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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
5:34 am

Does anyone have good advice for the editing stage of a first draft? Alternately, would anyone happen to know an LJ comm devoted specifically to getting feedback on scripts (or, possibly, be willing to beta-read)?

My co-writer and I just finished our first original screenplay, a sci-fi romcom set in a consumerist dystopia, and I think there are aspects of it that are a little clunky, but I'm not sure that either of us have enough experience to pinpoint exactly what's needed or what could be improved. Beyond formatting or mechanical issues, what are some things to look for in the first draft of a script?

And one more question: How many drafts does it take for you, most of the time, until you consider yourself finished with a script?

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Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Hey everyone!!!!

Here's the latest trailer for my directorial debut POSSUM WALK, which stars my good friend victoria_lane as "Abigail"!

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Sunday, September 27th, 2009
5:41 pm - need a scriptwriter

 Hello! i'm a student director from moscow. i'm looking for scriptwriters to make a great team and to create short movies. i have some script ideas, which might be interesting for you. and i would gladly read and work with your sroties.


if you are interested in our  international cooperation, please e-mail me on 5mixx@mail.ru :)



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Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
10:52 pm - Changing the way screenplays are bought and sold.

Greenwriter.org Aims to Recast Screenwriting Industry 
Upcoming web community offers free venue to writers, access to studios 
LOS ANGELES, California -- July 1, 2009 -- Greenwriter.org is reinventing the way screenplays 
are bought and sold. The site provides a free venue for screenwriters to showcase their works in a 
professional online interface, tailor-made for Hollywood studios while saving time and money. 
No more printing ten copies and sending them to production companies, only to be turned down. 
Greenwriter.org changes everything by bringing the studios to the content. 
With search functions like "star tagging" (adding a starring role to a script for consideration), a 
studio can find just about anything from "gay-interest comedies" to "biopics on religious leaders 
in the 1800s starring Cameron Diaz" -- and the site is not just bringing studios to the writer’s 
content. Actors, directors, agents, and independent investors have access to written works, can 
contact writers directly, and make a deal independent of the site. 
The company's founder, 23-year old Daniel Riser, saw an opportunity to help fellow 
screenwriters -- while benefitting the environment -- by focusing on what studios need to find 
sellable screenplays. 
"There are so many scams out there that target starving artists. I wanted to put an end to that. In 
an age when the Internet-at-large gives many things away for free, there is no reason a writer 
should have to pay to get his screenplay into the hands of a buyer,” Riser said. 
Greenwriter.org will open its doors to screenwriters on July 20th with a goal of 1,000 accessible 
screenplays before its global launch, scheduled for late August. 

current mood: accomplished

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Friday, June 19th, 2009
1:44 pm - The BBC is looking for new writers

The BBC (British Broadcasting Company) has a open submissions policy, and are actively looking for new writers. find out more information here. They have what they refer to as a 'writer's room newsletter', which I received. One goes out about every 2 weeks, roughly. If you're at all looking for places to submit to and write for, this might be worth checking out.

In the most recent newsletter, they put out a call for scripts for children's drama. Sadly for me, this seems to be open only to citizens of the U.K. but that isn't always true of their submission calls. If you're from around there or plan to be for the next few years, give it a shot. Deadline is July 1st, 2009.

Good luck to anyone that goes for it. And let us know if you make it!

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
10:59 am - Final Deadline approaches

Call for entries Coney Island Film Festival

indiefilmpage.com and Coney Island USA present the 9th annual Coney Island Film Festival October 2- 4, 2009 at Sideshows by the Seashore and The Coney Island Museum in the historic Brooklyn neighborhood Coney Island, New York!

Late Deadline July 3, 2009 (postmarked)
Extended late deadline July 10, 2009 (postmarked)

The Coney Island Film Festival is open to filmmmakers working in ALL GENRES, SUBJECTS AND FORMATS.

Coney Island Film Fest website, click here

Enter through Withoutabox.com, click here

Paper entry form, click here

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Thursday, May 28th, 2009

I'll keep this brief, as I need to finish packing (read: slowly going crazy)... We begin principal photography on my directorial debut Possum Walk this weekend. Go here and become a fan!!!


Also, if you haven't done so already, check out these articles on Fangoria.com!!!!!


Or, you could always just watch the teaser trailer HERE:

Stay sick!!!!!!


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Monday, May 4th, 2009


This is the TEASER TRAILER for my directorial debut POSSUM WALK.

The movie stars a whole slew of awesome people, including our very own victoria_lane.


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12:30 am - Screenwriter Extraordinaire Andrew Davies Speaks

As I posted earlier, in happy squee-age, Andrew Davies came to the University of Texas to be interviewed, a free event for the Plan II students and anyone else who wanted to attend. J4 was very accommodating to me -- I insisted we be there an hour early because I was SURE the line would be around the building.

But we were the first two there. Ha! Got to sit right down near Davies, however, so, kewl. And by the time 7:30 rolled around, there were about 280 people in the 300-seat theater, so I wasn't far off on the numbers, just on the timing. Some random statements from this charming, enthusiastic, extremely capable adapter (my personal favorite for his PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, BLEAK HOUSE, LITTLE DORRIT, ROOM WITH A VIEW, etc.):
  • He didn't start writing screenplays until he was 50 (!). He'd written fiction and children's books before then. Now he's 72. Or as he says it, "Seventy-two some of the time."
  • He gets a sort of personal relationship in his head with the authors he's adapting, and would love to meet them. He remarked about Mr. Darcy's first proposal in P&P that the speech is given in its details at first. Then she launches into expository summation. And he said aloud, "Oh Jane!"
  • He finds himself deeply immersed in the POV of young women. He sometimes feels like he is a young woman ("and what that can say about me certainly can't be good"). When the unfairness of life for a young woman of the Regency period becomes all personal to him, he has to remind himself that he's NOT indeed a young woman seeking a good husband.
  • He knows he has a sweet deal when he writes the BBC mini-series because, unlike the 90-120 minutes of a movie, he gets 6 to 8 hours. LITTLE DORRIT was an 8-hour event.
  • He has a list of authors he wishes he could adapt. Many are American that he named: Edith Wharton, for one.
  • He doesn't do a lot of historical research for the period dramas (btw, not his favorite term for them). He's written so much about Regency and Victorian eras, etc., that all that background has seeped into his consciousness. Plus he works with the awesome (love her books myself!) Jenny Uglow in getting the period details right.
  • His description of his home (Warwick? London?) which has a home-office in the attached flat next door that he also bought is fascinating. They broke the wall out of the back of the built-in closet in his bedroom to get him to the closet of the room on the other side. Most of the time he swims through the clothes to "go to work" and then swims through the clothes to come back "home" again. Much like a magical wardrobe!
  • One of the things he will do, especially with adapting Dickens and his casts of dozens, is find the person who mostly carries the plot. He'll focus more scenes on them than on others. Like for LITTLE DORRIT, instead of starting with 60 pages of intrigue between two criminals in French jail, he starts with Amy Dorrit leaving the debtor's prison to interview for a job.

current mood: enthralled

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Saturday, April 25th, 2009
8:20 am - Andrew Davies Coming to Austin

Ha, after I just posted about one of my favorite screenwriters and his wonderful adaptation of LITTLE DORRIT, a lesser-known Dickens work, I saw in the Chronicle Andrew Davies is coming to Austin!

It's a free speech this Thursday 4/30 at the UT Blanton Art museum. Starts at 7:30 p.m.

He's smart, he's entertaining. One of the best adapters of our times... The works of Jane Austen, Dickens, George Elliott, Evelyn Waugh, so many of the great works of literature he's turned into wonderful movies...! I am SO THERE!

current mood: bouncy

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Friday, April 24th, 2009
5:43 pm - Death stalks the POSSUM WALK... @FANGORIA.COM!!!

Here it is ladies and gentlemen... our first article about POSSUM WALK! Needless to say we are excited as fuck to share this with ya'll. There are some awesome pics included.. so follow the link below and check it out.


Let me just take the time to say a big THANK YOU to Michael Gingold and everyone at FANGORIA.COM for being so kind to a horrorubergeek/writer/director such as myself!!! The 11 year old inside of me who first picked up December 1988's issue #79 with Halloween 4 on the cover is flipping the fuck out right now!!! :)

current mood: chipper

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10:14 am - Killer Films is accepting pitches

Killer Films seems to be on the hunt for new ideas. Follow the link for details.

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Thursday, April 9th, 2009
9:03 pm - summer workshop for screenwriters

Thought some of you might be interested in the workshop Writing The Short Script That Will Get You Noticed, offered June 28 - July 11 in California.

  • Participants will utilize a basic eleven-step story structure to write well-crafted short scripts of varying lengths (five to thirty pages).
  • Participants will build upon their tools to write short film stories that will highlight strong structure and unique characters.
  • Each participant will write two or three short scripts, and have the opportunity to work with professionals in the field as well as to pitch their ideas to producers with extensive experience in the film business.
  • This workshop will culminate in a public reading of script material.
More information about the course at http://www.csusummerarts.org/courses2009/shortscript.shtml.

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Saturday, March 21st, 2009
12:21 am - Music choice in movies?

I have a quick question.

How does music go about in movies? Like, if you surround a scene based off a song (Like the Gutterballs scene in Lebowski), so you put that in the actual film script, or is that a separate deal?

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Monday, February 9th, 2009
4:30 pm - Citing sources used in a screenplay?

Hi - I've googled myself to death and can't seem to find an answer for this.

In a screenplay, if a character quotes from a literary work, or uses information taken from an article, I assume you have to cite that source as you would in a research paper or other work. I'm wondering if you'd use standard MLA or APA citation rules, or if there's a different way to do this in screenwriting.

Thanks for any help - I really appreciate it!

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Sunday, February 8th, 2009
11:13 pm - Twitter

Anyone on twitter? Recently got myself an account and got a brilliant app for it on my iPhone and wondered if anyone was tweeting? Follow me @hollyalyxfinch if you've ever read any of my writing, or even if you haven't for that matter, you'll get to see the more human side of me and I'll also tweet when I update my blog.
Drop me a line. Happy travels all.

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
10:29 am - SUBMISSIONS OPEN for DC Shorts Film Festival 2009

Submissions are now open for the 2009 edition of the famed DC Shorts Film Festival! Visit the updated web site at http://dcshorts.com

DC Shorts turns the spotlight on truly independent short films, created by new and established filmmakers in an era when the art of filmmaking is opening to all. We select films from every genre for our competition screenings — with a special focus on films created by metropolitan Washington, DC-based directors and writers. After each screening, filmmakers have the opportunity to speak to the audience as part of a moderated panel.

In 2008, DC Shorts reviewed more than 750 entries from around the globe. We selected 103 short films for screenings at 8 showcases during the competition weekend of September 11-14, 2008, with each show featuring an average of ten short films. Since a major focus of the event is the inclusion of filmmakers, many of the films were represented by the more than 108 filmmakers in attendance from 8 countries. More than 2,600 people attended the screenings.

DC Shorts gives ALL ENTIRES feedback -- a point which impressed MovieMaker Magazine to name us as "one of 20 festivals worth an entry fee," AND as "one of the leading film festivals" in the country.

THE EARLYBIRD DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 15, 2009.  Submission fees go up after that date -- so enter now and save!

I look forward to seeing your new works!

- Jon Gann
 Festival Director

PS: If you have a film of Asian or European interest, check out the new EuroAsia Shorts Film Festival at http://euroasiashorts.com  Low fees, unique themes, and screenings at embassies and cultural centers throughout Washington DC.

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Monday, November 3rd, 2008
10:01 pm - If it's acceptable to the community, a contest:

Marie Antoinette Rewrite Contest!

Remember that scene in Marie Antoinette where, far away in a longshot, a dumpy clerk comes hotfooting across the lawn to tell the King and Queen that a crowd has taken over the Bastille? In a similar spirit of jewel-toned inanity, I propose a contest.

The basic idea is to take Marie Antoinette, a film in which just about nothing was said, and in which just about nothing happened, and give it...some of that. If you liked the film, maybe there was something you'd like to add. If you disliked the film, here's your chance to show you could do better.

Three categories:

I. Scene with dialogue under six lines, or without dialogue.

II. Single scene with dialogue six lines or over.

III. Suite - between two and four scenes. With or without dialogue. For anyone who'd like to brave that well-iced petit four, the "arc."

Judging will be, much like the event whose prosecution I'm trying to keep from thinking too much about, BY POLL (on my journal, wolodymyr)
Plus judges choice.

1. Tea from Tealuxe! 50g! Your choice!

2. A sheet of Sanrio stickers! My choice!

3. Acting as your personal secretary, I will write & send a Squeeeee! fangirl autographed photo request to Kirsten Dunst. Jason Schwartzman, or Rip Torn.

4. Surprise.

All winners will have their choice from the above options.

Contest ends whenever we've picked a new President, or at Thanksgiving, whichever comes second.

Come on, why not? I'm sure, even at the remove of years, even though they'll never hear about it, Steve Coogan, Molly Shannon, Asia Argento (et al) will be grateful to get something to do.

Submit entries to: madameguillotine@ymail.com

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
1:51 am - Sample TV scripts

Does anyone know where I might be able to find samples of TV scripts? I'm specifically looking for hour long action shows, or drama's, but I'll take what I can get my hands on.

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
10:27 am - If Anyone Entered the dcshorts.com contest...


You should check your email for results. Information about dcshorts was first posted to this community here: http://community.livejournal.com/script2screen/78974.html  

People who enter this contest get a score sheet and brief comments.

"Q1 is a ranking. FIlms in a batch of 10-12 were placed in order of
their favorite by each judge (ie: 1 for the best, 2 for the next
favorite, etc.)"

My script got a #2 for Question #1.  Yay!

I'm a newb writer so that means alot for me.

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