Click here for Done Deal Pro home page

Done Deal Pro Home Page

Loading

Go Back   Done Deal Pro Forums > About the Craft > Screenwriting
FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-01-2018, 02:41 AM   #1
roscoegino
Member
 
roscoegino's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Smogville
Posts: 3,472
Default Four Thoughts on Screenwriting

1. The longer my script, the smaller my story

2. One drawn out scene after another, no matter how well-written, is indicative of me trying to find my story.

3. Dramatic Impact is only as strong as what preceded it.

4. Sometimes the crust is the best part of the pizza. But no one sells crust separately.
__________________
"I ask every producer I meet if they need TV specs they say yeah. They all want a 40 inch display that's 1080p and 120Hz. So, I quit my job at the West Hollywood Best Buy."
- Screenwriting Friend
roscoegino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2018, 09:32 AM   #2
StreetWriter
New User
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 7
Default Re: Four Thoughts on Screenwriting

1. It's a lonely art.

2. Finding ways to create great dialogue while staying off the nose is a must.

3. Trying not to get a Vitamin D deficiency, due to writing all day and never leaving the house, is now part of the process.

4. I don't want to do anything else.
StreetWriter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2018, 11:34 AM   #3
Crayon
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: ME3/EN/GB/UK/EU/UN
Posts: 605
Default Re: Four Thoughts on Screenwriting

1. My concepts are all crap.

2. I'm not a real writer.

3. I'm wasting my life.

4. Should I make scene headings bold?
__________________
Know this: I'm an amateur, so trust not a word what I write.
"The ugly can be beautiful. The pretty, never." - Oscar Wilde
Crayon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2018, 03:15 PM   #4
Hamboogul
Member
 
Hamboogul's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Leavenworth Penitentiary
Posts: 2,485
Default Re: Four Thoughts on Screenwriting

1. Don't define your happiness or success by the highs and lows of screenwriting.

2. Make time for family and friends. Screenwriting isn't everything.

3. When you get paid for writing, buy something nice as a reward but not so expensive that you'll regret it later.

4. If you are writing as a hobby, enjoy the process. If it stops giving you joy, find some other pursuit (see 2).
Hamboogul is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2018, 08:05 PM   #5
Hasil Adkins
Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 507
Default Re: Four Thoughts on Screenwriting

1. Starting a line of dialogue with "Well," is almost always unnecessary. Get rid of it.

2. Write the thing that scares you the most.

3. What 'Boog said.

4. You only fail if you give up. Remember, training is like fighting a bear. You don't stop when you get tired, you stop when the bear gets tired.
__________________
==========
Hasil Adkins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2018, 09:47 PM   #6
TigerFang
Member
 
TigerFang's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: 39 6' 11.2284'' N, 84 30' 43.2576'' W
Posts: 863
Default Re: Four Thoughts on Screenwriting

1. “... there is no new thing under the sun.” — Ecclesiastes 1:9; use literary devices (do not overuse them) to their best advantage.

2. Write the story about which you are passionate instead of chasing the market.

3. If you set it up, pay it off.

4. Write The Truth.
TigerFang is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 04:41 AM   #7
dpaterso
Member
 
dpaterso's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Caledonia
Posts: 7,026
Default Re: Four Thoughts on Screenwriting

1. On page 7, just as readers are about to doze off, hit your protagonist with a giant frying pan. Or a piano.

2. Have all your characters think and talk like you, this will lend y'alls screenplay an air of realism which will resonate with readers and, eventually, the viewing audience.

3. In coffee shops, always refer to your screenplay as a speculation script, this will impress other writers who will think you're a pro and will worry they've got it wrong all this time.

4. I really like that bear analogy. Never give up, never surrender, as a wise man said.
__________________
Nobody knows anything, and I'm nobody.

Fun Halloween Ghost Town contest results posted!

Witches vs. Wizards - A Fantasy Anthology - link to my website
dpaterso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 08:55 AM   #8
Crayon
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: ME3/EN/GB/UK/EU/UN
Posts: 605
Default Re: Four Thoughts on Screenwriting

Top tip: Don't bring a **** to a bear fight.

[The word 'c o c k' was automatically asterisked.]
__________________
Know this: I'm an amateur, so trust not a word what I write.
"The ugly can be beautiful. The pretty, never." - Oscar Wilde
Crayon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 10:42 AM   #9
Mitchell McLean
User
 
Mitchell McLean's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 55
Default Re: Four Thoughts on Screenwriting

1. Show. Don't tell.

2. "There are only three kinds of scenes: a fight, a seduction, or a negotiation." -- Mike Nichols

3. "People may or may not say what they mean... but they always say something designed to get what they want." -- David Mamet

4. "The secret of being a bore... is to tell everything." -- Voltaire
Mitchell McLean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2018, 12:04 PM   #10
KitchonaSteve
Regular
 
KitchonaSteve's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Burbank, CA
Posts: 347
Default Re: Four Thoughts on Screenwriting

  1. When introducing main characters, have them talk about themselves, show them in action, have other characters talk about them.
  2. Put the promise of another scene in every scene... with the possible exception of the last scene.
  3. Write a verbal or physical reaction to every joke, punch, or laughline.
  4. Become an expert in the genre you're writing in.

.
__________________
Just my 2 cents, your mileage may vary.

-Steve Trautmann
3rd & Fairfax: The WGAW Podcast
My Online Writing Courses
KitchonaSteve is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:11 PM.


Powered by vBulletin Version 3.6.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Done Deal Pro

eXTReMe Tracker