Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Record your message at the beep

A couple of commissions have rolled my way recently, which is always exciting. Sometimes, when things are going well, I expect the phone to ring and for the producer/exec to say: "Sorry Danny, we were getting you mixed up with Denny Stark, that amazingly gifted Irish writer, not you, obviously". Denny Stark, my writing doppelganger. If you see him, he's got all my commissions but at least I've got his...!

Anyway, am a bit tied up at the moment so now's probably a good time to open it up to the floor: maybe you'd like to ask a question or would like something new covered on the blog, or something old given an update. Whatever you fancy, really, if anything... BEEP!

17 comments:

Jason Arnopp said...

"Hello? Mr Stark? Er... I'm calling from Steamy Windows, and just wanted to check if you were alright for double glazing. If you'd like to ring me back, please use 1-800-WINDOWS. Thank you."

*Clunk*

JJ said...

What about using music in scripts? Generally, we're advised against it but I've seen plenty who do it, so what's the good & bad ways...?

Lisa said...

I've never got my head around how you show that two people are talking at the same time or do you just say that in the scene description? I've never found any 'how to' book that seems to cover it.

Good Dog said...

In Christopher Riley's book The Hollywood Standard he notes that when two or more characters are talking at once their name/dialogue are typed in side-by-side columns.

Lisa said...

Thanks Good Dog. I guess that would have to be a manual entry on the writing programme though. I use Sophocles and I don't think it can do that.

Kevin Lehane said...

Sophocles can't do it, but Moviemagic and Final Draft can. It's call dual dialogue and if you read the Jaws script it has many scenes with overlapping dialogue.

Music in script is not a problem either. I have read many scripts that highlight a certain song playing. I have even read some for work where CDs are provided to listen along to. Play track 2. Usually the music is not to my taste and so it harms the read. I think it's always best to let people read the film how they dream it should be, that way they'll always be pleased.

Oops, hijacked Danny's blog. I'll shut up now.

But as for me, I'd like to hear about what revelations you've had since taking up your writing career?

Jon Mitchell said...

Dear Lisa,
You could try writing it this way

BARBIE & KEN
(together)
Let's ride the plastic fantastic!

This format usually works for me,
Jon

Kevin Lehane said...

Sorry about typos.

Lucy said...

I would like to hear about how Denny Stark somehow infiltrated your brain Danny (with technology he stole from Russians)so he could get his thieving fingers on all your best ideas... And how he then sold them to Granada for a vastly inflated price and retired to Spain, yet you will not rest until you have hunted him down like the dog he is like Charles Bronson in Death Wish.

Danny Stack said...

Cheers chaps. Will get to the Qs (or at least, the ones not covered above) next week...

Jill R said...

Danny, I've recently decided do do something about being a scriptwriter instead of just dreaming about it. My problem is where to start. I have (I think) a good story and have started writing a script. What else should be I doing? I would love to study at university but can't afford it. I am applying to a part time english degree. Is this a good idea? Any suggestions greatly fully received.

Thanks
Jill

Eleanor said...

Hi Jill,

Check out http://www.scriptsecrets.net/index-2.htm
and
http://www.screenwriterbones.blogspot.com/
for comedy www.janeespenson.com

I hope these help.

Eleanor said...

Oh, hey...

On script secrets you are looking for the script tips link, which will take you through to the front page, if you wait a whiloe it willo then magically whisk you to the tip of the day.

There are a lot of other writers blogging on the net. Lucy up above has a great blog with lots of info about writing as well!

Eleanor

Eleanor said...

Argh, I'm having an attack of typing! Sorry about the typos.

Lucy said...

"Lucy up above"?? You make me sound like some sort of scriptwriting angel Eleanor! ; )Cheers for the pimpage!

We have some info and experiences on courses Jill if you're interested. (we? It's just me though there's lots of scriptwriting commentry)

Lisa said...

Well, this is rather fun and I have another question although I am concerned about the scant appearance of the host. Has anyone checked under the coat pile to see if he's taking a quick nap?

If your character has a distinct regional accent is it necessary to write their dialogue 'in accent' or enough to say where they are from.

Danny Stack said...

cheers lisa, will answer in next post...