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Don
Posted: January 20th, 2006, 8:21pm Report to Moderator
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Addy Longhair by Garry Skerrett - Drama -  Disturbed 12 year old runs away from terrible home life to join original Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show touring the north of England  - doc, format


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I would love to get a feed back from anyone regarding this script.
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Sorry it's taken so long to get to this Garry.  Hopefully, you're still on the boards.

I found the premise of the story to be very unique.  A wild west road show in England has a lot of room to play with.  I hope to finish it soon, but I do have some things to point out.

For starters, you've written more a shooting script, rather than a spec script.  Leave out all the CUT TOs.  For that matter, most of the scene headers are not necessary.  Use them only when you're cutting to a different part of the story.  You don't need a new header each a character enters a new room.

A big I problem I had was that your story has no flow to it.  Each scene end abruptly and then the next one starts.  You need to work on your transitions.  Things need to flow.

Another problem I found is that you describe things that cannot be recorded by the camera.  If the camera can't shoot it, you shouldn't write it.  Examples of this include:

PAGE 20:  HETTIE just looks tearful she has seen this stick before.

PAGE 19:  Probably for the first time in DAN's life he is frightened.  

PAGE 10:  In fact, DAN is generally a very angry man.

If you want to portray a certain feeling, the character has to act it out.  Saying he's always angry just isn't enough.

Finally (and this is easy to fix), you only capitalize a character's name when you first refer to that character.  By capitalizing it, you're telling the reader that you're introducing them.  Write them normally after that.


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Thank you so much. Its hard to write the movements and feelings of the character who does not actually talk. I agree that there is way too much explanation of the scene and have begun to cut that down dramatically. I think the finished script will be one page of A4 by the time I have finished. The whole project is now under review as it needs a focus on its target audience. There is so much scope to make this more of an adventure which I am working on. It is based on a true story of Buffalo Bill visit to England.

Once again thank you so much.

Garry
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I like how you made the characters very unique. You did a great job with Buffalo Bill. He reminded me a little bit of Bill the Butcher from 'Gangs of New York'. Great Job.
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