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Unmature
May 9, 2008


The old screenwriting thread is locked so I figured I'd start a new one.

Whatcha working on? How's it going? Are you planning to submit it somewhere? Put it here and get some notes! Introduce yourself when you post your work. What kind of things do you like to write? Are you trying to do this as a career?

Feel free to share resources, your work, the work of others you find inspiring, really anything to do with TV/film screenwriting.

Be harsh with critiques, but don't be mean about it. We all gotta start somewhere.

If something is posted as a link, don't include it if you're quoting their post in case they modify it.

NObodyNOWHERE shared some useful resources:

NObodyNOWHERE posted:

https://scriptslug.com/ - This is a nice site with a growing number of new and old scripts. Good looking too, especially compared to the typical PDF dumps you find.

http://www.script-o-rama.com/table.shtml - This is a list of links to scripts being hosted around the web. More old stuff, but a nice selection.

Also, Rian Johnson's site has the scripts for Brick, Brothers Bloom, and Looper available for free download. These are awesome and great examples for formatting and super-economical writing that is still interesting and vibrant. I think these scripts are some of the best to study, regardless of your level of experience with screenwriting. http://www.rcjohnso.com/

Here are some other promising sites I haven't checked out much.
http://www.simplyscripts.com/movie-scripts.html
https://www.raindance.org/scripts/ - The aforementioned PDF dump. Has some TV material in it as well.
https://www.scriptreaderpro.com/bes...nplays-to-read/ - A list of suggested top scripts to read in various genres.
http://www.imsdb.com/ - A script database. Decent selection, but I don't really care for the format. Scripts are shown inline on the page and don't appear to to be downloadable .

Unmature fucked around with this message at Jul 25, 2018 around 22:49

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Unmature
May 9, 2008


Double posting to get things started.

I'm in LA for a week to talk to some people in TV and get some advice about becoming a real-rear end TV writer! I have some coffee meetings with some writers I really respect and admire so I'm already using this trip better than I thought I would. Helps that I'm already unemployed and a friend of mine has a couch in Santa Monica I can stay on. So I hopped a flight to SoCal and rented a car for the week.

I'm currently working on a few different pilots, the one closest to something I would consider worth showing to people is this one:

EDIT: Find it in the post below! Trying to keep everything centralized.

Unmature fucked around with this message at Jul 25, 2018 around 22:48

ExtraNoise
Apr 11, 2007



Thanks for starting up a new thread Unmature!

Someone posted a really cool resource in the old thread that I couldn't find and don't have bookmarked. I'm hoping it's fairly well known. It's a website where you can search by show title to find copied PDFs of screenplays and scripts. It doesn't have everything, but it has a lot. Does anyone know what I'm describing or have something similar?

Unmature
May 9, 2008


ExtraNoise posted:

Thanks for starting up a new thread Unmature!

Someone posted a really cool resource in the old thread that I couldn't find and don't have bookmarked. I'm hoping it's fairly well known. It's a website where you can search by show title to find copied PDFs of screenplays and scripts. It doesn't have everything, but it has a lot. Does anyone know what I'm describing or have something similar?

Oh I hope you find it, that sounds great. I usually just google the name of the show and "script" or something and have pretty good luck.

NObodyNOWHERE
Apr 24, 2007

Now we are all sons of bitches.


Hell Gem

Oh cool. I didn't realize there was a new screenwriting thread, such as it is. Hope things pick up here again. I'm trying to write more seriously and it would be nice to post about projects and resources here. I just can't bring myself to go to Reddit or wherever the gently caress.

The initial Nicholl Fellowship notifications went out yesterday and I made the first cut. I'm pretty excited about that. It feels like a huge validation after spending the last couple of years wondering if all this time and work was being wasted. Did anyone else enter this year?

I realize this is big time thread necromancy, but here are a couple of good sites I use to find scripts to read and study. I figure it's the first page and this is a common request. Scridx was a favorite that I used to recommend a lot, but they seem to have shut down.

https://scriptslug.com/ - This is a nice site with a growing number of new and old scripts. Good looking too, especially compared to the typical PDF dumps you find.

http://www.script-o-rama.com/table.shtml - This is a list of links to scripts being hosted around the web. More old stuff, but a nice selection.

Also, Rian Johnson's site has the scripts for Brick, Brothers Bloom, and Looper available for free download. These are awesome and great examples for formatting and super-economical writing that is still interesting and vibrant. I think these scripts are some of the best to study, regardless of your level of experience with screenwriting. http://www.rcjohnso.com/

Here are some other promising sites I haven't checked out much.
http://www.simplyscripts.com/movie-scripts.html
https://www.raindance.org/scripts/ - The aforementioned PDF dump. Has some TV material in it as well.
https://www.scriptreaderpro.com/bes...nplays-to-read/ - A list of suggested top scripts to read in various genres.
http://www.imsdb.com/ - A script database. Decent selection, but I don't really care for the format. Scripts are shown inline on the page and don't appear to to be downloadable .

Unmature
May 9, 2008


NObodyNOWHERE posted:

The initial Nicholl Fellowship notifications went out yesterday and I made the first cut. I'm pretty excited about that. It feels like a huge validation after spending the last couple of years wondering if all this time and work was being wasted. Did anyone else enter this year?

Congrats!

NObodyNOWHERE
Apr 24, 2007

Now we are all sons of bitches.


Hell Gem

Unmature posted:

Congrats!

Thanks!

If anyone has any experience with The Black List website, I could use some feedback. By luck, I know a guy who has found significant success getting screenwriting work. I wrote him looking for thoughts on worthwhile resources and approaches to getting a good script in front of the right people. Black List was a huge help for him early on and it was about the only site he was willing to vouch for. I have the gist of the site's model, but I'm interested in other people's experiences. I've read a lot of mixed opinions on the site and the notes you can get, but it always seems like the most disgruntled customers are always the ones most motivated to be vocal about their experiences. If I'm going to throw down the dough required to get eyes on my script then I'd like to feel confident in the value proposition involved. Is it worth it to buy readings/notes? Do reviews tend to be fair? Can a decent script get traction without paying for readings?

I don't mind paying to be savaged, but if it's going to be some bored, unobservant pseudo-intern doing it then I can probably find that on my own without paying fifty (EDIT - $75!) bucks for the privilege.

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Calico Heart
Mar 22, 2012

"wich the worst part was what troll face did to sonic's corpse after words wich was rape it. at that point i looked away"


I was a professional Script Editor/Doctor for about a year and a half.

I think maybe the thing you need to understand most about a place like that is the people looking at your script are likely to be looking at two other scripts in the same day, and will need to write either Development Notes (what we send to writers) or Coverage (what we send to studios) for each. It's very likely they won't have time to read your script more than once, and it's also very likely they'll read your script and then immediately begin writing up a report on it without really having any time for it to sink in/ This can be a problem, as this process doesn't always allow for the... best way to "absorb" a work, especially one that#s written very visually/with directorial cues, or one with a lot of subtlties.

Not to toot my own horn, though, but I think despite the hectic working conditions, most of the people at my company really knew what they were talking about. So, my take is that you're essentially going to be paying for a professional's opinion who has read 5000 scripts, but also has a bunch of other poo poo to do that day.

I don't know about the Black List, but the biggest problem sites like these have is selling the lie of there being a "formula" to make your script better or, even more ludicrously, there being a formula to make it more sellable. Any place that says you need to hammer and bend your screenplay into following a strict set of guidelines is totally delusional imo.

Not sure if anyone is interested, but I just started a tiny youtube channel and was thinking about talking as my time as a script doctor, so if you're interested feel free to check it out and suggest a topic or whatnot.

Unmature
May 9, 2008


I've never tried the Blacklist specifically, but yeah, that's basically what I've heard. It's pricey, but I've heard mixed things.

I just made the move to Los Angeles and have been having coffee meetings with writers I admire to get advice about the industry and have found that a way better experience than submitting scripts to faceless entities. Of course, not everyone can do that, but if you're in LA you should! Everyone I've reached out to has been super receptive and nice.

Calico Heart posted:

Not sure if anyone is interested, but I just started a tiny youtube channel and was thinking about talking as my time as a script doctor, so if you're interested feel free to check it out and suggest a topic or whatnot.

Cool! This is good stuff. Nice and tight and a super valuable POV. Subscribed.

Here are a couple more projects I've been working on in case anyone would like to take a look:

The Bullpen
Half hour comedy pilot
38 pages
Logline: A too-ready-to-please young nerd gets a job in the editorial offices of a major comic book publisher in the 1970's and gains a surly mentor in a guy who has just been in the business too long for his own good. Mad Men but Marvel Comics.
Current state: A rough first draft. I feel like it's still a mess, but the voice, most of the characters, and some of the humor are there. Still needs plenty of tinkering. I'm still messing with it every day and I use dropbox links so the URL will always go to the most current draft. The current version has an added drama element of a murder subplot to make it more high concept, but I don't think that will stay in the next draft.
Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kasq84p4f...0pilot.pdf?dl=0

ReAPPlying (working title)
Half hour comedy pilot
Logline: A mid-20s Silicon Valley wunderkind loses her fortune and her company after being embroiled in a scandal after exposing all of her users' most sensitive personal info and photos. Now she's flipping burgers with the same people her industry has taken advantage of for years.
Current state: I wrote this in a day and it needs plenty of work, but I think the bones are there and it has some pretty good jokes.
Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vu3fjwa80...0pilot.pdf?dl=0

Rocket Chef
Half hour animated comedy pilot
Logline: The acclaimed World's Greatest Chef takes to the stars to become the greatest chef in the UNIVERSE! After squandering his vast fortune to buy a rickety ship and two crew members he learns some humility from being a small fish in a big pond for the first time in his life.
Current state: Also written pretty much in a day. I think it has definite legs. I have a pitch document mostly written with a season of plot breakdowns, character bios, etc.
Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/i4lq5j2lr...0Pilot.pdf?dl=0

All three of these were written in the last few months. Some writers in the business have read them and given me some good notes. I'm also bad at writing loglines, so if you happen to read one and think of a better way to sell it please make suggestions!

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Calico Heart
Mar 22, 2012

"wich the worst part was what troll face did to sonic's corpse after words wich was rape it. at that point i looked away"


Hey all! Second part of my series on Screenwriting is out. This one is about what it is a Script Consultant does, and whether or not it's a good idea for you (as a screenwriter) to hire one.

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