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

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?

Jacob F. Keller
Script University

Has anyone heard anything about their online courses? I need more information about how the whole process runs before I drop $399 on a class. Thanks!

Tony S.

No, but it's most likely another way to separate writers from their hard earned money. Read McKee or other books. Better yet, read scripts. Analyze films and TV.

And write...

Doug Nelson

Teach yourself - start with a copy of The Screenwriter's Bible by Dave Trottier. It cost about $25. That and a couple of books specifically on story structure and content and you've learned way more t...

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Danny Manus

they're a waste.

Barry John Terblanche
Abdul Hamza / Douglas Mac Arthur

NB: I don't want to go into detail, Unless I have facts! Has any one been contacted by above member?

Erick Freitas

Nope!

Jason Mirch

Hey Barry, Happy to discuss if there is an issue. Drop me a note at j.mirch@stage32.com

Tony S.

Yeah, MacArthur. He told me something in the strictest confidence. I shouldn't repeat it here but he said. "I shall return."

Have no idea wtf that means.

First Pitch in Intro to Desktop Video

First of all Hello everyone! My name is Alex and I am new here. My professor actually told the class about this website so I am defiantly going to take advantage of any help I can get! Anyways we are starting our fist project and I am having a little difficulty writing something to make a few minuet...

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Marina Potapova

I would make everything other way around: mother is using hard drugs, son is angry and leaving the house himself , she begging him to stay, he is saying that he hates her, he is stopped bei policeman...

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Jason Mirch

Really glad to have you here Alexandria Seier! Tell your professor thanks for the shout out! I am the Director of Script Services at Stage 32. Feel free to get in touch at any point! j.mirch@stage32.c...

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Barry John Terblanche
Scripts to Kindle E-Books

Hi All. Thought I'd try something new - and its pretty cool!

Awhile back I gave a new friend of mine a script of mine to read for comment. He commented; I had to read it twice. 1st time to understand the format of screenwriting. 2nd to actual understand and enjoy the story. I took that same script a...

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MOVIE SCRIPTS: A collection of short story's (A collection of short scripts Book 1)
MOVIE SCRIPTS: A collection of short story's (A collection of short scripts Book 1)
Shared via Kindle. Description: SCRIPT MOVIES... A collection of short story's (Short movie scripts). A novelist and a screenwriter will give you the same story. Novelists write books. They TELL story…
Doug Nelson

I'm not JK Rowling.

Michael Khamis

I thought of doing this with my feature length. But also include some art so it would be like a script/ graphic novel hybrid.

Cherelynn Baker

I did this with one of my scripts - no big bites, just nibbles

Rohit Kumar

You see there? I actually do the opposite :-D I write short stories or like short novels for films in a way like quick read kind and than turn that into script based on bringing in script writing elem...

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Michael Hultquist

Good luck. I'd love to hear how it is received. Surely would be nice if there was a market for such material.

Brief format question

Once you establish when the scenes takes place, DAY or NIGHT, etc, do you need to keep that on every scene or can you leave it off until it changes. Since the whole story takes place in just a few hours I'm not sure if I'm formatting correctly.

EXT. FULTON STREET - DAY

INT. AMANDA'S APARTMENT - DAY

INT...

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Dan Guardino

Since nobody pays someone to write a spec screenplays screenwriters can do whatever they want or believe will give them the best shot at a career if that's what their goal is.

Laurie Ashbourne

Amen!

Bill Albert

INT. WTC NORTH TOWER STAIRWELL - DAY

Tony S.

Those that go their own way often lose.

Bill Albert

Jack, yes, I was curious because the entire story takes place in a 2 and 1/2 hour time span beginning at 8:00am. That was what had me curious about needing DAY or NIGHT at every scene.

Kiril Maksimoski
One Take

Just out of curiosity: Has anyone here written a script intended to be an one take movie? If so, please share your experiences. If not, let's talk about it. My guess is you use only one slugline and...just go on 'till the end :)

Please do not reference "1917" and such....not really one take movies...

D Ivery

The Real Story Behind 1917

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2eudCCVe0M&list=PL72mVb7dL3Xv58ynnABwnTS-0h2n4qQLC&index=4

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Not quite the answer you want: I know "Phone Booth" was a play, and then became a script set in one location, could've been a one take wonder before all ... shot in 12 days total.

Kiril Maksimoski

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth yea, someone should've come up with idea to mount a camera on a drone and film all possible angles and all characters without any transition involved...would be too experimen...

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Dan MaxXx

Jim Jarmusch did one takes for “Stranger than Paradise.” No cutaways, locked camera on tripod. Either you love this filmmaking style or you don’t.

https://www.scriptslug.c...

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A. S. Templeton
O.C. vs. O.S. vs. V.O.

I've read the distinctions between the three explained as follows:

V.O. (Voice Over) usually narration added in post.

O.C. (Off Camera) means that the speaking character is a participant in the scene but is presently out of the camera's line of sight.

O.S. (Off Scene) means that a speaking character is...

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Dan Guardino

(V.O.) means voice over film. That means they'll add the voice to the film later on after the scene has already been filmed. .

Barry John Terblanche

True Dan. Apart from using a parenthetical, (V.O) can sometimes help "voice" a characters emotion

Doug Nelson

Barry - if you use a parenthetical to 'voice' a character's emotion; good Actors will hate/be unwilling to work with you. Let the Actors breath life into your characters.

A. S. Templeton

Lynch's heavy use of character V.O. in Dune (1984) was (apparently?) an attempt to copy author Herbert's extensive use of character internal monologues. The movie was problematic in many other ways, and the V.O.s did not help.

John Ellis

OS is off-stage, meaning not seen. VO is narration added in post. Simple as that. I don't think I've ever seen OC.

Heather McCluskey
Pass or play

Hey guys, I have a lot on my plate at the moment and I've just been asked to help co-write a based on a true story motivational script derived from a children's book the client wrote. My genre is sci Fi /fantasy/adventure. Not saying that I can't write other genres, I've done true stories in the pas...

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Joshua Bradley

I can defiantly help you with the script; give me the plot, story, and setting. I will be more than happy to help you

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Hey there, just based on your post, you should pass. I don't see, hear any enthusiasm from you about doing it. The other person would have full control, and since they haven't written a script before...

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Heather McCluskey

If anyone else is interested in tackling this opportunity message me your email address and I'll send it over to the client.

John Ellis

I second that, Lindbergh!

Sarah L. Stutsman
Want to maximize your chances of success as a screenwriter?

Here are four screenplays every screenwriter needs to have written.

https://www.screenwritingstaffing.com/post/four-screenplays-every-screen......

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Four Screenplays Every Screenwriter Should Have In Their Arsenal
Four Screenplays Every Screenwriter Should Have In Their Arsenal
There are four types of scripts every writer should have in their arsenal. I'm not talking about genre -- that's up to your taste and preference. What I'm talking about are four types of mediums that…
Christiane Lange

Did the pilot + treatment, starting on the short. Low-budget brewing.

It also seemed to me that having a short available works well for a writing sample, and besides, it could be "home made" at some point.

Barry John Terblanche
How to pitch a movie idea

Hi all. Thought I'd share an interesting article I came across. https://www.scriptreaderpro.com/how-to-pitch-a-movie-idea/

How to Pitch a Movie Idea and Sell Your Script With Style
How to Pitch a Movie Idea and Sell Your Script With Style
You've learned how to write a screenplay. You've written a few Grade A spec scripts that have received ringing endorsements from script coverage services or acquaintances who work in the industry. You…
Bryan Howell

Thanks for posting, Barry!

Pablo Diablo
Selling Intellectual Property

Happy Friday to you all!

Since COVID, I've been writing like a damn boss. Because when you're in quarantine, what else can you do to occupy the time that doesn't involve endless Netflix-HBO-streaming-binges, amirite? My recent work, "No One Likes You" earned a Quarterfinalist spot in Stage32's Screen...

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Viquii Johannesson (Vicki Johnson)

What happened to the webinar at 1pm for the docu-series? .. 3rd time paid for a session with S32 with no results and no refunds.

Pablo Diablo

Hey Jack! Thank you for this detailed response! I'll try to answer your questions to clarify my situation.

How many sales? This is my first.

The Subject: He was asking me to pitch my TV-centered IP. O...

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