Good screenplay notes process

ATQ40: What’s the best way to get script feedback?

What’s the best way to get script feedback? How do you like to give/receive feedback and notes on a script? Do you use questions, like Adrian Mead suggests: his ‘Power of 3’ idea? Are there certain things that can really help (or screw up) writers? Jonathan Young jyoungcreative.info Adrian’s Power of Three idea is pretty close to a lot of professional script development processes. The Power of Three Basically: Find three people to read your script. (Professionals should know how …

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Gap in the market for particular scritpts

ATQ37: Is there a gap in the market?

ATQ37: Is there a gap in the market? Is there a type of script that agents/readers crave for that they simply don’t see enough of? I feel that I’m writing in a vacuum. There is no point me writing scripts about, say, female gangsters or comedies set in Hull if they already have loads of them. Maybe people don’t write enough sit-com scripts? Or something else? Can you give us any clues? Julia Screenwriter   Tricky. Of course, knowing what’s …

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Flash forward openings are a cliche

Flash forward openings are a cliche A flash forward is an exciting scene or sequence, followed by words like ‘6 Weeks Earlier’, or ’12 Hours Earlier’ or ‘1 Year Ago’. At that point the story goes back in time to the real beginning of the story. From there we step forward from there until we get to that scene again (classically at the Act 2 break), from where we run on to the end of the story. Once a surprising, …

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Is research necessary for a writer?

ATQ36: How much research does a writer need to do?

ATQ36: How much research does a writer need to do? How in-depth does a writer need to go to research a story? This is fiction, after all. Isn’t it best if I just make things up? I don’t feel very creative when I’m researching – it just seems like I’m stealing things. I should be more inventive shouldn’t I? Garrick Screenwriter   I’m actually passionate about research. Not research via the internet, or sitting in a chair reading. That’s no good …

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