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It's always 9/11

I have a question: My novel, "It's Always 9/11" Shepherdess Booksbbears a lot of thematic similarities to the recently released "Civil War". It's super-timely and I think it would make an excellent limited series. I realize limited series are usually assigned rather than sold on spec, but are there...

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Craig D Griffiths

This is sneaky. And has no better chance than anything else. Send it to people as a gift. If they read it great, if not, well they have a nice gift.

Niki Galiano
I haven't done any comedian impersonations in a while. Here's a new one - can you guess who it is?

I still remember listening to your comedy while I was working in the mail order pharmacy….debugging a computer system. (You can't get any lower than that.) If it wasn't for listening to your comedy, I don't think I would have made it til 5pm that day.

Stephen Folker

I'm not picking up on it either. Who is it?

Niki Galiano

It's John Mulaney!!! Hilarious guy!!! But it's me talking to John Mulaney, the way he talks to himself. (It's a comic thing...the parenthesis is our inner comic voice. ) My inner comic voice just happ...

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Niki Galiano

Ok, I just did a major re-write to see if it would entice John Mulaney into playing the lead pharmacist in The Pharmacy. Here's what I did:... I changed the name of the small, mom-and-pop pharmacy in...

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Maurice Vaughan

A workplace sit-com set in a pharmacy sounds unique, Niki Galiano.

Niki Galiano

Thanks, Maurice. Yeah, I already wrote the script years ago. I haven't pitched it yet, but now that I'm making my own animations, I'm going to pitch it by animating the first 10 pages and posting it o...

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Pat Alexander
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: 1st Annual Holiday Movies Screenwriting Contest

Congrats to the Finalists in our Holiday Movies Screenwriting Contest!

ASHLEY BOWER

BRUCE SLOMAN

DA STENARD

ERVIN V. ANDERSON

JJ MOON

JOANNE GUIDOCCIO

JON JAMES MILLER

KENDRA & FRANK SPATACCO

MORGAN PEPPER

TARA JOSHI & THOMAS WASCHENFELDER

Let's show our support for all the finalists and if you placed, tell u...

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Sydney Summers

Congrats to all :)

Ervin V. Anderson

Very excited to be a Finalist, congrats to everyone!

L. Tom Deaver

Way to go, everyone who made the Finals. May your hard work and talent pay off.

Ervin V. Anderson

I was excited to see Nick Phillips as a judge on the Holiday Contest... been a fan of his since Project Greenlight season 3 (FEAST - the best thing by far from Project Greenlight). I don't think I wou...

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Francisco Castro

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL FINALISTS!!!

Bill Brock
Discovered this last night and wanted to share: "Going The Distance: The Making of ROCKY."

Sly Stallone discusses the craft of motivation, character development, story, and sheer determination. BRAVO, MR. STALLONE, for racing past that docked ship with the help of those Old School Chuck Taylor high-tops with zero arch support. It's what we call, "Dying for our Art."

https://youtu.be/PISX0...

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Maurice Vaughan

Three days to write a feature. That's IMPRESSIVE! I might try it, Bill Brock... Maybe. Haha

Bill Brock

Maurice Vaughan Same with Writer / Director John Hughes, who wrote my favorite film about high school, THE BREAKFAST CLUB, in a single weekend! That guy was a WRITING MACHINE!!!...

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Maurice Vaughan

Yeah, I gotta try it, Bill Brock. I can't let Sly and John show me up. Haha And even if I don't finish a script in three days (I probably won't), I'll get a lot of pages done....

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Bill Brock

Maurice Vaughan You and I should both compete in a three-day FEATURE challenge and see what we come up with. Ha! Most likely, Total Garbage! I've included a photo of us discussing the challenge....

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Maurice Vaughan

Haha Bill Brock I'm the blue thing. I like your three-day FEATURE challenge idea. Let's talk about it more when I finish the ghostwriting job I'm working on.

Geoff Hall
Plot Twists

What’s your favourite plot twist in a film? Psycho? The Sixth Sense? The Usual Suspects?

As screenwriters, do you use plot twists in the telling of the story? How do you set them up? Through a character? Or props like the proverbial MacGuffin? A deus ex machina from Ancient Greek Theatre, perhaps? Af...

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Ashley Renee Smith

One of my all-time favorites is The Prestige! I love that movie and the final act is amazing.

Stefano Pavone

The Wicker Man (original 1973 version, not the crappy 2006 remake).

Pat Alexander

The plot twist in Parasite was crazy the first time around!

Bill Brock

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW plot twist always cracks me up.

Francisco Castro

THE MATRIX reveal. I saw it in the theater between meetings. I didn't know anything about the movie's plot, just heard about the hype. When the reveal came, I remember being blown away.

Maurice Vaughan
Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Alexia Melocchi

Alexia Melocchi is having a 24-hour AMA in the Writers’ Room Lounge today, focused on “How to Successfully Pitch at a Hectic Festival or Market.”

Alexia is an International Film & Television Producer & Distributor, Co-Founder of Little Films Studios (“La La land,” “Twilight”), and Stage 32 Educator...

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Tim Aucoin
What to do next?

An Italian producer optioned my script in December 2022. It's been over a year and the option had lapsed and so far nothing. We had a lot of positive emails back and forth, he's telling me they found a director, a location and even hired a story editor who' I had some video calls with, yet his ideas...

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Dan Guardino

You can ask the producer if he wants to extend the option for another specific amount of time and if he does he should pay you for it. If he doesn't then he doesn't have any rights to it so he couldn't be able to make the movie without your written permission.

J. Austin Gentry

Tim, open the drawer and pull out that other one.

Kiril Maksimoski

Hope never runs out, however it's useful to have some kind of writing agreement setting some deadlines, they go off, you're off the hook, up again onto pitching. It might often sound disappointing tha...

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Stephen Folker

If your option agreement has expired, move on. If he wants to pay you to re-option, go for it. Most people in this business are talking heads. Try something else and best wishes to you!

Richard "RB" Botto

Agree fully with Rick J. Lucas. Curious, was this a paid option? Was it exclusive?

Niki Galiano
Whoo hooo....It's Friday....what are your plans for the weekend?

I am going out for a much-needed break and going DANCING! Whooo hoo! (Girl's night out!)

How about you guys?

Here's a song that always makes me chair-dance. (I don't know why, but I can't listen to good music without dancing, so sometimes I have to chair dance. (Especially when I'm writing!)

https://ww...

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Maurice Vaughan

Glad you're getting a much-needed break, Niki Galiano. I plan on writing, networking, watching movies/shows/sports, and getting some rest.

Niki Galiano
Here's another fun song to write to....what's your Friday favorite?

Here's another great song to write to....

Despacito, by Luis Fonsi (Featuring Daddy Yankee.)

Let's all chair dance! (Hey, some days, it's the only exercise I get as a screenwriter!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJQP7kiw5Fk...

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Maurice Vaughan
How The Hero's Journey Became The Guiding Force In Disney Animation

In today’s blog, Brian Smith talks about how the Hero’s Journey became the guiding force in Disney animation. Brian is a production manager, screenwriter, and script consultant. He worked on “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “The Boss Baby,” and more.

www.stage32.com/blog/how-the-heros-journey-became-the-g...

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John Clive Carter
Advice On Table Read

Hi all, hope your projects are going well. I'm currently organising a table read for a new TV pilot. I've never organised one before and I was wondering if any of you had, and if you had any tips?

The script is 53 pages. I've worked out that I can cover all the parts with seven performers plus a read...

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Wendy Weising

I’m in a the Tennessee Screenwriting Association’s Zoom group that meets each week. We do this kind of thing. Go to this link for info: https://tennscreen.com/attend-meeting/

Craig D Griffiths

The most benefit I have ever received from a table read is when I am not managing anything.

I would NEVER give a performance suggestion or how a line should be performed. Just sit and watch, like you h...

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Niki Galiano

I'm thinking of starting my comedy table writing group back up again,, here in Phoenix again this summer. (Might as well....it's too damn hot to do anything else. Lol.) We are called The Rising Phoeni...

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Niki Galiano

On second thought---it's too damn hot to stay in Phoenix even one more summer. I think I"m moving. I'd like to spend the summer on a lake somewhere....

Niki Galiano

Wendy Weisling, a quick question about your group. Do you have to have a synopsis and treatment in order to have your script read? Because I'm actually animating my own screenplays with A.I., so the o...

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Nick Phillips
Next Week's Wednesday Webcast || The Exec Hour with President of Production at Walden Media, Benjamin Tappan

Hello Screenwriting Lounge! Next week in the Writers Room at Wednesday 4pm PST, I will be talking to producer and executive Benjamin Tappan, President of Production at Walden Media. Most recently Ben had the series MANHUNT premiere on Apple TV +, and he is currently in production on NUREMBERG with R...

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