SCRIPT NOTES PITCH WORKSHOP

CREATING POTENT VILLAINS – David's Pitch Workshop

Hey, folks– A few weeks ago, loyal reader David submitted to the Pitch Workshop a synopsis for his hacker thriller, Hacktivism.  So first of all, thanks to David for submitting… and thanks to all of you who responded with comments and constructive criticism. For those of you missed it, here’s the synopsis, followed by...

PITCH WORKSHOP: David's Synopsis

Hey, everyone—   Huge thanks to David, a loyal reader who submitted his screenplay synopsis to the Pitch Workshop!   Here’s what David writes, open the floodgates for feedback…   Working Title: Hacktivism Genre: Thriller   Logline: An honest young programmer loses his job and finds out his wife is pregnant in the same...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Preston's Feedback

Hey, folks—   I just realized I never responded to Preston’s Pitch Workshop Submission a few weeks ago, and while this critique is embarrassingly late, I wanted to respond to Preston before posting the next one.  (And sorry this is so late, Preston!)   For those of you who don’t remember Preston’s synopsis, here’s...

Congrats, C.C.– A Pitch Workshop Success Story!!

Hey, all– Just wanted to post a great email I recently received from C.C., a loyal reader who submitted the logline and synopsis for her TV idea to the Script Notes Pitch Workshop last December.  Here’s what CC writes… Hi Chad, A few months ago I submitted a synopsis for a show called “Sarah...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Preston's psychological thriller

Hey, folks– Today’s Pitch Workshop submission comes from Preston in Chicago, who’s working on a screenplay and wants us to– these are his words, not mine, I swear!– “rip [his] work apart” so he can “fix it right” and “become the next Diablo Cody.” All right, Preston– you asked for it.  Folks… here’s Preston’s...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Erica's Feedback

Hey, guys— Wanted to respond to Erica’s Pitch Workshop Submission from a few weeks ago… sorry this is a little late, Erica! Here’s Erica’s logline and synopsis: LOGLINE:“When the romantically inept son of Dracula travels to New York to find a powerful amulet, he finds he must learn the art of seduction to coax...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Erica's Logline

Hey, folks– Today’s Pitch Workshop submission comes from Erica, who’s looking for feedback on the logline for her feature film idea, Love Bites.  Below is Erica’s logline… eagerly awaiting your notes! Title: Love BitesGenre: Romantic ComedyLogline: To reclaim a powerful amulet and battle Van Helsing’s heir, Dracula’s son must learn how to seduce a...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Wendy's feedback (Entry #9)

I wanted to take today to respond to Wendy’s sitcom idea, “Three-Two-One,” which she submitted to the pitch workshop last month.  First of all—Wendy, thanks so much for submitting this!  And another huge thanks to everyone who posted a comment!   For those of you just coming to the party, here’s Wendy’s synopsis for...

PITCH WORKSHOP: CC's Feedback (Entry #8)

Hey, folks— I wanted to spend today responding to CC’s Pitch Workshop submission for her one-hour TV dramedy, Sarah Weekly. First of all—thanks again to CC for submitting to this!  Whether you’re pitching Steven Spielberg, a low-level TV exec, or just looking for critical feedback, it’s never easy putting your ideas out there in...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Entry #9

Today’s Pitch Workshop submission comes from Wendy, who sends in a synopsis of her sitcom idea, Three-Two-One, to get some feedback from all you readers out there… Think Sex in the City meets Weight Watchers; this sitcom cold opens each week with Emma, an extra curvy redhead, Mandy a philosophical dumb blonde, and Gwynne, a...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Entry #8

Hey, folks– Today’s Script Notes Pitch Workshop entry comes from a young screenwriter named CC, who writes in an email: “Hi, Chad– I’m just getting started as a writer and your blog has been such a great resource. I’ve been reading it for a while and have finally worked up the nerve to submit...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Entry #7 Feedback

Hey, folks— Today’s Pitch Workshop entry comes from Mary S., who sends in a logline for her feature romantic comedy.  Take a look… First of all—Mary, thank you so much for sending this in!  Secondly, thanks to everyone who has already offered Mary their feedback and criticism… I hope it was helpful, Mary… and...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Entry #7

Today’s Script Notes Pitch Workshop submission comes from Mary S., who sends in the following logline for her feature project… “In the feature length romantic comedy, American Breakfast, a bi-cultural young Latino flees an unjust U.S. sentence and clears away the wreckage of his irresponsible past in a quirky coastal Mexican village where he...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Entry #6

Hey, guys— Wanted to take some time today to respond to our most recent submission to the Script Notes Pitch Workshop.  Thanks to Matt for submitting his work, and thanks also to Janine for her thoughtful online response.  Matt, I hope you found Janine’s thoughts helpful, and I just thought I’d add my own...

PITCH WORKSHOP: ENTRY 5

Today’s submission to the Script Notes Pitch Workshop comes from Matt in Montreal, who is looking for feedback on his synopsis for his feature idea, Downsize This! (although he’s not married to the title).  He also says:“I’m aiming for a Jim Carrey inspired, farout main Protagonist, contrasted with an even wilder love interest, populated...

PITCH WORKSHOP/READER QUESTION: The Importance of Loglines

Hey, everyone— Just wanted to give a quick follow-up to Tuesday’s episode of the Script Notes Pitch Workshop… and an answer to a question asked by Scott, the author of Tuesday’s Pitch Workshop entries.  Scott writes: “Wow, thank you so much for all your help. You are completely right, I know what the story...

PITCH WORKSHOP: ENTRY 4

Hey, everyone— Today’s submission to the Script Notes Pitch Workshop comes from Scott, who submits loglines for two feature ideas.  So before we dive in… Scott—thank you so much for sending these!  The Pitch Workshop is one of my favorite parts of doing this blog, and I always wish people would use it more. ...

READER QUESTION: Is the Script Workshop Still Up and Running?

Hey, folks– Today’s question comes from Scott, a new reader who asks… “I was wondering if [the Script Notes Pitch Workshop] was still running? I have a couple of loglines that I am working which I would like to get some feedback on, just to see if I am going in the right direction.”...

PITCH WORKSHOP: RESURRECTED… AND ENTRY #3

Hey, everyone— So, it’s been a while since we’ve visited or talked about the SCRIPT NOTES PITCH WORKSHOP, but I don’t want to let it fall through the cracks.  In fact, I’d like to revamp it a bit.  Originally, I’d proposed doing it in two or three-week stages: for a certain time period, readers...

PITCH WORKSHOP: Entry #2

Hey, screenwriters— Thought we’d take another look at one of the entries in the SCRIPT NOTES ONLINE PITCH WORKSHOP.  Thanks to all of you who have submitted… and please—keep ‘em coming.  I’m happy to hold off on moving to Phase 2 (paragraph descriptions) if more people want to post stuff. Also, do me a...

PITCH WORKSHOP: The First Entry!

I am pleased to announce that we have our first entry in the Script Notes Pitch Festival!  A big round of applause—and a thank you—for going first goes to E. Daniels, who posted the first one-sentence pitch Thursday evening. Just as a quick refresher… we’re in Phase One of our Script Notes Pitch Fest,...

THE SCRIPT NOTES ONLINE PITCH WORKSHOP!

Hey, film and TV writers— I’ve gotten several emails and questions from readers with specific questions about pitching projects they’re working on, asking if there’s some way to use Script Notes to really get down-and-dirty, hands-on advice about shaping their TV and film projects.  After all, whether you’re a newbie just penning your first...