Screenwriting

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    Apr 30, 2011 11:14 AM GMT
    This thread is reserved for discussing screenwriting.
    Does anyone here have an interest or experience in screenwriting?
    Registering a screenplay to the WGAW requires your SSN, which seems risky to me.
    I learned that Brokeback Mountain is one of the most recommended screenplays for writers to read.
  • Cuchullain

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    Apr 30, 2011 1:40 PM GMT
    Yeah - working on a draft for fun, with low expectations.
    What are you up to?
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    Apr 30, 2011 2:14 PM GMT

    1 EXT. CRUCIFIX MIDNIGHT

    FADE IN:

    The sound of a faint breeze fills the air, as branches drift among the trees, the moon reflecting off the rippled surface of the flowing river, as a pile of dry dead leaves blow across the hard cracked dirt ground. Two large black crows with a distinctive shade of blood red to their eyes are perched upon the left arm of a cremated female corpse. The crows eating away at the burnt flesh, as the corpse is left hanging from a crucifix, by nails hammered through plaques of wood, impaled into the palms of her hands and the heels of her feet, with barbed wire tightly wrapped around her torso to help hold her in place.

    The crows let out a couple of faint squawks as they continue to eat away at the burnt flesh; as a light mist starts to emerge from the roots of the trees in the background, as it begins to progress to the ground beneath the crucifix.






    I've just started writing this one before, Pretty excited to see how it turns out. I'd love to be a screenplay writer icon_smile.gif
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Apr 30, 2011 2:18 PM GMT
    My profession.

    Taking new projects through development, ghosting, doctoring, coaching and my own writing for film and tv pays my bills.

    Rule one. Don't pitch on line. Write offline, copywrite it, then pitch it.
    Rule two. Stay off line until it's finished.
    Rule three: If you're reading this, you're either finished or breaking rule 2.

    GO WRITE!
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    Apr 30, 2011 2:27 PM GMT
    I just do it for fun... Fuck all the copyright shit. I know I can never make a movie, if someone copies it and makes it a movie and I see my movie brought to life I'd be happy as fuck. I don't need praise.
  • coolarmydude

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    Apr 30, 2011 2:43 PM GMT
    I totally plan to write a few screenplays.

    I have an interest in writing a cultural epic and a horror movie prequel to a famous horror movie series.

    I have other ideas, but I need to learn how to format the writing.
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    Apr 30, 2011 2:44 PM GMT
    Why bother though? How would one ever get them made?
  • BeingThePhoen...

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    Apr 30, 2011 3:44 PM GMT
    I'm actually writing a book right now, but I am wondering if I should change direction and change the idea into a screenplay. I really wouldn't even know how to begin, but it is still a thought.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Apr 30, 2011 4:07 PM GMT
    I've written a few screenplays -- mostly just to get creative ideas out of my head onto paper. I have found the FINAL DRAFT screenwriting software to be quite helpful. It makes it easy to put the screenplay into the proper format.
  • BeingThePhoen...

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    Apr 30, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI've written a few screenplays -- mostly just to get creative ideas out of my head onto paper. I have found the FINAL DRAFT screenwriting software to be quite helpful. It makes it easy to put the screenplay into the proper format.

    I've heard of this before. I'll have to check it out.
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    Apr 30, 2011 4:15 PM GMT
    I've written one full length feature film screenplay using Final Draft. Screenwriting software saves a lot of time. If a script is not properly formatted it will not get read. Also, you need an agent to get your script read and most places won't read unsolicited scripts for fear they will get accused of stealing someone else's idea.
  • ohioguy12

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    Apr 30, 2011 4:18 PM GMT
    Screenwriting was what my college major dealt with in great detail, although I went in a little different direction for my career, mostly because a screenwriting career is really tough. So yes, I have interest and took several classes, but have not done it professionally, but it is fun.
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    Apr 30, 2011 5:03 PM GMT
    I used to work in Creative Affairs for a major movie studio. Part of my (endless) job description was to read new material. Priority of course was given to known writers with important attachments. It is a myth however that all unsolicited work is automatically returned to sender. Although officially we were supposed to just forward those scripts to Legal Affairs, very often they were read. If something is that good – and sometimes it is – it may get the attention of someone who counts. They may not produce your rookie screenplay but they may take a meeting, ask about other projects maybe bring you in to collaborate or doctor. It can be the beginning of a relationship – which is all this business is about.

    A tip, make the first ten pages are killer. My bosses often insisted that I only read the first 10-15 pages because they didn’t want my time wasted reading a million lousy scripts to the end. If it grabs attention in the first ten – it may generate enough interest to be put through the long process of officially being evaluated by the department. For the record, unless something was really terrible, I ALWAYS read the whole thing. I always had a soft spot for the writers LOL!!!!
  • Avron88

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    Apr 30, 2011 5:15 PM GMT
    I love screenwriting!

    It's a frustrating art that takes lots of time and dedication. But finishing a feature length screenplay is one of the most fulfilling things for me.
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    Apr 30, 2011 5:23 PM GMT
    Primarily just webseries stuff. Something quick and short. I just gotta film them now.
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    Apr 30, 2011 6:04 PM GMT
    Im a director. Writing my first feature length screenplay. Horror... loving it!
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Apr 30, 2011 6:15 PM GMT
    Just out of curiosity, of those who posted that they're 'writing', how many of you are re-writing and on a second third or later draft of something?
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    Apr 30, 2011 6:52 PM GMT
    right now im writing a pulpfiction type screenplay for my writing final, its comin out pretty cool so far.
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    Apr 30, 2011 9:20 PM GMT
    I'm planning to go to Vancouver Film School next year to study "Film Production". I like watching documentaries and i would like to make a documentary after i graduate. So i'm hoping to write, produce and direct my movies. After i get my diploma, maybe i can get together with an RJ member and make up a production team (who knows!). icon_biggrin.gif
  • TonyD

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    Apr 30, 2011 11:08 PM GMT
    MuscleComeBack saidMy profession.

    Taking new projects through development, ghosting, doctoring, coaching and my own writing for film and tv pays my bills.

    Rule one. Don't pitch on line. Write offline, copywrite it, then pitch it.
    Rule two. Stay off line until it's finished.
    Rule three: If you're reading this, you're either finished or breaking rule 2.

    GO WRITE!


    Yes, I broke rule 2. Im bad
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    Apr 30, 2011 11:13 PM GMT
    Yup. Almost finished. Fun fun fun!
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    May 01, 2011 12:27 AM GMT
    Kristoff saidWhy bother though? How would one ever get them made?


    It takes time and patience. Once the spec script is finished, you have to pitch to a producer and wait until it gets sold. Unless the writer is also the director and producer, he'll get exactly what he wants.
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    May 01, 2011 12:34 AM GMT
    Cuchullain saidYeah - working on a draft for fun, with low expectations.
    What are you up to?


    I'm writing a feature spec script or two. As I'm advised, I shouldn't pitch or expose my actual logline(s) on a forum like this, but it is based on some of the demands that some of you have posted on a few threads a while ago, along with my own.

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  • barriehomeboy

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    May 01, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
    Who knew I would find other writer's on RealJock?! I thought it was all about barbells and squats on here! Just write! The best novels get turned into screenplays after they're best sellers. Go be Stephen Kingish first!
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    May 01, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    I am a screenwriter.

    I just completed my first feature screenplay. Usually I write one-hour dramas, but am changing my focus to features. I write drama and romance, by the way.

    Great to see other screenwriters on here!