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Out Of His League by Paul Reynolds - Comedy - A fantasy football guru is recruited to become the G.M of his city's local sad sack pro football franchise. He brings along his friend/sidekick to navigate the waters as he has to deal with media, prima donna players and other G.M.'s who feel he has no business being there. 102 pages - pdf, format
Paul, all that Final Draft really does is set margins for you. The bulk of the formatting has to be done by the writer.
For starters, put your name and script title on the title page.
Your headers relay too much information, and the wrong information
EXT. - CHICAGO COUGAR'S DEN - GAME DAY
should read: EXT. CHICAGO COUGAR'S STADIUM - DAY
EXT. -FIELD OF PLAY - 1PM
should read: INT. CHICAGO COUGAR'S STADIUM - FIELD - DAY (or CONTINUOUS)
When I first saw Chicago Cougar Den, I thought it was a bar. And 'game day' shouldn't be there. The header should, basically, say whether it's an interior or exterior shot, the location, and whether it's day or night. You don't refer to exact time; if you need the reader to know the time, you show it (not tell it) to us in the description. Have someone look at the stadium clock, or something.
Notice the hyphens in my header.
Don't tell us that this is the home of the Cougars. All of your descriptions should be written in ways that can be recorded by the camera. Showing a lot of POS for the team is a good way of doing it. Fans in jerseys and face paint will get the point across.
I strongly recommend that you read some scripts, on the boards, and learn how it's done.
thanks for the comments gentlemen, this was the first script I had written. I have been able to format my other scripts a little more professionally
What I was hoping to get on this forum was some reaction to the actual plot, pace, feel of the movie
Could someone out there please give me their thoughts on the dialogue, plot and whether it "feels" like a feature film
I read the first fifteen pages. Dialogue is good. Hank Briscoe has potential to be a great antagonist. Unfortunately I don't have time to read on. I'd highly recommend you clean this thing up, fix the errors (there's tons of them) then resubmit it. Also, do some reads/reviews as others have already suggested. For what it's worth I imagined Jeremy Piven playing the role of Hank. It worked! Sorry I can't be more help. Too busy.
I read your script. I really liked the premise and the story. But, there are a lot of formatting problems in your script but I'm learning those too. So, don't feel bad at all. You have to learn that you can't put "CUT TO" on dialogue or scenes, just like I'm learning I can't write shot selections in my scripts.
You introduce the characters at the right times and provide some good laughs. This has bona fide movie potential. It's definitely marketable if it's rewritten. I can see somebody like Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, John Cusack, or Mark Wahlberg playing the main character. Also, check out my script "Down Home Blues" in the Action/Adventure section.
I started reading it and I like it. I am a huge sports nerd, and a sucker for sports movies, so this is my style. Read 25 pages, and to be honest, haven't found anything really funny yet. The dialogue is good, and crisp and it totally reminds me of a Will Ferrell movie, which is huge, because if/when you submit it to Studios, they want to attach a star to the movie, because very rarely is a movie a hit with no stars in it. I like your style too, keep writing
Sorry Paul, I hadn't seen that you had replied to my initial post. Okay I'll point out some of the problems that I noticed.
Template title page left blank = amateur Title and author's name written on first page = amateur Game Day in first scene heading = amateur Half your sentences missing periods = amateur 1PM in your scene header and wrongly spaced hyphen = amateur Characters not CAPPED when introduced = amateur Fans in the Stand in scene header = amateur CUT TO: = generally not a good idea in a spec screenplay 4 hours later in scene header = amateur Explaining the reason for action (throwing eggs) can't be filmed = amateur
Okay this is just the very first page. Imagine everything that would come up in 100 pages. Some things you will learn by reading professional scripts and screenwriting books. Other things just scream lazy (not using periods at the end of your sentences). When you submit work here, effectively you are saying it is completed to the best of your ability and you want feedback. But if it has such glaring errors it comes across as though you haven't spent any time proofreading it yourself and as a reader I know that I will be in for a very tough read. Hope this helps.