Our Halloween horror short script contest went so well, we’ve decided to have a Holiday Short Script challenge. Write a five-page or less family-themed script to celebrate the holidays. Scripts can be funny (think “Vacation”), dramatic, action-oriented (Is “Diehard” a Christmas movie?), or anything your imagination can come up with… … More Celebrate the holidays with TSA script challenge
Several TSA members have recently received recognition for their works on page and on the screen: Elvis Wilson’s screenplay, Strawberry Plains, made the list of semi-finalists in the drama feature category for the Austin Film Festival screenwriting contest, while his comedy script, Strike and Spare, is a finalist in National Lampoon and Stage 32’s Search … More TSA members’ scripts, films earn notice
From a twist on Hansel and Gretel to a terrible clowns to were-rabbits, seven TSA members answered the call by sharing their short horror scripts on Halloween night. Presenting scripts were, from left, Jacob Burns (“The Game”), Paula Phelps-Weaver (“For the Children”), Dale McCarver (“Spooks”), Debbie Wells (“Snack Time”), Matthew Gibson (“Le Clown Terrible”), Gary Frazier (“Skin”), and Jeff Chase (“Scattered Pieces”). … More Seven TSA scribes answer call with chilling Halloween short scripts
Nashville filmmaker/screenwriter Elvis Wilson’s FOGG pits a “cold and calculating sociopath” against a neuroscientist looking to cure such behavior in a tense, psychological thriller. Wilson recently shared how the movie moved from script to screen and how the Tennessee Screenwriting Association was an integral part in its development. … More Wilson: TSA’s input invaluable in development of ‘Fogg’
Tennessee Screenwriting Association member Bob Giordano’s film debut, The Odds, has landed the coveted closing night spot on Oct. 7 at the prestigious Raindance Film Festival. A psychological game of cat and mouse between captor and captive, the film previously won Best Horror Feature Film at the New York City International Film Festival and Graveyard … More Giordano beats ‘The Odds’; wins closing night spot at Raindance
Guy1: What’s the threat to the protagonist? Guy2: We don’t need a specific threat. It’s never addressed. Guy1: Is there a threat to the protagonist? Guy2: There’s a threat to all of them [the characters]. Guy1: What is it? Guy2: It’s not important. We don’t need to define that. The audience doesn’t care. Unlike the … More Conversations From Hollywood: Stakes Are High for Protagonist
Plot Point 1 and Plot Point 2 are opt-out decisions. The other 5 Decisions demonstrate a character arc. There may be more Opt-out Decisions throughout your screenplay but want to try for at least those 7.
The 7 Decisions MAY be the Plot Point 1, Plot Point 2 or Midpoint decisions but don’t have to be. Usually Plot Point 1 is a reflection of the protagonist’s decision to undertake the challenge of Act 2.
Question: Does the protagonist’s need & want exist before the movie even begins? Answer: Yes.
Ask yourself this: what do my characters want? Not just your main character, which is a huge ginormous duh. You know, the other guys running around in your world. Recently I watched a very funny BBC sitcom called ‘Whites’ which features a dysfunctional kitchen crew in a high-end eatery. In this show, every character has … More Give Them Some Wants