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SCREENWRITERS AND ACTORS UNITE!!!

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SCREENWRITERS  AND ACTORS UNITE!!!

A place where aspiring screenwriters can post scenes from their work. A place where actors can get FRESH material for showcases.

Location: Not Hollywood
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When play or movie is not real

Smitty.doc      See what you…Continue

Started by Nancy W. Rouse Oct 25, 2011.

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Comment by Nancy W. Rouse on May 16, 2012 at 10:14am

Smitty is a young man who gets trapped in a college sting and end up in prison for ten years but is very much a mentor and gains his freedom by being there for someone who needed  his help and got himself out of jail sooner then later

Comment by robin metze on October 13, 2011 at 6:55am
hi there all.. any ideas?
Comment by R. Cap de Villa on September 30, 2011 at 10:16pm
Comment by Lloyd D. Clark on July 25, 2011 at 2:40pm

This is a scene from a script that I am currently writing (initial draft), let's see what you think.  It takes place at a small, one weekend renaissance faire in Wisconsin:

 

Ext. sword practice filed - continuous - day

Lined up on the SWORD PRACTICE FIELD in five rows of four are the "students" for John's class.  The football players in the back row. 

The group is a mixture of kids, teens (boys and girls), and few guys that obviously live in their Mother's basement and make a life out of online gaming. 

Each student is holding a waster, the kids looking excited, the gamers practicing "moves" from their games, and the four football players making "hiyah" noises and pretending to hit each other.

Outside of the ropes, there are lots of spectators watching the "show", the four Cheerleaders blowing kisses to the football players and pretending to flash them.

JOHN

Alright, listen up.  Give yourselves plenty of room, even though we won't be swinging the wasters hard or fast today, you still need room to not only strike, but to step forward and back as well. We are going to start...

PLAYER #3 (22), a mountain of a man with a blue mohawk hairstyle and a huge hoop earring, raises his hand.

Player #3

Did you say that we were going to get wasted?  That's cool.

All four football players are cracking up.  The other people in the class are obviously getting ticked off.

GAMER #1, (30), thin, gangly and wearing an Extreme Knights T-shirt, turns to the players from his spot in the front row.

GAMER #1

Why don't you guys hold it down.  I'm paying for this class and I would like to learn something today.

PLAYER #3

How 'bout I come up there and teach you not to throw an attitude at me.

With the others egging him on Player #3 starts to walk toward the front row.  Frightened kids in the other rows run to get out of his way.

JOHN

(in a thundering voice)

Get your butt back in line or I am going to kick all four of you out of here.

PLAYER #4 (19), a short, bulldog of a man, snarls back.

PLAYER #4

Why don't you try and make us?

PLAYER #3

Yeah, little man, why don't you try and make us.  I'll shove that silly wooden sword up your ass.

JOHN

Fine.  Everyone else, please step outside of the ropes.  We will begin class in a few moments.  I promise that you will get your full hour.

The practice field quickly clears and the football players surround John, who is standing calmly in the center of the field, his waster held in a low guard.

JOHN

(speaking to the spectators)

The position that I am taking is called "the fool" in German swordsmanship and "the iron gate" in Italian.  It is a position that I favor when fighting more than one opponent.

PLAYER #3

What the hell are you doing?

JOHN

I'm teaching my class, that is what you are paying me for.

PLAYER #4

This is bullshit.

Player #4, who is to the right of John, rushes in and attempts to tackle John.  John, sidesteps and brings his sword up, but doesn't hit the player, instead he kicks him in the back of the knee as he passes by, dropping the player to the grass, face first.

Player #2, who is behind John, yells and attacks while John's attention is still on the downed player.  Pivoting on the ball of his foot, John effortlessly turns, knocks the player's sword from his hand and kicks him in the rump.  Unable to stop his momentum, Player #2 trips and falls across Player #4.

Player #3, standing directly in front of John, attacks with his sword, swinging wildly and actually forcing John back a few steps, though he is blocking effortlessly and actually seems a bit bored.

JOHN

(speaking while fighting)

The secret of Western Martial Arts is to control your emotions, especially anger, fight from your center, and never let yourself become flustered.  Or, you will end up like this gentleman...

John quickly shifts from defense to offense and quickly disarms Player #3.  Stopping him cold with the point of the waster touching the player's throat.

JOHN

(continuing)

without a weapon and, if I weren't such a nice guy, dead.

John looks over to Player #1.

JOHN

Now, can we get back to class?  The faire will be closing soon and you paid for a full hour of practice.

PLAYER #1

You're not kicking us out?

JOHN

Nah, you aren't the first guys to need a little "personal" instruction.  

 

Comment by Robert S. Gilreath on July 18, 2011 at 2:00pm
i want to write a script about an event that took place in my life. Its pretty traumatic and it speaks volumes twards people yonger than me to let them know how dangerous life can get. Whats the best wat to transition that onto paper?
Comment by Mary Rocelyn Halili on July 14, 2011 at 10:02pm
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Comment by Gregory Foster on June 2, 2011 at 3:32pm
Screenwriters...Tired of getting NO respect in the industry? Frustrated with typing out scenes all night long, that will never see the light of day? Do you long to hear your beautiful scenes spoken by an actual living breathing actor? WAKE UP, and JOIN THIS GROUP!

ACTORS...Listen up you soul-less meat puppets! This is a chance for you to get some NEW MATERIAL. Stop reciting the same old Robert De niro, or Julia Roberts monologue at your next showcase! Start using some new, fresh, interesting material, and maybe you'll get noticed!

Back to the scribes. Screenwriters...I propose we form an alliance. If you think you have the chops, post a scene or two from your latest work. A little exposure can't be a bad thing! My hope is that aspiring screenwriters will post some of their latest work, for the world to see. Heck, if it's good enough, maybe you can get some representation out of it. You never know in this crazy mixed up business of ours.

OK back to our thesbians. I sincerely hope you take advantage of the material presented in this group. Use as much, or as little as you want. My only request to you is, this. If by heavens chance someone important asks you who wrote the piece you just performed, be generous! Let them know the writers name, and where he or she can be contacted. (FAN of course!) So in closing, the next time you find yourselves at an actors showcase at your local coffee shop, and you need some fresh scenes, think of this group.

I return once again to the students of the written word. Listen up knuckleheads! Now that I've got you thinking, let me pull you back down to earth. I strongly suggest, nay I demand that you register all your work before you post it. The fees the writers guild charge are reasonable, and if you can't afford that, then there are other ways. Anyway all I'm trying to say is protect your work.

In closing, I would like to say it has been a ........no this is starting to sound like a graduation speech, so have fun, and I hope you get some material, and or recognition!
 

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