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Hi C, Your story was fluid, easy to read and digest. AND It's pretty obvious you've had a lesson or two in screenplay formatting. But, I thought it read more like a Short Story than a Screenplay.
The rest of my comments are purely subjective so take 'em or leave 'em. You need more CONFLICT, CONFLICT, CONFLICT! I think your story is too predictable. Anna is "very nice" , too nice, with two wonderful boys. Her ex. is a "lucky" druggie", her mom, a drunk and June is the beautiful, addict bitch. Soap Opera stuff. If that's what your "Series" is? then, okay.
Watch out for Over Writing actions, ie. (The Line goes dead. Anna drops her phone and holds the ridge of her nose as she starts to cry. She collapses against the counter and lets out an ear shattering scream). A little over the top, perhaps something like, (The Line goes dead. Anna collapses.)
Your first Montage: I'd eliminate completely. Anna, the boys, and Lynne are travelling to see Margaret and Jim. If the actions add nothing important to the story, let 'em go. NOT NECESSARY.
Margaret and Jim, Tommy's parents are pissed because June wins out. They get skunked and they could use the $. That's great. Make more of it. Anna is satisfied with the small amount for the boys. I don't know. Anna is just too nice for me. She deserves more. There's so much potential conflict in a Will gone wrong. I think this is a missed opportunity.
Your last Montage seems like an attempt to pull the ending together. Too many scene changes. You may want to forego the Montage again and rewrite using scenes, action and dialogue.
Here's what I Liked: Lynne, A great character, drunks usually are. (clinging on to her former glory) Wow, I'm dying for more info here. What former glory? Alexei steals the show, of course. and finally the Peacock. Great stuff here. The tiger taking out June is minimally satisfying but an ok ending.
Finally, ask yourself, Who is the protagonist? What is her/his goal? What is at stake if she fails.? It should be critical that she succeeds. What's in her way (conflict)? Finally, who is the antagonist? If you've heard this, all before, I apologize. But the "stuff interest is made of".
I think you should rewrite and turn it into a 90 page feature.
Pretty brutal huh, remember it's just my opinion and my stuff is always getting ripped apart.
Hi Cameron, Sorry but I stopped after the first page. I'm new so if I'm wrong then I have learnt something new. Anyway my problem is, why the V.O for Tommy, where is he, is he on the phone to Anna, if so surely you have to tell us. Just asking.
JJ, really glad you got through it all, and no hard feeling with criticism as an honest opinion is always the best way forward. I'm actually pretty new to all this screenwriting jazz, having only started in January, so glad it's reading well. Got to say I owe everything to the beautiful people round this site, as I didn't have a scooby doo as to what I was doing when I started.
I'll take on board needing further advancement of characters, it can only lead to more conflict, and I think where a large part of this seems to fall down for you is lack of full depth in characters. I've since taken a look at how long a drama series is supposed to be, and I'm about 15 pages short so I guess I need to get down to expanding this bad boy.
Alexei needs to be in this earlier, I'm pretty certain of that, as during the couple of reads I did of it I just kept getting drawn to him. Anna needs to show a different side, the fact she's divorced from Tommy means there's got to be some edge there. Don't worry, the tiger and June ain't done yet, that was for part deux (if I bother with a re-write), basically I need to get more down and as I said expand. Given you'd rather have 90 pages is that what you were aiming at?
At the heart of this was actually supposed to by Anna, struggling to cope with the concept of her boys inheriting the wealth that ruined their father. Again further emphasis needs to go in here, I guess.
Anyway, thanks for the detailed feedback, much appreciated mate.