Summer of Screenwriting Newsletter #4
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Newsletter #4
Friday 8/14
The LIVE Stream was a success! 
Dear <<First Name>>,

We hope you joined us for our live stream discussion this week. We had a lively Q&A session about the script contest, screenwriting advice, our experiences, and more. Thanks to everyone who participated and asked questions. If you missed it, you can still watch the recording here. If you want to skip to specific questions, we've highlighted certain sections in the video. 

If you live in our area, we hope to see you THIS THURSDAY at our Young Writers Meet-up (see side-bar). Also, in other news, we've extended the deadline of the national script contest to September 30th to give you extra time to complete and edit your script. 

Happy Screenwriting!

Audrey Larson & Shay Martin
Co-Founder, Fountain of Youth Productions
Book Pick
Pulling Off Your Shorts
By Troy Lanier, Clay Nichols

Even if you're only interested in screenwriting, this book is a great guide to the whole process of making a short film geared especially for young people. 

Read our review of this book on the FYP blog here. 
Upcoming Events
Join us for a Young Writer's Meet-up at the Walpole, MA Barnes & Noble Cafe.

We'll meet each other, do some fun activities, and learn about creating stories for the screen. All are welcome - no experience required.

Upcoming dates:

Thurs. 8/20
4-5 pm

Wed. 8/26
6-7 pm
More Info and RSVP Form
Have you reviewed the guidelines for our script contest?

If not, now's the time! 

Submission Deadline is Sep. 30th. 

How to Create Good Screen Dialogue
"Reel Dialogue: Movie-Speak Part II", from 

By Ron Suppa.

  1. Characters don’t talk to each other, they argue. 

No pleasant chitchat, please, and don’t have your characters preach to us. Dialogue maintains the tension and dramatic conflict between the characters. Especially if forced to reveal expository information, having characters scream it at each other may be your best choice.


  1. Give each of your characters his/her own voice. 

They should speak as one would with their education, background, occupation, personality, experience, country accent or regional dialect. They have their own characteristic rhythms, their own sense of humor or lack thereof, and they react to situations in their own unique way. Mel Gibson’s psycho cop in Lethal Weapon will respond to a crisis, a woman, a felon, or order a sandwich much differently than his more grounded partner, Danny Glover...

Continue Reading
Entering a Scene
Entering a scene
Watch master screenwriter John August improve a simple dialogue exchange for more impact. Great video!
Movie Script of the Week
Up (2009)

Screenplay by:
Bob Peterson & Pete Doctor

Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. Won best animated feature and was nominated for best picture and best original screenplay at the Oscars. 

Read the script here
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