Category Archives: Screenplay Notes

DECEMBER 2018 SCREENPLAYS – 37 IN TOTAL!

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STORYFEATURE Screenplay: WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST by Tara C. Hall
December 2018

STORYFEATURE Screenplay: THE MEMPHIS MAFIA by Jason B. Williams
December 2018

STORYTV SPEC Screenplay: THE GOLDBERGS by Elizabeth Shum
December 2018

STORYTV SPEC Screenplay: GIRLS by Anna Milun Walsh
December 2018

STORYFAN FICTION Screenplay: (Superman) UP AND AWAY by Jessi Thind
December 2018

STORYTV BEST SCENE Screenplay: SQUAD by Louric Rankine
December 2018

STORYTV BEST SCENE Screenplay: WATERLOO by Chuck Griffith
December 2018

STORYTV BEST SCENE Screenplay: RUN RUN RUN: THE LIVES OF ABBIE HOFFMAN by Michael J. Shapiro
December 2018

STORYTV BEST SCENE Screenplay: MIND FORCE by James Zeankowski
December 2018

STORYACTION TV BEST Screenplay: EXPATRIATES by Frank Baruch
December 2018

STORYLGBT SHORT Screenplay: CAIROS by Zach Paul Brown
December 2018

STORY1pg. SHORT Screenplay: THE CLICHE by Eileen Wilson
December 2018

STORYANIMATION SHORT Screenplay: A STITCH IN TIME by Rita Pomade
December 2018

STORYTHRILLER SHORT Screenplay: STATESIDE by Matthew Bernal
December 2018

STORYTHRILLER SHORT Screenplay: JIMMY by Michael Aliotti
December 2018

STORYDIVERSITY SHORT Screenplay: NORTH STAR by PJ Palmer
December 2018

STORYSHORT Screenplay: BINGO: THE LAST TRUE BLOOD SPORT by Joe Starzyk
December 2018

STORYDRAMA SHORT Screenplay: NOW YOU SEE ME by Kevin W. Brooks
December 2018

STORYTV 1st Scene Screenplay: CASE UNSOLVED by CJ Arellano
December 2018

STORYACTION 1st Scene Screenplay: BACKWATER by Daniel Katz
December 2018

STORYROMANCE 1st Scene Screenplay: AND THEN THIS HAPPENED by Steve Feld
December 2018

STORYFEMALE 1st Scene Screenplay: ALICE THROUGH THE MICROSCOPE by Helen Marsh
December 2018

STORYDRAMA 1st Scene Screenplay: LOST MEMORIES by Bernard Riedhammer
December 2018

STORYLGBT BEST scene Screenplay: VIN & JILL by Gracious Vallarious
December 2018

STORYBEST scene Screenplay: THE NIGHT WITCHES by Steven Prowse
December 2018

STORYBEST scene Screenplay: HOMEFRONT by Alexander Stathis
December 2018

STORYBEST scene Screenplay: THIS OLD HOUSE by Cody Baron
December 2018

STORYBEST scene Screenplay: THE WAITING ROOM by Joel Stern
December 2018

STORYROMANCE BEST scene Screenplay: SALACIOUS by Mona Fuller
December 2018

STORYDRAMA BEST scene Screenplay: RUN N GUN by Erik V. Wolter
December 2018

STORYBEST scene Screenplay: JONNY QUEST by Alan Rosenfeld
December 2018

STORYFAMILY BEST scene Screenplay: FAMILY TREE by Andrea N. Carr
December 2018

STORYBEST scene Screenplay: BROTHER PROOF by Michael Geoffrey
December 2018

STORYBEST scene Screenplay: BOUDOIR CELL by Mark Curtis Dunn
December 2018

STORYBEST scene Screenplay: BROOKLYN WALLS by Kevin W. Brooks
December 2018

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Writing your CHARACTER in your Screenplay. Tips

Screenplay writing is all about three major components – PLOT, THEME and CHARACTER. The following are notes on writing for CHARACTER and getting the best out of your script.

What makes a good character?
1) DRAMATIC NEED – What does he/she want, is going to get or going to achieve?
2) POINT OF VIEW – Ways the character views the world3) ATTITUDE – Manner of opinion
4) CHANGE – Characters must change

FILM IS BEHAVIOR

The purpose of dialogue in screenplay writing
-Moves story forward
-Communicates facts and information to the reader
-Reveals character
-Establishes character relationships
-Makes your chracters real, natural and spontaneous
-Reveals the conflicts of the story and characters
-Reveals the emotional states of your characters
-Comments on the action

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“I find that when I am working on a screenplay I become like an antenna and suddenly, somewhat like a paranoid-schizophrenic, everything relates to my screenplay: a mentioned recipe, a joke somebody tells, a billboard that I see. It all becomes grist for whatever screenplay I’m working on.”
– WESLEY STRICK, Screenwriter (Cape Fear, Wolf, True Believers, Arachnophobia

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The CHARACTERS’ EMOTIONS define them as who they are; how they respond to things

EMOTIONS FALL INTO FOUR CATEGORIES
Mad, sad, glad, scared

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THE MAIN CHARACTER NEEDS A GOAL

CHARACTERS – need motivation – action – goals – a direction
If you don’t know why a character is doing something, then it’s tough for the AUDIENCE to get involved in the story and tough for you to sell and produce your screenplay.

IN ORDER FOR A GOAL TO FUNCTION WELL, IT HAS TO HAVE THREE MAIN REQUIREMENTS
1) Something must be at stake that convinces the audience that a great deal will be lost if the main character doesn’t obtain the goal. Essential to the character’s well-being.
2) Opponent – attaining the goal is not easy because someone else is intent on making sure the protagonist (main character, usually) doesn’t achieve it.
3) Goal difficult to achieve so that the character changes while moving towards it. TRANSFORMATION – It will make demands of him. Character allows those changes to happen.

CONFLICTS

Characters FIGHT, SCRAP, ARGUE, PERSAUDE and try to force their point of view, their decisions, their actions on people who don’t see things the same way.

INNER CONFLICT – Characters are unsure of themselves, or their actions, or even what they want. Can express through voice-over, and through talking with someone else.

SOCIETAL CONFLICT – Character is against a GROUP of people who represent society (political group, team, town leaders).

SITUATIONAL CONFLICT – Something happens suddenly. How to handle it – panic, become a leader. Could be a personal situation.

COSMIC CONFLICT – The character VS the supernatural force

Conflict is always used. It expresses power plays, disagreements, different points of view, different attitudes and philosophies and different overall objectives

Characters have attitudes about life. They take a stand about things.

ACTION is divided into two parts, the decision to act and the act itself

It is the job of the main character to drive the story forward with her actions.

She can SEARCH, INVESTIGATE, UNCOVER, OUTWIT, PLAN STATEGY, TRANSFORM OTHERS AND THEMSELVES, CREATE NEW ENVIRONMENTS, MANIPULATE, AVENGE THE RIGHT AND WRONG

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“I think the first thing you should do before writing a screenplay is to sit down and write a biography of that person.”
– LAWRENCE KONNER, Screenwriter (Jewel Of The Nile, Star Trek VI, Beverly Hillbillies)

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“One of the big things you have to learn is who to listen to and when; and you can’t listen to everybody.”
– AMY HOLDEN JONES, Sceenwriter (Indecent Proposal, Mystic Pizza)

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