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See the replay of Scriptitude 2020

See the replay of Scriptitude 2020

Did you miss our live Scriptitude event on May 11? Don’t fret, it’s still available to watch on Youtube (for a limited time). Hear a cast of Rochester actors perform the three winning short screenplays from New York State writers! Watch below:
SCRIPTITUDE live streaming table read

SCRIPTITUDE live streaming table read

Join us for a live streaming table read!

The results are in! See live performances of our three winning short screenplays. A cast of Rochester actors will bring these stories to life, live on the RAFAS Youtube channel.

Live Q&A to follow each reading!

May 11, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Including:
Concrete: The Deep by Jason Terrill
Still Watching by Brian VanDenBergh & Nick Pasquarella
Superbug by Gio Forlenza

Scriptitude will broadcast live on the Rochester Association for Film Arts and Sciences Youtube channel. Look for the LIVE link at the channel on the evening of the event. 

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Link of the week: Scriptnotes Live

Link of the week: Scriptnotes Live

Much like our writers group, my favorite screenwriting podcast has gone to video chat. The last two episodes of Scriptnotes have been live video shows, broadcast over Youtube. This week’s show invited budding writers to share their work. Each writer joined the show to receive their critiques.

Video link here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIt4WCjMs5Y

Read along with the submitted three-page-challenge entries here: 
https://johnaugust.com/2020/livestreaming-the-three-page-challenge

Writers Blockbusters talk Back to the Future

Writers Blockbusters talk Back to the Future

It’s a classic, but what makes the script for Back to the Future work? How many ticking clocks are there in that story, anyway?

Find out in the latest Writers Blockbusters podcast at 
https://thundergrunt.com/e/writersblockbusters-050-back-to-the-future/

Writers Blockbusters, produced by Thunder Grunt, is an exceptionally good podcast from writers and script readers who really know their craft. Check it out!

What Software Do You Use?

What Software Do You Use?

One stumbling block for beginning writers is formatting. Yes, you can write in Word, Google Docs, even a yellow legal pad, but if you want it to LOOK like a screenplay, you’ll need some software to help with that.

While many professionals use Final Draft (the most expensive), the popularity of that program has been waning. There are many cheaper alternatives that make PDF files just as well.

If you’re on Windows, I recommend the free app TRELBY. For Mac users, there are many low cost programs such as HIGHLAND, SLUGLINE, and CELTX. Web apps can be appealing, but paying their subscription rates probably isn’t worth it if you’re not a professional writer.

See our page of software links on the RWW website at:
https://www.rwwny.org/software/

How to structure an adaptation

How to structure an adaptation

Writer/Director Greta Gerwig is best known for her Oscar nominated film Lady Bird. This year, her adaptation of Little Women comes to theaters. She approached this adaptation differently than film versions have done in the past, however. Instead of telling the story chronologically, she focuses on the adult characters and has occasional flashbacks to them as girls.

Hear more about her approach in this episode of KCRW’s The Business.