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Micro Budget Scripts   (reply) Posted by: hawkeye
Date Posted: 13 minutes ago

Quoted from pale yellow


Yeah true!

Another thing about MICRO BUDGET scripts... usually they come with a MICRO BUDGET price tag too for the writer... I feel like most of my script sales have been like garage sale prices! Not really complaining.. just saying.. the filmmaker that does not have money to spend on the film... is not going to have much to spend buying the script...


That’s a great point Dena. The typical rule of thumb is that 1% of the budget is allocated to pay the writer. If you have a micro budget at $100,000, that’s $1,000 total for your writing, unless you’ve negotiated some backend deal for a percentage of the profits, which SPOILER ALERT never seem to happen.  So ask yourself if you’re w...

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Superheroes Star Date 3322   (reply) Posted by: eldave1
Date Posted: 20 minutes ago
Barry: Some real basic issues out of the shoot.

The formatting is off. Look at any samples here on this site. Either download some free script-writing software of buy one and the formatting will be done a automatically for you.


Quoted Text
V.O: A young child in the movie house; GO SUPERMAN.


Wrong format. Should be:

YOUNG CHILD (V.O)
Go Superman.


Quoted Text
V.O: HANCOCK shouting over the Superman movie sound. STOP!


Wrong Format and Character error. You need to intro a character before putting his dialogue in and he should be intro'd in CAPS

e.g.,

MAN'S VOICE (V.O)
Stop! Cut! Hold it!

Later you have breaks in the dialogue without re-establishing who's speaking....

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Hi ALL. Newbe here, Barry-John   (reply) Posted by: eldave1
Date Posted: 32 minutes ago
Welcome to the site, Barry.
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Hi ALL. Newbe here, Barry-John Posted by: BarryJohn
Date Posted: Today, 10:54am
Hi guys. I'm new to screenplay writing, and never thought I'd every be interested in writing so much as a love letter.. A year ago I had a real weird dream and decided to put dream/thought to paper which turned out to become a screenplay at the end. NOW IM HOOKED!
In that year I've been visiting / reading - learning so much from this informative  site and it's members contribution to assisting and advising new writers. THANKS.  As such I look forward to your constructive opinion on my screenplay I've posted here; Superheroes Star Date 3322

Regards
Barry John Terblanche
South Africa            
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Micro Budget Scripts   (reply) Posted by: Mr. Blonde
Date Posted: Today, 10:20am

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I'm just saying don't force yourself to write a micro budget script all the time. Write some without holding back or open some up so they are low to medium budget. Be flexible, be daring.


But, Mark, these are my zone. There is almost precisely zero daring in me. I write low budget on my shorts because all my scripts boil down to two people talking in a single location. That's my area to claim.

Just for the hell of it, I went back and looked at all the shorts I have submitted to SS to see how many are a single location with 1-3 characters. It came out to 14 out of 17. Sometimes, you just need to understand where your strengths and weaknesses lie.

With that said (moral of the story), don't const...

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Micro Budget Scripts   (reply) Posted by: OscarM
Date Posted: Today, 1:11am
Mark:
Yeah, we pretty much agree. Again, I try to start as small as possible but if I see that it's better to open things up, then that's what I go for instead. Personally, I seem to mostly write for a relatively low budget even when not on purpose so it's not such a stretch, but there's a difference between writing something small with a lot of locations and characters (An "El Mariachi", I guess) , and something small with very few locations and characters (A "Resolution" or "Buried".)
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Christmasville   (reply) Posted by: LC
Date Posted: Yesterday, 11:29pm
It's a terrific script.

Did I read: fifth draft?

Stevo, I hope you didn't change too much.
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Rid of Guilt   (reply) Posted by: Sandra Elstree.
Date Posted: Yesterday, 10:51pm
Hi Howard,

Now I know I can travel back in time!  

Well done short. One thing I need to mention:

Recently I was listening to a radio program about how different people react to a stressful situation. There were different guests on the show.

One girl, she sounded rather young, had an experience on (don't remember if it was a sky train or a subway) but she and her fellow travellers were watching as a guy was seriously considering jumping. But, no one did anything.

The girl said that that left a lasting impression on her and she always felt so guilty. Even though the guy never jumped. He went into the next car or something.

She said she now has something set on her phone to a suicide hotlin...

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Micro Budget Scripts   (reply) Posted by: pale yellow
Date Posted: Yesterday, 8:23pm

Quoted from FrankM


At least it's not on a rocket ship.


Yeah true!

Another thing about MICRO BUDGET scripts... usually they come with a MICRO BUDGET price tag too for the writer... I feel like most of my script sales have been like garage sale prices! Not really complaining.. just saying.. the filmmaker that does not have money to spend on the film... is not going to have much to spend buying the script...
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A few short horror script ideas I have   (reply) Posted by: pale yellow
Date Posted: Yesterday, 8:21pm
I love the rock concept. Could even be a feature I think.
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Micro Budget Scripts   (reply) Posted by: FrankM
Date Posted: Yesterday, 8:18pm

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95% of the thing is on a MOVING train! Do you know how much it costs to even rent one subway car for a day???


At least it's not on a rocket ship.
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New Opportunities / Promoting Oneself   (reply) Posted by: pale yellow
Date Posted: Yesterday, 8:18pm
Speaking of websites...I have my own domain but what is the cheapest way to host a website. I know you can do free wix and such... but is there a way to use my domain(godaddy) and point it towards a CHEAP or free host site?? I have used homestead and wix in the past.
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Christmasville   (reply) Posted by: pale yellow
Date Posted: Yesterday, 8:15pm
Love this title and love the logline... really catchy title.
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Micro Budget Scripts   (reply) Posted by: pale yellow
Date Posted: Yesterday, 8:13pm
I have written two "contained" thrillers BECAUSE these seem to be so sought after. However, I learned a LOT from both of these scripts...

In The Bunker.. I had a helicopter and a train and a huge ending with cops, helicopters etc... I was lucky to sell this one for a grand... because I had written it out of budget sort of. The people who bought it found it here... and asked to rewrite it per their budget... I agreed and they added their name on the credits... But it's ok... I learned a lot from it.

The other contained one I wrote.. DEADLINE.. I had it optioned once for 4K but that didn't work out (cowriting disagreement) BUT this one I really frigged the budget thing up... because 95% of the thing is on a MOVING tr...

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Christmasville   (reply) Posted by: Sandra Elstree.
Date Posted: Yesterday, 7:58pm
Hi Steve,

I can really appreciate the fact that a person has to move on, or else just change projects for awhile. I get really sick of some of the stuff I'm working on and I hate the idea of just trying to shoe-horn stuff in. Things need to arise organically I think, even if the writer sells it off and magic happens on the set.

But back to this script, I was talking with my daughter and she hadn't even read it, but knew exactly what I was talking about just by the title.

I can say though, I loved pretty well everything even the syrupy-ness ... Sorry, for once I'm having difficulty knowing how to use my words.  

You, I can see are an expert; so you know all about tone. And if the tone is that "li...

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Gus - Visual Screenplay   (reply) Posted by: Warren
Date Posted: Yesterday, 6:17pm
Very cool, thanks for sharing.
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Gus - Visual Screenplay   (reply) Posted by: Don
Date Posted: Yesterday, 5:25pm
From Dan

"I've completed a 'Visual Screenplay' of 'Gus' with some help from 'Upwork'. I like to think a 'Visual Screenplay' is a sum of work that slots in between a screenplay and a film. It's an idea I think some of the 'Simply Scripts' community might be interested in. It cost me around US$550. The visual angle might add more weight and convince a producer to take it to a higher level."


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Imagine Impact - Grazer & Howard   (reply) Posted by: PKCardinal
Date Posted: Yesterday, 4:49pm
Next round of applications is coming fast.

I was curious if anyone could share what I need to be prepared for with the application. I see I'll need a 30 sec video. (What are they asking to be covered in the video?)

What type of questions are they asking on the application?
You don't submit a script, right? Just an idea? Do you submit a treatment?

Any help would be greatly appreciated - as I'm working up an idea for the fellowship.
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The Morque Museum - 7WC   (reply) Posted by: khamanna
Date Posted: Yesterday, 11:42am
The third novel - I'm not a fan of the presentation here.
Especially the beginning.  
I absolutely loved Graves going around the Shazaam slash Kazaam. There are some truly inspiring lines there such as "There's no trace of its existence. Therefore, it doesn't exist"

But then on p48 Iggy and Frank repeat those exact same thoughts. And it goes for two pages or so.
Some of their dialogs are inspiring - like the Mandella effect part. Berenstein Bears - all clever. I'll keep it much shorter and avoid the repetitions.

And then, you almost killed me with the next part - the movie part. Iggy talks with himself. Then watches the clips. After that, I'm totally lost. I tried to make sense of it and couldn't. ...

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RIP William Goldman   (reply) Posted by: MarkRenshaw
Date Posted: Yesterday, 10:08am
He was an absolute legend. His books on screenwriting are among the few I'd say are essential reading.
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Christmasville   (reply) Posted by: StevenClark
Date Posted: Yesterday, 9:34am
Sandra,

Thanks for reading! Yes this was written with the Hallmark Channel in mind. I’ve sent it off to a few prodco’s associated with Hallmark, and it got a few reads, but it didn’t fit the Hallmark requirement of having a female lead. Who knows, maybe if I switched the lead’s gender — but unless I’m asked to do so I won’t.

So, the syrupy characterizations and dialogue will stay.

As far as Emily goes — Hallmark doesn’t like dealing with death as it is. Nothing depressing. So, Emily being in a coma wouldn’t go over well. Quite honestly, changing that at this point would require me basically rewriting the entire thing! I’m not about that. I’m five drafts in as it is. Gotta move on at some point!

The comedy here...

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Writer wanted for Feature Film   (reply) Posted by: FrankM
Date Posted: Yesterday, 7:15am
Thanks for the heads-up.

Quoted from MarkRenshaw
Spotted this on Mandy Crew, it's free to sign up for the basic service. Some interesting typos in the advert though lol.

https://www.mandy.com/uk/job/5....._campaign=2018-11-19

The subject matter is not my thing, but I'm sure it will appeal to others.


FYI on Mandy: you can’t apply without a “complete” profile, and your profile is not “complete” until you add at least one production credit. It’s their way of filtering out unserious applicants, but it has th effect that Mandy will not get you your first “showbiz” job.

For anyone who has so much as been a gofer on a set or uttered a line in ...

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Automatic Drive   (reply) Posted by: MarkRenshaw
Date Posted: Yesterday, 4:02am
Sorry for the bump, but Automatic Drive has been published as a short story, in a collection of sci-fi stories called The Singularity 50.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Singu.....-ebook/dp/B07HY7Q4Y1

It is the first story in the book!

Just a bit of backstory. When I wrote this as a script it became my most popular script, but everyone said it was too expensive to producer. They were correct, but I couldn't let it go.

I decided to use it as a bit of prose practice and tried turning into a short story. It was tougher than I thought. I started off writing prose but switched to screenplays years ago.  It was quite tricky switching back but I loved the experien...

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Micro Budget Scripts   (reply) Posted by: MarkRenshaw
Date Posted: Yesterday, 3:39am

Quoted from OscarM
I've come to write more and more of this, partly because I'm a filmmaker myself and I need to write stuff that's easy for me to make, but also because plenty of pros have told me that this is the easiest kind of script to sell/get produced.

I have to say that I think it has helped me become a better screenwriter because I have to pay more attention at how to do more with less. It is difficult but I like the challenge. It has let me be more focused on the moment and the characters. I was in London in the summer and went to a lot of plays and that has given me a lot of inspiration for writing these kinds of scripts. Like often you don't get to see any other sets but a living room or a dining room, but you're still taken o
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Writer wanted for Feature Film Posted by: MarkRenshaw
Date Posted: Yesterday, 3:34am
Spotted this on Mandy Crew, it's free to sign up for the basic service. Some interesting typos in the advert though lol.

https://www.mandy.com/uk/job/5....._campaign=2018-11-19

The subject matter is not my thing, but I'm sure it will appeal to others.
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New Opportunities / Promoting Oneself   (reply) Posted by: OscarM
Date Posted: Yesterday, 2:22am
I have my own website that I promote with a Twitter profile, and with my own Facebook page. I post scripts on here, Script Revolution and Reddit. I'm also on Stage 32, although I don't frequent it much. I've gotten the best offers here on Simply Scripts, and some interesting conversations have emerged on Reddit. But Script Revolution and my website have been helpful in getting people to find my stuff too, if anything to at least pay me compliments!
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Micro Budget Scripts   (reply) Posted by: OscarM
Date Posted: Yesterday, 2:18am
I've come to write more and more of this, partly because I'm a filmmaker myself and I need to write stuff that's easy for me to make, but also because plenty of pros have told me that this is the easiest kind of script to sell/get produced.

I have to say that I think it has helped me become a better screenwriter because I have to pay more attention at how to do more with less. It is difficult but I like the challenge. It has let me be more focused on the moment and the characters. I was in London in the summer and went to a lot of plays and that has given me a lot of inspiration for writing these kinds of scripts. Like often you don't get to see any other sets but a living room or a dining room, but you're still taken on something th...

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New Opportunities - 17/11/2018   (reply) Posted by: Anon
Date Posted: November 19th, 2018, 9:40pm
Thank you. The bbc writers really room is also opening an entry window in December.
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Star Wars: The Rebellion Reborn   (reply) Posted by: MatthewLincoln
Date Posted: November 19th, 2018, 8:41pm
Dylan,

I was reading through your script, and I wanted to give you some feedback. First off, I think it's cool that you came up with a Star Wars short. As a Star Wars fan, it immediately caught my attention. That being said, I think the short needs some work. I'll start with the technical aspects of your script, then I'll come back and deal with the story itself.

1.) First off, on the title page-- There was a typo. It's Rian Johnson. Also you might want to use the phrases "Based on characters created by".

2.) The opening crawl. As cool as it was to read that (definitely felt the Star Wars vibe in it), you should use OVER BLACK: if you're thinking about presenting that on screen.

3.) Also, open your scri...

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The Lottery   (reply) Posted by: Fausto
Date Posted: November 19th, 2018, 6:54pm
Hi Matt,
thank you for reading my short script. I will make the adjustments you suggested. regarding "cavernous" this adjective expresses a deep, echo-chamber- like effect...at least it was intent. Don't forget that this is a dream....everything is distorted and unreal.

Thanks again.
My best,
Fausto
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