When the professionals show up. In case you didn’t know, Tinseltown is a long ways away. Getting professional guidance on the use of said tinsel is rare in these here parts; but when the miracle happens it is a breath of fresh air. This week in our screenwriting meeting was just such an occasion. Two of our members received feedback on their material from one of our professional screenwriters who happened to be in town this week (note the deliberate use of the possessive pronoun ‘our’–our shall remain nameless for the time being). With the precision of a skilled surgeon, our carefully dissected their work and provided a delicate balance of constructive criticism and encouragement. The feedback was delivered with finesse. The porridge was just right. For this writer, it is hard to recieve any other kind of critique. We are fortunate to have our drop by from time to time. If you weren’t there, you missed out.
On character likability, Robert says “Make your character interesting then likable, in that order.”
We writers are an enigmatic bunch; hesitant to embrace technology dedicated to the purpose of promoting the written word, we’ve meddled in our archaic traditions way too long. But this is no more. Welcome to the new TSA website! We will strive to keep it updated with not only the latest and greatest TSA information but also news and information about screenwriting happenings both local and abroad. Do you know when and where we meet? It’s on here. By all means, come and visit. Want to get feedback on that great american screenplay you’ve written? Become a member and pitch your story to us. There are professionals (professional=screenwriter that has worked and been paid in Hollywood) amongst us from time to time. Okay, enough already. To the new I say welcome and to the been there done thats I say welcome back.
TSA President 2013
After presenting a tv screenplay synopsis a few weeks ago, Emily Byrd returned and presented her first 15 pages for a reading by the group.
Working title: Ellie Parks
Logline: A dramedy revolving around a female compounding pharmacists (a legal meth lab) who starts a new job and on day one meets the on-site doctor who is the guy who broke her heart years ago.
Doug Steier presented pages 15 – 30 in a group reading session of his screenplay, building on the first 15 pages he presented a few weeks ago.
Working title: Dog Bites Man
Logline: It’s a dramedy of a 60 year old guy who decides to become a stand up comic in order to find satisfaction in his life and learns things from that.
Bob Giordano presents pages 1 – 12 in a group reading session building on the momentum of his logline / synopsis pitch a few weeks ago.
Working title: Wild Pak
Logline: A horror comedy about a group of reality tv ghostbusters who are surprised when the actually find a real ghost who starts hunting them.
It was a great night of presenting. We had a reading of 15 pages of Gary Cooper’s screenplay where Jesus is sent back to earth by his father to clean up our modern day corruption with some great witty humor.
After which Bob Giordano presented a synopsis telling what happens when a cast of a ghost hunting reality shows, that stages all of it’s encounters, reacts when they encounter a real ghost. And that ghost comes after them.
We look forward to hearing more about the development of both projects. Nice work gentlemen!
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