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Stephen, have you had any bad experiences on TriggerStreet? I did. I evaluated this screenplay and the writer didn't take my critique well. I let him have the last word b/c I wasn't gonna gp beyond two posts with someone who didn't get that a story about a psychotic female bent on revenge against an ex she believes did her wrong and befriending his unsuspecting wife as a way in has been done to death. I've seen that on lifetime so much and told him that , though I found it cliche, it's a lifetime movie dream.
I also tried to point out some formatting issues, but he shrugged those off too saying that there are so many different schools of thought on format. After that, I was done, but the whole incident bothered me b/c the sad thing is that screenplay, if properly promoted, would get made before one of my sci-fi. Oh, the injustice.
You have a group of writers there looking to learn and improve their work. You have others that think they know it all already and are hostile to criticism.
There's some useful info on the discussion page if you go through it (links, videos, specific questions). It is more for new writers. DoneDealPro is a bit more advanced. TwoAdverbs is most advanced of the open discussion boards.
Learn what you can, get what you can, and move on. You'll find a few nice folks along the way. Kinda like here...
I'm ToddH99 on TriggerStreet, btw.
Look me up on TS (Cat Bistransin). Read the third comment from the top. And check out the SP's ranking out of 3,000.
I've had a couple of writers diss me like that, personal attacks. Then some are nice, but write to inform me that triple spacing above slugs is the way to go!
I think a bit of weirdness is just part of the territory.
I checked it out and that dude is a complete a**hole, but with a name like that, he'd have to be. He basically said you were too stupid to get the subtlety in his screenplay. Sweet heavens!!! All you can do is try to point him in the right direction, whether or not he does is up to.
And did that dude really say Movie Magic is wrong?! It and Final Draft are recognized as the screenwriting software in the industry and he's saying they're wrong. Well, alrighty!!
That's one of the reasons I got tired of TS. That guy is an idiot.
By the way, I added you (Cat) as one of my favorites, but I don't have any scripts up there. I took down my rom-com (Yard Sale) when I signed with an agent and she was going to send them out. It seemed silly to have it posted where someone could find a negative comment, even if it was from some random person. (Yard Sale was in the Top 10 for a while until one guy trashed it and it dropped).
Irin, have you read "Everything Must Go" from the Black List? It's a fave over on ScriptShadow as well. It's about a guy who's wife throws him and all of his stuff out of the house, literally onto the front lawn. He proceeds to start selling it, an impromptu yard sale, while he tries to pull himself and his life back together.
EVERYTHING MUST GO is available on the Script Shadow blog. In his top 10 unproduced scripts.
I've been leading a "Sold Spec Script of the Week" discussion on TriggerStreet. We did SOURCE CODE this week. Though unsold I selected BLOCKHEAD for next week -- about the Peanuts characters all grown up. Got the writer a ton of attention and a TV gig.
My "Yard Sale" is a bit different - it's a rom-com with a scavenger hunt:
A woman who saves everything decides to sell the items that remind her of her recent ex-boyfriend at a yard sale. But when her "ex" decides to come back, she must find all the items before he realizes that she sold them.
It was my first feature script that placed in the contests and people seemed to really like it, but couldn't get someone to make it (yet).
Cool concept. Seems like it could be done on a modest budget.
Have you looked into the Movie Deal contest? Winner gets their script made. A few others like that.
Thanks. Yeah - cheap to produce. A few "just misses" but I let it go for now and figured when I sell something else, I'll get Yard Sale back out there again.
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