan, for what it is worth, I downloaded "Hot Stuff" and really enjoyed reading the first twenty pages; fast-paced and good chara...

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Dan Guardino

Rutger. Thanks. I am glad you enjoyed reading the first 20 pages.

Rutger Oosterhoff

... Haha - I read the rest!

Zak Mir

These comments are truly inspiring and they validate some of my own thinking. As much as I am confident about the work I have done for the past 9 months on an adaptation, jointly working with the auth...

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Barry John Terblanche
That's a movie

Could the site moderators please let us know how the "that's a movie" judging went yesterday, Friday.

Kiril Maksimoski

I was attending Barry, went fine...happy for the winners, some disappointment for non's :) Second session is announced next Friday same time...I guess the rest are still on...

Barry John Terblanche

Thanks Kiril. I'm as sick as a dog in bed with flue and laptop, thus, I missed it yesterday. Be nice to view the winners and their loglines, here.

Kiril Maksimoski

I don't recall the names and all loglines, but the one left me impression is called something like ....killer (or something) of Gods...it's about a seasoned detective and his rookie partner that are o...

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Barry John Terblanche

Thanks Kiril

One step closer

I feel like I'm the closest I've ever been to going pro.

 

I did a script consultation through Stage 32 in June and after answering lots of questions the Development Exec said he was going to recommend the series I was promoting to his company. Okay, two months later I haven't heard anything back so...

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Sarah Gabrielle Baron

Hmmm so the powers that be are delving into scriptrevolution eh? cool....

Doug Nelson

Sarah yes they are.

CC Williams

Congratulations Bill! Continue to refine and master your art!

Barry John Terblanche

All the best of luck Bill.

Andrew J. Ramirez

Congrats and good luck, Bill.

Barry John Terblanche
Scripthop codes to give away

Hi all. That scripthop that everyone is speaking about. I have 5 voucher codes to give away. contact me if you'd like one.

Barry John Terblanche

That's it folks.. All gone.

Dan Guardino

I have a couple if anyone is still in need.

Brian Largo

I'd love a code, if any of you still have. Thanks.

Jerry Robbins

If you can't get one, you can also go to the Scripthop site and request an invitation. That's what I did and the invite came in about three days.

Dan Guardino

Brian Largo. I sent you a code to use.

Karen "Kay" Ross
Representation: Over-correction through Collaboration

Just posted this video from SAG-AFTRA in the Filmmaking Lounge, but there are part of the video that addresses how a mostly white writer's room on 'The Baker and the Beauty' about a Cuban family by hiring Cuban actors AND including them in the process of authenticating the material.

Who have you invo...

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