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Old 07-25-2019, 10:08 AM   #1
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okay. so awesome news. spoke to the producer interested in my spec.

he found it on the black list. thought the reviews were amazing with high scores and requested it directly from me to read-- i like people who do that. he could have just downloaded it, but contacted me directly instead.

he asked about the open end-- and i pitched him two possible sequels, and he said he really liked that and thought it could add value to his financiers-- i mention that for a reason...

he loved it. thought it was cutting-edge. thought the story and characters were incredible. he loved the social media aspect where the world watches the murders as they are live streamed through the dark web.

and i really enjoyed talking to him. he got it. all of it. all the references, the style. the psychological horror of it. i felt totally comfortable and he had a great energy and passion for it already. check. check.

he even asked me if what my intentions were-- he didn't even hesitate when he asked did i want to direct? and though i'd love to, i told him i've never done it before, i haven't even shot a short-- but i want it to be the best film it can be so i'm on board with what that means.

so here's my weekend homework. i need to write a synopsis that is a couple of pages long. he wants me to give an overview of the story, talk about the characters and their motivation, the major points, but he doesn't want me to reveal to much about the twist ending.

he said that he wants to send it out to his financiers next week. his financiers are interested in this type of material and he really thinks he can get it made. he wants to send them the synopsis, then follow up with the spec. he wants to produce it and thinks he can get it made-- music to my ears.

what should i include in the synopsis? i've never written one before? i will google online as well, but can you guys give me some advice? it needs to be written in the same style as the script, right? the same tone? voice? do i write it flat out like a story? or do i do a story overview with major plot? subplot or no subplot? theme overview? character detail and motivations?

what would be too much information? what font? is it double spaced? clearly, i have no clue.

any help is appreciated. i love this feeling... you know, when someone really loves the world you created as much as you do.

today is a good day.


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okay, i forgot to mention (i was so excited) when he asked my intentions he asked about directing AND if i wanted to be a producer or just sell it outright. so, i do want to be a producer in the project. how do i do that? what does it mean? i want to see it through the entire process. can you help me understand how to do that? i know, i'm an ignorant idiot... ugh
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Old 07-25-2019, 11:42 AM   #2
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Very exciting -- did you find out anything about him? Has he made movies before? Are the money people random Russians or you don't know? Just curious how much did he gives you on what makes him legit?
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Old 07-25-2019, 12:03 PM   #3
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Very exciting -- did you find out anything about him? Has he made movies before? Are the money people random Russians or you don't know? Just curious how much did he gives you on what makes him legit?
he is legit. has four credits. one last year. one in dev and one filming now. his producing partner has 4 in dev, one shooting, three releases last year alone. don't know who the financiers are yet.
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Old 07-25-2019, 12:16 PM   #4
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May not be of much help to you, but my writing follows this pattern:

- outline (40 pages or more)
- synopsis (3-4 pages; mine are long, which is just my style)
- screenplay (105 pages)

I consciously write my synopses from my outlines, which is a story source that's simpler than the full-blown script, and thus easier to break down into the smaller chunk.

But never mind my methods: I don't know if you outlined your spec, or if so if the outline is still relevant (or too many changes made in the script stage). But to make something that's 2 pages long may be easier by parsing that, than trying to devolve the full script into 2 pages.

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Old 07-25-2019, 12:33 PM   #5
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A synopsis is simple a prose retelling of the plot.

ROBOT DIVORCE

Matt Damon wakes up. He goes to work. He finds out he's a robot. He meets a female Robot named Ben Affleck. They fall in love. But then they fight. And he wants to get a robot divorce and the whole movie is a court room drama about whether robots have rights.

I'm sure you can google a synopsis of a famous film. Or just look at most Wikipedia entries for movies for ideas...

https://www.writersdigest.com/publis...ansom-thriller
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Old 07-25-2019, 12:52 PM   #6
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First off: congrats!

Secondly: you and I wrote a VERY similar horror. Maybe mine was too dark. No idea. But, same, the murders happen in real time etc.

Producing? Be an asset, who can you call? How can you help? All that sh!t.

The ďcat nipĒ imo donít fall for it. Iíve done that with a HUGE producer and it didnít work out. Try. But donít OVER try IMO.

Synopsis. Simple. Prose. Tight. Personally, I suck at that sh!t. Itís a tough call, do you do it yourself and AVOID anyone below him getting in his ear (with negatives), or do you ask one of his people to do it and you edit it. IDK. I have mixed feelings, as I like to see how others respond to my sh!t, unless itís badly.

Nah... do it yourself and donít risk it.

Good luck!
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Old 07-25-2019, 06:16 PM   #7
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A synopsis is simple a prose retelling of the plot.

ROBOT DIVORCE

Matt Damon wakes up. He goes to work. He finds out he's a robot. He meets a female Robot named Ben Affleck. They fall in love. But then they fight. And he wants to get a robot divorce and the whole movie is a court room drama about whether robots have rights.

I'm sure you can google a synopsis of a famous film. Or just look at most Wikipedia entries for movies for ideas...

https://www.writersdigest.com/publis...ansom-thriller
thanks, Bono. Ransom is one of my favorite films. i found this one as well. in case anyone else needs it.

https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/ho...ovie-synopsis/
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Seems pretty straightforward to me. It's just an encapsulation of the major plot points of the story, in the order it happens. Basically this is part of what coverage entails, so the party can read two pages instead of 100+ and still get what happens from start to finish. Obviously there a selection process at play as you can't include everything, but it's not that hard. If you find yourself going overboard, just write it out and then edit it down to size. You can probably find examples of script coverage online that will give you some idea. Good luck!
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May not be of much help to you, but my writing follows this pattern:

- outline (40 pages or more)
- synopsis (3-4 pages; mine are long, which is just my style)
- screenplay (105 pages)

But to make something that's 2 pages long may be easier by parsing that, than trying to devolve the full script into 2 pages.

thanks for the advice, catcon, will definitely add step two to my process going forward.
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May not be of much help to you, but my writing follows this pattern:

- outline (40 pages or more)
- synopsis (3-4 pages; mine are long, which is just my style)
- screenplay (105 pages)

I consciously write my synopses from my outlines, which is a story source that's simpler than the full-blown script, and thus easier to break down into the smaller chunk.
I just noticed this. Though normally I would just let it go, I'm going to have to note something. No one on this planet should be writing a 40 page or more outline. No one. Some treatments can be long or longer in nature, of course. They can range from say six pages up to even close to 50 pages, depending on the circumstances. But no outline should be that long. In terms of length and density in the vast majority of the cases, it really goes logline, short description, beat sheet, synopsis, outline, treatment, then script. Yes, there can be exceptions here & there, but for the most part that's what I've seen for 30 plus years.

A synopsis for a script should be two to three pages. I've written four page synopsis for books; but then books are so much more dense and are in most cases around 200 to 300 pages on average in length. Some many more so, of course.

In most cases, writers do not need to be writing a synopsis unless asked. (Nothing wrong with writing one and having it ready, of course.) Do a beat sheet. Write an outline of reasonable length. And if you love writing treatments and they really help you, then do what you need to do. I wrote a "scriptment" once with a writing partner and it was 21 pages, which was overly long, especially for a comedy. But it was detailed enough to help me write a first draft. Granted the first draft was over 202 pages and I had to cut out like 90 pages ultimately, but it did help me write fairly quickly. That I will admit.

There may not be "rules" for writing, but an outline by definition presents basic "hierarchical relationships and is a type of tree structure." It should be lean & mean for the most part. If you are writing a lot then you've probably written a treatment. Otherwise, it's like saying you made a short film that's four hours long.

And a synopsis should be written from the finished script, unless a producer, studio or network asks you to write up one before they agree to the next step. (Had to do that recently for a cable network.)
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