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The Truth by Zane Steves (zanej) - Short, Gothic Horror - A young girl moves to a new town. A house haunted by it's past brings up old news that was buried. 10 pages, 5 characters, PG-13 rating - pdf, format
Too much directions and not much believability. Everything happens too quickly like how Becky and Peter are instantly partners or how Becky finds the Ghost. Also, introduce the characters in the beginning. Granted it's an OWC so I think this can be good once you have time to rewrite it and expand this a bit more.
I can see a lot of effort went into this but far too many directions that kept taking me out of the story. They are heavilly frowned upon in a spec script. The use of "we see" is also generally a no no, you see this a lot in established writer directors scripts from cameron, darabont, wachowskis, cohens etc but they can get away with writing in crayon on toilet paper cos they are cameron, darabont, wachowskis, cohens etc. I can tell that you are eager and ambitious and that is good, keep writing and get your story tighter before worrying about transitions.
Right out of the gate, I am slammed with camera directions, we sees, (never needed because we see it anyway) past tense action, padding with armies of CUT TOs. Worse, most of these things are flush right and almot never align with each other.
Turn off the continueds, especially those flush right at bottom and flush left at the top of the page.
You lost me at FLASHBACK, and for what I could gather, the FLASHBACK never ends. Just like what I see and am supposed to follow.
Too serious to be a p-take, it could only be written by someone who is cherry to writing. At least thats what this reads like. Time to visit your local Barnes & Noble, hunt for some of Syd Field's books.
Everyone has touched on the obvious issues so I wont adress them.
The story itself is not too bad.
If this is one of your first efforts, you did very well. I'm actually a bit impressed if it is. If you were to go back to my first script, you would have as much fun with it as everyone else did and for good reason. IT WAS AWFUL!
You have the basic down and you know how to tell a good story. Now work on the finer details and polish your craft.
Good job! Keep writing and I hope to see more of your work here.
Congrats on finishing the OWC. I get the feeling that you're a relatively new writer. Good work, given the short time frame that we have to work with.
A few pointers for future stories:
* You only need to capitalize a character's name once. After that, it's just written like in everyday use.
* The dashes in your dialog are awkward, and not needed. Just let it flow. If you want to have a sentence trail off, use ... That's easier on the eyes.
* A few of your characters actions were a little un-motivated. Like why did Becky go into the abandoned house and start playing with her phone?
* With Peter, you switch from GEEKY KID to PETER. Better to describe him as Peter from the beginning, rather than switch in mid-story, which could be confusing.
* Honestly, the story was rather complex, everything considered. (Which is a good thing.) But the characters are pretty one-dimensional. Better to cover less ground in a story, but dig deeper into your character's personalities. How do Peter and Becky cope with losing their parents? How has it really hit them emotionally? Stuff like that.
This one feels like a transplant from last year’s OWC. Leave the abandoned house, bring in a ghost and remove the rain. I could be wrong, but that’s just how felt. Lots of format and structure issues, but an ambitious effort. Do a lot more showing and a lot less telling. Find something small and explore that idea to its fullest. Thanks for playing OWC.
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The opening page suggests this is going to be packed full of errors so I'm going to try and let them fly and stick to what I feel about the story. You've got a ghost that's misunderstood. Not much gothic.
I had to pop my head up and read what others have said about this because I was a bit lost for words. I'll agree that you appear new to writing and if so, this is a half decent attempt. Keep working, writing and reading. All the best,
Well this kinda fit the challenge, didn't realy feel that gothic, but at least it had elements of it. I could have done without all the camera direction, really takes the reader out. The dialog is a bit clunky, sometimes a bit cringeworthy. The story itself isn't bad, and you were able to push one of these out in a week which is an accomplishment of its own. Good job on finishing the OWC.
I'm really sorry that I couldn't read this one. I'm in between a lot of work right now and I was going to step in and do another read.
Generally speaking, don't use a lot of directions unless you're going to direct it yourself. What I need to see is creativity on the page, some theme and story and just juicy stuff. With all those directions, I feel like some military dude or dudette is shouting at me.
If you rewrite this and want a read. Don't hesitate to P.M. me.
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Because this story is told from the teen characters' perspective a feature version of the script could have a good reception from a young audience. I think the basic elements of an exciting story are here but I suggest that Becky and Peter bond a little too quickly and they follow that ghost pretty trustingly, too.
For starters, Cindy (if that is your real name), never include camera angles and director's shots in a spec script. Your job, as the writer, is to tell the story. By taking out all this stuff--and the we see's this script would be about five pages long.
As I mentioned in another thread, don't describe anything with the word obviously.
We see a fifteen year old female. She is dressed in all black and is obviously GOTH.
Based on the fact that she's wearing all black, she is not necessary goth. She could be in mourning. She could be Amish. She could be considering convent life (a la Winona Ryder in Mermaids). Don't tell us she's goth; show us! Make up? Jewelry? Fucked-up hair colored with India ink?
The story had no flow to it. It was all these choppy little scenes, most of which aren't needed. You need to develop a flow between scenes. Transition points.
The story was unbelievable. Girl moves into a new town. While walking at night, she finds an abandoned but fully furnished house that she casually enters. She finds a ghost. The next day, she meets with the son of the ghost. They visit the house and are led by the ghost to surveillance equipment that still works (the electricity is still running?).
Maybe if this was feature length and you had the time and the page count to have the girl find all these things, instead of just handing it to her, the story might work. This script, as it is, is just a bunch of raw ideas and plot points.
I recommend that you read some script to learn about storytelling. Don't use the OWC scripts for this as they were written under time constraints.
Ummm...not sure what to say here. If you're a SS vet writing a pisstake, all I can say is well done. Haha, awesome actually. This script wins the prize for most Fade Ins, Fade Outs, Cut To:s, POVs, CLOSE ONs and Flashbacks in a single short. This thing is a piece of work.
But, if you're just getting started, heed the words of all those who posted above. You really, really need to learn format first.