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Ways To Help People in Need with Writing or Film Skills?

St. Louis friend trained as a writer and filmmaker wants to use his skills to help people in need/suffering. Does anyone in the area (the city, or St. Louis County) know of any volunteering options for him? He already has an office job, but career suggestions would be welcome, though I think volunteering is more of an immediate interest. National and local organizations anyone knows of in the area are welcome. Thanks!
posted by Locative on Nov 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Please don't ask me

How do I kindly decline my struggling-writer friends' numerous requests that I submit their screenplays to my agent, without causing any bad feelings or strife? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2013 - 45 answers

Separating people from other people

Hey AskMetafilter - calling on all writers for help. I write screenplays, and I think my greatest weakness is that I have trouble developing clear, consistent characters in my work. I seem to constantly make characters do things that don't fit their personalities - which creates a lot of confusion for my readers. I need help figuring out how to create well-defined characters who are consistent throughout the text. [more inside]
posted by sidi hamet on Jun 7, 2013 - 26 answers

Rom coms where the love interest is introduced later?

The standard format for a romantic comedy has both key characters introduced very early in the script/movie -- say, in the first ten pages/minutes. I'm looking for examples of romantic comedies where one of the romantic leads is introduced later in the movie. [more inside]
posted by allnamesaretaken on Jan 22, 2013 - 38 answers

Indy Ploy

Want to find a quote I heard recently about writing good characters. The idea was that a character should be really good at something, but constantly put upon, so that nothing goes their way. Indiana Jones was held up as being a perfect example. [more inside]
posted by mumblingmynah on Jun 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Screenwriting for fun and not profit.

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]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Jun 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Looking for a new manual typewriter that will last...

I want to buy a manual typewriter, that I will not have trouble finding paper/ink/ribbons for... [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Jul 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Is simultaneous online screenplay collaboration possible?

Is simultaneous online screenplay collaboration possible? [more inside]
posted by Jonathan Harford on Jan 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me find ideas for a fantasy or sci-fi movie

What fantasy elements would you like to see in a movie? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2010 - 37 answers

Organize my story!

Organize my story! [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jul 28, 2010 - 17 answers

Writing a love story

What are some tips for writing a really convincing love story? [more inside]
posted by thelastenglishmajor on Feb 27, 2010 - 30 answers

Help her tell her story

What is a good screenwriting class in NYC? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Dec 17, 2009 - 3 answers

Alien vs Hunter gets made but my friend's script doesn't?

Help me understand the writing industry, specifically as it relates to Hollywood, etc. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Jun 5, 2009 - 19 answers

"Based on a story by my pal Shecky"

How often are the stories of a comic, novel, play, TV series, movie, or song conceived by the writer's friend, relative, acquaintance, neighbor, mailman, dog, etc? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on May 28, 2009 - 14 answers

Metafilm

How does one, in scriptwriting, correctly describe sequences in which a movie is shown (at length)? In other words - a movie inside of a movie.
posted by matkline on Feb 11, 2008 - 6 answers

Films conceived by High Schoolers

What popular movies were conceived of and/or written by the screenwriter when he or she were still in high school? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Jan 14, 2008 - 17 answers

Long-Distance Brainstorming

Help me orchestrate long-distance brainstorming sessions for writing a TV series, at little or no cost. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Oct 22, 2007 - 7 answers

Screenplay in three weeks - am I crazy?

So, I promised myself that this year I would write a feature-length screenplay and enter it for the Nicholl Fellowships. The deadline is May 1. I haven't started yet. Still doable? [more inside]
posted by different on Apr 11, 2007 - 22 answers

TV Writing Group Help

what is the best way to form a TV writing group? [more inside]
posted by tristanshout on Nov 11, 2006 - 6 answers

Take one step to the left, then two to the right.

In modern screenplays written for movies and television is it acceptable to include a fair share of Direction? I understand it used to be more common but has fallen out of vogue. (more) [more inside]
posted by dhoyt on Jan 17, 2004 - 7 answers

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