Posts

Showing posts from 2016

Script Reader checklist

Checklist A: Concept & Plot#1. Imagine the trailer. Is the concept marketable? #2. Is the premise naturally intriguing — or just average, demanding perfect execution? #3. Who is the target audience? Would your parents go see it? #4. Does your story deal with the most important events in the lives of your characters? #5. If you’re writing about a fantasy-come-true, turn it quickly into a nightmare-that-won’t-end. #6. Does the screenplay create questions: will he find out the truth? Did she do it? Will they fall in love? Has a strong ‘need to know’ hook been built into the story? #7. Is the concept original? #8. Is there a goal? Is there pacing? Does it build? #9. Begin with a punch, end with a flurry. #10. Is it funny, scary, or thrilling? All three? #11. What does the story have that the audience can’t get from real life? #12. What’s at stake? Life and death situations are the most dramatic. Does the concept create the potential for the characters lives to be changed? #13. What are the obstac…

Mannerisms

The following is a list of mannerisms that comes in handy while writing. 

What comes to mind when you think of mannerisms? 
Who do you see and what are they doing?

Here's the list!
• Biting fingernails • Jiggling leg up and down • Tapping foot • Twirling hair • Running fingers through hair or tucking hair behind ear.  • Smacking gum • Whistling • Slurping • Burping • Yawning • Glancing at watch • Talking with a full mouth • Potty mouth • Eye-rolling • Constantly apologizing • Snapping fingers • Cracking knuckles (cliche) • Humming • Stuttering
Apprehension: Locked ankles Anticipation: Rubbing hands Anger, frustration, apprehension: Hands clasped behind back Boredom: Prolonged tilted head, Sitting with legs crossed, foot kicking slightly, Head resting in hand, eyes downcast Confidence, superiority: Sitting with hands clasped behind head, legs crossed. Brisk, erect walk Doubt, disbelief: Rubbing the eye. Defensive: Arms crossed on chest. Dejection: Walking with hands in pockets, shoulders hunched. Looks down, fac…

Structure

Image

Casting Directory

**= SAG Franchised Agencies.
CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES AB CASTING
www.abcasting.net ($48 fee)
3575 Cahuenga Blvd West, Suite 125-9, Hollywood CA 90068
Office: 323-850-0024ACROSS THE BOARD CASTING (Mail in Resume/Photo)
cstingboard@sbcglobal.net
5287 Sunset Blvd 2nd Floor, Hollywood CA 90027
Office 818-754-2557. Registration 818-974-9973** SANDE ALESSI CASTING
www.sandealessicasting.com
13731 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks CA 91423
Hotline 818-771-5717. Office 818-773-3035** COLEMAN ALEXANDER CASTING
www.colemanalexander.com....info@colemanalexander.com
12442 Laurel Terrace Drive, Studio City CA 91604
Registration 818-487-8520 (Call to set up appointment)BACKGROUND ARTISTS (Registration Fee $50 yearly. Join online.)
Commercials - Background work.
www.backgroundartists.tv....info@backgroundartists.tv
12021 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 632, Los Angeles CA 90025
Office 888-44ACTOR. Fax 310-966-1023.** BRENTWOOD CASTING
www.brentwoodcasting.com
9663 Santa Monica Blvd Suite 261, Beverly Hills CA 90210
Of…

Screenwriter Terminology

As screenwriters venture deeper and deeper into the waters of movie studio development offices, agencies, and management companies — after years of trying to break through and finally seeing some attention — it’s imperative that they are prepared for the meetings, the conversations, the emails, and more important, the terminology. Development and acquisition talk can be another language to some. Below we will cover some of the most common terms that screenwriters may come across. Terms that are most commonly utilized in development phases of Hollywood. While you’ve likely heard them before, it’s important to understand the meaning, the usage, and what it means for your own script and writing in question. & (AND) Yes, we start this list with the symbol formerly — or also — known as And. It relates primarily to screenwriting credits here. All too often when you see the screenwriting credits for a movie — especially with big studio movies — you’ll see credited screenwriters joined by…