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Formatting question

Finishing a screenplay I've gotten very good reviews for. It's a dreamy where the whole thing is a dream and reality comes in later. The problem comes from formatting characters that appear in the dream as one person - then tother at the end in the real world. I've had the traditional suggestions (i.e ...

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Anthony Moore

A character can have multiple names or multiple characters can end up being the same one, but boil it down to one main name and stick to it. For example STEWART can wear a Police Chief's uniform then...

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Dan MaxXx

Checkout the script, Rosemary's Baby. Her dreams are actually real when she discovers her hubby made a deal with the Devil.

Owen Mowatt

SPOILERS!!!!

You've ruined my entire life!!!!

Fleurette M Van Gulden

Using time and period props in the action element could take the audience in and out of dream and real time as the characters.

Dan Guardino

John, It doesn’t matter if the chief of police saw Sam as Harry. The actor they hire would still be playing the role as Harry so that is the name you would use. For example: HARRY, early 40’s, a good...

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Needing inspiration

Can anybody suggest a good feature to watch/read where the antagonist is not a person? (circumstance like disease, poverty, etc. or self/"inner demons"?) Thanks in advance. My brain is stuck right now so my script is too.

Roxanne Paukner

Thanks everyone! I knew I'd get some good suggestions. And yes, Darjan, I am looking for antagonism that is "thin air," as you say.

Fleurette M Van Gulden

Mimic

Tamim Almousa

50/50

Debbie Croysdale

Just a thought, the iceberg in Titanic was a pretty ruthless antagonist. Sorry if you did not mean acts of nature. An example of inside antagonist, think the “mother” part of Norman Bates mind in Psycho.

Fleurette M Van Gulden

Bates mind is his Antagonist! I must look deep into that. I took his condition to be the internal flaw, his own nemises. He'll remain a Psycho because he can't recognize his flaw, therfore no change. A&E series Bates Motel, answered with Norman's Backstory.

Ahhh, Acting over 50

I recently got into a pretty heated discussion with a guy on Facebook in reference to older "newbies" breaking into acting. The actor in question is a very close friend of mine and he stated he was ready for a agent. He has taken some acting classes and I do agree he is ready for representation on a...

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Gilberto Villahermosa

Roy - You're a good friend! And your narrative on the business in Florida is insightful! Thanks!

Matt Berlin

As someone who has risked a lot over the past few years to get here to LA and is no spring chicken either, I definitely get your point. One of the things I've done semi-successfully-- and am trying to...

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Roy Lewis Garton

You are doing the right thing Matt. That is why I created FDMC LLC here in Florida. I still do what I love and now get paid for it. I make indies, help small business with their web sites and social media and produce marketing videos. When I need help I hire contractors.

Feedback on shorts?

I have written 9 shorts in total. Just finished two the other day that I am looking to improve. If anyone is interested in giving me feedback it would be greatly appreciated!

Max Hagen

Back in the day... I was on TriggerStreet.com, coordinated, initally by Kevin Spacey. It was taken off the air after he got what he wanted from the scripts. But there must be other, more active and cu...

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Martina Cook

I am on Talentville. Some good people in there, had great help from some excellent ones...best of luck!

Doug Nelson

Desiree - have you posted any of them on S32? If not, why not? How long are these shorts? If you have one 12pg or less, connect & send me a .pdf. I'm happy to help any way I can.

Dan Cassell

Trigger Street was fantastic (until the funding got pulled), then it kinda fell apart, before it got chopped. Talentville is about as close a replacement as there is right now (though they do charge a ...

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Andres Rivera

Hi Desiree, I'd be happy to help. PM me here and I'll give you my email if you're interested.

Screewriting

I don’t think screenplay writing is the same as writing — I mean, I think it’s blueprinting.
– Robert Altman

Donald Dominguez

Writing a two page pilot was the hardest thing I've ever done. Going from a 98 page script......, talk about bullet-pointing!

Dan Guardino

Tony. I agree it is very different. An author's audience reads the words the author writes on the pages. A screenwriter's audience never reads what we write they see it on the screen after someone use...

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Laura Scheiner

Loved Robert Altman, but disagree with him here. While a screenplay is a blueprint for a film - it is still a story. A screenwriter needs to be a good storyteller, meaning a writer.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Well said, Laura! Couldn't agree with you more. ;)

Do you think about theme when you're writing your screenplay?

I just read this article by Scott Meyers, who lays out a good lesson about what story theme means. To put it succinctly, what's the message of your screenplay? For example, in The Wizard of Oz movie, a bored, Midwestern teenage girl named Dorothy goes on an incredible journey only to realize "there' ...

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Uncle Phil

Owen:

Yeah!!

Steven Michael

I'll echo the previous comments about the importance of theme. I view it as the over-arching umbrella that guides and protects the story's parts and pieces.

I changed my theme 2-3 times in fleshing out...

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Doug Nelson

Every/most story I develop is ignited by some thematic spark but that theme is kinda squishy. It tends to drift and morph as the tale evolves but usually remains anchored to the initial. I view movies...

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Fiona Faith Ross

You're right, Phil. I didn't really give very good examples and yes, that was the main theme of Duggan's story. Other themes were not giving up, the value of teamwork (I guess) and learning to stick u...

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Laura Scheiner

At its core a story is a theme explored through conflict.

First Four Months And Moving Forward

After reading some of the replies to an earlier post criticizing another website that offers some services like Stage 32, I decided I’d share my own experiences as a baby writer. Blame it on my photojournalism background as this isn’t meant to hijack anyone’s post, it’s meant to share my own persona...

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Rolando Gomez

Dan, thanks! There is only one way to move forward in anything you seek in life, you have to "move," no one will move it for you. In Spanish, we call it "ganas." In fact "ganas" was made famous in the movie "Stand and Deliver." I got the ganas. Thanks!

Stacie Stocker

Thank you so much for sharing your valuable experiences and information and I know you're going to do amazing with your work! Good luck!

Rolando Gomez

Thank you Stacie. Made my day. :)

Dan Guardino

Rolando. I don't plan on ever spending any money on my screenwriting career but I enjoyed reading your post and sharing your experience. Good luck with your writing.

Rolando Gomez

Dan, thank you for your nice words and I respect your philosophy. I'm just a firm believer, you've got to invest to get ahead and it's been an education, something else I believe in. Thanks!

Do you think a pitch synopsis should be a summary?

I've used a few different pitching services to send out my screenplays. I've gotten a few requests from them. A lot of no's. Sometimes they'll say something that will get me to think about weak spots in my script. Today, I got a response to a pitch I sent out for a romcom. They said my pitch was too ...

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Uncle Phil

I've heard similar feedback and usually include a short paragraph about character arc. It may be a little bit difficult to reflect much tone in your synopsis. Probably best to just say your attempting...

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Melissa Field

Glad to know it wasn't just me Uncle Phil. Incidentally, the same pitch went out later and it got a request for a script read. I do like the suggestion of comparing to similar styles and films. I always forget to do that.

Dan Guardino

The response to a pitch you sent out for your romcom. was bullshit. Producer only care about the story.

Melissa Field

Dan, your succinct reply says exactly what I came to think about this also. It felt like a pretentious reply that wanted to sound helpful, but was really just trying to put me down.

Laura Scheiner

A good synopsis should reflect the tone of script i.e. a romcom synopsis should be funny, a synopsis for a thriller should be suspenseful. As for conveying character that should be clear by how you de...

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Copyright A Screenplay Then What Happens?

I wrote my first screenplay and it's ready for copyright. After the copyright, do a submit to agents because I have to register with the WGAE. Do I submit it to contests, other sites? Anything that would help me. Thank you.

Dan Guardino

Kellie. Since this is your first screenplay you might want to get someone with more experience read it over to see if you are making any mistakes.

Kellie Burke

Dan. Who can do that on S32?

Dan Guardino

Kelly. I don't have time right now but if you send me the first few pages I can take a look at them. I've written over 30 features so I kind of got this crap down.

Kellie Burke

Sure and I will send them Monday because it's the holiday weekend. Thank you Dan.

Dan Guardino

Kellie. I sent you my email.

What do you think?

I read or seen somewhere, that you shouldn't try to create a screenplay that's unique--everything has been done. All you need to do now is to make it different. Do you agree with this statement, or, do you think it's a bunch-of-BS? I try to make mine different and I bet you do to. Another thing that ...

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Anthony DeFay

Hi Claude - I bet you could name 10 or 12 crime thrillers that go something like this: Detective: The body was frozen, it appears the victim died weeks ago. Suspect: I've been out of town for a month. De ...

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Pierre Langenegger

Claude, you just need to find a new way to tell the same old story.

Dan Guardino

Hollywood wants screenplays that are unique as long as it is the same old crap they always make. I think there are more aspiring screenwriters now but only about 3 percent can write a marketable scree...

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Dan MaxXx

Show working folks- the folks with salary jobs- you can write a simple 3 act script with 8 or 9 sequences in under 110 pages. Learn to be a master of simplicity.

Ken Koh

I wouldn't say never but it's almost impossible to be original. Many completely different films have actually the same basic story, it's just your unique and creative way of telling it.

Do you need production support for your video, film and digital shoots?

Hello! I’m Pam and am a freelance (or virtual) production coordinator, producer, manager. I’d love to free up your time for more important things by help supporting any and all work needed for your production company.  I’m experienced in all aspects from pre-production, production through to post.  A l ...

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Bonita Maffei

Good meeting you, Pam!

Pam Elliott

Nice to ‘virtual’ meet you too! :)

Science of Storytelling and Audience Engagement

Hi Everyone, I am a narrative designer and audience engagement consultant to the film industry. I have a PhD in the science of storytelling and have developed a specialist skill synthesizing data from my PhD research with cinematic filmmaking through a creative process to optimise audience engagemen...

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Richard "RB" Botto

Most welcome!

Chad Stroman

Welcome! Sounds interesting.

Keith Bound

Thanks Chad

Donald Dominguez

Sounds exciting. Who have you worked with Keith? Love to see some samples of this in practice. Much love.

Keith Bound

Donald - thanks for your comment and interest - the process is quite new - at present working with companies in the advertising sector but no actual examples to show at the moment

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