Here’s a good discussion from episode 590 of Scriptnotes. John and Craig twirl their mustaches and discuss what motivates our villains. Why does past trauma lead some characters to become villains, while others become heroes? What separates good and evil, and what makes a villain great?
Craig and John are joined by writer/comedian/actor Patton Oswalt in episode 589 of the Scriptnotes podcast. It’s fascinating to hear them break down the writing in one of Patton’s routines, beat by beat.
The Rochester Association for Film Arts and Sciences is pleased to present this year’s Scriptitude winner, “Usurpation” by Rocket Ross. For this live online table read event, actors read the winning script, as well as a showcase of scripts from the Rochester Writers Workshop. We’d like to thank Script Studio for their continued sponsorship. Script Studio, the complete creative writing software package for screenwriters, playwrights and novelists. Check it out at https://www.Scriptstudio.Com.
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ABOUT THE ROCHESTER WRITERS WORKSHOP
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See if you’ve got what it takes to write a TV Pilot! We’re turning the Rochester Writers Workshop into a writers’ room for several upcoming meetings. We plan to dedicate the first segment of our online get-togethers to a reboot challenge.
So far, we’ve decided on a show: GILLIGAN’S ISLAND. It can take place on the ocean, on an alien planet, whatever you like. It can be sitcom or drama, 22 minutes, 44 minutes, or other.
PREMISE: A disparate group of people – a microcosm – are stranded and must find ways to work together to survive. Their goal is to get home.
STORY FOR THE PILOT EPISODE:
Set up who the characters are, and how they got stranded, and what is the nature of their new world. They must first struggle for food and shelter. What are th obstacles othat stand in the way of their goal? Ultimately, by the end of the first episode, they must move (perhaps in a small way) from being individuals to working as a team.
MESSAGE OF THE SHOW: Live together, die alone.
WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP? Write a one-page treatment in paragraph form, general thoughts on what will happen in the pilot script.
NEXT? Outline that first episode. What happens in each scene? Write it out in paragraph or bullet-point format.
We’ll be going over outlines in the next few weeks. It’s not too late to jump in!
I often search the #screenwriting hashtag on twitter for articles and discussion, and this tweet from Jeanne Veillette Bowerman rang true for me. Hearing actors read and perform your words is so important to becoming a better writer!
Here’s a good article from ISA Insider, a site I just discovered that has plenty of great screenwriting content. What are some things that will turn off a potential reader of your work? Writer Lee Jessup talks about passive protagonists, lacking character descriptions, over-written action, dialogue that becomes monologue, and other wrong moves.