Montana writers: Have you written a screenplay -- or are thinking about one? Maybe you write novels or have a life story that people say would make a good movie. We'll also explore ways to use your life experiences as research for scripts, novels or Life Wisdom letters and ebooks.
Join us for online meetings until we can gather in person again. Learn about the art and craft of writing for the screen with us through reading and discussing screenplays by top Hollywood or indie film writers. We'll consider writing style and skills, and also take a Producer's POV to look at scripts from "across the table."
We'll also interview (online) film/TV industry pros -- including the judges of the Montana Screenwriting Competition -- plus other Hollywood screenwriters, indie producers and literary managers, MT screenwriting instructors and more. Who would you like to talk to about screenwriting and marketing your scripts?
We welcome all levels of novelists, short story writers, poets, writers of non-fiction or memoirs -- and of course Montana screenwriters and friends.
Check out our Message Board (under the "More" pull-down menu) for useful RESOURCES about Screenwriting and also other types of Writing.
For our first 2021 Storyline session, join us to discuss "Groundhog Day" -- this meeting is the week before Groundhog's Day (2/2), of course!
>> Brief Synopsis: If forced to repeat the same day over and over again, how would you spend it? A sarcastic, egotistical weathman is forced to spend his least favorite assignment in small town PA on Groundhog Day..... over and over again! He evolves and learns the key to life isn't what happens but how you react to it.
This is a favorite film of James Napoli (one of our MT Screenwriting Competition judges; he was our interview guest on 4/16) -- you can listen to his interview (or download as MP4 with video or M4a audio only) at:
This script was nominated for (and won) many awards, especially for comedies.
Our Storyline session is from 7-9 PM Montana time.
RSVP YES to get Zoom meeting link and passcode. After you RSVP you'll see the link under "Online Event" on this Event Page.
If prompted for passcode when you login via Zoom link, type:
READ the script before our meeting.
Download SCREENPLAY PDF - cut/paste Dropbox link into your browser:
While you read, you can refer to our Storyline 2020 Discussion Questions to help you evaluate the story elements: characters, dialogue, plot, structure, premise, theme.
Download our Storyline 2020 DISCUSSION QUESTIONS via this link - cut/paste it into your browser:
THE FILM: You can watch the film either before or after you read the script.
YouTube (full movie): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcIAXxTzqGQ
Also can view at Netflix, Amazon Prime, Vudu.