I recently came across the following quote on Twitter:
Every scene should be able to answer three questions: “Who wants what from whom? What happens if they don’t get it? Why now?” – David Mamet
Last week on The Sci-Fi Maker Show
Last week, we had our first pre-production meeting for Planet Burlesque and recorded it for the show. Now, we need to reach out to actors, a special effects person, makeup artist, and others for the actual shoot.
The outcome from our first pre-production meeting – we have some work to do before we can start production. We’ve got to go out and find our people.
We’re going to try and record all our meetings with cast and crew so “you are there”.
Write your script!
You can’t make your feature or short film until you finish your script!
This weekend, I’m working on the script for a short film set in the world we are creating for “Planet Burlesque” – our science fiction feature. I’m trying to finish the draft so I can send it to my partner on this project, William “Bubba” Flint.
I am streaming the actual writing of the screenplay using Facebook Live on our Facebook page.
That’s how we roll here. We’re live streaming and podcasting the entire movie making process.
Why I’m using Final Draft to write the script
I just upgraded from Final Draft 9 to version 10 and I’m pretty happy with it. They made some useful improvements, but the workflow didn’t change.
Some of you might be wondering why I’m using Final Draft, which costs around $200, to write the script for Planet Burlesque when there are some free alternatives.
And, since this is an indie project, who cares if the format is “correct” since we aren’t trying to sell the script to Hollywood?
Here are my reasons:
- Actors and crew may be used to the Hollywood screenplay format. You want to appear credible and competent.
- You can enter your script into script competitions.
- You may be an indie now, but what if you’re successful and get noticed by Hollywood? This way, you and your script will be ready (and your screenplay format won’t embarrass you).
- Final Draft makes it easy to take your spec script and turn it into a shooting script.
- Nowadays, most producers or agents will ask you to email them a copy of your script in PDF format or, more likely, in Final Draft format.
- I have heard script readers in Hollywood can tell if your script was written in Final Draft or in free software. I can’t prove this or tell if it matters.
I’m spending some time to really learn Final Draft 10. Hopefully, this will save me time and effort in the long run.
Book of the week
If you watched me on Facebook Live last week, you heard me talk about Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too! (Affiliate link)
The book is a fun and easy read and was written by Robert Ben Garrant and Thomas Lennon (Felix Unger on TV’s “The Odd Couple”). The total box office for the movies they’ve written is over $1.5 BILLION!
These guys are working Hollywood screenwriters – not screenwriting gurus.
Lots of great advice for screenwriters and filmmakers from actual Hollywood insiders. This book includes a lot of useful information I have never read in other screenwriting books.
I cannot recommend this book enough!
Time for me to get back to work on my script.
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