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Allen James Roughton is the Stage 32 Script Services Coordinator, a screenwriter, reader and development researcher who has consulted on over 100 projects, scripts, books, comics and films and conducted research on life stories, exposés, professions and locations for development at major production companies. Nick Assunto is part of the Stage 32 script services team and a repped screenwriter himself. He was previously a reader for the Austin Film Festival, a writer for the 2017 CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, co-host of the Sunday show B.Y.O.T. at UCB, and dabbled in acting, having been featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, an eHarmony commercial directed by Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst (for real), and is infamously known as Tony, the annoying party member from the 'Four Friends' Elder Scrolls spots. Full Bio »
Every great pitch starts with a great logline and every script you write has a perfect logline, it's your job to discover it. This month we challenged you to write, rewrite or polish your logline(s) and send them our way!
We discussed the anatomy of a logline, the difference between loglines, taglines and more, what makes protagonists, goals, and antogonists interesting, and much more as we broke down some of the best submissions received from our writers and discussed best practices on how to break through the sticking points associated with the challenge.
The Write Now Challenge
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Using Laurie Ashbourne's fantastic Breakdown Webcast as your guide, take a scene (up to 2 pages) - existing or new - and 1) show us the beats of rising action within the scene, 2) explain what happened in the scene before that caused this, and 3) what it will lead to in the next scene.
The Stage 32 Feature Screenwriting Fellowship is accepting applications and part of it requires you to submit you bio. So why not use this month's challenge to hone your bio with the help of your Writers' Room community! Submit your one page (or less) bio.
For this challenge, members were asked to use The Breakdown Webcast: Writing Theme as a guide to look at one (or more) of their feature or television scripts and identify the themes. During the webcast, participants read their responses and discussed the ways in which they arrived at their themes. We also discussed ways in which they can do more to illuminate their themes.
Using the Breakdown Webcast: Breaking Down the 3rd Act (in the Vault here) as your guide, identify and pull out the B-stories and/or major subplots from your Feature script and put them in a separate document as a beat sheet.
Using the investigation scene from The Wire or the AI & Wu scene from Deadwood as inspiration, craft a scene where characters communicate using as few words as possible. As a second option, use the initial meeting between Sean and Will in Good Will Hunting or Annie's wedding shower meltdown from The Bridesmaids, and write a scene where your character snaps!
We're back in the Writers' Room this afternoon for the Write Now Challenge Webcast: First Impressions. For this challenge, using the Breakdown Webcast: Character Introductions as your guide, rewrite at least 3 character introductions using the principles learned during the webcast.