Masters of 3 Acts

For those of us also interested in Film and Television Scriptwriting for Sci-fi, Fantasy and Horror. "To bring stories to life, one must first become a Master of 3 Acts...."

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"The First Thing Out of Her Mouth"

I was checking out this service as a possible script 'pre-visualization tool'. For free you can input your lines and basic camera angles to get a quick idea of the flow of your script. For more elaborate sets, change the race of actors and other more advanced options you'll have to fork over some cash. However, for just a quick and dirty pre-vis, it's tough to beat. Here is the first of a series called "Between Men and Women". Text © 2010 H. Wolfgang Porter. All Rights Reserved.

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Technology Killed the Romantic Comedy....

Started by H. Wolfgang Porter Apr 3, 2015. 0 Replies

As a screenwriter, I…Continue

Amazon Storybuilder

Started by H. Wolfgang Porter. Last reply by Zainab Amadahy Dec 27, 2013. 2 Replies

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Scriptwriting Glossary

Started by H. Wolfgang Porter. Last reply by R. C. BECKOM May 5, 2013. 6 Replies

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Tips on 'Pitching' your script....

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Comment by Sean on September 17, 2013 at 11:46pm

Just finished my first film short.  Check it out:

Comment by H. Wolfgang Porter on February 6, 2011 at 4:18pm
Story 'Bibles' are a must. If nothing more than a reference for you writing the piece. I've 'cheated' so to speak with my novels in that I do a fairly detailed glossary and rogue's gallery. I can't tell you how many times I refer back to the previous glossaries when writing a new Tale. For animation, they're needed because you almost always working in a collaborative environment so they'll need the in depth reference material a 'Bible' will hold. Just remember you can use your Treatment to help you fill in gaps or give you backstory 'threads' you can follow. Cool thing about Bibles is they often are great places to mine when you hit the wall on creating ideas! Some of the interesting backstories or little details will be very good sources for 'what's next' material. Truthfully, if you've been writing a project for a while, you should have a 'bible' built up already.
Comment by Brian Williams on February 6, 2011 at 10:59am
Brother about story bibles for animated series? I have been asked to prepare one for Lucius Hammer and I have a rough idea how to do one...but just wanted to run it by you and see what you have to say about it.
Comment by H. Wolfgang Porter on February 6, 2011 at 10:03am
Actually, the finished script is what you're agent will be pushing if you are fortunate enough to have one. The Director once one is in place will handle the script during the pre-production and production phases. If again you are fortunate as the original scriptwriter, you may be called upon to work with the director during those two phases for rewrites and what-not. When writing you're script, unless you plan on directing it yourself do not include camera angles or any other kind of director's cues. Many directors are put off by that as they will want to input their vision with the work. Many agents know this and won't peddle your script if they see that stuff in it. Once you put the script into an agent's hands, move onto another project. Whether it sells or not, gets made or not is in other people's hands. Unless you plan on making the film yourself, your part is done until you get hired on as the scriptwriter for the picture.
Comment by Barry K. Burks on February 4, 2011 at 12:49pm

My studies state that there are two stages to script writing.  The first major one is writing a Presentation Script.  The second is the Director's Script.  I don't know anything about camera angles.  But, I submitted my Presentation script to my agent to market.  I figure each director will write their own anyway.  My agent's job is to sell them on my script story.  Bad strategy?

Comment by Barry K. Burks on February 4, 2011 at 12:43pm

Thanks Brother Porter (chuckle)!  This is funny.  I actually know a man in my religion with same name.  I am being lazy.  I have got to burn it.  I am working on the distribution of Romantic Warrior.  But I have got to get the video script thing working.  Thanks for the links.  I'm on it - sometime this weekend (chuckle).

Comment by H. Wolfgang Porter on January 23, 2011 at 4:50pm
Brother Burks, first check out the 3 discussions on 'Scriptwriting for Videogames'. There's some good info on how a full 'script' for a videogame is put together and in the 3rd discussion you'll find sample written VG scripts and an online book on the entire process of creating a VG. If you have questions after that, feel free to ask.
Comment by Barry K. Burks on January 23, 2011 at 1:45pm

My client, Frank Akenten, has created a game to which I am writing a script.  It is very exciting.  I have written a Sci-Fi script which my agent has not been able to get sold yet.  Any ideas?  I am currently working on my client's first project called Romantic Warrior (

Comment by H. Wolfgang Porter on January 5, 2011 at 10:50pm
HAPPY NEW YEAR! So hopefully, you all had happy and enjoyable holydays and are all ready to get back to work on your scripts! Welcome to our new members as well! Coming up will be the final part of 'Scriptwriting for Videogames', some sample Treatments and a discussion about 'Scriptwriting for Comics/Graphic Novels'. That and whatever else I get my hands on! So standby....
Comment by H. Wolfgang Porter on December 13, 2010 at 8:26pm

Hey everyone! Just started to branch out with a series of discussions on how utilizing the discussions on scriptwriting for the big and small screen can translate into other areas like Videogames an Comic Books. These additional mediums are highly visual in format and though artwork is key, how well developed the story and characters are can make or break your project. First we'll start off with V-Games and then get into comic books specifically Graphic Novels. Stay tuned!


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