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

Emily J
CONGRATS! 14 Meeting Requests Last Week!!! (2/13/24)

Hope everyone is off to a terrific week! I wanted to congratulate our fellow community members who had meetings requested through Stage 32 Script Services last week. We are thrilled about the opportunities for the writers who landed meeting requests with Cartel Management, Life Out Loud Films, and a...

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Christa Biyela

Congratulations!!!!

Jim Boston

Congratulations, everybody! Way to ROCK!

Richard "RB" Botto

The pendulum is beginning to swing back. Congrats to all.

Jody Sillence

Congrats and GOOD LUCK!!!!

Ashley Renee Smith
Tomorrow's Ask Me Anything in the Writer's Room Lounge!

Hey, Screenwriters!

Don't miss out on tomorrow’s fantastic AMA with Sean Keller, a screenwriter with over 20 years of experience writing Horror, Sci-Fi, and Thrillers for BLUMHOUSE, HULU, LIONSGATE, etc in the Writer’s Room Lounge! Sean is sharing his time with us to answer YOUR questions about "Writ...

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Pat Alexander
Super Early Bird Deadline Today: 3rd Annual Romantic Comedy Screenwriting Contest

Hey friends, today is the Super Early Bird Deadline for the 3rd Annual Romantic Comedy Screenwriting Contest. So now is the time to reach into your heart and teach us a couple fun lessons about love with your scripts! Remember, you can always order the Feedback + Resubmission option to get coverage...

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Bill Brock
Question: What have you neglected in exchange for time spent on your latest screenwriting project?

Answer: For me, it's Tuesday, February 6th.... and my Tree is STILL up.

Adam Harper

Bill Brock I only just saw this post, and it set my mind off on a tangent. The question of WILLING neglect in order to finish a script. For example, have you refused to wash, shave, leave the house un...

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Bill Brock

Emily J EM J. = SCREENWRITING TERMINATOR. It's Prime Directive: To tap out GREAT SCRIPTS for the entire WORLD to consume.

Richard Lamb

Bill Brock I think there's a movie there...

Bill Brock

Adam Harper NEVER!!! Personal cleanliness and respectability in the hygiene department are top priorities in Brock World. I'm not one to write every day. I don't follow that philosophy. Never latched...

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Asmaa Jamil

Thank you Bill, they are not a sequel. They are completely different from each other. I will share more when I am done with them in April.

Miquiel Banks
Big Questions - Part 4

Is there a difference between Change, Conflict, and Situation? If so, how do they differ and why?

Is there a difference between Spine, the Main Character’s Plot, and the Story Engine? If so, how do they differ and why?

Can an Author’s Psychological Limitations and Limiting Knowledge stagnate and milde...

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Maurice Vaughan
TOMORROW – Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Sean Keller

Sean Keller will be having a 24-hour AMA in the Writers’ Room Lounge tomorrow, focused on “Writing a Great Horror Feature.”

Sean is a genre screenwriter with over 20 years of experience writing for Blumhouse, Hulu, ABC, SyFy, Lionsgate, and more. He’s written screenplays for Horror masters Dario Arg...

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Michael Cluff
OWA Submission

I’m still relatively new here, but got selected for an OWA Submission and wanted to share!

I’m not 100% sure I know what that means, but I got an email with a congratulations, a next round, and a keep in touch, so I’m assuming something for the positive!

Does anyone know what to generally expect from these?

Bill Albert

Good luck. Keep going.

Pat Alexander

Great job!

D A Stenard

Michael, that is so kind of you. I hope yours gets all the way to the top! There is room for all our stories in this world!

Emily J

Congrats!! That's awesome! You can always check in with me at success@stage32.com. I would love to know what else you're working on :)

Michael Cluff

Thank you Emily J, I appreciate that! and may just take you up on it.

Samar Khalefa
Mental health consultants for a psychological film

Hi there,

My feature film project is about two neurodivergent lovers. I need to consult mental health professionals who are specialized for the movie consultations.

How can I reach out to them?

I found some of them on search engine, sent emails, but I don't expect a response. I approached mental health...

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Mario Leone

Here is how I kind of see it.

Clear examples of how a romance between two neurodivergent individuals might transpire:

They bond over a mutual passion for a specific topic or hobby, findin...

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Laurie Ashbourne

Also, siesociety.org has some resour...

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Samar Khalefa

@Mario, I liked your precise description. It seems to cover all the aspects of their relationship. While in the story I work on, they don't practice love except in the end. They struggle to express th...

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Samar Khalefa

@Laurie, thanks a lot!

Samar Khalefa

@Laurie, thanks a lot

Karen "Kay" Ross
Substack vs. Patreon - What has YOUR Experience Been?

Was reading this very helpful comparison and I was wondering if other writers have been exploring Substack to serve their readers.

Share your stories and your advice below!...

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Substack vs Patreon
Substack vs Patreon
Creators, including writers, photographers, and artists, are always looking for new ways to reach their target audiences, grow their networks, and make a living. Among the platforms that are helping...
Pat Alexander

I use Substack regularly to blog about the NBA, one of my interests. Substack is a great platform for blogging and really easy to use, but since their spat with Twitter (X) where Eln Msk kiboshed embe...

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Christiane Lange

I have one feature script that I am seriously thinking of turning into an audio play, and Substack could be an additional channel for promoting it. So hoping others will weigh in on this.

Dwayne Pagnotto
What does anyone know about this?

What if I had written a screenplay for a movie that I was pretty certain was going to spawn all sorts of merchandise like, Action Figures/Toys, Tee-Shirts/Clothing, Watches/Jewelry, Cologne, Perfume, caps, and other sellable items.

If i was acting as my own agent, would I need to ask the party who wa...

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Dwayne Pagnotto

Thanks for that great advice Dan. I will definitely keep it in mind.

CJ Walley

At the end of the day, both parties have a degree of leverage they are trying to exploit. Typically, backend comes at the cost of frontend and vice-versa. If you want more participation, they are ofte...

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Dwayne Pagnotto

Thank you CJ. Very interesting information, that i know will come in handy at some point. I appreciate your contribution good sir. Naturally i am more worried about Frontend than Backend. But if it's...

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Pat Alexander

I like where your heads at Dwayne Pagnotto. Studios love making money at the box office, but what they love more is a strong passive income stream via merchandising! All the money with 1/10th of the w...

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Dwayne Pagnotto

Well, thanks very much for that sir. I am indeed highly honored to receive such words from a man of your caliber. And what yer telling me is good to hear, because this movie is going to be iconic, and...

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Dana Hawthorne
Writing Communities

Hi everyone! I’m trying to get more connected to the writing community. Besides Stage 32, what groups are you a part of that have helped you in some way?

Betty Dixson

I've been involved with my local Women in Film - it's been a supportive environment with some great ladies, both veteran and novice in the industry. HTH

Emily J

Hi @Dana! Many of my communities I've found right here on Stage 32! I've found small groups to trade scripts with through writing labs I've taken and I can't recommend the Writers' Room enough for hel...

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Gigi Skolnick
Gigi S

How do I get a screenwriting agent?

Christopher Phillips

Check out the podcast Scripts & Scribes. They have multiple interviews with working writers and literary managers talking about the process of getting manager and what they look for. Their videos are posted on Youtube as well as their website.

Pat Alexander

You can enter screenwriting contests that'll set you up with agents and other industry professionals, Gigi Skolnick (www.stage32.com/contests).

IMDbPro is also great tool for finding agents when you ha...

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Gigi Skolnick

Thank you!

Sam Sokolow

Kate Sharp's Stage 32 webinar on this subject is super helpful. Here's a link so you can check it out: https://www.stage32.com/education?p=8944859414835...

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Emily J

Hi Gigi Skolnick! Great question! First, you're going to want to understand the differences between managers and agents - usually, a writer will get a manager first and that manager will help you find...

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