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Based on the Breakdown Webcast by Writers' Room member Stephen Potts, write a pitch for a producer explaining the piece of IP you want to adapt and why. Full Bio »
Based on the Breakdown Webcast by Writers' Room member Stephen Potts, write a pitch for a producer explaining the piece of IP you want to adapt and why.
The Write Now Challenge
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"This was fabulous. Good job everyone" - Becky B.
"Great pitches, everyone!" - Martha C.
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Write Now Challenge Webcast: "What's in the Box?" This challenge came from the mind of Writers' Room Member Louisa Kendrik Burton: "We are all given the same premise or a Logline. Everyone writes 3 pages. [Let's] see how different they all are even though they are based on the same premise!" This is a fantastic idea and brilliant in it's simplicity and originality. So, without further ado here is the logline as the prompt: "A down-on-their luck janitor receives a mysterious package on their front steps, with a note promising inside is the solution to all their problems, but it will come at a cost." During the webcast we heard from a number of members who took the logline is several different directions - all with original and compelling ideas.
Using the Breakdown Webcast: Writing Horror you are challenged to scour the internet, libraries, news articles, folklore, mythology, or your own personal experiences to find a core of an idea to develop into a Horror, Thriller, Mystery, or Suspense.
During the Write Now Challenge, we turned the spotlight - and the microphones - back over to you during the Write Now Challenge Webcast! Using the "Breakdown Webcast: Writing True Stories" as a guide, your challenge was to find a true story or subject of a biopic that resonates with you! Write a short document that details the subject of the project - whether a historic event, historical figure, or a combination of both - including a "way into the story," principal character(s), basic synopsis, potential themes for exploration, and why it resonates with you as the writer. During the webcast, participants discussed true stories and historical figures that were either well-known or obscure, but all riveting! Participants described accounts from the US Civil War, Korean War, legal battles, pro-wrestling, and many more!
Flashbacks Make sure your flashback scenes drive the plot forward, are not more dramatic than the present, reveal information about your character or situation, have a specific point of view.
For this challenge, you were asked to take one (1) scene from your existing script and do a "tone pass'" with help from the Breakdown Webcast: Tackling Tone. The entries should have been no more than 3-5 pages, and were read live for the group!
They say not to speak ill of the dead. What about when the dead speak ill of you? We challenged you to deftly write a 3 page scene conveying the nuances of character reactions to getting called out for being exactly who they are, but wish they weren't.