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NYC Screenwriters Collective Message Board › NEW MEMBER INFO& Frequently Asked Questions

NEW MEMBER INFO
& Frequently Asked Questions

David N.
dnegrin
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 183
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New Member Info / Frequently Asked Questions



THE BASICS

    • The NYC Screenwriters Collective weekly workshops are designed around reviewing one of our members scripts at each meeting. Members read the script beforehand and come prepared to give their feedback to the author. The author asks questions, responds to the feedback, and may seek any advice they like.
    • Each workshop is led by a moderator. Our author's creative goals, our members freedom of expression, and our dedication to the craft of screenwriting are paramount. Also, it has to be fun :)
    • Meetings last 90 minutes with a 15 minute beak. Members range in experience from beginners to pre-pro to working screenwriters. You DO NOT need to submit or have written a script to attend a meeting.

NEW MEMBERS

      First steps to take now that you've joined the NYCSC.

    • RSVP for a Workshop -- Come check us out! See what our meetings are all about. If they're all full, just email David Negrin (dnegrin@gmail.com) and he'll get you a guest pass to your first meeting.
    • Download the Script for your meeting from the MORE->FILES section. It is only posted 1 week before the meeting, they are password protected, if you have RSVPed, you'll receive an email with the password (or email Denise Papas -- todenisepapas@gmail.com).
    • Check out the Message Board -- Read our latest discussions, post a message to introduce yourself, take a look at our Contest Schedule, our Podcast, and Tracking-Board links. Have a screenwriting question? Ask it and you'll get an answer.
    • @ScriptFeed­ - Follow @ScriptFeed on Twitter for a digest of all the best screenwriting blogs and film web sites chosen by the staff of the NYCSC to give you a single source to stay informed on everything screenwriting, film, and television.
    • THE SCRIPT Podcast - Subscribe to THE SCRIPT Podcast on iTunes, THE SCRIPT is the best parts of our workshop: our best Script Doctors, our hottest screenplays, our special script development methods, and lively discussions on current events in the business of film and television.

RULES OF THE GROUP

    • Respect your fellow group members.
    • Only one person should be speaking at a time; try your best not to interrupt others.
    • Review the writing not the writer. Give your feedback in the context of this script, and try not to rewrite the story for them.
    • Positive commentary must precede negative criticism.
    • If you have not finished reading the script, please reserve your comments until you have.
    • All scripts distributed by the group must be WGA registered.

    In addition, the organizers ask that members try to keep discussion in our meetings and on our message boards succinct and germane to the screenwriting craft, business, and film industry. Our group organizers are dedicated to organizing, moderating, and managing this community in as democratic a manner as possible.

SCRIPT SUBMISSION

    If you have a script for submission, or have any questions about the script queue, email our Script Coordinator at Coordinator.NYCSC@gmail.com. Our group reviews feature length screenplays and teleplays.

    Our meetings are designed around Script Review. We review 1 script per meeting. Meetings are about 90 minutes long in two 45 minute halves, Part I: Uninterrupted Commentary, Part II: Open Discussion. Scripts are posted in the FILES­ section about one week before the meeting. The scripts are posted as .pdf files readable with the free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader (click to download).

FEES

    Our group has NO mandatory charges or dues. We collect a modest Meeting Charge to cover administrative costs, to ensure predictable attendance, and prevent over-crowding. We run this group as a not for profit, any surplus revenue goes towards group social events (Karaoke!, Oscar Parties). Refunds will be made if an entire Meeting is canceled.

    NOTE: If our Meeting Fees are a hardship or online payment isn't possible for you please email me David Negrin (dnegrin@gmail.com) and we will work it out.


PLAGIARISM

    All work submitted for review to the NYC Screenwriters Collective must be the member's original work. If the script is adapted or inspired or co-written, appropriate and full credit must be given on the title page.

    All work submitted, distributed, and reviewed by this group is WGA registered. We require all submissions to this group be registered with the Writer's Guild of America: http://wga.org...­. Registration is the responsibility of the author.

    Generally speaking the best protection against plagiarism is to write your entire script and register it. Ideas and concepts are easily appropriated and hard to claim credit for but a full length script with a documented registration is easier to defend. It's also far easier for a producer to option a completed script from you (at the lowly standard rate) than to spend the time illegally reproducing it and risking litigation. So don't leave your concept in napkin stages, write the script.

    "­Steal This Column" - This article is very helpful for anyone who's concerned about screenwriting and plagiarism. From Wordplayer.com the blog of screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio.

    "­Something Borrowed" - This article by Malcolm Gladwell is illuminating and addresses the spirit of derivative vs. transformative work, artistic influence vs. plagiarism, and is heartening when we find that other writers struggle with mixed feelings on this subject.

David N.
dnegrin
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 683
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David N.
dnegrin
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 714
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