Have Your Sketch Performed Live… and On YouTube

Hey, screenwriters—

This sounded like an interesting opportunity, so I thought I’d pass it along.

A few weeks ago, Zhura (www.zhura.com) launched a new online screenwriting tool… a free website which not only provides screenwriting software, but allows screenwriters from around the world to trade thoughts, give notes, and share scripts and ideas.  I haven’t tried it, so I don’t know if it’s any good or not. 

(To be honest—it seems weird to me… screenwriting, unlike TV writing, is a pretty private process, and I’m not sure I want notes from total strangers out there in cyberspace.  But it may work for some people, so if you’re intrigued, check it out… and send me an email at WDScriptnotes@FWPubs.com to let me know what you thought!)

HOWEVER — what I really wanted to let you know about was a cool partnership Zhura has going on with Improv Asylum, a sketch group out of Boston… and this may be worth your while!

Basically, Zhura and Improv Asylum have teamed up for “You Wrote It—Live!” on Saturday, April 12th.  Basically, it’s a live sketch show composed of material completely written on Zhura by its members.  Each sketch will then be performed by Improv Asylum, filmed and posted on YouTube, so no matter where you live—Kansas, Brazil, Kenya, Japan, Denmark, California—you can have your script performed live… and hear the roar of the laughing crowd.

Check out these links for more information…

•  You Wrote It– Live! – Improv Asylum page & instructions

•  You Wrote It– Live! – Zhura page & instructions

And if you get one of your sketches in the show, please email me and let me know and I’ll post your sketch here on the blog!

In the mean time, here’s a quick look at some of Improv Asylum’s “guerilla sketch” work…

WINGMAN (2/8/08)

CUPCAKE DATE (12/29/07)

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  1. Eric MacDonald

    Chad, thanks for the posting about Zhura and the program that we are doing with Improv Asylum. We’ve got a ton of great sketches written so far — it will be interesting to see how the IA guys select the ones for the show, and how they do on stage!

    Anyway, I just wanted to clarify a point you make above: I understand your comment that screenwriting is a private activity. We do provide each member with a "Personal" workspace that allows them to write scripts and collect their ideas in complete privacy. We also allow members to form private groups with other members so that writing teams can all work on a single copy of their script. The Public area, although pretty unique, is certainly a fairly popular place for members to chat about ideas, get feedback, etc.. Everything in this area is required to be licensed under one of the Creative Commons licenses.

    In general, we find that members are finding many different ways to make use of Zhura. We’re very excited to make this software available to the screenwriting community.

    Thanks again for the mention!

    -Eric MacDonald
    President, CEO
    Zhura Corporation

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