I guess I’ve got some time on my hands, and I rarely use my drunkeness
First things first. Visit this site: http://www.screenwriting.info/01.php
then get on google and search out a few more like it. I think there might
be a free screenwriting word processor on the web somewhere too, maybe
someone could shout out the name of it in a reply.
Second remember that as a screenwriter your allowed to use more than
dialogue to advance your story. Your characters say way too much and
you show us nothing. Maybe start the scene by describing the room.
Surround Rod in empty beer cans/bottles, an over flowing ash tray and
fast food containers.
I would make this the opening scene then pull a “Six Months Later” gimick.
and cut this dialogue. If nothing else at least smooth those lines out a bit.
The first letter in every sentence should be the bigger version of that letter
and when a character asks a question you should end it with one of these ?.
Seem to have forgotten alot of your periods too. Those kind of things make it
hard to get through as a reader.
That’s all I got. I’m by no means an expert so feel free to not taking any advice
I give but at least go to the link I posted, maybe read some real scripts and learn
the format. Then try again, and try again, and try again.
I pretty much agree with everything you said.
However, what I’m about to point out runs much deeper than formatting issues. It has to do with: writing ability, character consistency and movie logic.
Honestly, before you even start worry about formatting properly you have got to understand what is drastically wrong here.
First of all:
Dr. Patterson and Rod seem to have a rather personal relationship. I sensed this by the way they interacted with eachother. Dr. Patterson even mentions that he’s even been Rod’s doctor for a very long time. He even asks such an demeaning question such as “How could you let yourself get like this?” And then he goes and asks for specific details regarding his brother inlaw’s death.
Right, so I’m thinking they’re pretty tight or something. Like the visual image that is going through my mind is that Dr. Patterson is probably perched on his desk y’know, feet dangling, having a very casual conversation.
Then all of a sudden you bust out these lines:
[quote]Dr. Patterson:well sir if you dont change your style of living you will die in the next 5 to 10 years
Sir? He’s a sir now? After all that? WTF.
[quote]Dr.Patterson:well mr.watson i’ve been your doctor for some quite time but i’ve never heard that story[/quote]
Mr. Watson? Again… How about Rod, or Roddy or some ridiculous nickname. That would flow much better.
[quote]Dr.Patterson:sir i dont think you know what your saying[/quote]
Yet again . Make up your mind. Also that last quote he insults him, and still refers to him as a “sir” in the very same sentence… classic!
Do you see the contradiction here? The dialogue does not mesh with the mood / interaction of the characters at all.
Like I said, you want to paint the best possible visual image in the readers head. That’s ALL what screenwriting is… nothing more. And this is just flat out confusing. I don’t know if the Doctor is being sarcastic, or if he’s just being an asshole, or if they’re friends. No clue whatsoever.
Rod:it’s been 6 Months since my Abby died in the car crash with my wife sarah in car as well. her brother was driving,
he just had his lisense suspended that bastard. next thing they know he’s cutting the radio up louder and
he hits a tree my wife and daughter necks snapped cause they always wear there seatbeats.[/quote]
Now this… well this I spit out my water that I was drinking when I read this.
This has to be the most forced, wooden peice of dialogue I have ever come across. I have a VERY hard time believing ANYONE would say that about their wife and daughter’s (I assume) death. Just one word can describe that:
You’re also revealing WAY too much within a single scene. Bro, you want to leave some suspense up to the reader. How long do you plan on making this script, because from what I’ve read and from the exposition that you have revealed; I possibly cannot fathom this script going beyond 20 pages (max).
You’re telling us too much. Show us! Show us! Show us! SHOW US! Show us the car crash, show us him drinking and smoking his life away, SHOW US!
Anybody can write a scene where they have a character describe everything that’s happened. It’s easy to do… it takes absolutely no talent at all… and still you didn’t even do that well.
So like DexPac suggested: READ A LOT of screenplays. Learn how to write rythmatically and screenplay like. It takes a lot of hard work and you’ll go through a lot of frustration, but it’ll be worth it in the end.
I know you can do it.