When Roy and I started, we had no clue if this would be beneficial or not. We knew amateur writers wanted to be read, but there were diminishing returns on where they could do so. Although it’s still our overall goal to become a screenwriting workshop site, we do know that most people come here for free detailed notes.
We’re not that stupid…or at least Roy isn’t.
This week we had the opportunity to check out Classy’s Blaze project. After Roy’s detailed review he, I and even Classy found it extremely interesting that most of the same issues were found in the paid notes Classy received from Script Shadow.
We were interested for two reasons, the first being that those are definitely issues the script needs to address, but second, Roy and I are really onto something here.
Keep in mind, Classy paid for the notes he added into the comments section, and as most of you have said here or otherwise, notes from Script Shadow’s paid service are of high value. They can cost anywhere from $300-600 from a reputable source, and here we are saving you a couple hundred bucks
So what does this mean, Hank? You’re FINALLY going to offer a paid service for your notes?
Well, not yet. Roy and I have discussed it and still don’t think we’re there, especially considering the number of readers we have each day. As I told him checking our stats, I’m not sure we’d even have enough people interested yet.
What we do want to point out is that we’re putting in the time for free, and now there’s a comparison so you can judge for yourself how to use them.
We appreciate the continued respect for what we’re trying to do here, so thank you.
(But don’t be afraid to mention what we’re doing on other sites too, now that you have something to compare the quality of the notes to.)
Now onto what I wanted to get to today. I want to go back and see what the author’s are up to that we first reviewed.
Are they revising their scripts?
Have they found an entirely new and awesome idea they’re committing to paper?
Did they decide to go back and take a class, read a script, or check out a book to sharpen their skills?
Or did they take our notes and essentially tell us to go F ourselves?
There’s no right answer, but I know one of the reasons I like having Roy as a writing partner is he’ll ask me, “How many pages did you write today?”
I can easily lie or rationalize my lack of writing to myself, but when it comes to telling Roy, he’ll ask if I REALLY needed to put off writing. I’d like to think I do the same for him.
Consider this Roy and I being your writing partner for the day. If we don’t hear from you via this article, we might be forced to email you, then stalk your house, then chain you to the chair at your computer until you write something.
Here are the earlier projects we’re curious about, and let us know what’s up with them:
Blood and Fire by Karl Larsson
He takes us to the remote jungles of Belize, where we get into a bit of drug related trouble, even as a missionary for the Salvation Army.
Sawtooth by Justin Buettner
A group of teens tracks down a bigfoot in Sawtooth Canyon.
Extraction by James M. Lion
A former Marine captain pulls together a small team of mercenaries who struggle to rescue a kidnapped CARE worker from terrorists in the Afghan mountains.
The Bad News First by Eric Dickson and Simon Colligan
A group of reporters chase all over town in hopes of catching stories before the legit papers do.
Dr. Pill by Ed Nejeschleba
Something about a pill pushing doctor, lol. (This reminds me of why we started to include a logline and synopsis.)
WallyWorld by J. Ryan
Christmas Eve and our sad, lonely crew of grocery store employees can’t wait to punch out for the night. Too bad some “down on their luck” robbers have different plans for the evening.
Gideon Only Believe by Randall Hahn
A preacher gets stuck in a town here one’s badly needed, especially due to past and present racial issues. (Another spit balling from memory line.)
That’s enough of a trip down memory lane for right now, but please, even if you’re not on this list, let us know where you’re at on your writing.
And MOST important, don’t LIE to yourselves. Even if it’s only just a page a day, take the time to sit down and write.
Want to make it in Hollywood? Then write your ASS off.