Archive for the ‘Writers’ Category

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The Corporate Support Superstar

June 5, 2009

Anthony Garvey – Kerry Media Network member – has forwarded on his short script to us and he is happy to have it circulated among our group. It has been shortlised for the RTE/Filmbase award scheme – it’s one of 10 and a maximum of 3 will be chosen for the winning prizes. More details here http://www.filmbase.ie/awards/rteshort2009.php

In summary, the award will comprise of a cash award of approximately €10,000. Successful candidates will also receive a production package with up to 5 days of production equipment hire and 3 weeks of post-production hire.

Good luck Anthony!!!

Click here to read The Corporate Support Superstar

Click here to read The Corporate Support Superstar

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Writing for Actors

June 29, 2008
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Writing for Sound

June 24, 2008
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Good Writing… There’s No Such Thing!

June 19, 2008

Well that’s according to these guys, anyway.

Stick with this video through the opening minute or so because there are some very important points to be made and it doesn’t take it itself too seriously… I wish the same could be said for most of the writing community.

written by Maurice O’Carroll

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CeltX 1.0 and Script to Screen Video

June 17, 2008

After 4 years, 1,000,000 downloads, 20 languages, 160 countries, and 250,000 active users, Celtx 1.0 has arrived. With 1.0, Celtx is now a full-featured, all-in-one media pre-production software. And, like every

other version before it, you can download Celtx 1.0 for free at www.celtx.com.

Some new features and innovations to 1.0 include:

Adapt To – a single click now converts a fully formatted script of one type into a fully formatted script of another – for example a Stageplay to a Screenplay – displaying instantly the multi-media potential of your work.

Comic Book – a new editor to write properly formatted Comic Books, and a common framework for collaboration between writer and artist.

iPhone – now view your Celtx projects from just about anywhere with a display optimized for your iPhone.

Catalogs – a new organization and searchable dashboard view of all your story’s elements and production items.

Sidebar – annotate and break down each scene with notes, media (images, audio, and video clips), and production items through an easy to manage, thoroughly upgraded new sidebar.

Project Scheduling – has been vastly upgraded to fully integrate with the script breakdown and provide a Call Sheet and a host of new shooting reports.

Storyboarding – as requested, you can now choose from a variety of ways to view and manage your images, create a storyboard outline based on your script, and add shot descriptions to each image.

written by Maurice O’Carroll

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Scripped Writer

June 13, 2008

There’s a nasty rumour flying about that I haven’t paid for a piece of software since 1991 but I can assure you it’s simply not true… I swear! However, I am a big fan of freebies and a great little piece of scriptwriting software that has recently been brought to my attention is Scripped Writer.

As luck would have it I’ve just started a new short screenplay (which I’m going to shoot before the year is out!) so I decided to give Scripped a test run. It’s extremely easy to use:

  • To access Scripped each user must sign up for an account and agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.
  • Once your account is created, you will be able to write scripts with the Scripped Writer and manage your scripts & drafts online from any internet connected computer.
  • Scripped provides a secure and safe, fully backed-up environment for all writers to come and write their scripts without fear of compromising their intellectual property.
  • Currently, by default, all Scripped User Accounts are completely private. This means that nobody else has access to your scripts.
  • The Scripped Writer is perfect for beginning writers who are learning to format and create their scripts.
  • Scripped Writer formats all the elements of your script for you and provides easy-to-use tools that make the writing experience seamless. There’s no experience required!
  • With Scripped Import you can add a script you started writing in another program to your Scripped account by following a few simple steps.
  • You can export a secure PDF version of your script and save it to your computer. Once the document is saved to your computer, you can print or email your screenplay.
  • You own the copyright to your work. Scripped is not entitled to any copyright sharing or ownership of your work.
  • There are no fees associated with the sale of your script and Scripped is not entitled to a percentage of any script sales that occur in the open market.
All in all, Scripped is an excellent way for you to get writing if you have internet access, especially if you’re a beginner/dabbler/broke/ or too cunning to buy Final Draft (I prefer cunning to tight!). For more info please go to Scripped.com
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*written by Maurice O’Carroll
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Script Presentation and Delivery

June 6, 2008

It’s brilliant! You’ve just written the most original screenplay with Celtx or Scripped and now no-one wants to even read it. Why?

Production studios, agents, and actors receive thousands upon thousands of unsolicited scripts per year but most of these scripts will remain unread or sitting in the slush pile because the industry is bombarded on a daily basis with amateurish, poorly constructed screenplays. So, when your script arrives in an unsolicited envelope what’s our reader expecting? Probably the same thing as the last 100 scripts he’s just read. Shite.

Here’s a few hints to getting your script out of the slush piles and read:

1. Schmooze

A professional writer once told me that one of the most important skills to learn as a writer is to schmooze and network. I used to find this insulting because I was naive enough to believe that I was strong enough a writer not to rely on sipping wine and talking cheese at pretentious party gatherings.

Over the years I began to finally see writing as business and appreciated the true worth of getting out there and making solid contacts in the industry. Write yourself a “calling card” script and send it out everyone – like the BBC Writers Room. Get involved with actors, directors, and other writers… in time, you’ll notice one or two doors starting to open for you.

2. Strong Story

Ideas are ten a penny but strong, engaging stories that translate well onto the big screen are few and far between. While you’re out schmoozing remember that story is everything. All good things like rounded characters, fluid dialogue, and interesting plots all evolve from good story. Robert McKee’s book, which is aptly named STORY is a great place to find inspiration on this important subject.

3. Clean Script

And that doesn’t mean no nudity. A clean script means keep it simple: Nothing more screams amateur than a script arriving in leather bound covers, fancy title page, character descriptions and suggested actors to play the parts, etc.

You need to write your script in industry standard Courier Font, Black, size 12. Use some free software packages to format your screenplay. Title page should simply display the name of your script, your name, and contact details.

4. White Space

A good rule of thumb is to have lots of white space on your pages. Don’t write needless descriptive passages that bore your reader to tears. Be ruthless: If you can cut out a word then lose it. Another sure sign of an amateur is a writer who brings attention to his beautiful prose.

For example:

EXT. FIELD – NIGHT

The night sky is lit up with fierce thunder and lighting and the clouds open, washing torrential rain down upon the mud soaked fields beneath David’s feet. He gazes to the heavens and an angry frown wrinkles his brow. Suddenly, struck by an idea, he shuffles his way through the wet and back to the warm glow of his house.

No single reader in the industry is going to take you seriously if you write wordy descriptive paragraphs like above. Instead, keep it simple and only write what the viewer is going to see:

EXT. FIELD – NIGHT

Storm clouds open.

David squints skyward through the heavy rain, angry.

Beat.

He hurries back to the house.

Amateur writers will immediately be protesting that they won’t “water down” their writing to look like the second example… on your head be it!

5. The First Ten Pages

If you can convince and carry your reader past the first ten pages, congratulations: 90% of unsolicited scripts don’t get this far!

Your first ten pages must be presented as clean with lots of white space, concise description, and little or no direction ie: camera angles or actor direction. Most of all, your first ten pages need to introduce your main characters, set up your story, and engage your reader.

Good luck with it!