MEMBERSHIP IS CURRENTLY AT CAPACITY.
The group accepts new members on a space-available, rolling basis. We will be accepting new members in the spring.
WHO WE ARE
We are a diverse group of writers, actors and producers who meet to read scripts, get honest feedback, and improve our craft. After three-and-a-half years, we have developed a core group of pros who are committed to each other's success and make up the bulk of our weekly attendance.
We are serious about our craft. There are two "R"s in the industry: Relationships and Reputation. Through mutual support, honest feedback, and keeping our word (showing up when we RSVP, for example), we build our careers.
We read from 6:30-8:30 pm, then network until 9 pm when the restaurant closes. Most nights, the discussion moves to the outside patio for another hour after the doors are locked.
Membership to the group is free, although Meetup.com charges us $90 every six months to use their website. To raise the $90, we pass a hat around the table every six months and take voluntary contributions.
The group accepts new members on a space-available, rolling basis. You'll be asked some questions when you send in your request for membership. Please take the time to answer them so that we can get to know you.
Screenplay writing is not a spectator sport. We require attendance at meetings so that we can all learn from each other. We are not one of those large groups that exist only as a mailing list to sell you something.
Due to the success of the group, we limit our membership to just over 100 members. If you do not attend or check into the website on a semi-regular basis, you will be removed from our members list. We also remove people who RSVP two times without showing up.
If you live outside of Los Angeles, we welcome your visit when you are in town. But the best thing to do is to start a group in your own area. Feel free to copy our format and materials. Successful careers in the arts require collaborators and the support of a community.
ABOUT BRINGING SCRIPTS
Scripts are read on a first-come, first-served, basis as time allows. We usually get through 4 scripts per evening. If we don't get to your script, you are guaranteed a spot the following week.
We give priority to scripts brought by members who attend even when they don't have a script to be read. In other words, we frown on "drive-bys" -- a person who comes to a meeting only when they want their script read.
1. New members must attend two meetups before bringing a script to the third. You'll see whether the group is a good match for you and whether your script is ready for reading (see #2 and #3 below.) A good idea is to bring a copy to your second meeting and ask a member to review.
2. Prepare your script properly. If your script is not properly prepared, it will not be read that night.
• Bring no more than 10 pages. If you are bringing the final pages of a script that we have already been reading, you may run a few pages over.
• Make enough copies of your script so that each character -- plus the narrator -- will have his/her own to read. Having an actor share a script, read more than one part, or read a part written for a different gender doesn't work. (Our sponsor, http://www.copyhub.net, is a great, inexpensive, copy shop in Sherman Oaks.)
• Highlight character names on the script in color so that the part is easy for the reader to find.
3. No first drafts. If you have a first or early draft, ask a fellow member to read and give feedback during our networking time before you bring it in for a full table read.
If you are not sure about script format, if you are writing in English and it is not your first language, or if you think you need a copy editor (that's a person who looks for typos, misspellings, and other grammatical errors), have one of the group members take a look before you ask for a table read. You want us to concentrate on dialogue, character and plot, and not trip over format, spelling and grammar.
For some great, simple advice about screenwriting (including "Pixar's 22 Rules for Phenomenal Storytelling"), go to http://goodinaroom.com/blog/screenplay-writing-infographic.
ABOUT PARTICIPATING AT MEETINGS
Speak loud and be proud! You never know who is attending the meetup. We have members who are casting agents, producers, and directors, so don't be shy. When we do introductions at the start of the meeting, speak up with confidence. When you are reading a part, give it your best, and make sure everyone can hear. Our meetup is a place to develop personal confidence as well as writing skills.
After each script reading, we go around the table and give notes. The writer only listens. When it is your turn, speak about what worked and/or what didn't work for you as an audience member. Stick to the topic of writing. Pitching brief ideas or jokes is okay. We are not here to re-write, impress, debate, compare, fix, or teach movie history. If you want to give more extensive notes, speak with the writer after the meeting.
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