The Beat

Apr 13, 2010

Here in the office, we're greatly anticipating the first-ever Script Frenzy Donation Day, taking place on Tuesday, April 20! Our fundraising goal for the day is $10,000.

Every person who donates on April 20 will get a Donation Day 2010 web badge to display on their Facebook, Twitter, website, blog, or profile page.

There will be a link to the web badge in the receipt email that comes from the store.

If we reach $10,000, every person who has donated to Script Frenzy 2010 (since June 1, 2009) will get a stellar sticker mailed to them.

Mark your calendars and get ready to donate to your favorite nonprofit!

Apr 9, 2010

Dear Scriptwriter,

I'm sitting here going a little crazy trying to figure out how to wrap up Act 1 of my screenplay. Instead of doing what I used to do in these situations—curling up in a ball and crying under my desk—I wanted to send you an email instead.

The Moment, you see, is already upon me. And I'm writing because it may soon be upon you as well. I'm speaking, of course, of the Moment when we wonder what the heck we were thinking when we signed up to write a 100-page script in a month.

Apr 7, 2010

If you were with us last year, you might notice that we've updated our store. (If you never saw the previous version, just nod along.)

It's easier to navigate, so you can discover all sorts of Script Frenzy goodies even faster! And what goodies we've got. There's a key fob, hat, t-shirts (long- and short-sleeved), stickers, travel coffee mug, poster, and window cling. Whew.

And the best part: Every purchase helps us! As a nonprofit that hosts free events, all donations and purchases at our store keep us going so we can continue to offer awesome events like Script Frenzy year after year.

Apr 5, 2010

If I've learned anything from The Office it is the more outlandish your characters are the more fun they are to watch.

That, and, I learned all I've ever needed to know about conflict resolution. The best method is called Win/Win/Win. And with it, everyone gets something they want and no one is unhappy. (It might also bring about world peace, but I'm not sure.)

We are so excited to have the Writers Store as a sponsor this year and I'm thrilled to tell you about their killer Win/Win/Win offer.

Here's the deal: They'll give you 10% off everything in their store until May 15, 2010. Then, they'll donate 10% of all sales that use our discount code back to us. Win/Win/Win! They get your business, you save 10%, and we get 10%!

Visit WritersStore.com and enter promotional code FRENZY at checkout.

BAM!

Gotta love it.

Thank you, Writers Store!

Apr 2, 2010

Dear Scriptwriter,

As of today, 19,000 writers all over the world have started in on their scripts. I can hear the click-clack of fingers skipping on keyboards and pencils scratching on paper. I love that sound. (Even if it just plays in my head.)

It doesn't matter if this is your first script or your hundredth. It doesn't matter if you've read every single book on scriptwriting or never touched one. You are ready to write this script.

You've seen movies, watched TV, gone to plays, and looked at dozens of comic books. You know what draws you in and moves stories forward.

To hit 100 pages by April 30, you need to write 3.3 pages a day. That's all. And by checking in with your story every single day, you'll be doing some amazing things for your creative process.

Mar 31, 2010

Hi!

There are mere hours left before Script Frenzy 2010 launches. I'm so excited! My name is Jennifer Arzt, and I'm the very serious Script Frenzy Program Director. (You can find proof of my seriousness here, here, and here.)

If you're returning for another go, hi! So good to have you back! We've made some improvements to the website (you can now update your page count at the top of every page if you're logged in after April 1, notifications work so you can pick the updates you want, and we have a new store).

If you're joining us for the first time, welcome! It is so great to have you. (If you're traveling from a place called NaNoLand, we've got a forum for you.)

Script Frenzy is an amazing trip. Wild creatures, broken hearts, superheroes, space stations, and zombies are waiting to be brought to life as we trek together, page by page, to the end of April.

Whether it is your first trip or fourth, below is a guide that you might find handy. Fold it up, tuck it into your boot, and refer to it as needed.

Mar 29, 2010

Script Frenzy runs on the amazing support of our community and sponsors. I'd like to take a minute to thank the companies out there who have already had a tremendous impact on Script Frenzy 2010. A few of them are offering something to you. Check out these all-stars!

A big round of applause to our Walk of Fame sponsor Storyist Software! Storyist is offering a 30% discount on their software for Frenzies.

Hugs to Scrivener, one of our great Red Carpet Sponsors this year! Scrivener is offering a 20% discount on their software for Frenzies

Thanks so much to Red Carpet sponsor CreateSpace for their support of Script Frenzy!

Thank you to Scripped! They've just merged with a past sponsor, Zhura.

The Writers Store is offering a discount on everything to all Script Frenzy participants. Then, they'll donate 10% of those sales back to us! Thank you!

Final Draft donates their software every year to help make our donor thank-you packages awesome. They also extend a discount to you and then give us 10% back from every order. Thank you, Final Draft!

Sony also donated fantastic software to be included in Script Frenzy's donor thank-you packages this year. High five, Sony!

Celtx has been an amazing supporter of Script Frenzy from our first year. This year they've added a new feature to their software: Check out the Advanced Session Timer tool which allows you to track and tweet your writing progress pre-populated with #scriptfrenzy tags. Thank you, Celtx!

BlueCat Screenplay Competition came on board this year with a great offer. All 2010 Script Frenzy winners will be eligible to compete for a special $1000 cash award in the 2011 BlueCat Screenplay Competition.

We can't thank our sponsors enough for their encouragement and support! Thanks, guys!

Jen
Program Director

Mar 24, 2010

Have you seen the Beat Sheet over at Save the Cat!?

The Beat Sheet

Blake Snyder found 15 beats that are almost all feature films. In his book, Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need, he explains what each beat is and why it is important to your screenplay. (If you don't have a copy of the book, read some of the samples.)

They've done an amazing job crafting sample Beat Sheets.
Up in the Air
(500) Days of Summer
Up
District 9

I've always found the Beat Sheet helpful! I hope you do, too.

Good luck!

Jen
Program Director

Mar 24, 2010

Jennifer and Tavia are doing an online interview now!

Red River Writers Live - What's Write for Me

Mar 19, 2010

April always seems to drag its feet getting here, then BAM! It is right outside the front door.

There are two glorious prep weekends before April 1.

You'll make your future self so happy if you take some time now to prepare. Some ideas on making the most of March:

  • Brainstorm
  • Run ideas by your friends, people in line at the grocery store, folks in an elevator with you. Get feedback before you develop anything too far. You'll find out right quick what ideas are home runs and what ideas strike out.
  • Grab and fill out the amazing character and plot worksheets.
  • Stock up on coffee and hot chocolate.
  • Invite at least one friend to the Frenzy. It'll be easier with someone to write with. If nothing else, they can watch your laptop when you duck into the restroom during writing sessions.
  • And read. You've seen movies, plays, TV programs, but how many scripts have you read? Get an idea of the look and feel of storytelling through a script before April arrives. There are a good deal of full-length scripts available online. Check out imsdb.com.

We've also created a Library of our favorite websites, blogs, and books to help you make the most of the two weeks before April 1.

Jen
Program Director

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