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Posted 57 minutes ago by: Dave Trottier in Lessons from the Experts
Two days after putting the finishing touches on the new 7th Edition of The Screenwriters Bible, I viewed Toy Story 4 for the first time. I loved the film, but it was too late to add my thoughts about its contributions to the latest edition of my book. Thus, this brief reflection on the movie’s meaning. I connected with the thematic idea of expanding one’s purpose in life, accepting the larger world, and deepening relationships. Did you feel that, too? And you may have noticed that throughout the action of the story, at least four characters (Woody, Bo Peep, Forky, and...

Two days after putting the finishing touches on the new 7th Edition of The Screenwriters Bible, I viewed Toy Story 4 for the first time.  I loved the film, but it was too late to add my thoughts about its contributions to the latest edition of my book.  Thus, this brief reflection on the movie’s meaning.

I connected with the thematic idea of expanding one’s purpose in life, accepting the larger world, and deepening relationships.  Did you feel that, too?  And you may have noticed that throughout the action of the story, at least four characters (Woody, Bo Peep, Forky, and Gabby Gabby) take risks doing things for others and end up finding a new or (in Woody’s case) an old friend that results in even greater happiness. Yes, this is about growing up. 

Your screenplay will communicate meaning if you present a character your reader can become emotionally involved with; and then show that character overcome a flaw to strengthen or secure a relationship.  In Woody’s case, he stops defining his relationships in terms of the children who play with him, and builds a strong friendship with a fellow toy (Bo Peep) through facing opposition together to save poor Forky, the amazing talking plastic spork. 

You’ll recall that in the movie’s opening, Woody gives up his relationship with Bo Peep because Andy (a human child) needs him.  Now, at the end, we wonder if he will leave Bo Peep again. 

Gabby Gabby undergoes major surgery (a voice box transplant) so that a child will accept her.  She is rejected by the child.  But she overcomes that setback by taking a risk with the lost crying girl on the carnival grounds.  To a toy, the stakes are high putting yourself “out there” like that.  You feel something when you care about a character who makes effort, takes action for another person or a cause.  That “something” is meaning.

As you know, many movies present a shapeshifter, a “good guy” who betrays our hero late in the second act. Ouch!  Toy Story 4 gives that tactic a creative twist.  Gabby Gabby and her four dummies are pretty scary and quite threatening to our heroes throughout most of the movie.  But Gabby Gabby is a shapeshifter; in her case, she’s an apparent “bad guy” who transforms into a “good guy.”  That only becomes evident, however, because Woody takes a chance and trusts her with his voice box.  And that’s meaning

For more about meaning and screenwriting, consider the NEW Screenwriter’s Bible 7.   Details here: https://www.keepwriting.com/tsc/swbible.htm 

Posted 1 day ago by: Yolanda Clay in I'm new in town!
I just wanted to say "Hi" and I look forward to reading everyone's scripts! Yolanda

I just wanted to say "Hi" and I look forward to reading everyone's scripts!

Yolanda

Posted 19 days ago by: Ted Cabarga in The Screenwriters' Lounge
Just watched a 2007 flick "Next" starring Nick Cage. Everything possible is wrong with this film. But it serves to illustrate a basic rule which is constantly violated. I"m sure the three scriptwriters who worked on this film know better, but it's just the jaded and cynical methods of mainstream Hollywood that led these writers to patch together this mess, perhaps to fulfill a commitment, no matter how ill-begot and ultimately ill-wrought, to get it into the can and out of their hair. It's a sci fi thing which is based on the main character's ability to see two minutes...

Just watched a 2007 flick "Next" starring Nick Cage. Everything possible is wrong with this film. But it serves to illustrate a basic rule which is constantly violated. I"m sure the three scriptwriters who worked on this film know better, but it's just the jaded and cynical methods of mainstream Hollywood that led these writers to patch together this mess, perhaps to fulfill a commitment, no matter how ill-begot and ultimately ill-wrought, to get it into the can and out of their hair.  It's a sci fi thing which is based on the main character's ability to see two minutes into the future. But that trope apparently was too confining as the flick wore on, so they committed the common sin of violating their own rules of reality and by so doing, produced a dull, meaningless and chaotic movie. The moral? Set the rules for your fantasy world and stick to them.

Posted 25 days ago by: Justine Owens in The Screenwriters' Lounge
OUR REGULAR DEADLINE IS ENDING SOON Enter your Feature screenplay, 1-Hour or ½-Hour TV Pilot scripts by the 31st of JULY Midnight PST. https://www.shorescripts.com/ With 125 Producers, Managers and Agents, plus 69 Directors signed up to read this year's best scripts, there is no better time to kick-start your screenwriting career with Shore Scripts. REASONS TO ENTER. JUDGES: 35 Oscar, Golden Globe, EMMY & BAFTA Winning Judges will read the final round of submissions. SUCCESS STORIES: Shore Scripts has helped 60+ writers gain representation, option, sell, and even have their screenplays produced. SCRIPT SCORE: You will be able to view your script score which...

OUR REGULAR DEADLINE IS ENDING SOON

Enter your Feature screenplay, 1-Hour or ½-Hour TV Pilot scripts by the 31st of JULY Midnight PST. https://www.shorescripts.com/

With 125 Producers, Managers and Agents, plus 69 Directors signed up to read this year's best scripts, there is no better time to kick-start your screenwriting career with Shore Scripts.

REASONS TO ENTER. 

JUDGES: 35 Oscar, Golden Globe, EMMY & BAFTA Winning Judges will read the final round of submissions. 

SUCCESS STORIES: Shore Scripts has helped 60+ writers gain representation, option, sell, and even have their screenplays produced.

SCRIPT SCORE: You will be able to view your script score which will be released once the Quarter-Finalists are announced.

Plus, every writer who submits their script will receive a Free 20-page booklet on How to Get Your Screenplay Produced. 

For all the details, go to https://www.shorescripts.com/

Posted July 12, 2019 8:13 PM by: Fred Tabsharani in I'm new in town!
Just joined the Talentville neighborhood.

Just joined the Talentville neighborhood. 

Posted June 21, 2019 11:19 AM by: Michael Droberg in The Screenwriters' Lounge
Does anybody have a PDF of this screenplay? I cannot find it anywhere... Got it, thx!

Does anybody have a PDF of this screenplay?  I cannot find it anywhere...

Got it, thx!

Posted May 5, 2019 4:26 AM by: Dan O'Dwyer in I'm new in town!
HI Dat, LibreOffice have a screenwriting template you can download but having tried it, it feels cumbersome and clunky. LibreOffice can save your files in PDF format. Just select FILE and EXPORT AS PDF. If you're really stuck for free screenwriting software, you should try the software DRAMA QUEEN. Though the site is German you can download a free English copy for 30 days. Once the 30 days is up, you have a choice of buying the PRO or PLUS versions, or just continuing to use the FREE version (which is perfectly adequate for most writers). Hope this helps, Dan

HI Dat,

LibreOffice have a screenwriting template you can download but having tried it, it feels cumbersome and clunky. 

LibreOffice can save your files in PDF format. Just select FILE and EXPORT AS PDF.

If you're really stuck for free screenwriting software, you should try the software DRAMA QUEEN. Though the site is German you can download a free English copy for 30 days. Once the 30 days is up, you have a choice of buying the PRO or PLUS versions, or just continuing to use the FREE version (which is perfectly adequate for most writers).

Hope this helps,

Dan

Posted April 29, 2019 8:12 AM by: Justine Owens in The Screenwriters' Lounge
It's the FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES for our 2019 Short Film Fund Competition! Don't miss out - Shore Scripts Short Film Fund offers writers the opportunity to become a produced screenwriter. Shore will be commissioning at least one short film script with a budget up to $15,000. https://www.shorescripts.com/shortfilmfund/ Screenplay submissions close Midnight 2nd May PT. REASONS TO ENTER. JUDGES: The produced Short Film(s) will be sent to 36 OSCAR, BAFTA, EMMY & GOLDEN GLOBE winning Judges. DEVELOPMENT: The Top 5 Finalists will receive an exclusive feedback report from our judges with suggestions on how the writer can further develop their project. INDUSTRY ROSTER: The...

 

It's the FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES for our 2019 Short Film Fund Competition!

Don't miss out - Shore Scripts Short Film Fund offers writers the opportunity to become a produced screenwriter. Shore will be commissioning at least one short film script with a budget up to $15,000. https://www.shorescripts.com/shortfilmfund/

Screenplay submissions close Midnight 2nd May PT.

REASONS TO ENTER.

JUDGES: The produced Short Film(s) will be sent to 36 OSCAR, BAFTA, EMMY & GOLDEN GLOBE winning Judges.

DEVELOPMENT: The Top 5 Finalists will receive an exclusive feedback report from our judges with suggestions on how the writer can further develop their project.

INDUSTRY ROSTER: The Top 15 Finalists will have their scripts sent to our complete roster of 150+ directors, production companies, agents, and managers.

SUCCESS STORIES: We have also helped 60+ writers gain representation, option, sell, and even have their screenplays produced.

SCRIPT SCORE: You will be able to view your script score. This will be released once we announce our Finalists.

For all the details, go to https://www.shorescripts.com/shortfilmfund/

Posted March 27, 2019 5:58 AM by: Justine Owens in The Screenwriters' Lounge
Our SHORT FILM FUND REGULAR DEADLINE CLOSES 31st March! ENTER NOW https://www.shorescripts.com/shortfilmfund/ The Shore Scripts Short Film Fund offers an opportunity for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers to have their short film financed and produced. 2019’s Fund will award production financing for at least one short film with an allocated budget of up to $15,000 per project. PREVIOUS COMMISSIONED FILMS 2018 - BEST SELLER - NORA KIRKPATRICK & DENNIS MCNICHOLAS 2017 - THE NAKED MAN - BEN GUTTERIDGE 2017 - THE ORGY - SAM BARON 2016 - SALAM - CLAIRE FOWLER REASONS TO ENTER. JUDGES: The produced Short Film(s) will be sent to 34 OSCAR, BAFTA, EMMY & GOLDEN GLOBE-winning...

Our SHORT FILM FUND REGULAR DEADLINE CLOSES 31st March!

ENTER NOW https://www.shorescripts.com/shortfilmfund/

The Shore Scripts Short Film Fund offers an opportunity for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers to have their short film financed and produced. 2019’s Fund will award production financing for at least one short film with an allocated budget of up to $15,000 per project.

PREVIOUS COMMISSIONED FILMS

2018 - BEST SELLER - NORA KIRKPATRICK & DENNIS MCNICHOLAS

2017 - THE NAKED MAN - BEN GUTTERIDGE

2017 - THE ORGY - SAM BARON

2016 - SALAM - CLAIRE FOWLER

REASONS TO ENTER.

JUDGES: The produced Short Film(s) will be sent to 34 OSCAR, BAFTA, EMMY & GOLDEN GLOBE-winning Judges. Plus, our Top 5 Finalists will also receive an exclusive feedback report from one of our Short Judges on how to best develop their project.

INDUSTRY ROSTER: The produced Short Film(s) will be sent to our complete roster of 150+ production companies, agents, managers, and directors.

SUCCESS STORIES: We have also helped 60+ writers gain representation, option, sell, and even have their screenplays produced. Our previous Fund winners have had their films screened at Tribeca, BFI London Film Festival, Austin, Edinburgh, Encounters, and LSFF.

TOP 15 FINALISTS will have their scripts sent out to our short judges, industry & directors roster.

SCRIPT SCORE: Each script is read twice in each round. Plus, you will be able to view your script score.

For all the details, go to https://www.shorescripts.com/shortfilmfund/

Posted February 12, 2019 11:31 AM by: Dan O'Dwyer in I'm new in town!
Billie, Now I get it. Though I think that heading should be called 'Reviewer Rating' to avoid confusion. Thanks for your help. By the way, I just saw your profile. Wow! .... RESPECT!! If ever you're in Ireland, give me a shout. We can chat over a Guinness. Dan

Billie, Now I get it. Though I think that heading should be called 'Reviewer Rating' to avoid confusion.

Thanks for your help. By the way, I just saw your profile.

Wow! .... RESPECT!!

If ever you're in Ireland, give me a shout. We can chat over a Guinness.

Dan

 

Posted January 15, 2019 5:14 AM by: Justine Owens in The Screenwriters' Lounge
OUR FOCUS IS TO DISCOVER THE BEST NEW SCREENWRITING TALENT FROM AROUND THE WORLD. The Shore Scripts Short Film Fund offers an opportunity for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers to have their short film financed and produced. 2019’s Fund will award production financing for at least one short film with an allocated budget of up to $15,000 per project, with a minimum budget of $10,000. Plus, our sponsor ARRI Rental will provide free production equipment rental for the duration of the production. The Fund welcomes submissions from screenwriters and filmmakers from around the world. We accept short scripts, animations, and proof of...

 OUR FOCUS IS TO DISCOVER THE BEST NEW SCREENWRITING TALENT FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

 

The Shore Scripts Short Film Fund offers an opportunity for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers to have their short film financed and produced.

2019’s Fund will award production financing for at least one short film with an allocated budget of up to $15,000 per project, with a minimum budget of $10,000. Plus, our sponsor ARRI Rental will provide free production equipment rental for the duration of the production.

The Fund welcomes submissions from screenwriters and filmmakers from around the world. We accept short scripts, animations, and proof of concept shorts for TV pilots and features. Screenplays must be in English and cannot exceed 30 Pages. The production can be filmed in any country.

We can offer end-to-end support from script development to post-production services and promotion.

Our previous Fund winners have had their films screened at Tribeca, BFI London Film Festival, Austin, Edinburgh, Encounters, and LSFF.

Awards & Prizes

- Our Grand Prize winner(s) will receive a production budget of up to $15,000, with a minimum of $10,000. The resulting short film will be sent to our Judges, Industry and Directors Roster. That’s over a 150 of the best people working in the industry who will see your work.

- ARRI Rental will provide free camera rental equipment for the duration of the shoot.

- Top 15 Finalists will have their scripts sent out to our Short Judges, Industry and Directors Roster.

- Top 5 Finalists will also receive an exclusive feedback report from one of our Short Judges on how to best develop their project.

Plus, our Grand Prize Winner will receive:

-           a Free 1-Year Subscription to WriterDuet Pro

-           a Free copy of Final Draft

-           a Free InkTip script listing and an InkTip Magazine listing

-           and a Free 6-month membership to the International Screenwriters’ Association

TO ENTER, RULES, FAQ’s & MORE INFO CAN BE SEEN HERE:

https://www.shorescripts.com/shortfilmfund/

Posted January 6, 2019 4:04 AM by: Dianne Barnes in The Suggestion Box
Paul, take the advice Jay mentioned in his reply. It's probably the best you'll get: upload each separately if you wish, but purchase reviews only for the pilot episode, use the feedback to consider what you might want to change. In that regard, it might be good to simply upload the one episode you want to get reviewed (the pilot episode most likely), rather than all of them in case you want to revise the others before uploading.

Paul, take the advice Jay mentioned in his reply.  It's probably the best you'll get:  upload each separately if you wish, but purchase reviews only for the pilot episode, use the feedback to consider what you might want to change.  In that regard, it might be good to simply upload the one episode you want to get reviewed (the pilot episode most likely), rather than all of them in case you want to revise the others before uploading.

Posted January 5, 2019 4:47 PM by: Mark Keigley in I'm new in town!
For myself (not speaking for TVille or its policies) , if I WAS reading a screen play with series potential I would say put your best foot forward in your pilot. If an executive isn't sold on your pilot, I would think he isn't going to be interested in the rest of your series. Now that's just me. I tend to do written pitches for my series pilots to executives.

For myself (not speaking for TVille or its policies) , if I WAS reading a screen play with series potential I would say put your best foot forward in your pilot. If an executive isn't sold on your pilot, I would think he isn't going to be interested in the rest of your series. Now that's just me. I tend to do written pitches for my series pilots to executives.

Posted December 2, 2018 12:46 AM by: Justine Owens in The Screenwriters' Lounge
2018 Shore Scripts Contest Winners & Prizes! Our Judges have spoken! We’ve just announced the order of 2018’s Winners in our Feature, TV Pilot & Short categories. We’d like to say a big Thank You to our Winners, Finalists, and all those who entered. Watch this space for our upcoming success stories. 2019’s Short Film Fund will reopen from the 15th of January. Our Feature & TV Pilot contests reopen from 1st of March 2019. READ OUR FULL LIST OF WINNERS HERE! https://www.shorescripts.com/2018-screenplay-contest-results/

2018 Shore Scripts Contest Winners & Prizes!

Our Judges have spoken! We’ve just announced the order of 2018’s Winners in our Feature, TV Pilot & Short categories.

We’d like to say a big Thank You to our Winners, Finalists, and all those who entered. Watch this space for our upcoming success stories.

2019’s Short Film Fund will reopen from the 15th of January. Our Feature & TV Pilot contests reopen from 1st of March 2019.

READ OUR FULL LIST OF WINNERS HERE! https://www.shorescripts.com/2018-screenplay-contest-results/

Posted November 20, 2018 3:22 PM by: Mark Keigley in The Screenwriters' Lounge
along these lines, I'm trying out Write vault, reccomended by inktip (price is 10 for 10 years for each work) https://writevault.com/

along these lines, I'm trying out Write vault, reccomended by inktip (price is 10 for 10 years for each work) https://writevault.com/

Posted November 12, 2018 7:01 AM by: Justine Owens in The Screenwriters' Lounge
We are extremely proud to announce 2018's WINNERS. These winning scripts are now being sent to our Judges. Their feedback will determine the order of our winners, which will be announced on 30th November. This year has seen spectacular success for our screenwriters. Our winning writers have received writing commissions, sold, and had their scripts produced. And with the support of Shore Scripts, had their work screened at numerous international festivals and on original content streaming platforms, such as Hulu. READ OUR FULL LIST OF WINNERS HERE! https://www.shorescripts.com/2018-screenplay-contest-results/ We will be getting in touch with our winning writers in the upcoming weeks regarding...

We are extremely proud to announce 2018's WINNERS. These winning scripts are now being sent to our Judges. Their feedback will determine the order of our winners, which will be announced on 30th November.

This year has seen spectacular success for our screenwriters. Our winning writers have received writing commissions, sold, and had their scripts produced. And with the support of Shore Scripts, had their work screened at numerous international festivals and on original content streaming platforms, such as Hulu.

READ OUR FULL LIST OF WINNERS HERE! https://www.shorescripts.com/2018-screenplay-contest-results/

We will be getting in touch with our winning writers in the upcoming weeks regarding sending their work out to relevant companies on our Industry & Directors’ Roster.

A BIG THANK YOU to all the writers who entered this year’s competition. Keep writing and keep up with all the updates at https://shorescripts.com/signup

Posted October 26, 2018 3:15 AM by: Justine Owens in The Screenwriters' Lounge
We are proud to announce 2018’s Feature/TV Pilot and Short Screenplay Quarter-Finalists. Congratulations to those who progressed and a BIG THANK YOU to all the writers who entered this year’s contests. You can read our full list of Quarter-Finalists HERE: https://www.shorescripts.com/2018-screenplay-contest-results/ This year, we received a record number of submissions in each of our four categories, making the task of narrowing it down to find our Quarter-Finalists an extremely difficult one. Our team and industry readers have spent the last two months evaluating entries in every genre from writers across 20 countries. Our Semi-Finalists will be announced on the 6th of November. 2019’s contest...

We are proud to announce 2018’s Feature/TV Pilot and Short Screenplay Quarter-Finalists.

Congratulations to those who progressed and a BIG THANK YOU to all the writers who entered this year’s contests.

You can read our full list of Quarter-Finalists HERE: https://www.shorescripts.com/2018-screenplay-contest-results/

This year, we received a record number of submissions in each of our four categories, making the task of narrowing it down to find our Quarter-Finalists an extremely difficult one. Our team and industry readers have spent the last two months evaluating entries in every genre from writers across 20 countries.

Our Semi-Finalists will be announced on the 6th of November.

 

2019’s contest will be open for submissions from 1st March 2019.

Posted October 24, 2018 3:30 PM by: R.B. Wilson in So, what do you guys think?
Posted October 5, 2018 12:24 AM by: Allen Gregg in The Suggestion Box
Ben, In case others happen to be experiencing the same thing (not seeing the 'Member & Guest Read Access' option), it's most likely a browser add-on. In my case, a Firefox add-on called Adblock Plus. When Adblock Plus is enabled (which it always is on my browser), the 'Member & Guest Read Access' option is not visible. As soon as Adblock Plus is disabled, and the page refreshed, the 'Member & Guest Read Access' option becomes visible. None of the other eleven options/tabs seem to be affected. I wish I had thought about that earlier. Anyway, thanks for the reply. Allen

Ben,

In case others happen to be experiencing the same thing (not seeing the 'Member & Guest Read Access' option), it's most likely a browser add-on.  In my case, a Firefox add-on called Adblock Plus.

When Adblock Plus is enabled (which it always is on my browser), the 'Member & Guest Read Access' option is not visible. 

As soon as Adblock Plus is disabled, and the page refreshed, the 'Member & Guest Read Access' option becomes visible.

None of the other eleven options/tabs seem to be affected.

I wish I had thought about that earlier.  Anyway, thanks for the reply.

Allen

Posted October 4, 2018 6:36 PM by: Ben Cahan in The Screenwriters' Lounge
Richard, if you dwant feedback on your loglines, you can post them at the Bar & Grill or you can also post them in your news feed on the home page, and then welcome others to give you their opinions. Ben Cahan

Richard, if you dwant feedback on your loglines, you can post them at the Bar & Grill or you can also post them in your news feed on the home page, and then welcome others to give you their opinions.

Ben Cahan