Screenwriting Anarchy - Practical insights from inside the biz?

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Since this place seems to over index on NA Left Coasters, I figure there must be a few people who work in the movie/streaming/tv business who could offer some IRL insights.

I’ve searched and found the books, etc., but I’m looking for current, practical answers to questions and hacks. I’m an old guy and don’t have much time left, likewise I’m not looking to move to Hollywood and start over in the mailroom.

I’m particularly interested in the pitch and development side of things. One would think with all the streaming channels happening, there must be a need for ideas.

FYI, while this does have elements of passing fancy/passion project to it, I have been a paid writer of advertising, marketing, speechwriting, and technical words, etc., for a number of decades and have a pretty solid storyline, so…who knows?

Thanks for your time.
 
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Already have a few of those.

Not sure how continuous dynamic content around a particular theme relates to creating and socializing a written narrative with a fixed start, middle, and end…?
 

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Since this place seems to over index on NA Left Coasters, I figure there must be a few people who work in the movie/streaming/tv business who could offer some IRL insights.

I’ve searched and found the books, etc., but I’m looking for current, practical answers to questions and hacks. I’m an old guy and don’t have much time left, likewise I’m not looking to move to Hollywood and start over in the mailroom.

I’m particularly interested in the pitch and development side of things. One would think with all the streaming channels happening, there must be a need for ideas.

FYI, while this does have elements of passing fancy/passion project to it, I have been a paid writer of advertising, marketing, speechwriting, and technical words, etc., for a number of decades and have a pretty solid storyline, so…who knows?

Thanks for your time.
There’s a ton of talent in Vancouver and Toronto. Look locally. I’ll forward this request to a producer/director in Toronto that I know and see what he comes up with. If you’re into Sci-Fi you’ve seen his work for twenty or thirty years.
 
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Since this place seems to over index on NA Left Coasters, I figure there must be a few people who work in the movie/streaming/tv business who could offer some IRL insights.

I’ve searched and found the books, etc., but I’m looking for current, practical answers to questions and hacks. I’m an old guy and don’t have much time left, likewise I’m not looking to move to Hollywood and start over in the mailroom.

I’m particularly interested in the pitch and development side of things. One would think with all the streaming channels happening, there must be a need for ideas.

FYI, while this does have elements of passing fancy/passion project to it, I have been a paid writer of advertising, marketing, speechwriting, and technical words, etc., for a number of decades and have a pretty solid storyline, so…who knows?

Thanks for your time.
Sent a note off to Joe.
 
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Thanks very much for your efforts to connect me. I really appreciate it! Just picking this up now as I figured this thread was headed straight for the smart ass dustbin…

The spirit of my post was to find the inside line on where the industry spends its time online. If you want to develop software you can read a book on Ruby, or SQL, etc., or you can go hang out at Github. I was presuming the entertainment writing and development communities must have similar destinations.

Cheers and many thanks again for taking an interest ✌️
 
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How could I not? So far Joe has not answered me. When and if he does wish to take up a response I’ll let you know. A childhood friend of my family was one of his stars in a well known series, so that’s my connection. It’s and 11.5 billion franchise that will hopefully get renewed by Amazon since they took ownership. We’ve been speaking of a role for me. For the past two years. Who knows…
 
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I’ve always tried to help people on this board. Whether private sector or DOD related.
 
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I never cease to be amazed at the people you meet on this site. You’re a mensch. Truly. I hope you get your role 🤞
We've been in discussion for a good while. I count this guy as a friend. I was lucky that my older/late brother was the best friend of one of the original cast. We've developed a friendship, because we both hate Trudeau. As of this writing, he hasn't gotten back to me regarding your request, i haven't seen him posting on Twitter, yes I'm there too, so I imagine something is going on. BTW the mastermind, the show runner, started out as a reporter in Vancouver. So you never know. Will keep you posted.
 

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The only hint I can give is to get some good screenwriting software, the kind that lets you put in stage/director/camera/lighting directions and all that. Surprisingly cheap. When you present your magnum opus, it will look SO much better than the amateur offerings boiled up by your competition that it might even get read.
 
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from my friend.


Whoops. Sorry! Missed this one! Apologies.

I would tell him to pick up Syd Field’s book on screenwriting that offers a pretty simple breakdown of proper structure. As for pitching, this is the Warner Bros template I like to use:



DRAMA PITCH OUTLINE
THE TEASER – Pitch out a tease that grabs your audience, that is visual, gives a sense
of the world, tone and set up of our show.
THE WORLD – After you have grabbed our listener, tell us what the world is and why you want to do a show about it.
THE CHARACTERS – Outline our characters in order of importance, allowing what makes each one distinct to shine through (quirks, traits, backstory). Also discuss character dynamics, how each character relates to each other and what their point of views are about each other. Tell us about triangles, rivals, love interests, etc.
THE PILOT – Broad stroke the rest of the pilot. Do not go beat by beat or act by act. This should really just be broad strokes and any key plot points which helps establish character and set up. Also your pilot needs to serve as an example of what a typical episode would look like (i.e. an example of a closed ended story and examples of character conflicts.)
THE SERIES – Discuss what an episode of your show looks like, where you want to go in series, potential storylines and character arcs and entanglements.
THE TONE – You want to make sure you have clearly established the tone of your show and may want to hit it again in the wrap up at the end. It is often helpful to use shows that people are familiar with.
 
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That should give you a start. Hoping Amazon picks this up, for obvious reasons. They’re trying to make this their own right now, of course, Hollywood, that’s going to change, their Rings of power is a flop, so that may inhibit this with their pending waste of a billion. Fingers crossed.
 
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To quote my friend Helfer, Trust your instincts.
 




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