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Uploading scripts
« on: July 01, 2013, 01:07:08 PM »
After I finish the chore I'm working on atm, I was planning on looking into uploading scripts. 

I was curious what information you thought I should capture along with the script itself in order to make a search useful to indie directors and producers.

Of course these following pieces of information will be included.

Title, Author, Logline, Genre...

I was thinking of maybe a series of tags you could assign to the script they would genre/ subgenere/length/budget related... like

low-budget
disaster
small cast
neo-noir
feature
etc...

Some the uploader would need to supply others would be optional. 

Any opinions or suggestions for this?

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Re: Uploading scripts
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2013, 02:28:17 PM »
I think the idea of uploading screenplays is a great idea, Michael!

Would the above information mentioned give details as to how many pages are in a screenplay? I prefer to know how long a piece is before I read it. This may be a stupid question, but I thought it was worth an ask :)

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Re: Uploading scripts
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2013, 02:50:29 PM »
Would the above information mentioned give details as to how many pages are in a screenplay? I prefer to know how long a piece is before I read it. This may be a stupid question, but I thought it was worth an ask :)

Not sure yet.  That's why I'm asking you all what you think is important.  Because the member is going to be responsible for entering this information, I'm not certain about a page count.  I was thinking more along the line of a length tag like...

Long-Feature (over 120 pages)
Feature (between 90 and 120 pages)
Featurette (between 60 and 90 pages)
Long-short (between 30 and 60 pages)
Short (between 12 and 30 pages)
Festival-short(between 5 and 12 pages)
Micro-short (under 5 pages).   

This way the member doesn't need to be exact and them being wrong is a matter of just changing the tag, also if they upload again it's likely they won't have to change the tag like they would the number of pages. 

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Re: Uploading scripts
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2013, 05:25:27 PM »
Page counts seem spot on to me.

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Re: Uploading scripts
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2013, 05:54:05 PM »
Regarding page count. I don't think people are going to search on page count.  I think they will narrow it down to ranges of pages like I outlined above.  Whilst I don't mind including a field for the member to update the page count of his/her script, I'm not going to be able to verify it's correct and if they update their script it would be their responsibility to update the page count.  I can see a lot of wrong information being presented via a page count.   Whereas, if they say it's a "feature" and a feature is defined as 90-120 pages then they won't need to update that if they update their script and it  would be exactly what people would be searching for.  It's easier to work it like that all round.

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Re: Uploading scripts
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2013, 06:07:33 AM »
This is how InkTip does it. Maybe it will give you some ides.  :)




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Re: Uploading scripts
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2013, 10:17:38 AM »
That was helpful Pia, thanks.   I'm not sure we really need all of those things or perhaps not as specific as they are about them - especially about budgets because I think writers often don't do budgets.  I could probably calculate a budget based on other information however.

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Re: Uploading scripts
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2013, 01:17:08 PM »
It was just meant as an example, but I agree, they went really specific.

About the budget thing...they know writers have no idea about budgets so whatever budget you click on, it will automatically include two budget ranges below and above the writer's estimate.  :)

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Re: Uploading scripts
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2013, 02:36:50 PM »
About the budget thing...they know writers have no idea about budgets so whatever budget you click on, it will automatically include two budget ranges below and above the writer's estimate.  :)

Have to agree with Pia, budget ???? I write to create a story and if it needs to be cut back at the suggestion of a producer, then so be it. I don't budget anything I write.

I hear that rain is ridiculously expensive so I have avoided rain in my screenplays. I hear it costs something like 100k per minute ????

At that cost I would rather trash a few Ferrari's. Hee Hee 
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Re: Uploading scripts
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2013, 12:29:39 PM »
Ok. So the big list didn't work to get feedback. 

What if I asked for movies that represent each of these categories.

Like a movie that represent

Blockbuster Budget: Avatar. 
Heavy CGI: Avatar
Heavy Pyrotechnics: Avatar
Epic Cast: Avatar
Sci-Fi: Avatar

I'm trying to get some description together to provide people uploading with a frame of reference and I can't use quantities so I figure I could use movies as guidelines.   But I could use some help coming up with the movies.

Here's the list that needs references.  You suggestions of movies are appreciated.  More than one movie as a reference is a good thing.

BudgetAverage Budget
BudgetBlockbuster Budget
BudgetHigh Budget
BudgetLow Budget
BudgetMicro Budget
BudgetUnknown Budget
CastAverage Cast
CastEpic Cast
CastLarge Cast
CastMicro Cast
CastNo Children Cast
CastSmall Cast
CGIAverage CGI
CGIHeavy CGI
CGILight CGI
CGINo CGI
EffectsAverage Effects
EffectsHeavy Effects
EffectsLight Effects
EffectsNo Effects
GenreAction
GenreComedy
GenreCrime
GenreCult
GenreDrama
GenreEpic
GenreHorror
GenreMusical
GenreSci-Fi
GenreWar
GenreWestern
Make-upAverage Make-up
Make-upHeavy Make-up
Make-upLight Make-up
Make-upNo Make-up
MechanicalAverage Mechanical
MechanicalHeavy Mechanical
MechanicalLight Mechanical
MechanicalNo Mechanical
PyrotechnicsAverage Pyrotechnics
PyrotechnicsHeavy Pyrotechnics
PyrotechnicsLight Pyrotechnics
PyrotechnicsNo Pyrotechnics

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Re: Uploading scripts
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2013, 07:49:35 PM »
Ok.  That list was apparently too big as well.  How about this?   Can you (meaning everyone here) help by coming with at least one movie that represents each of these genres.  Epic is historical or historic-like.

GenreAction
GenreComedy
GenreCrime
GenreCult
GenreDrama
GenreEpic
GenreFantasy
GenreHorror
GenreMusical
GenreSci-Fi
GenreWar
GenreWestern

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« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2013, 09:01:33 PM »
Action - Last Action Hero
Comedy - Hot Fuzz
Crime - The Godfather
Cult - The Big Lebowski
Drama - 21 Grams
Epic - Gladiator
Fantasy - Troll Hunter
Horror - The Shining
Musical - The Music Man
Sci Fi - District 9
War - Atonement
Western - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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