I decided to change this next progress report title to something more screenplay feel so “words on paper” which I found through re-reading Chapter 4: Building a Character from “Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting” by Syd Field sounded more apt.
I’ve thought up two antagonists now and slowly building their character backgrounds. I haven’t quite finalized yet which one will be from season 1 arc and the other from the season 2 arc. I still want to keep their identities unknown to the protagonists too. 🙂 Plus, there will be a new recurring protagonist and I hope I’m not overloading everything in one shot. 🙂
My good friend J.Gi Federizo did well in reminding me how was my draft episode project shaping up and so far, I’ve found this new trick writing in chunks very helpful and the built-in index card system is amazing because I can immediately view the notes or parts of the outline shown and when I clicked the left-hand icon, this brings me to scenes under the index card umbrella I want to continue. I’ve also done re-arranging the index cards like which comes first and so forth, wow. I like the ease of it. Now, I hope compiling won’t be a problem.
I’m still building Act One for my… 11th day. Hopefully, these index cards mean one day a page for me.
How many pages for act 1 in a episodic TV?
Looking up Smallville, they have 15 pages (excluding the teaser pages) so I have five more to go to round out Act 1. Oh, speaking of this show, years back, my friend came up with idea for the show’s season 5. I scribbled it and we’ve entitled it “Pieces.” I decided to enter it in of Scriptapalooza’s TV competition unfortunately, it didn’t make it and I can’t remember if I opted for feedback. Oh, well. Just part of the learning curve.
I have yet to check out “The Flash” (2014) script if they have similarities in page count for Act one. I have “Supernatural” but I can’t seem to find it. I see from Scriptfly they’ve acquired “The Flash 2014” and more “Smallville” scripts for study. I’m waiting for “Rosetta” though because this was the episode where Christopher Reeve (RIP) guest starred and one of my fave episodes, story-wise.
I’m also curious to read about “Lost” show bible too which Scriptfly have posted. I would like to learn how to develop a show’s bible. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of the show & only watched S1.
I’m really hoping “Agent Carter” scripts will be up soon because that will be most helpful for me to get the feel of the show on paper.
I bought the software during Writers’ Store Christmas deals and it was only a few weeks ago, I’ve started working around the program. It was easy in some areas and not so much in others.
I’m still looking for good tutorial vids focusing on screenwriting using this program but there have been very few online. If you found a good vid, let me know on the comments. Anyway, I managed to get the index cards up.
I’m still trying to get a hang of using the program because I’ve been used to using Word Doc for my draft scripts since screenwriting programs out there are way out of my budget.
I find using Scrivener easier in writing sections of the scenes because the program has already a built-in screenwriting format. Although, it didn’t hurt knowing how to format first on Word Doc too.
I heard through Scrivener vids, (mostly from novelists), they like the notion of writing in chunks. I thought it was a helpful feature because I can move around these index cards if needed for edit or add scenes without deleting everything or in the case of using World Doc, create a separate folder as “Deleted Scenes.” Unfortunately, using that method was tiring because I wasted time scrolling through the scenes to find what I’m looking for, if I wanted to paste it back to the main draft.