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

Dirk Patton
Script Coverage

Wanted to share some thoughts for the other writers out there. I currently have three different scripts I'm pitching and over the past six months have purchased a LOT of coverage from a variety of the services out there. I won't mention any specific companies as I'm not here to bad mouth them, but s...

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Doug Nelson

Jack - you bring up a topic that few/none of the writers in these public forums are even aware of. As a reader; coverage is what I provide to a Producer (sometimes to an Agent as a marketing tool).

Ton...

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Tony S.

A $1.5k - $2.5K neighborhood is where the well known Linda Seger and Michael Hauge live. Their services are available to snowflakes everywhere.

The goal of notes for a producer / director / exec are quite different from notes and analysis to assist a writer develop their work,

Tony S.

What? Not a clue.

Tony S.

Huh?

Hagop Kane Boughazian

I think you need to clarify your post. Are you saying that Stage32 is a great service and that other services are bad, or that within Stage32 there is good and bad? I think if you started your post wi...

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Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services Coordinator
Last Lines

What's your favorite final line in a film?

Lately I've had Mr. Green from CLUE in my head. "Alright Chief, take 'em away. I'm gonna go home and sleep with my wife."

Billy Kwack

Predator, at end, Arnold saying what the hell are you and the Predator saying back, what the hell are you

Kiril Maksimoski

Not that it's my favorite, but has anyone noticed that Tarantino's Pulp Fiction actually ends with "Zed's dead baby...Zed's dead..."?

Rutger Oosterhoff

Fight Club

"You met me at a very strange time in my life."

Roberto Dragonne

The usual suspects

"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist, and like that... he's gone"

Christie Glascoe

I have WAY too many favorites... but one I say often is also from Fight Club: "Sticking feathers up your butt will not make you a chicken!"

Abdur Mohammed
A free resource for screenwriters developed by industry professionals

Hello all,

I was recently given an invite to a new service called script-hop, which was developed by:

Brian Austin, Scott Foster, Jory Weitz, and Maggie Palmer. Board of advisors range from Untitled Management's Jason Newman, to Writers Guild of America's Hilliard Guess.

www.scripthop.com is a free ser...

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ScriptHop
ScriptHop
On board a yacht, "The Star Bird," Mara Guerdon is woken by a mysterious white light that washes over her. She's frozen in place and gasps for air, as if the light exerts some kind of psychic force. P…
Aleisha Brooks

Dan Guardino interested. :)

Dan Guardino

Aleisha Brooks. I sent the code.

Peter Stead

I got 4 codes, if anyone wants one, send me a network request, I’ll message it to you

Ismael Judá Moraes Reis Dias

I am interested

Dan Guardino

Ismael Judá Moraes Reis Dias. I sent you and invite and the code.

Hagop Kane Boughazian
Vacation viewing of Baby Mama - did the filmmakers just give up?

I wasn't sure where to put this, but maybe screenwriting is the place. I just watched Baby Mama while lounging at our vacation rental, and sure it's a fun movie and this isn't a commentary about the movie per say, it's a commentary about all the stuff that was left unfinished.

If you've seen the mov...

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Hector Valle
Current update

So? You've pitched your heart out in a two-page 'elevator pitch' and your idea was rejected.

Dust yourself off. If your skin isn't thick enough to be rejected, you're in the wrong business.

The worse critique I've gotten was a review that said; "I could have eaten a bowl of alphabet soup and s**t a...

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Richard Gustason

Great example of the differences between criticism and a bad review. Thanks for this.

Claude Gagne

Are the people listening to pitches, really on the lookout for something to produce, or are they just there to judge pitches? That is the question. They have the credentials or do they? That is the question. Is there a better way?

Dan Guardino

Claude. If they charge you to pitch they are probably doing it for the money.

Doug Nelson

Ask yourself just who are you pitching to in these 'Pitch-Fests'. Are they the decision makers? Almost certainly not. The humongous Intergalactic Film Studio uses these 'Pitch-Fests' as a way of train...

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Dan MaxXx

There are hundreds of long shot success stories. from pitchfests, contests, fellowships, film school, self-taught filmmakers.

The latest pitchfest success story is Evan Romansky. He co-created “Nurse Ratched” tv series.

Angela Cristantello
The Dreaded DREADed Writer's Block

I know that I have my personal favorite approaches for combating this thing (writing stream of consciousness-style, running as far away from my computer as I can for a sec, throwing a solid dance party for one), but I'm always on the lookout for more ideas.

What are your go-tos for getting rid of your Writer's Block?

Aleisha Brooks

I'm a writers' coach dealing mostly with writer's block situations. Message me and we can chat. I also have free videos coming out soon.

Ismael Judá Moraes Reis Dias

Try to stay away from writing for a while then return in some days.

A. S. Templeton

A given project "blocked"? Work on something else. Have at least 3 projects in different stages of development: planning, blocking, creation, revision.

Rohit Kumar

Snowflake method

Daniel Smith

Never look at a blank page.

Holly Jurbergs
AFF Script Competition

I submitted my script "Cadaverine" to the Austin Film Festival, but I didn't make it to the second round. They received 13,175 submissions! Good grief, how do they read all of those? Maybe they just stop reading after the first typo. Oh, well, I'm interested to get another set of notes and see what the reader liked.

Larry DeGala

Screenplay competitions are tough. And there's no tougher crowd than a Brooklyn audience. Last week, this screenplay competition had to postpone the announcements twice due to the sheer volume of entries. The judges could not make up their minds. I was sweating bullets to the very end.

Rosemary Zibart

I submitted a script too that didn't make 2nd Round whereas last year another script did. What bothers me is that the one I sent this year was (in my view) a much stronger story. Its a perennial problem for me where stronger more complex stories are a harder-sell than more conventional ones!!

Danny Manus

@Rosemary, you have to remember, its not just about how good your script is - its about how good it is up against 13,700 other scripts. last year, the number of submissions was less. But also, with 13000 submissions, MANY good scripts didnt make the cut so keep at it!

Rosemary Zibart

Please advice -- I've written 60 queries to Literary Agents about my most recent book manuscript. Now I have several award-winning scripts -- do I query Film Agents the same way? Is there a list of th...

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Anthony Moore

Holly, a couple of years ago after entering a bunch, I did an unofficial study of screenplay contests, including number of entries and chances of placing and winning. Here's the cliff note version:

Ab...

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Timing is a big factor

I had an hour long consultation this morning. The producer absolutely loved it. Told me from the start how impressed he was by all the work I'd done and how he liked I didn't take the easy way to tell a story.

Great.

Then he passed on the idea. He politely explained he already had a project in the wo...

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Craig D Griffiths

I sold the exact same story female post apocalyptic script to a UK company last year. Yours will find a home. looks like a trend is coming.

Bill Albert

I thought being it involved the destruction of the US a Brit would love it.

Jason Mirch

Keep up the good work Bill Albert! I know we've emailed back and forth on this. Like Craig D Griffiths says, it will find a home!...

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Bill Albert

Thank you, Jason. Hope the 3rd time is a charm.

Barry Kopulos
Musician turned screenwriter of film scrupt

If someone wrote a 50pg document film script advice to get into correct format when submitting for consideration to producer

Pierre Langenegger

Are you saying you're looking for an editor?

Christiane Lange

You can find endless guides online for how to format a script. You can also find countless produced scripts, which will give you some idea.

Jason Mirch

Hey Barry Kopulos! Great to have you here. I am the Director of Script Services at Stage 32. Feel free to reach out to me at j.mirch@stage32.com and I would be happy to help you take the project forwa...

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William Martell

Read a couple of dozen screenplays and do what they all do, but not what only one or two do.

Then just use one of the free apps or just type it in with tabs to create the format.

That's what I did w...

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Christiane Lange

William Martell, true about the length, but that changes drastically with the formatting. Properly formatted, 10,000 words translate to approximately 60 script pages.

Bill Taub
Virtual java break

Consider yourself invited!

PASSWORD: Corona...

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Alex R Price
Harris & Lloyd - screenplay

I talked with Jason Mirch the other day about my screenplay. He gave be an big atta boy aaand some homework. The consultation was very insightful and I learned a few more things about making the story better and a couple leads to send the screenplay on to the next step after I make a few adjustments...

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Jeff Zampino

Cool! I live in LV, so was wondering if I missed something, but it is a 'book to film' so outside my area. Best of luck to you! Keep us posted!

Jason Mirch

Hey Alex R Price! I really enjoyed the read and I am happy my feedback was helpful! Always glad to work with passionate writers to develop material. Keep it up! Best of luck to you!...

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John Ellis

Beware - AuthorHouse is a vanity publisher; as far as I know, they're not in any way connected to the film biz. I would very, very, very carefully vetted every single producer/agent scheduled to be there. Very carefully. I mean, very carefully.

Danny Manus

Let me just say this, as a former development executive who has taken 3000 pitches at pitchfests, teaches pitching for a living, wrote a dozen articles on pitchfests, and has attended about 75 pitchfe...

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Danny Manus

To follow up... Execs (and assistants) and Managers/Reps WANT to know about YOU. They hear 100 decent ideas a day - they want to know why YOU are the writer to write that story, what sets you apart, w...

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Erik Carlson
Looking for Writers Groups

Hi everyone,

Because of COVID, I've had a lot more time to catch up on my writing lately, but I've been having trouble finding writer's groups I can participate in to get feedback on my scripts as well as read others.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks a lot and have a great weekend!

Billy Kwack

what cha doing now?

Billy Kwack

got any projects to send me?

Jason Mirch

Hey Erik Carlson drop me a note to j.mirch@stage32.com - I will hook you up with a free month of the Writers' Room. It is the largest online writers' group that I am aware of. Lot of supportive and ex...

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Erik Carlson

Jason Mirch, thanks a lot! Messaging you now!

Billy Kwack

any short films that I can see?

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