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- (thanks to Carson at ScriptShadow) for the excellent article and rundown of what The Third Variable is and how it can add to your dialogue and story. Fortuitously, the ScriptShadow article appeared in the midst of concocting this challenge.
As usual Story is all important but dialogue is key to this challenge. Entertain us, thrill us with your witty banter, lack of on the nose dialogue, and cleverly hidden exposition. Scale the heights with your great one-liners. Make us laugh, make us cry, make us hang on your every word. Whatever you write, make it easy on the ear and eloquently memorable.
Timeline: Friday 9/11 - Theme and Genre release Friday 9/18 Scripts due 11:59 edt Sat 9/19 Noon edt scripts posted Friday 9/25 Writer's Choice votes due
Budget: Low No Covid-themed scripts. For this one, let's pretend the plague doesn't exist.
This isn't a contest - it's a challenge. There are no official prizes.
You may submit more than one script but it's better to write one GREAT script than two or three mediocre ones. You may also have a writing partner.
You can revise your script as many times as you wish up until the deadline.
Do not put your real name on your script; this is an anonymous challenge. However, please use your real name when submitting your script.
After the challenge closes you can either have your script removed or resubmit your script with your name on it.
Participants must read and comment/review in the discussion board at least five other scripts submitted.
You know, Marnie, I did deliberate over two but went with one. Could be good for the restrictions on filmmakers at the moment. Unless there's an uproar we'll stick with the one confined location. If it's a house or similar, then of course other rooms within that same location are allowed.
On another note, Mark D, and Christopher W, you both were inspiration (with your dialogue questions on the boards) for me thinking up this challenge, so I hope you'll give this one a go.
Oh, and this little story I came across:
Hereís a great anecdote from veteran screenwriter Robert Towne (Chinatown, Shampoo) about when he took acting classes with his friend Jack Nicholson: Watching Jack improvise really had an effect. His improvisations were inventive. When he was given a situation, he would not improvise on the nose. Heíd talk around the problem, and good writing is the same way: itís not explicit. Take a very banal situation ó a guy trying to seduce a girl. He talks about everything but seduction, anything from a rubber duck he had as a child to the food on the table or whatever. But you know itís all oriented toward trying to fuck this girl. Itís inventive, and it teaches you something about writing. Most scenes are rarely about what the subject matter is. You soon see the power of dealing obliquely or elliptically with situations, because most people rarely confront things head-on.
Yeah! Probably should have included Nancy Myers, but Ephron is my favourite.
So Marnie... You go ahead and write that Thriller now.
LOL...I'm more of a drama girl. Just rarely see rom/com included. I'm way, way too bitter about love anymore to squeak out a rom/com. Unless it's funny that she kills the guy at the end. Lolol. And I love Nancy Myers also. Norah is definitely the queen though.