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Phillip "Uncle Phil" Hardy
Creative World Awards Announces Screenplay Quarter-Finalists

The Creative World Awards, which is considered one of the most significant screenplay contests by Moviebytes.com has announced its quarter-finalists. Congratulations to any S32 writer that made the list.

https://mcusercontent.com/dd3e76a88d98713cfcb2c4a96/files/5cf9564a-8576-......

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Phillip "Uncle Phil" Hardy

Kiril:

Haha! It seems like persistence pays off. Personally, I get bored easily and have never submitted the same script to the same contest or festival twice. Nevertheless, I've seen many screenwriters flog the same one or two scripts for several years.

Doug Nelson

Uncle Phil - conversely a few years back my script won at both Blue Cat & Moondance so when a new/start up contest appeared in some dinky little town over in Idaho and they ask for submissions, I deci...

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Phillip "Uncle Phil" Hardy

Doug: It boggles the mind sometimes. I've done tons of festivals and contests and have been blessed with a lot of affirmation. However, I've known few screenwriters who have seen any benefits from contests.

Dan MaxXx

Hardy, I think paid fellowships are more guarantee of a career than winning contests.

Kiril Maksimoski

I did bloodlist again (for free) this year, but with a short story....next year might be my first year's entry script (now proofread) and year beyond this short story, but as I script...high quality (filmable) concept is what's hard to find, forms and rewrites are just a finesse...

Chris Donald Griffin
Critics Versus Audience

When I was younger, I didn't pay much attention to critics. I usually chose movies based on what sounded appealing to me. On the rare occasion, I'd listen to what Siskel and Ebert had to say. I appreciated both of them, but resonated more with Siskel.

Years back, I was introduced to Rotten Tomatoes....

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Roberta M Roy

I view it on Netflix. It's apparently been around a while. Just bumped into it recently.

Chris Donald Griffin

Cool, I'll have to see if it's listed on Canadian Netflix. I'd be curious to see how those situations play out.

Roberta M Roy

As this is my first time watching it, it' fun speculating as to who will do what.

Deborah Jennings

Loved Siskel and Ebert. Also had Michael Medved here in Seattle doing reviews on the radio. Agree on comments about Rotten Tomatoes.

Kiril Maksimoski

Money says "anyone can make a movie'...but the reviewers, critics and audience reply "not just yet"...I'm especially keen to the IMDB flock...some guys there are 1000% spot on and honest to the bone (and I can say many of them are filmmakers by the way they write)...

WL Wright
New Scam! Beware Writers!

I almost got scammed just recently with a person who contacted me via this platform that's cat fishing a legit producer image and resume on IMBD. It wasn't real, not even close. Luckily I caught it before I made a big mistake.

That's a new one in the scams against writers so I'd thought I'd let you...

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Alicia Gilliam

I got a direct message from a guy who claims to invest in our projects just email him. The email did not exist. I've yet to turn this guy in.

Jo Gomesh

There seems to be an increase in requests with a message like this: 'I would want to go into business partnership with you there in your home country, for details contact me on .... '

Maurice Vaughan

Everyone, you can email support@stage32.com if you get scam messages.

Tshepang Motema

Thanks for notifying us

Kelvin Matafu

I have received numbers of scammers massage recently

Mark Ferland
The Logline from Hell

REST: The final frontier. These are the loglines sent to IMDb. Your 5-year mission: To complete one simple sentence, To seek out the right word and correct punctuation, To fearlessly write down in 239 characters or less what no writer has done before. <que Star Trek music>

Doug Nelson

DEATH: The final frontier. That's a good tag line. I get the basics of what you're saying but I'm uncomfortable with your imposed character count. The AVERAGE American word (varies widely) includes fo...

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Mark Ferland

Actually, yeah, DEATH: The Final Frontier is much better, and more accurate. I'm gonna use that! I'm only using the 239 characters because that's what IMDb allows for in the outline (plot summary).

Script

I hope others can read this! This is a random page from the script I am writing. Can anyone tell me any flaws on it so I can correct them? Is my structure good or off?

Robert Russo

I would find a script to download in the same genre of what youre writing and read through that.

Phillip "Uncle Phil" Hardy

Alexandra: Congratulations on your script and I always like to see white space on the page. As another poster said, It's a bit difficult to get a sense of what's going on when you post a random page....

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Manuele Bonafede

Am I wrong ... or is this screenplay written with the French technique? :)

Manuele Bonafede

if you do it to make competitions and propose it to some producers I suggest you use professionals .. and invest something in money .. but be careful .. invest only in physical interventions on your script .. do not invest where there is talk and distinctive! :)

Norman Welthagen

What am I reading?? Alien produce? With a little work on your flow and structure, I am truly intrigued.

Jacob N. Stuart
Expand your storytelling skills with foreign films

Studios and Producers want stories that appeal to a worldwide audience. Global stories are in demand.

In Director/Co-Writer Bong Joon Jo’s words, “Once you overcome the barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to some of the most amazing movies ever made.”

Read here: https://www.screenwritings...

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EXPAND YOUR STORYTELLING SKILLS WITH FOREIGN FILMS
EXPAND YOUR STORYTELLING SKILLS WITH FOREIGN FILMS
Subtitles allow you to read the screenplay and watch the film simultaneously. This fine tunes focus and increases engagement with the story. A non-spoken dialogue experience highlights the visual meth…
William Schumpert

Expanding towards world cinema can make a great influence on your work. As a Horror writer knowing how the craft works in different countries has help me to expand my story telling.

There’s a whole world out there. The biggest aren’t made in America.

Kiril Maksimoski

I'm doing it reverse as a foreigner...I copy lotta American stuff into my scripts...but agree some great examples of Europe/Asia cinema out there...

Maurice Vaughan

Great article. Really insightful for writers who are looking for an edge in the film industry! Thanks, Jacob N. Stuart.

Anthony Moore
Inspiration from another writer

I was reading posts from other screenwriters and found, in my opinion, a very inspirational statement. This statement was regarding another screenwriter's contest win - "I will continue to cheer for everyone else, until it's me."

I thought about this and will make more of an effort to continue to do...

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B A Mason

I will continue to cheer for everyone else, even after it's me.

Michael David

It's so true. We (I) should be congratulating fellow artists.

Jim Boston

Anthony, thanks A MILLION for posting this!

I stopped entering contests last year...but that's not going to stop me from congratulating writers who find success through competitions and are able to lau...

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Maurice Vaughan

That's a great statement, whoever wrote it. That's a great statement too, B A Mason. Thanks for sharing, Anthony Moore. Congrats to every writer and creative on their successes!...

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Howard Koor

Nice..

Phillip "Uncle Phil" Hardy
Tips for Writing Suspense in Horror

I'm a member of Inktip and they sent me this article today. Some good tips. I don't agree with having a slow pace but S32 horror screenwriters may find this article illuminating. https://www.inktip.com/article_single.php?a_id=236...

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Maurice Vaughan

Why do you think "Silence of the Lambs" wouldn't get made nowadays, Carol Frome?

Michael David

Maurice Vaughan Yes I agree, certainly those films would be made with different themes.

Kiril Maksimoski

Some of the best suspense I've seen in the genre is Greg McLean's "Wolf Creek"...you don't see the killer coming around until half-past, incredibly slow pace on the first 30-40 minutes, but you feel the dread all around...

Dan MaxXx

The new movie, Prey, puts a new twist on action-sci fi suspense thriller: Comanches vs Predator in year 1700s!

Carol Frome

Maurice, I said I'm not sure it would be made, not that it definitely wouldn't. Anyway, no car chases. No super human powers (though Hannibal Lechter is pretty scary), no crashes, no leaping from tall...

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Logan Cake
Script Feedback

If anyone is interested in having their script read, I run a freelance script treatment gig on fiverr. Message if Interested.

Tony Ray
Treatments

So, I was reading WGA minimums from last year and I noticed that a script tends to fetch an average of roughly $40,000 more with a treatment than without one. That's a fairly lucrative deal if you ask me, but here's the problem: I've never written one before. Does anyone know how to write treatments...

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Maurice Vaughan

Jack, a synopsis is a summary of the story. A treatment has the synopsis in it. A treatment has other information like the character bios, setting, the logline, the genre(s), pictures, etc.

Maurice Vaughan

Manuele, having a treatment can help you pitch your script.

Manuele Bonafede

Hi Maurice; actually i think i understand things a treatment .. but for me and soon .. i must first learn how to write a script .. and for this i rely on professionals for now. thanks for the advice !

Carol Frome

As I understand it, you would write and be paid $40,000 for a treatment if the buyer requests one.

Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Manuele.

Daniel Latteo
Horror first feature film script: Last revisions & working with index cards before formatting

Hey guys, it's Daniel the filmmaker here!

And finally, it's time for the final formatting of my Horror first feature film's script.

Last revisions and check-out, before I go to work.

For this part of the process, I employ a valuable technique I've learned while at The London Film School, I use 8x10...

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Geoff Hall

Daniel Latteo great news, Daniel. Well done on completing the screenplay.

Kiril Maksimoski

It'll be too confusing for me...I work with a story layout "cooking" in my head up to detail, then I write treatment, then I'm onto script...some 80-90% of the ideas get ditched in the initial head process, some 5-10% make it to treatment and just about 2-3% into actual scripts...

Daniel Latteo

Geoff Hall

Thank you Geoff!! I appreciate it!

Dan MaxXx

M Night Shaymalan and many director/writers storyboard the entire script shot by shot.

And then there are directors like Herzog who dont use storyboards or video assist playback on-set! Good Luck!

Norman Welthagen

I do all my outlining in FadeIn. I tried the board approach, but the whole get up to have a look approach was disruptive to my flow. I want to access my notes with a click of the button.

Stefano Pavone
Anyone else find the 120-page limit restrictive?

Hey, guys.

Title says it all. Does anyone else find the unofficial 120-page limit restrictive when it comes to their scripts? Some stories cannot be told in simply 2 hours (a few Studio Ghibli films come to mind, which just slightly go over the 2-hour mark, and some Spaghetti Westerns and crime drama...

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Claudio Torres

Another angle:

Each page of a novel costs some additional paper to print. The cost difference between a 400 pages or 700 pages novel is marginal. But movies are different. Each page of your script cost...

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Stefano Pavone

My latest script was 131 pages initially, now it's 123. I don't think 3 extra pages are going to be that much of an issue.

Manuele Bonafede

Claudio: For my screenplay it will take at least 200 thousand pounds for page, between actors, places to shoot, costumes and etc ... and in any case and the synthesis of a trilogy written in 17 years...

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Cassandra Betancourt

I don't have trouble writing within the page limit. I do write horror and thriller and they usually come at 85-97. Maybe non-genre is harder to be under that 120?

Kiril Maksimoski

Haven't got a feature making up 90 let alone 120, 130 pages so far...like to keep the storyline clean and simple, less tirades, more action sequences...

Yet, I see most of the, say, blacklist script entries are all over 100 pgs...

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