Screenplay Writing on SENSITIZE ©

For active members of Sensitize © to offer tips to each other on screenplay writing and work on new collaborative film scripts together.

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Postby Louis P. Burns aka Lugh » Thu Sep 07, 2006 11:40 am

I have just phoned the the BBC World Service number and spoke with a really helpful man called Gary. I asked if we could link directly to their screenplay writing guidance pages and explained our concerns about copyright and how we did not want to breach anyone else's rights. He told me he would contact the relevant department, took my email details and said they would be in touch soon.

Thanks...
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Postby Catherine Edmunds » Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:51 pm

Thanks for starting this section, Lugh. I know nothing about screenwriting, but I did, a while ago, find "Script Smart Gold 2" as a free download on one of the BBC writing sites (can't remember exactly where, but it should be easy enough to find).

I haven't figured out how to use it properly yet, but it's a Word program that's designed to take the hassle out of getting the formatting right and therefore enables you to present a professional looking product. Should be useful. Of course, you still have to write the stuff...

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Postby Louis P. Burns aka Lugh » Fri Sep 08, 2006 12:35 am

delph_ambi wrote:Thanks for starting this section, Lugh. I know nothing about screenwriting, but I did, a while ago, find "Script Smart Gold 2" as a free download on one of the BBC writing sites (can't remember exactly where, but it should be easy enough to find).

I haven't figured out how to use it properly yet, but it's a Word program that's designed to take the hassle out of getting the formatting right and therefore enables you to present a professional looking product. Should be useful. Of course, you still have to write the stuff...

Hi Delph :)

Yes, the most important thing is writing your script/screenplay but it does make sense to familiarise yourself with the many different software programs available and to find one you're happy with. Final Draft is also a good package. about a year ago Kate and me joked on the Mort & Suzi Show (msn dome) about a feature of it that actually spoke your lines but did so in a robotic 'Stephen Hawking-like' voice. Perhaps they'll improve upon this in the future. Final Draft is an exceptional package though and worth checking out.

If you can get your hands on a copy of The Screenwriter's Bible by David Trottier you'd be doing yourself a great favour. It's packed with everything necessary to help the screenwriter put together the best possible screenplay from; writing technique to presentation and right up to marketing your screenplay. It covers many of the pitfalls writers can get caught up in and draws examples of proper layout from many leading filmscripts.

We are limited with these phpBB messageboards in what we can do and how we can present our work and while I fully accept that The Crafty Fecker (collaborative new media screenplay script on Sensitize) is a work in progress, it may serve to show a general layout that is workable. Please note that not all the scenes have been edited properly by me yet but I do chip away at them.

Another point to make is that the whole process of screenwriting can be a lot of fun if it's a shared (collaborative) experience. Dave (spacecadet), Kate (Essexcowgirl) and Salvador (Argie) have given me invaluable input to the scenes I write for The Crafty Fecker and the interaction between us or suggested ideas for storyline keep the whole thing ticking over nicely...

Adaptation to screenplay of a novel is another interesting way to explore screenwriting. There are many writers out there who will (for a fee) work with a novelist to bring about a filmscript. What is good about this is that because the book has already been written and published, funding agencies would be better placed to assist any writing team who chose to work this way.

I hope some of what I have written here is of use to you delph and other members. I'm still learning myself and freely admit I don't know it all...

Best wishes :) ...
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Postby Louis P. Burns aka Lugh » Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:01 am

I got a call from a very helpful lady at BBC World Service yesterday who said that we could link/quote from their How To Write A Screenplay pages as long as we acknowledged and respected their copyright at all times. I think you will find the helpful guidelines from both Shane Connaughton and Robert McKee on those pages highly beneficial.

All hyperlinks in this post are the copyright property of BBC World Service - How To Write A Screenplay
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/arts/ ... play.shtml

and the intellectual copyright property of the guest screenwriters;
Shane Connaughton
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/arts/ ... s_sc.shtml
Robert McKee
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/arts/ ... s_rm.shtml
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Postby the_leander » Fri Sep 08, 2006 9:43 pm

Good call lugh!

I will be interested in reading that. Nothing's likely to come of it, but I'll learn about something new regardless.


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