Summer of Screenwriting Newsletter #3
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Newsletter #3
Thursday 8/6
From the founders
Dear <<First Name>>,
Summer is speeding by! Here at Summer of Screenwriting we've been working hard to pack in extra content and events into this last month. In addition to the newsletters, we've been sending out screenwriting challenges, and blog posts from our Screenwriter Spotlight Series. If you use Gmail, make sure to check in your "promotions" mailbox because some of our emails get put in that category. We have scheduled 2 young writers meetups (local to Boston-area) and a live stream discussion-- look out for the upcoming email announcement about those! And don't forget to enter our script contest (deadline Aug. 31st). We have some awesome prizes donated by our sponsors Final Draft, ShotPro, and Shot Lister. 

Happy Screenwriting!

Audrey Larson & Shay Martin
Co-Founder, Fountain of Youth Productions
Book Pick
The Foundations of Screenwriting
By Syd Field

A generation of screenwriters has used Syd Field’s bestselling books to ignite successful careers in film. From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script, here are easily understood guidelines to help aspiring screenwriters—from novices to practiced writers—hone their craft.

Screenplay is one of the bibles of the film trade and has launched many a would-be screenwriter on the road to Hollywood.” —Library Journal
Guest Blog Post

"Why I'm a Screenwriter: The Importance of Storytelling in the 21st Century"

By Lindsay Slark

Storytelling gives the writer the power to make people feel. A great story will leave you feeling something and it can stay with you long after the credits roll. It has the power to make people think differently, inspire people, encourage them, make them laugh, take them somewhere else for a while. All of this begins with a great script. As a screenwriter, you have the power in your hands to say something and move people you have never met, across the country and even across the globe...
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Interested in writing a guest blog post? Contact us. You could be published in our internationally read blog. It could be about movies, screenwriting, filmmaking, or your experience with Summer of Screenwriting. 
How to Write Everything in Your Script (except dialogue)
The one element of a screenplay that audiences notice and (usually) attribute to the writer is the dialogue.

That's because most moviegoers have never read a screenplay and don't understand that dialogue makes up a mere fraction of the words that are necessary to create the world they are watching on the screen. Much of the craft of screenwriting is the economical choice of words and phrases, carefully constructed and arranged on the page, to bring a movie to life in the mind's eye of the reader. And the majority of those words are not dialogue.

In a recent episode of the ScriptNotes podcast, screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin look at short excerpts from seven produced screenplays across a variety of genres to break down different styles of how to write everything in a screenplay except the dialogue...

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Write Better Scene Description
Writing better scene description
Screenwriter John August works through a scene to improve the scene description.
Movie Script of the Week
Tootsie (1982)

Screenplay by Larry Gelbart 

An unemployed actor (Dustin Hoffman) with a reputation for being difficult disguises himself as a woman to get a role in a soap opera.

Read the script here
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