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Summer of Screenwriting Newsletter #6
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Newsletter #6
Friday 8/28
From the Founders
Dear <<First Name>>,

As we wrap up our Summer of Screenwriting program, we'll be sending out some tips on what to do next once you've written your script. Topics on editing, submitting your script, how it works to be a screenwriter in hollywood, and ways to improve your writing. Remember, you still have until September 30th to submit your script to our contest. 

We hope you'll join us for our Wrap-Up Live Stream on September 1st at 7 pm EDT. Bring your questions, comments, and we'll talk a bit about our experiences and tips for going forward. 


Audrey Larson & Shay Martin
Co-Founders, Producers, Directors
Fountain of Youth Productions
Book Pick
SAVE THE CAT
The Last Book on Screenwriting That You'll Ever Need
By Blake Snyder

One of our absolute favorites! A must-read for any aspiring screenwriter. 

"This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!"
Guest Blog Post
"Advice On Writing For Animation "

By Steven Markowitz

An animation is a dance. It is an art of motion, captured through a filmmaking lens. The greatest animations combine this wordless storytelling of dance with the cinematic language of film. Understanding this is the first step in becoming a great animator.

Writing for animation is, at its essence, similar to writing for live action. Plot, characters, tone, pacing, perspective, and all the other concepts taught in scriptwriting are still crucial. Yet animation is not a genre, it is a medium. So we must take a step back and think about how we tell our story.

When you move between mediums (books to comics, comic to film, film to animation), you must ask yourself what are the advantages of each medium for the story. For example, in novels the reader gets to visualize the world however he or she wishes. For animation, that advantage is that anything you can imagine, you can create....
Keep Reading
How to Format Electronic Dialogue 
From FilmScriptWriting.com
 

There may be times in your script that you wish you write scenes in which characters interact with each other via an electronic medium, such as a television, radio, telephone or computer. In an age where electronic communication is taking over one-to-one interaction this can help add an important touch of realism to your screenplay.

You should be careful not to overdo electronic communication in your script though as it can slow the pace of the story down and feel rather action-less. Instead it should be used sparingly when it furthers the story or makes sense that the characters should communicate in an electronic fashion.

Continue Reading
How to Write a Great Scene
How To Write A Great Scene by Michael Hauge & Mark W. Travis
Screenwriter Michael Hauge discusses writing a good scene. Some great pointers if you're stuck with writer's block or if you are editing and determining what scenes should be cut. 
Movie Script of the Week
Gravity (2013)

Screenplay by: Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas Cuaron
 

A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after a catastrophe destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit. Won 7 Oscars, nominated for Best Picture.
 

Read the script here
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