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OR have any experience of reading screenplays? What are your favourites? Please post links of your work below.
had an idea of what it'd be about but never got round to it - might try and have a shot
give me the logline.
of doing it about a teacher who was falsely accused of assaulting one of his pupils and his life after and how the entire local society shuns him, that whole smoke without fire business.
i dunno it'd probs be dull. think i could do a decent horror, i'd be AWFUl at comedy
but a mate with no prior experience did and it got picked up by a production company. Suppose you've either got it or you haven't. Only one way to find out, give it a try.
Recently read Guillermo Arriaga's 21 Grams screenplay which is a great example of taut, economic writing and I just picked up the collected screenplays for the Trois Couleurs trilogy.
might give 21 grams a read. Have just started reading Chinatown. Read Aliens the other day.
('cept I'm toning down the more B-movie elements of They Live and drawing more on Polanski, Lynch and Coppola's The Conversation).
Mine is about a futuristic amusement park where dinosaurs are brought to life through advanced cloning techniques.
Whats it called?
A fair few pilot scripts done, just more for my own amusement and to learn the skills, etc. but I'm hoping to make a living of it one day.
Ran out of jokes.
Never written a feature screenplay before. Why don't you try writing shorts then work from there?
Not got any interesting advice, but I guess just watch films, reads scripts and try and get some feedback for each draft from some people you trust. Maybe join some kind of writers group.
Plenty others sent back, one of each kind: sitcom, radio, TV drama, short. Currently trying to do something more commercial (i.e. with screaming). My advice would be watch films, take notes and share what you've written. And never commit totally to anything. And read Screenwriting Goldmine.
Do people use those screenplay software packages or just write it out in Word or something? Would like to know what's the best way/package.
Has a template macro thing called scriptsmart gold that you can download.
i stole it from the internet.
It's definitely not my favourite kind of writing.
I'm currently working on a treatment for a heist film with zombies. I say currently working on it, I've been chipping away at it veeeeerrrrry slowly for about 3 years now. I did an animation degree so I've got experience of writing shorts but nothing feature length and in my head this is feature length. I thought about doing it as a novel at first but found that I just don't write like that. I should probably join a writing group or something just for support and motivation coz I think it's a good idea. I've shown it to friends who know film, like a guy i know who has a PHD in film studies and isn't afraid to tell me my ideas are shite and they think it's good but needs a lot of work. Like I've got a first draft but it needs reworking and a *lot* of filling out. I'm not even arsed if no-one wants to make it, I intend to make it myself but that's not going to happen if I can't write it properly.
Look any good?
It's an idea I've had for ages and it's worth working on. I guess the recent resurgence of interest in zombies and that is one of the reasons I've put it on the backburner. That and being much busier with other stuff and the amount of effort that goes into working on it.
Maybe you could replace the zombies with something else? Like ghosts or escaped zoo animals?
It's not really a zombie film. It's a heist film with zombies. I don't want to say too much but the twist in From Dusk Til Dawn was an influence.
but thats not how it works. If anything people are more likely to read something thats selling right now.
It's run by people who are really only interested in money, and they won't take a chance on putting money into anything unless they know they can make a guaranteed return.
Just thought people might be getting weary of zombies by now.
so they're more likely to want the next Paul (lord help us) than the next Shaun of The Dead.
from a quick check of the web theres more than 10 zombie movies still in development. Someones buying them. Theyre an easy sell.
It doesnt really matter though. By the time he has wrote the thing, got signed, got the movie in development and finally got it made probably 8 years will have passed and a whole new craze will be starting up again.
Either way it's not really a zombie genre film as such anyway.
If anyone wants to read it and give me some pointers then PM me your email address.
that means you need to use a word other than story or book or novel or something?
Like this http://www.waggish.org/img/page066.jpg
so actually with cuts and whatnot
I have googled a bit more and found out it appears to be something a character played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, in Southland Tales writes.
I'm assuming it's meant to be that bad.
I think what you need first is an inspiring and uplifting trailer.
but never actually got round to writing it. I still think it's got legs. Very much in the vein of the sort of thing sky1 are now commissioning (Craig cash type of thing... think Early Doors/Roylre Family - very dialogue heavy)
No idea how much you'd have to write to fill 30 minutes though... pages and pages I imagine
also, yes, I wrote one over last summer. It wasn't great. Working on a play at the moment. It isn't great either.
but Lyndhurst isn't interested, and without him it's never going to make the small screen.
I don't think I'd be great at starting one from scratch, but I'd love to read someone else's and help them wherever they are stuck.
I read the screenplay for The Social Network and, before Trent Reznor's brillant score, Aaron Sorkin had chosen this to play over the opening credits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVmjKHkgxis
The Rock Of Ages advert played before the video.
For 30 glorious seconds I imagined The Social Network ending with Journey's 'Any Way You Want It'.
after youve written the screenplay?
asuming its a good one of course.