I handle a lot of screenplays, recording scripts, game dialogue text tables, localization tables, and other text-related files. And I have a need to output to varying formats with varying goals--sometimes to reformat a screenplay to something more standard or to put text in a format that is ready to use by a game or other software. For simplicity's sake, assume that all input and output formats would be plain text. What is a good software tool to help with these format conversions? [more inside]
What is the proper series of credits given to a screenplay which was liberally adapted from a short story, but which was selected for adaptation (and premise changed) by someone other than the screenwriter? [more inside]
What formatting conventions are there for inarticulate sounds such as screams, cries, snores, etc. when writing screenplays? [more inside]
So, I finished the first draft of a TV spec script this week. I checked to see if the show even looks at spec scripts (it does) and I got a bunch of scripts off the show to study the style and length, etc. Now what?* The only writing gigs I've gotten before have either been people coming to me, self-publishing, or people with their own agents bringing me in as part of a package deal. My only experience with the slush pile is cartoon selling (and I've done well there in so far as you can). I don't have representation of my own. After the writing part of writing is done, how does the selling part go - at least for US TV? [more inside]
Are there some established practices for writing credits (cast and crew) on theater productions? In my case, I make weekly audioplays and have five to ten people helping me each week, with some people working in multiple roles. So I don't need to do too much here. But I'd like to present the project and the people that work on it professionally. And I'd like to be fair and consistent in how people are credited, avoiding angst and hurt feelings. [more inside]
Who is the youngest person to have ever written or co-written a script for a film that has been produced? [more inside]
If someone had completed a spec script that they felt was suitable for Disney / Pixar development -- which of the independent management companies or agencies should they approach for coverage or consideration? Preferably you can recommend ones that are known to routinely feed material / stories / scripts to those organizations.
Can someone help me find the Roman Holiday screenplay? [more inside]
I have no aspirations of being a screenwriter; I'd just like to write a screenplay. I've been jotting down and scrawling ideas, on and off, for the longest time. How do I connect 1 to 2a to 2b to 3? [more inside]
I am looking for the screenplay based on his novel "The Razor's Edge" that W. Somerset Maugham wrote (for free!) but which was not used for the 1946 film version of "The Razor's Edge." Any idea if it has been published?
Why do Philip K. Dick stories seem to get turned into movies at a high rate? [more inside]
What's the best how-to book for an aspiring screenwriter? [more inside]
Is simultaneous online screenplay collaboration possible? [more inside]
What fantasy elements would you like to see in a movie? [more inside]
Organize my story! [more inside]
In a feature film screenplay, how do writing collaborations work? [more inside]
Do studios provide official loglines for their movies? [more inside]
I'm looking to find and join a Cambridge/Boston writing group comprised of (other) professional / experienced writers and producers of film and television. [more inside]
Screenwriters - advice for coming up wirth effective short film scripts QUICKLY! [more inside]
For a screenplay: what are some wilderness traps one could improvise to incapacitate another person?
For a screenplay: what are some wilderness traps one could improvise to incapacitate another person? [more inside]
Screenplay question. [more inside]
I recently read an article saying that the Pixar film Toy Story "really came together" when Joss Whedon started working on the script. Does anyone know how he contributed or what he actually did to the story? [more inside]
ScreenplayFilter: What are the best screenplays that you've ever read? [more inside]
Can you think of any films that include a scene where the characters play Charades, or a similar party game? [more inside]
Screenplay filter: Legal ramifications regarding "based on a true story" or "ripped from the headlines" films. [more inside]
How To Write Technical Training Films? [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can read a copy of The Sandman film script by Roger Avary? [more inside]
Where is the best place to buy produced screenplays? 12-point courier, 8.5x11", brass-brad screenplays. Not buy to make, but buy to read and study? [more inside]
What was the cheap cool camcorder to have in 2002? [more inside]
Should I rewrite my novel before submitting it to publishers? [more inside]
Let's pretend I am not too far away from completing a feature-length screenplay on spec. I live far from LA with no connections to Hollywood, and I've got very little money squared away. Once the script itself is done, how would I most effectively pimp out my product to a studio? [more inside]
How does one find work as a script reader in Hollywood? What are other bottom-rung industry jobs for writers? [more inside]
About how much can a writer expect to make for an adult screenplay? $400? Less? More? Anyone?
Is the screenplay for Diablo Cody's "Juno" online anywhere (other than the official Fox Searchlight site)? [more inside]
I'm on a writing binge! What are the best upcoming teleplay and screenplay contests?
Can anyone point me toward the original script for Apocalypse Now? I've found transcripts of the movie online, but I'm looking for the original screenplay without Brando's wacked-out improv.
What popular movies were conceived of and/or written by the screenwriter when he or she were still in high school? [more inside]
Help me write a great treatment. [more inside]
I'm looking for films where the climax of the story takes place during a live, on-camera television interview. The only one I can think of which comes close is "The Insider." Please help! [more inside]
Is there a site for people to post their screenplays and other people can comment on them? [more inside]
Script format for :30 commercials?I've been asked by a local company to write scripts based upon concepts I've given them for :30 commercial spots to air on local cable. I know it's not a big deal, but since I'm anal about proper format in general, I was wondering what the proper formatting is for this kind of script. Plus I'm simply curious. [more inside]
Arthur Miller's "The Hook" [more inside]
I'm finishing up a first draft of a screenplay adaptation of a novel. I've contacted the company who owns the rights to the novel and they told me to send a proposal for an option to the film rights. Has anyone ever had any experience with obtaining options to film rights? [more inside]
Can someone point me towards an online version of the screenplay or at least a transcript of Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Thanksverymuch.
How can thieves profit from stolen masterpieces by using them as "collateral" for drug trafficking? How might they use the stolen works for money laundering? [more inside]
Is there a script or a screenplay for Election that isn't the Third Draft that is floating around? It could be free or for purchase -- anything that is correct. Something official would be best, but even a finalized version would be workable. [more inside]
I'm writing a screenplay -- like an action/thriller type deal. Anyhow, like every other film and TV show, it's based in New York City. What I need from you guys is a few ideas about where to set a chase scene. Some place that sounds good on paper and looks good on the screen -- and hopefully some where that hasn't been used before in a movie, or at least not a well known one.
Do any of you have any advice for buying screenwriting software? I am looking for something fairly cheap, but want to hear about your experiences with the different software products available. Are there any that just suck? Are there any quality WORD add-on programs you've had success with?
I've written a feature length screenplay. I showed it to a friend who's an editor at a publishing company in the UK. He suggested I consider doing the script as a graphic novel. Is there a resource on the web for writer's and artists to connect? Also, is there a guide to transform my movie from screenplay format to comic book format?
For unknown or novice screenplay writers, which is the best tack in trying to pitch an idea for the first time? Should a tv pilot, for example, be submitted as a simple logline and treatment, or should a cover letter, story-bible, script and character synopsis also be provided? [more inside]