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Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-02-2020, 10:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 204
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Arbitration on non-original scripts

The rules were changed at some point in the last decade or so so that writers don't get "credit" for using elements that were in the original source material.

If you started with the book as your...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-02-2020, 10:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 333
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Preventing unwanted changes in rewrites

Reversion rules with television pilots are different than reversion rules with features. I believe it's pretty standard to get the rights back to your pilot automaticaly, after four years. A...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 06-30-2020, 03:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,091
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: WeScreenplay Full Coverage package

Agree. Or if you want to spend a little money, take an online screenwriting classs. (UCLA has a great program (https://www.uclaextension.edu/writing-journalism/screenwriting).) I was part of a...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-10-2020, 08:43 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,979
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Plough through or correct as you go?

I've played around with pages that didn't go anywhere, but if I break a detailed outline, I think I've always finished it.

I think there's a lesson there I refuse to learn.
Forum: Screenwriting 06-09-2020, 08:41 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,979
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Plough through or correct as you go?

I know "writing is rewriting" is accepted wisdom, but it doesn't work for me. I can't imagine anything more depressing than finishing a script and knowing most of my work is ahead of me.

With a...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-04-2020, 11:24 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,440
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Midpoint

Alright, Bono, you want a controversial opinion on midpoints? I've been thinking about them, and I think they're bullshit.

When I look at the examples given here or in books like Save the Cat,...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-03-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,440
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Midpoint

This is just designed to get me to read another spec script, right?
Forum: Screenwriting 06-01-2020, 08:56 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,440
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Midpoint

Sorry, I was more reacting to where the conversation had gone, rather than your original question.

Yeah, I might think about at a midpoint when I'm thinking about a movie... I do tend to think of...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-31-2020, 09:27 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,440
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Midpoint

I think that after a certain point - and that point comes quickly - there's little use in studying screenwriting. Read a few books, take a few classes... and then watch movies and write movies. ...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-28-2020, 12:52 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,740
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: First 10 (or 1) page

Sorry, missed this:



God no.
Forum: Screenwriting 05-28-2020, 12:27 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,740
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: First 10 (or 1) page

If I have a stack of scripts from people I don't know that I'm reading for staffing, I might not give up after page one... but I won't make it to page 10 if it isn't great. I'd guess I go two or...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-27-2020, 01:19 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,740
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: First 10 (or 1) page

Neither. I'm saying that an industry pro has a pretty good idea if a writer has an interesting voice after the first page. But even a script with a great voice better be a compelling read -...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-26-2020, 07:22 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,740
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: First 10 (or 1) page

The Dunning-Kruger effect (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning–Kruger_effect).

My advice used to be that if an amateur writer isn't getting some kind of real external validation (wins/finalists in...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-26-2020, 01:53 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 7,263
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Three Act Structure (Part 2)

Was it me?! Did I just lose a payday because of Bono?!
Forum: Screenwriting 05-26-2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,740
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: First 10 (or 1) page

Agree with sc111.

I think you have to show voice on page one, and an interesting story by page 10.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 05-20-2020, 01:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 613
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Selling spec vs. selling pitch

If you can afford to, I'd say write it - if it doesn't sell, you still own it. I've had plenty of scripts come back to life. I've had many sold pitches die out of my control.
Forum: Writing TV 05-08-2020, 11:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 468
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Single Cam vs Multi Cam sitcoms

I'm with Will - just copy any example of a recent show. There's enough variation show to show that no one is going to penalize you.
Forum: Screenwriting 05-02-2020, 05:29 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 7,263
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Three Act Structure (Part 2)

I agree that any screenwriting class that doesn't work on scene craft is a bad one, and there's nothing wrong with exercises. I guess the question is how long do you follow his method? One course...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 04-15-2020, 08:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,419
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Thought on scripts being stolen and used?

I think there are two things to keep in mind:

1. You can't work if no one reads your writing. So you need to get it out to everyone who could possibly help, not guard it.

2. The key to being...
Forum: Writing TV 03-26-2020, 12:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 632
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Amount of characters for Sitcom - Minimum / Maximum?

You're way overthinking this. There's no right answer or formula to this. When you have a great concept, use the number of characters you need to tell the story. The number of important characters...
Forum: Writing TV 03-25-2020, 07:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 632
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Amount of characters for Sitcom - Minimum / Maximum?

Not so sure about that. (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/46/The_Brady_Bunch.jpg)
Forum: Writing TV 03-25-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 632
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Amount of characters for Sitcom - Minimum / Maximum?

I think 2 is the minimum ("Odd Couple" obvious example) and there's almost no upper limit... "Soap" probably had twelve or fourteen regular actors?

(Actually, I bet you could have a sitcom with one...
Forum: Screenwriting 03-21-2020, 05:06 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 7,263
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Three Act Structure (Part 2)

Heh. Forced hiatus is no joke!
Forum: Screenwriting 03-21-2020, 01:10 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 7,263
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Three Act Structure (Part 2)

FWIW, if you write one feature in a month, you're still writing 30-40 scenes, and you're practicing all the other skills necessary to improve as a writer. I don't think the "larger story" is where...
Forum: Writing Exercises 03-21-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,325
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Scene Practice

NASCAR indeed.
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