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Peter Roach
A lesson I have learned the hard way

Ok, I read lots of screenplay stuff, but there is nothing like a light going off in your head when the truth slaps you across the ear.

We write (well I do ) trying to make each line of dialogue as powerful as “You can’t stand the truth.” I obsess over each line pushing to make it memorable.

I watch a...

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Laura Scheiner

Peter Roach I usually hear the dialogue (in character) in my head while I'm writing and reading through a script- but it's sometimes hard to be objective about the success of a line or scene - that's...

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Bill Costantini

Dialogue is the bane of my writing existence - I mean, my greatest and most enjoyable opportunity to make my scripts better. It's like "is this line really necessary?" "is it too on-the-nose?" "Do I g...

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Peter Roach

Bill, My issue is my character's dialogue tend to be smart assed like me instead of the character. Laura : I read the dialogue aloud but since I am not an actor I can't put nuance into a line. I better get some table reads scheduled.

Laura Scheiner

Peter Roach Table Read Do''s -Try to get actors rather than non acting friends. If you don't know any personally check local colleges with drama departments, community theater groups, Stage 32 members...

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Bill Costantini

Peter: it's better to be a smart-ass who knows where he can improve than a dumb-ass who knows it all. Best of luck to you, bro!

Diamond Marilyn
How can i raise money for my MM comeback project. If no one understand and believe to what i say ?

I am the living original soul of Marilyn Monroe -But no one have his third eye open is stage to see me.

Don Diego

The best proof of a concept and your true intentions is your own money which you HAVE TO put at risk before you ask for any money from anybody. Skin in a game!

Diamond Marilyn

I understand what you say -But i don't have that money if i had i would have done it long time ago and not wait to find someone else. beside there is no risk in my case it clear and cut in any dimensi...

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JD Hartman

Get a job at Starbucks as a barista, I hear the tips are great and you never know who you'll meet.

Don Diego

You'll meet your fate regardless who you are now and after. And remember you don't need to do anything. That is a key. Read ten times until you fully understand what it means. You still running while others stop. Marilyn understood that. Stop running! Read twenty times and you'll get it.

Jack Neal

Start making Youtube videos about your story - Place them in the MM flowing online & that is the group you can find will support the messages...

Julie Kenner
Short Scripts - input please!

Question for y'all: I have at least 3 ideas for short scripts (i.e., under 40 pages)

Assuming I'm not intending to produce them myself, is there still value in writing them other than as a learning experience? I.e., can a short script lead to writing assignments? Is there a market to actually sell a...

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Julie Kenner

Laura Scheiner thanks so much. I'm fine getting paid with "credit" but I don't want to produce myself. (Or, rather, I don't think I could find the time to produce it myself and do a good job)....

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Julie Kenner

Doug Nelson and Bill Costantini - great advice! Thank you so much. And Bill, you're right. There's a great network in Austin. I need to get tied back into it....

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Julie Kenner

Thank you, Beth Fox Heisinger and Chad Stroman . And, yes, honing the screenwriting skills is part of the reason I'm thinking about shorts. I've written a few, but nowhere near the number of short sto...

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Laura Scheiner

Julie Kenner Even if you're not producing you should protect your financial interest in both the project and IP. Research "separated rights"

Julie Kenner

Thanks Laura Scheiner -- I most definitely will. I'm a former lawyer (but have been out of that biz for years) and have optioned some of my books to studios and production companies, so I've got a bas...

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Virginia Bach
Director looking for new projects around the world

Hi every one! I am a writer and director, based in Paris, France.

My 3rd short film TELL HIM has just won a finalist award for best drama and best director at Top Shorts Festival this month. I also recently directed a music video for FHIN, a french electro musician.

I joined S32 because I am currently...

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Virginia Bach
Virginia Bach
Virginia Bach, Director: Lui DIRE
Kaye Bewley

Hi Virginia, I have several scripts and have worked in the film/production area for quite a number of years. Take a look at my scripts, plus I have a memoir (based in Sicily) coming out soon. https://...

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Jess Waters

I'd love to collaborate with you! I have a few shorts and web series pilot scripts that I would love to see created. Feel free to message me or email at: jwaters562@gmail.com

Selena Lohan

I'm a screenwriter in Vancouver, Canada ... come here for some great tax breaks, and world-class talented casts and crews. : )

David Timber

Hi Virgina, I see you are interested in Psychological Thriller genre but not Horror genre. Don't you find that many Psycho Thrillers include elements of Horror and visa versa? Consider Psycho, that was a Psycho Thriller with moments of horror.

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Heather Grogan
Am I being a big baby?

Hey Gang! I was approached back in July by a stage-actress to write a film around her story idea. We'd never met before so there were a few expected issues of trust that were thankfully quashed when she realised she could trust me to do the job. I wrote the script, brought my crew on board, found th...

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Doug Nelson

Yes, these are all issues that should have been resolved right up front - but they weren't, So the real issue is how to proceed from here. As I see it (I don't know the specific details), you wrote it...

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Heather Grogan

Totally agree with both of you. Yep mistakes were made. At the start, she was happy with my arrangement - which was to give her the executive producer credit, story credit & her credit as the lead act...

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Royce Allen Dudley

Example of the importance of contracts before you do 1 single collaborative or spec thing ever for anyone including people you know and more so eager strangers. The business is top heavy with go nowhere eager strangers who will be glad to waste your time.

Heather Grogan

She's not wasting my time. This is something that can be remedied

Royce Allen Dudley

And I should hope so for all concerned. I don't know either of you, but I speak in generalities for other readers because generally, the lack of things spelled out and signed ahead of time is all too common in contemporary cinematic collaborations.

Allen Roughton - Stage 32 Script Services
Stage 32 Writers' Room - You All Are Awesome!

We've been meeting for over 6 weeks now in the Stage 32 Writers' Room and I just wanted to say that you all rock! Whether it's asking questions, pitching scripts, submitting writing challenges, or just giving us your thoughts, It's been amazing to have so many people participate in what's become the...

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Frankie Gaddo

Is this free? And how does one gain access?

Laura Scheiner

Frankie Gaddo It is not free -$40 - $50 a month depending upon how many months you sign up for. Here's the link: https://www.stage32.com/plan....

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Shanika Freeman

I have gained so much while being part of The Writer's Room!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Frankie, if you check the link Laura provided above you can see the many benefits and value. It entitles you and gives you access to quite a bit: weekly sessions, craft discussions, you can submit Wri...

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Frankie Gaddo

Thanks. Seems like a good program and pricing is fair.

Victor Titimas
What do you think this will mean for screenplays?

How will the rise of internet movie platforms and other new ways of watching/making movies influence spec screenplays/screenwriters? What do you think this will mean? :)

Laura Scheiner

Victor Titimas Obviously the additional platforms provide additional distribution opportunities, but I'm not sure how or if it will impact the spec market. Just because a project may be on Netflix ins...

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Dan MaxXx

J. katzenberg raised a $1B for a new market for cell phones, supposedly he is creating 10-min mini-movies . I guess we should write 10 minute scripts

Jacob Buterbaugh

Technology seems to make things a little more accessible to more people. But it's important to note that making things a little more accessible doesn't really make it any easier. Anything and everythi...

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Bill Costantini

It could only help.

For competent spec script writers, whose spec scripts are their calling cards, it's going to give them more opportunities to get in. Over 10,000 films were made world-wide in 2016,...

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Michael L. Burris
10,000?!

Here's a secret.

It does take 10,000 screenwriting hours to "break in" because you better damn well know how to utilize 10,000 person hours to get anything worth a damn off the ground.

Don't ever think you can do it quicker as that is the minumum.

Sorry newbies:

It is truth.

Michael L. Burris

To me its illuminating and idea in emotional moving pictures along with sound to remember what you see by the ear as much as the eye. Pretty simple. Quality is always questionable but quanitatively an...

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Owen Mowatt

I've read that post 3 times now and I still cant understand it, Michael. I think it just proves Beth's point about working on quality.

David E. Gates

What rubbish.

Jacob Buterbaugh

It takes however long it takes. You don't want to rush it, but you don't want to drag your feet either. If you're taking that 10,000 hours rule too literally, you're gonna get stuck wherever you are....

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Dan MaxXx

Just get a job in show biz (any job- crafts services, guard, reader, runner, grip, graffer...) than to stay home and talk theory online.

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Julian Montgomery
Screenwriter Contract

I am working out a contract with a screenwriter to write the script for a film I want to make. I'm actually a Composer NOT a Filmmaker so this is new territory for me. In addition to the screenwriters fees for writing the script, in the event the film is purchased for major distribution, the screenw...

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Laura Scheiner

Julian Montgomery Net points are very common and the lower the upfront fees are, the higher the backend.

Julian Montgomery

Thanks Laura Scheiner. I guess part two of my question is the percentages the screenwriter is asking for is 8% of the initial purchase and then 2% of profit royalties. Is that considered low, high, or...

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Laura Scheiner

I've never structured a deal like that- I always take a percentage of the production budget with my upfront as a floor and for the backend I prefer box office bonus to net profits because net profits are usually non-existent.

Julian Montgomery

Thanks Laura Scheiner. I greatly appreciate the feedback!

Danny Manus

yea, writers usually get paid about 3% of the budget. and perhaps 2 percentage points on the backend. but if your writer isnt wga and doesnt have a quote, then you're not obligated to pay that.

Cherie Grant
Mind reading dialogue.

Yeah, so long time since I have posted here. I am writing a tv pilot and have a character developing mind reading skills and she's having a conversation with a character who is pretending to like her. During the conversation my protag hears some startling thoughts as if they were said out loud. She'...

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Ryan Martinez

You could try having her read minds earlier but only glimpses

Julie Kenner

I've never seen the movie, but isn't there mind reading in, I think it was called, What Women Want? You could try to track down that script to see how the writer handled it. (Or another script, though I can't think of another one off hand).

Beth Fox Heisinger

Perhaps make it clear in the action that your character is hearing voices in her head that seem to be coming from others or however you set it up. Then in dialogue put whatever is being said within so...

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Dan MaxXx

Beth is right. Read and steal off scripts, see how writers do it on the page with dialogue & descriptions.

Look at “Ghost”, the scene where Whoopi Goldberg hears the ghost of Swayze talking.

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Hi Everybody! I am new to Stage 32

Hi everyone! My name is Danielle R Erlich, and I am new to Stage 32. I am an international award-winning sci-fi/fantasy screenwriter. My first installment in my saga entitled LEGACY has garnered 15 awards and over 27 nominations, and its prequel LUANA is following in its footsteps. Some of these awa...

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Danielle R Erlich

Oh, darn! That would have been so interesting to see. I was at another sci-fi/fantasy film festival where my script placed in the Top 15 though! I was originally an actor, but became very ill with a r...

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Gustavo Freitas

Welcome! I’ll be in Oaxaca next month. I’ll make sure to be cheering for you! Don’t worry, my screenplay is in a different category. ; )

Danielle R Erlich

Thank you and congratulations! I wish I were able to go! I have a friend that I met at FilmQuest who is going to go up and say a few words on the off chance that I should win. We were both nominated a...

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Derek Reid

Hi Danielle! Congrats on the awards!

Danielle R Erlich

Thank you so much!

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Kimmie Easley
Rejection usage

I'm curious. How do you allow rejection to fuel you? If you don't, you're really missing an opportunity for growth. Kimmie

Dan Guardino

Rejection is part of the business. If someone passes on your screenplay they aren't reject the writer. The spec screenplay did what it was supposed to do and that is it gave you another name to put in...

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Doug Nelson

Ya can't hit it ifin' you ain't swingin'; and every swing & a miss puts you closer to a hit.

Beth Fox Heisinger

I don’t. Rejection itself does not fuel me. I learn from it and move on. What didn’t work for one may work for another. ;)))

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