THE BAD NEWS: If you’re making these 5 mistakes writing screenplays, you’re not ready for prime time.
THE GOOD NEWS: Correcting these 5 mistakes will rocket your script quality up so fast NASA might ask to read your script.
*Last updated August 13 2018.
Type: Feature Film Script
Qualifications: Open to amateurs only: Screenwriters who have not earned more than $25,000 writing fictional work for film or television. Entry scripts must be the original work of one writer, or of two writers who collaborated equally, and must be written originally in English. Adaptations and translated scripts are not eligible.
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“The trick with talking head scripts is, people who know what they are don’t write them, and people who write them don’t know what they are.” ~ Max Adams
1: TOO MUCH ACTION IS FAUX ACTION: Read scene description alone. If the majority of action descriptions refer to characters gesturing with their hands, looking up, looking down, looking sideways, looking at each other — or just plain “looking,” or making expressions, or shaking or tilting their heads?
That’s not action. That’s faux action.
I meet a lot of new people during the course of Festivals. Some make great impressions. Some don’t. Hell sometimes I don’t. “I ain’t no monument to justice!”
[Extra points if you can identify that quote yay!]
It happens. But. I have a career. Many of the people who appear to be working overtime to make a bad impression don’t. Or, do, but appear hell bent on a bad impression anyway.
Here are some cautionary don’ts for festivals.