SCRIPTWRITER'S ANONYMOUS

Hello, scriptwriters!  It's time for the quarterly open scriptwriting meeting.  The open meeting will have one part consist of critiques of scripts, one part discussion of current projects, working on pitches and log lines and potential brainstorming, and one part discussing writing method and/or networking.  

Also, those who want something critiqued should bring copies of their work to the meeting.  We'll share these copies and read at the beginning.  I think the most we can reasonably critique is between three to five selections, if each selection is 10 pages or less.  Bring whatever scene you are having difficulty with or whatever you would like comment on.  If people bring work that is more than ten pages, it becomes too difficult to for people to work on all of them.  However, if one person has a 3 page short and another person has 14 pages or something, I'm not going to be a tyrant about page counts.  When everybody starts going over the max becomes a problem, though. 

Also, if you are choosing 10 pages from the middle of act II or something like that, a mini-synopsis of the script and telling us what beat that 10 pages come from within the structure is helpful, so we can have some context when reading your pages.

If you want to have something read, comment about it in the comments section when you RSVP.  The first few people to list they have something they want read will get to go. Otherwise, if I had ten people show up who all wanted critiques, I would have to be drawing names out of a hat. 

Once or twice a year, I hope to use this group as a place to workshop scripts.  When that happens, I'll post a separate announcement from the quarterly meetings.  Actors will be encouraged to attend, because we will need readers when we've got the workshops going!!

If you have any questions at all about critiquing conventions, let me know. 

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  • Rosalind M.

    What a great group of people. Last night was a mix of production and scriptwriting discussions. For those interested, the Portland Screenwriters and Film Critique group meets every Thursday at 7 at Tom's on SE 39th and Division. Our format is slightly different and members bring pages to read - enough copies that we do a script read of 10 - 15 pages. We then do a critique - dialogue, plot holes, continuity, etc. You are welcome to come and sit in on a session to see if our style will fit your needs. If it does, you can start coming to meetings and we'll critique your work.

    And FYI, Larry and I talked about this so I'm not stealing you from him. We're just giving you more opportunities to learn the business.

    1 · May 6, 2014

  • Larry M.

    Great Discussion ... with all in attendance involved and contributing to the meeting! The discussion covered several subjects and concepts related to scriptwriting, and to film production, including how to market your script to potential buyers & filmmakers, as well as discussing each attendees past and present projects and film writing goals. Finding resources for getting projects produced was also touched upon.

    Many thanks to each of the participants for their significant contributions, and especially to Roz (Rosalind Malin) for her role in helping to lead the meeting, and for her considerable knowledge and experience which she kindly shared with the rest of us.

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • Patriczia

    Informative, inspirational...

    May 5, 2014

  • Austyn F.

    hey guys I was there for about 20 minutes but didn't see anyone that I recognized, hopefully I will be able to interact with the group next time, thanks.

    May 5, 2014

    • marc

      We're still here

      1 · May 5, 2014

  • Devin H.

    I'm also a beginning, ready to getting these scenes down on paper. I might be a little late because I have class until 545.

    April 30, 2014

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