THE SCREENWRITING FORMULA (10-Steps in 6-Weeks to the Great Script)

Five Characteristics of a Good Scene, and Eight Signs of a Bad One

There are probably many more features that could be listed to describe scenes that “work” or “don’t work,” but here are some essentials as written by “Sreenwriters University” at the site (www.WritersStore.com) which is the best resource for Screenwriters as well as Writers, Poets, Journalists and Lyricists.

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(“Always remember, “Nothing is Written… It’s Re-Written.”)

FIRST: 5 GOOD SCENE TRAITS

  1. The scene connects to the main character’s problem/goal for that story.

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NO-BUDGET FILM MAKING (The $10,000 MOVIE, The 1-Week Shoot & 1 Hot Tip)

NO-BUDGET FILM MAKING: The Budget, Script, Shoot, Crew & 1 Hot Tip.

Got $10,000 to $30,000? Can you get $10,000 to $30,000? Then don’t make a short… make a movie.

Last month’s and last week’s posts were about producing a Low-Budget (3-Week Shoot) feature film for $200-300K and a Micro-Budget (2-Week Shoot) feature film for $50-$100K…

Now, being realistic and assuming you will only have $10-30K to make your first feature film and understanding Do’s &

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THE MICRO BUDGET MOVIE MAKING ($100,000 Feature Film & 1 Hot Tip)

MICRO-BUDGET FILM MAKING (Budget, Money, Script, Shoot, Crew & 1 Hot Tip)

(1) THE BUDGET: $50,000 to $100,000

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(“With $50-100K and proper prep, you can produce and direct a quality 2-week shoot.”)

 

The previous post I outlined No-Budget Filmmaking (1-Week Shoot) when all you have is $5,000-$20,000.

Now, assuming you have $50,000 to $100,000, the topic is no longer “No-Budget Filmmaking”

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HOT TIP: “HOLLYWOOD LIES” (THE LOW-BUDGET $1 MILLION FEATURE FILM)

INDEPENDENT (LOW-BUDGET) FILM MAKING: The Budget, Script, Shoot, Crew & 1 Hot Tip

(1) BUDGET: $200,000-$300,000 or $300,000-$500,000

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(“For $200,000-300,000 you can produce a $1,000,000 movie and sign with only 1 guild.”)

 

Want to make a “Million Dollar Feature”?

However (Shh! Secret coming), you do not need $1,000,000 to make a “Million Dollar Feature”… all you need is $200,000-$300,000 (Shh!

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MOVIE MONEY (Apply): 8 Top (USA/Canada) & 4 Foreign Film Funding Programs

MOVIE MONEY: RUNAWAY PRODUCTIONS

In 1997 Canada, specifically Toronto (doubles for USA cities), opted to attract Hollywood $10-20M shoots by offering 25% rebates/refunds to all productions that were to-be-shot in USA cities like New York, or Boston, or Philadelphia, or Baltimore but opted to shoot in Toronto, which looks like them, take the 25% rebate, which is $2.5-$5.0M, bring 2 American actors, shoot 98% of the scenes in Toronto, hire Canadians, rent Canadian equipment, eat Canadian food,

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DIRECT YOUR 1st MOVIE (Learn the Basics. BONUS: 11 Superb Directing How-To Articles)

MOVIE DIRECTING: THE BASICS

You want to be a director…I know you do.

Your film ideas are great but the closed-shop, called Hollywood, won’t allow you to do it… so you go “screw it”, drop your movie’s budget, cutout the Miscellaneous, Contingency, Permits, Insurance, Legal and any other line items that don’t go on-the-screen and re-write your script for the do-it-yourself independent world.

You’ve done the first-step. You have the great script.

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WANT TO DIRECT? (7 Traditional Trends vs 10 Alternative Truths)

WANT TO DIRECT?

Don’t make it difficult…

Get a script, then a Shooter with a Digital (4K) Camera and cast your actors as you secure a Location and have the Shooter bring 5 of his/her crew friends.

Now, use a Wide-Angle Lens, hit the On-Button… Say “Talk” (OK: say “Action”)… Wait 90-minutes. Say “Shaddup” (OK: say “Cut”).

Voilla. You directed a movie…

Of course there is more…

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GOT $3,000? PRODUCE A FEATURE FILM (Learn the Tricks)

THE $3,000 FEATURE FILM:

Producing and directing a feature film today is so affordable I always ask myself “Why aren’t more doing it?”

Why?

50, 40, 30 even 20 years ago the only format available to make a film was to buy, shoot and expose film stock, 35mm or 16mm, from Kodak, Fuji or Agva and rent a Panavision or Arriflex film camera package and the minimum cost for film stock and lab alone was $50-100K for a low-budget film.

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SCREENWRITING: YOUR 1st JOB WRITING & SAMPLE SCRIPT

WRITING YOUR SAMPLE SCRIPT

Writing & Selling Screenplays is not difficult… once inside the industry.

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(TIP: Write a sample spec script of a present running series)

 

Securing a TV staff writing gig is not difficult… once inside the industry.

Pitching and Selling new ideas is not difficult… once inside the industry.

Now, how does one get… “inside the industry”?

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WANT AN AGENT? SURPRISINGLY EASY WITH A MANAGER (Top 10 Literary Managers Are…)

WANT AN AGENT? GET A MANAGER OR…

Attn Writers & Actors with Ideas/Treatments:

Yes, you want an agent, a Literary Agent, however, as you know, it is difficult to get one especially when they hide behind the mantra of “We don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts”.

 It is as hard to even get past their secretary (Oops, no one in Hollywood is a secretary…it’s something like “Associate VP of Development”) who proclaims “Who is your referral

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