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INT. STARBUCKS, LOS ANGELES People are sitting at tables and on couches, some on smartphones, many typing away on laptops. We pan to a man in his 40's, with a ponytail and reading glasses. He is concentrating fiercely, reading something on a Macbook. JOE (looks up at camera): Oh, hello there! I didn't see you. Welcome to Screenwriter's Corner. Today we ...


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In the context you've provided, OFF Marie, left stewing now means "this is the last thing the camera sees before it moves off her to the next shot." These are framing directions to the camera person. Look at the parentheticals: PAMELA And it’s not an apartment, it’s a house that you live in? (off Skyler’s nod) Do you own outright, or is there a ...


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They do not quit their day job. That's true for many other writers, too. But besides that, yes, they get paid for unused scripts if these scripts were optioned. I. e. a producer pays them money for the exclusive right to the script for a certain amount of time. During that time the producer can think about turning it into a movie without fearing that a ...


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In many cases you don't actually need, or necessarily want, to describe the gesture itself. It is often enough, or even preferable, to (a) convey that there was a gesture and (b) convey its meaning, without describing the gesture. There are at least two reasons for this: The gesture is idiomatic and a specific description would just get in the way. "He ...


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There is nothing new under the sun, my friend. If you read TV Tropes you might be forgiven for thinking that all plots are like all other plots. However it is not the plots (there are considered to be only seven or so actual plots anyway) but the characterisations, details, names etc that make your world unique to you. If you are worried that you have by ...


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Do it in the description. Compare these two options: SAILORS IN BOAT Hahahahahahahaha. This option tells the actors exactly what they have to say, and it looks clunky. All the sailors in the boat start laughing in unison. This option, on the other hand, gives a good short description of what the actors should do. You can also modify it a bit by having ...


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I have only limited experience with this, but I imagine that the first step would be to film as much of the behind-the-scenes action as you can. Get the staff used to having a camera crew around. As you film, look for patterns and themes. Conduct interviews, and ask lots of questions. When you are done with this step, you should have a better idea of how ...


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I think the basic issue you're running into here is that IRL the "come here" wave is quick but so far, anyway, all of the devices used to describe it are not. For instance... He turned his hand, clenched his fingers toward his palm, and pointed his thumb skyward. ...is a great way of describing a thumbs-up if this gesture is, for instance, foreign to ...


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First, Who is the audience? Patients without insurance. Okay...everything from alzheimers to pregnancy? What is the objective of the piece? Goals? What is the tone of the piece? eg: Hard, soft? What kind of services are provided at the clinic? Who is eligible? Interviews you say need to be done? With whom? What are the no more than six messages you want ...


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It is best to find your story following your intuition, then structure it to write your story. Creativity and originality flow best if unimpeded, so don't hinder your ideas by attempting to force them into a structure when you are at the stage of developing your story idea. But stories read better if they are not confusing; they are more satisfying, if they ...


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I do not know if there is a standard way, but I would write it in whatever way makes it crystal clear when the events are taking place. I'd create distinct sluglines for each alternate universe and use them strictly and consistently. Because this is a screenplay (meant to be used as a working document to create a film, correct?) and not a novel or even a ...


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Most of what you'll find on-line are not spec scripts, but production scripts which have been scene numbered or otherwise slightly altered by directors and ADs to facilitate shooting. Additionally, if you're reading a script of a writer/director, then you need to understand it might as well have been written in crayon as it was never going to be a spec ...


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I constantly read books and watch movies that are totally unlike anything that I have ever read or seen before. There is an unlimited wealth of stories that have never been told. If your story is like "all other" alien invasion stories, then that is because you have seen or read those other stories, learned their underlying schema, and now have applied it ...


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From the filmmaking side, being on set, we refer to the printed copy as a script. The script is a tool that the actor and rest of the crew use while on set at a particular location, and is often only a portion of the entire screenplay. Directors, actors, continuity directors, script supervisors, and film loaders (clapper/slate operators) often make ...


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Here are some thoughts to help guide you on your way (and by no means authoritative.) Is the pilot intended to be aired? How long will the episodes be? How long will the pilot be? How many acts per episode? How many acts in the pilot? Is the pilot the start of the story, a first draft of the story, or just another episode? If the pilot is a draft your only ...


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The best way to describe a gesture is how the body physically moves to make that gesture. Here's a few examples: Telling someone to come here He swept his hand toward his body. Flashing the okay sign He put his forefinger to his thumb forming an o and raised his other three fingers. Giving thumbs up He turned his hand, clenched his fingers ...



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