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SimplyScripts Screenwriting Discussion Board  /  Contests - Screenwriting and Filmmaking  /  A Simply Scripter Call For Scripts
Posted by: James McClung, November 14th, 2008, 5:04pm
Hey guys. I've got about a month to shoot something for a class's final project. I'm kinda burnt out from the semester and I realize I haven't been able to contribute to the boards as much as I used to so I figure I could produce a script from here; I'm already working on a script for another class so I'd rather not have two on my plate.

The assignment itself has no real guidelines but I'd prefer the script to be...

1. minimalistic
2. minimalistic
3. minimalistic
4. probably not too raunchy/violent, although I've got some leeway (language is not an issue)

That is to say, not too long (under 10 pages), not too many characters (two or three would be preferable), and minimal locations (preferably one). I can reserve classrooms for filming and can dress them up to a certain extent but I'm a college student; my resources are limited.

The film would end up on a website and a class DVD. I'm not planning to distribute it in any other way so needless to say, the writer would keep full copyright and could have another person produce the script if they wanted to. I'm just looking to do an assignment and contribute to SS in a new way.

Anyone interested can send a PM my way and I'll check out your script. At the very least, you'll get a review out of this. Any other concerns can be discussed.

Thanks guys.
Posted by: jayrex, November 14th, 2008, 5:40pm; Reply: 1
Hey James,

Without mentioning my stuff,

I'd recommend reading Tonkatough's Schizo Express is pretty minimalistic.  One/two locations, three/four characters.

Or most recently, me's Sex Doll is pretty minimal.  Mostly one location four characters.
Posted by: bert, November 14th, 2008, 5:45pm; Reply: 2
Hey James;

While Phil's script "Pet Names" was not my speed, I was nevertheless impressed at how he created a script that would be such a breeze to shoot.

And it does have its fans.  Comedy is subjective, and it could work with the college crowd.  Worth a look at any rate.


http://www.simplyscripts.net/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-short/m-1205090760/s-0/
Posted by: dogglebe (Guest), November 14th, 2008, 5:55pm; Reply: 3
Thank you, Bert.


Phil
Posted by: jayrex, November 14th, 2008, 6:07pm; Reply: 4
One of Bert's scripts that could be a winner amongst men and the movie going public is Paramour's.  One location,  three characters.  I hope I got that right.
Posted by: James McClung, November 14th, 2008, 6:11pm; Reply: 5
I did consider Pet Names. It would be perfect with the exception of the location being a bar. Problem 1 would be finding a bar that would allow me to shoot in. Problem 2 (being the even bigger problem) would be the sound. Bars are noisy places and I've only got basic sound equipment/editing software at my disposal. Ambient sound can be reduced in post-production however it can sometimes compromise the dialogue and with the amount of sound that occurs in a bar, the issues could be rampant.

Schizo Express would be difficult for a number of reasons. I'm not sure it's in the cards.

I won't rule out either just yet but I'd still like to check out some other scripts first.
Posted by: Blakkwolfe, November 14th, 2008, 6:21pm; Reply: 6
I'd suggest Sheepwalker's trippy Pretentious Art House Garbage from way back when...It was pretty funny, very minimalist if I remember rightly...which would work within your limitations...
Posted by: GM, November 14th, 2008, 7:35pm; Reply: 7
Why not Pia's Michael Cornetto's, or Mr. Z's scripts? They got some under 10 page shorts as well. I can't think of any at the moment though, but you can check.
Posted by: Don, November 14th, 2008, 9:04pm; Reply: 8

Quoted from James McClung
It would be perfect with the exception of the location being a bar. Problem 1 would be finding a bar that would allow me to shoot in. Problem 2 (being the even bigger problem) would be the sound. Bars are noisy places and I've only got basic sound equipment/editing software at my disposal. Ambient sound can be reduced in post-production however it can sometimes compromise the dialogue and with the amount of sound that occurs in a bar, the issues could be rampant.


It has been a while since I've read Pet Names so I may be off.  I don't see why the script wouldn't work taking place at a party.  For the bartender serving drinks you could substitute a friend passing by handing out drinks.  Then it could be filmed in someone's home where you'd have nearly 100% control of ambient noise.  I do not feel that the setting is critical to the story. Phil may disagree and feel the bar setting is critical.

With regard to ambient noise, I'm a total fan of looping.  Personally, and this is indeed a personal opinion, sound quality is key. I don't care how good it looks, if I can't hear it my chances of watching all the way through are pretty slim.

Don

Posted by: NiK, November 15th, 2008, 3:24am; Reply: 9
James you could put ambient sounds in the short, i've done it in my shorts and others, and there is a good web site that could help you: http://www.findsounds.com - The good thing with this is that you can control the sound in the editing app and make dialogue more audible.

About the crowd that could be arranged in shots, depends on the angles you'll be shooting. I don't think you need a full shot with all the people, you go in close up (I don't mean the face of the guys).

Also check out Michael Cornetto's latest script The Mysterious Monsters of Middlesex County

Cheers
Nik
Posted by: dogglebe (Guest), November 15th, 2008, 8:38am; Reply: 10
I don't think you can get a lesser expensive script to produce than Pong Wars, in the shorts section.


Phil
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