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Yep. Star Wars shoulda stopped at "Star Wars"

Star Wars (1977), which the gods of franchise now insist we call Episode IV: A New Hope, inarguably kicked off an immensely rich and profitable universe. But the Star Wars Grand Story now breaks one of the cardinal rules of storytelling: begin as late into the story as possible, then end ASAP after...

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A. S. Templeton

THX1138 is one of those futuristic dystopian movies that emerged from the 60s counterculture. Thematically it has very little in common with what became Star Wars.

A. S. Templeton

But Doug is right in that its production design anticipates that of SW

C Harris Lynn

I just mean that he was able to make a movie because he had access to the resources, whereas few people who do not attend film school do. People in Art School can make incredible things like ceramics,...

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Dan MaxXx

American Graffiti was a box office hit and Oscar nominated. Lucas was a millionaire before age 30 and he used his own $$ to develop Star Wars.





Doug Nelson

Back in the olden days in San Francisco, I was invited to work at Industrial Light & Magic. I was poor and needed a "real job" so I turned 'em down - now I keep that memory in the "should a, could a" drawer.

Convert the sci-fi novel to script

dear experts, gotta ask this, what is the best choice for me to make a script out of my 545 p. sci-fi novel, Klotho Surfaces? It is a Trilogy, this is the first book on the series, madly working on the second one, don't have the time to work on script. And even if I did, it would still need to be wo...

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C Harris Lynn

If it's part of a trilogy, you have to write the entire series first.

Anthony Cawood

No you don't need to write the trilogy first, JK Rowling sold the rights to first two Harry Potter books in 98(?), a good 7 or 8 years before she finished the series. You've self published on Amazon, n ...

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C Harris Lynn

She didn't plan on that large a series, though. She probably did plan on a trilogy, because book deals back then were almost always for three books (much like film deals), so she likely knew what was...

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Anthony Cawood

According to interviews, she did plan the entire thing out, so she knew it was a long series... don't disagree with having thr series planned out though, that'd kinda what I meant.

Dan Guardino

This sounds like a large studio project so unless the book or books have a large fan base it would be a hard sell. Since it is a trilogy they will want to option film rights to all three books and pay...

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Greetings all.

Creative producer and recovering lawyer and finance professional starting Act III of his story arc looking to leverage all those wasted hours into collaborative storytelling that makes people think and feel. Please watch the trailer for "Penzai" and reach out to me if you are interested in collabora...

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Allen Lynch

Nice work Robert.

Christopher Henry

Well met, Robert! Nice way to jump in. You're already a rockstar.

Robert Teel

Thank you Allen and Christopher.

Joseph L. Stewart

Nice premise!

Vladislav Nogin

Welcome Robert!

Format for Flashback scenes

What is the proper format for placing a flashback in a screenplay? Should you state FLASHBACK; and then start the description? Or state FLASHBACK and then do the INT./EXT. format and describe the description? Finally what if the flashback is a montage of scenes., should you break them out into separate INT./EXT. formats?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi John R. Take a look at this website link from David Trottier, author of "The Screenwriter's Bible." He explains and demonstrates various uses of FLASHBACK, including flashback montage: https://www....

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John Pansini

I'm writing a 10 part mini-series and here is an example of how I do all my flashbacks: with Voice Overs (V.O.). Forgive formatting but FD does not copy & paste correctly in emails. GENERAL YAKOV Befor ...

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Doug Nelson

John; Beth's given you the best answer there is. Were we sitting side by side with a copy of your script, I'd be glad to show you - but we're not. So read Dave's book.

Pierre Langenegger

I hate to say it John, but your formatting needs a little improvement. It's not clear that this scene is a flashback and you don't need the continuous scene header after the V.O. because visually, we're still in that scene.

Danny Manus

Hey John, generally yes you want to write BEGIN FLASHBACK in caps like you would a scene heading and then youd give the scene heading for where the flashback takes place. and at the end of it, youd write either END FLASHBACK or BACK TO SCENE.

1000 action verbs - an article by me for you

Hi, guys! I wrote this article for BlueCat's website this week and thought you might like it too. It's a list of alternatives to mundane verbs like "walk," "run," "put," "take." Enjoy! It's gotten more than 500 social media shares in one week, so it must be doing something right. :-) BlueCat Article ...

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John Pansini

Thank you so much, Deanna, for posting this. It's very helpful.

Deanna Carlyle

What are some other good article topics along these lines? I'm thinking of doing one on action verbs to tighten setting descriptions: E.g., A building can ... span, surround, border, etc. Light can ... glow, flicker, stream, cast, sweep, etc.

Doug Nelson

You've gone to a lot of work/trouble to put your list together; it's nicely done. Action verbs to tighten settings is a very important and needed writer thinking skill. You got a script going? I'd lik...

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C Harris Lynn

An expansive list of facial expressions and general body language would be indispensable! Thanks. :)

John Hunter

Thank you very much for posting. I've download to my desktop for reference material.

As a writer, what are you trying to do?

John Patrick Shanley said, "The point of being an actor is to inhabit a position, to inhabit a character, and to see things from that point of view, and one of the jobs of a playwright is to have these two characters oppose each other and through opposition, through that friction, through the fire t...

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Deanna Carlyle

@ C Harris Lynn . lol. I don't write good because I can't tell the difference between lay and lie.

C Harris Lynn

If I said I'd show you a good example of the former, that would be a great example of the latter. ;) I would like to be able to sustain myself financially doing something I love. It can be tedious, and ...

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Lynne Leclerc

Dan: Exactly! :)

Lynne Leclerc

A. S.: Don Corleone mulls over the request of Bonasera in the opening scene of The Godfather.

Elisabeth Meier

Lynne: Yes, you know it when it feels incredible real and as if you (the writer) actually experienced it. What you did because it happened in your mind. Concerning the process it's like it was describ...

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Formulas, beat sheets, outlines! Rage against the machine my brother and sisters!

Screencraft has posted yet another article about the importance of outlines. And don't get me wrong, they can be an essential road map to help you write without meandering. However, I thought this was the best line in the article:  "Intuition also doesn’t follow rules. Ideas can come in random spurts ...

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C Harris Lynn

I use software that separates scenes into cards I can move around. I think it does outlines too, but I haven't played with that yet.

C Harris Lynn

Oh, I also have a "mind-mapper" - which is just like a whiteboard. :)

Doug Nelson

I often get lost in the dark recesses of my mind - a map would be really helpful at times.

C Harris Lynn

I use Scapple from the same people who do Scrivener. I think there's a Win version, too. Highly recommended, very straightforward and simple.

Danny Manus

I completely agree with Doug. As someone who teaches a class on story outlining and development, i can count on one hand how many PRO writers ive met or worked with in 14 years who do not use an outli...

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*The new guy sheepishy peeks into the room*

Just kidding. I'm new but I'm not that bashful. Reserved and chill, but not bashful. Just signed up here about a week ago looking to expand my network. It IS a network driven industry after all? I'm also pretty new to the entertainment industry, finding myself doing a complete career change about 3....

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Myron DeBose

Sup Hill

Debbie Elicksen

Expanding our network is the best part of Stage 32. An impressive summary, especially if you consider yourself new. :)

Lance Ness

Nice suit

Joseph L. Stewart

Might want to watch out for this guy! lol Welcome, Mr. Hill.

Vladislav Nogin

Welcome!

Dan Guardino

A good reason to avoid the big agencies and television. I got roped into writing a one hour pilot and I will never do it again. Don't want anything to do with them unless I am looking for a specific actor and even those people are hard to take.

Doug Nelson

John - the takeaway is not more unsolicited spec scripts but fewer better quality scripts. I'm out of the reader rat race but I do recall having ten scripts to read over a weekend after a 50+ hour week in the writer's room.

Craig D Griffiths

I see a glut as a good thing. Because if I am better than a million scripts I look like a genius. Being better than four isn't very impressive. The number of competing scripts has no impact on the qua...

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C Harris Lynn

That's why they only read the first 10 pages...

Doug Nelson

C Harris - A reader can generally tell within the first two pages if it's worth reading. Hold a script out at arm's length and riffle through it - if it's heavy in text blocks, put it down. Lots of white space on the pages means it heavy into dialog - that's a good thing.

Hello Stage 32 members!

My name is Nicolas Wendl, and I recently started using Stage 32 again and am working on updating my profile and credits. I specialize in Short Films and Music Videos and am currently developing a feature film based on my award winning short "From The Woods." If you are looking for a fun, organized a...

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C Harris Lynn

Welcome, Nicolas!

Meraxes Soneu

Hi Nicolas! Nice to meet you! I'm a composer looking forward to my first premiere in one month. :-D do you recommed any short movie?

Joseph L. Stewart

Welcome Mr. Wendl!

Vladislav Nogin

Hello Nicolas and welcome!

Composer

Hi everyone, I have been a member of Stage 32 for some time now, but I haven't really got around to introduce myself yet. My name is Anders Jensen, I'm from Denmark and I'm 20 years old.I started producing Electronic music, EDM, Trance, Techno and stuff like that in 2011/2012. But after I started li...

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Allen Lynch

Welcome Anders!

Aray Brown

Nice to meet you Anders

Brian Alan DeLaney

Great to have you Anders.

Myron DeBose

Sup Anders... Trance is the best.

My childhood dream, acting and screenwriter

Four years ago, i lost my business, my home, everything i every work for in my life. I was suddenly left homeless, without money, without sense of stability, of hope, or promise. While my dear friends enjoying their lives, i was trying to deal with loss. For the past four years, i have been fighting ...

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Vincent Paterno

Best wishes -- just emailed you. I'm a former editor, so I can help.

Charmane Wedderburn

Thank to you all.

Charmane Wedderburn

Hey Allen, i bet you do.Zürich is an amazing City.I love it!Next time back in Zürich, please contact me

Christopher Henry

Welcome Charmane! Looking forward to reading ...

Charmane Wedderburn

I'm very thankful to you all for liking my post.