Sunday, May 27, 2007
If it helps you get past it, make a list of effects you'll need to create. Just list them, don't worry about how. Know that you can go back to the list later and figure things out.
If you find later on that there's something you just can't create, fine, rewrite then. But for now write it the way you dream it."
The Greek world came to fruition sometime in the 7th c. BC, and was still culturally active throughout the period in which the Roman Empire flourished. By 300 BC Greek culture had subtly shifted over to what would later be called Hellenistic, which refers to the transplanting of Greek ideas and techniques to all parts of the then known world, both East and West. The Jews of Palestine, the populace of Egypt, the Syrians, Armenians and the Romans in their turn were exposed to the indelible influence of Greek thought, just as the Arabs of the 7 c. AD were to be influenced in the same way. It was this fermentative quality in the Greek mind which proved so attractive to less cultivated peoples, and although everybody benefitted, nobody was ever the same again."
Friday, May 25, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
"I have no tv or radio and am spending a lot of time thinking
One thought I would like to share with my fellow Brummies
the basic difference between a novel and a screen play is that the novel is a completed artifact - with a little editorial pruning may be - BUT a screen play is a blue print which a team will work from and modify
a novel is a sculpture
a screen play is a house and you are the architect with the drawings - which you will hand over to a contractor whom you have little control over.
I don't know of a better placing on the boards for this
Friday, May 18, 2007
from my email:-
Dear Script Frenzy Participant,
Greetings! From time to time, we'll be sending you missives about major new site features that have launched, cool things afoot in the Script Frenzy universe, and, in June, some pep-talking from the scriptwriting front.
We know that your inbox is overcrowded, so we'll keep the emails infrequent and essential.
Which brings us to the great news at hand: Script Frenzy regions are up! This means that you now have your very own regional lounge on the Script Frenzy site where you can exchange advice and encouragement with participants in your area. You can also find out about the Script Frenzy kick-off parties and write-ins being organized by our awesome group of Municipal Liaisons.
To join the merriment in your region, just log in and head to the My Script Frenzy page. In the left-hand navigation, you'll see "Regions" (it's below "My Community" and above "Subscriptions"). Pick the region that's the best fit for you, and click "subscribe," then confirm that you want to subscribe to that region.
Life at this point becomes much more interesting. You can subscribe to as many regions as you like, and you can visit the lounges under the separate "My Regions" block in the left-hand navigation of the My Script Frenzy page. For each region you subscribe to, you'll receive notices from Municipal Liaison/s about events and get-togethers, and have the opportunity to get to know fellow Frenzies in the area as well.
If this sounds confusing, don't worry---it'll all make sense once you see it. Just log in and head on over to My Script Frenzy. Eventually, we're going to append all the regional lounges onto the bottom of the Forums, so they'll all exist in one convenient place. For now, your regional lounge awaits.
In other news, Script Frenzy is on the grow! We have more than 5000 participants signed up in over 20 countries, with more coming in every hour. The more writers we have, the more raucously fun June will be. (And the more people you know personally who are taking part in the adventure, the easier time you'll have staying focused on your scripty epic when June's sweet summery distractions loom.)
Which is why we're encouraging everyone this week to reach out to that creative soul in their cubicle, classroom, or family tree who could use an imagination-expanding summer challenge. We're setting a goal of having 10,000 writers rampaging---er, typing---through the streets of Script Frenzy by next Thursday.
Can we do it? With your help, we can. We'll be posting the total number of participants on the front page of the site every day from now until Thursday.
See you in the Forums!
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Monday, May 14, 2007
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FONT, MARGINS, AND SPACING
Screenplays live on letter-sized paper (8.5 x 11 inches). They're always written in Courier font, 12 point, 10 pitch. No bold, no italics.
Left: 1.5 inches
Right: 1 inch
Top: 1 inch
Bottom: 1 inch
Screenplay Element Margins
- Slugline: left margin 1.5 inches
- Action: left margin 1.5 inches
- Character name: left margin 3.7 inches
- Dialog: left margin 2.5 inches, right margin 2.5 inches (or 6 inches from left edge of page)
- Parentheticals: left margin 3.1 inches, right margin 2.9 inches
Spacing Between Elements:
- Between Slugline and Action: double space
- Between Action and more Action: double space
- Between Action and Character Name: double space
- Between Character Name and Dialogue: single space
- Between Dialogue and the next Character Name: double space
- Between Dialogue and Action: double space
- Between Character Name and Parentheticals: single space
- Between Parentheticals and Dialogue: single space
- Between Action and Slugline: double space
- Between Dialogue and Slugline: double space
You know, it's probably a lot easier to remember that in a single character's speech, made up of Character Name, Dialogue, and possibly a Parenthetical, there are single spaces between the elements. Between everything else, double space.