Start directly: You have a vague idea for a movie: To create a page for your movie idea type a "working title" for your script into the search field, then search, a page will tell you that the page you searched does not exist of course, then click create page, read the text that appears. enter your idea and don't forget to save.
Movie Play is scriptwriting on movie scripts where everybody can write something. By submitting an idea you admit that everybody can use it in every form. We want you to Click Edit in the top right to put your ideas to the scripts. If you want to work more with this site read: How to use Movie Play. Keep copies of what you write also on your computer.
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- 1 Movie Play open source scriptwriting community for movies, film, tv, theater or books. Script writers community
- 2 You can register
- 3 Finding scripts
- 4 What is Movie Play - community movie scriptwriting
- 5 What makes a movie script great
- 6 dramaturgie in a script
- 7 What is a script doctor
- 8 theory of writing scripts
Movie Play open source scriptwriting community for movies, film, tv, theater or books. Script writers community
In return every script idea or text you find on Movie Play you can freely use for yourself.
You could right away follow the link All Scripts above, open one of the movie scripts, click on Edit at the upper right and write something into the script. You do not need to be registered everybody can write here. But because at Movie Play several people are working together in the same text you should read about the writing etiquette on this online page. Also you might want to know how to start a script idea. For the etiquette and starting a script you can read the page How to use Movie Play.
Remember if you write something here you admit that everybody can use it as if it was her or his own idea. So you might not want to put your one favourite super script idea to Movie Play.
And please keep copies of what you write here also on your computer.
Note: there is not yet a community here. Google must rank this page higher. this page is all new. Google will rank this page higher if there is more text on it. So if you are a writer and want to support this page: create a script. Every writer start a script here. Only so this will become a strong site for all of us.
You can register
You can write on Movie Play without making yourself an user account. But if you come here often and work on the scripts you might want to get in contact with the other authors. If you register you do not need to give any information. You only need a Username like Pinkunicorn21 and come up with a password. You can enter your email and your real name but both is not needed. The real name entry textbox says it helps giving you credit but this is not for this platform. Your name as you want it in movie title credits you have to write into the scripts. So there is really no advantage in giving your real name at registration, also not for possible title credits. If you register you get a little user page where you can write some information about you for the other authors at Movie Play. And after registration you have the possibility to sign your User name in the scripts and then people can send you a message. So registration is the way to get in contact with the other authors. Registration is free. Click on create an account at the upper right to become a registerd user.
If you can not find a script then it is not categorized correctly. then follow this link to all uncatagorized scripts. Please copy this notion: [[Category:Action]] and put it at the beginning of the script into the text of the script of course where it says Action you put in the right category.
If you find your script there then you have probably used the
thing but made a mistake in writing the category right or chose a category that does not exist.
If it is not there you could check the deleted pages
What is Movie Play - community movie scriptwriting
This is Movie Play the open movie, film and theater scriptwriting page. Scriptwriting for movies community style. Movie Play is a page where everybody can edit the movie or tv scripts somebody else started. So keep a copy of what you write in Movie Play, so it won’t get lost if somebody thinks some things should be deleted. Also be caring with the writings of others on Movie Play. No registration is needed at Movie Play but you can register for better joining the discussions. You find all the written scripts of this page under All Scripts in the menu. This page is a place for the community of script writers.
Movie Play is an online community site for film scripting. What does happen on this page. You take your unfinished ideas for your film scripts or movie and theater skript writing and post them on Movie Play. That is what you do here, you write your scripts here on this page. And what happens first is that everybody who finds your ideas can take them as if they where his or her ideas. And he or she can even go ahead and work with your ideas or just takes them and trie to sell them as they are. With writing whatever scripting idea to Movie Play you allow everybody to use it even commercially. But you do not loose the right to use your own ideas if you put them to this page. The ideas you present here still are your property, but they also are the property of everybody else. So you can still sell your ideas even if you put them to this page, with putting your ideas here you only admit that everybody else can also sell them. That is communal thinking. You give your ideas to the group what you get back are ideas from the others. This is the meeting place for a society of artists. Enter a few ideas for the united efford of revision and development.
What is this good for? Are you just giving away your best movie ideas. No, of course not. What many younger authors underestimate is the fact that movie scripts are not written by single genius persons. When Hollywood started each studio hired like 10 authors and they had them write the film scripts together. And nowadays the practice for making movie scripts for blockbusters is much the same. The basic movie script may come from one person alone, but then other people are put to the script called Script Doctors or Script Consultants. Most time you do not get aware of this because these script doctors or script consultants are often not credited, that means their name does not even appear in the titles. But fact is nobody can write a great script alone. Hollywood knows since the 1910s and it is true to the present day. And as long as you can not afford some 9 script doctors Movie Play is the place to be. The Writers Guild of America, which is a kind of a labour union for scriptwriters defines that to get a credit in the titles you have to contribute over 50 percentage of the movie script to get a credit, so we see they alao know that a film script is never written by one single person.
So use the power of many authors for your script writing effords. Why should you write and develope your ideas alone if there are so many talented scriptwriters out there.
And every idea of another author put to your script is just as good as if you would have had it yourself. What you fond on this page you can treat as your own idea. So you can just use it or sell it. For that power it is worth to give some of your ideas to other screenwriters.
And another advantage of this site is the chance to get a credit. Everybody who takes ideas from Movie Play is asked to put the other script authors a credit in the movie titles. If you did most of the movie writing yourself then you should credit the other authors at least as “Additional scripting”. So posting your ideas on this page is a chance to get credited. And who tries to really make it as a movie script author knows how important credits can be. So please take the crediting of other authors in your titles serious. You do not have to credit. Every idea that you find on Movie Play can be treated as one of your own ideas. To make that work that you own every single idea on this page you have to admit that all the other people also own your ideas that you put on this page. But remember that the other scriptwriters here are real people, so take crediting them serious even if it is not a must on this page.
Younger screenwriters or script authors might not want to write here, because they might think, just as I did and still do today, that they are the most talented script authors ever. But the older you get the more you understand that writing a script alone is not as good as writing a script together. And you start to understand, that selling a script is not so easy anyways because it has to be a really good script. And you begin to understand that there is stuff you can learn from others, even if it is just a different perspective.
If somebody contributes to your script he can have the whole thing also for himself. No actually even before, if he or she sees the script it already is his or her possesion to make a movie, film or theatre play out of it. The point is that this is it what makes contributing here a thing that is good for you. For every idea you give you can take 10 new ones home with you. It is like being an author that has the talent and knowledge of many authors. You well risk that your script gets produced and you never see a penny. Be aware of that, and also be aware of the great benefits.
So authors who know that they will very probably sell the film script they are writing and then get the money should not write scripts for movies on Movie Play. But all of you, who know that probably no movie company is going to ever buy your written script and all of you who know that you will film this script on your own anyways, for all of you Movie Play should be just perfect.
So what I am going to do with writing my scripts is that I will keep my very special project out of here. It is ways to genius to just have it copied. And also I know that I will put a lot of work into it and do not to much need other authors for this. But a scriptwriter does not work only on one idea. So all my other scripts will probably not come to be done in a way that I think is good enough. And the biggest problem is that there comes no input to them by itself. So those are the ideas for movie scripts I will put here. Maybe not my all special project. But my other projects. And maybe when I come back somebody or even multiple authors have taken up the idea and have written something to enhance it. As their prize they can take the complete movie script and make a play, film or book from it. But for this I just trust in my talent in movie making and trust that when I make my movie of this script it will become much better. And who knows if somebody has a writing style you like and you both are registered you might get into contact with people to work together for screenwriting and film making.
Of course you have the right to develope movie scripts for yourself without using Movie Play open source scriptwriting for movies. So you might also put up a movie or film script writing project and get some initial ideas and then at some point copy it to your personal computer and finish the idea by yourself.
Movie Play is also for theater scripts, so it is also an open source community theaterical play scriptwriting page. You can of course also use this site to write books, that means novels together. The format of the articles does not have to be necessarily in the style of a movie or film script. Scriptwriting in this case also means writing books. How to write a book is in many cases similar to movie screenwriting. The ways to make a book work are the same ways like making a theater play, film or tv show or tv serial work. Because movie, tv, books or film scripts as well as theatrical plays use story or plot. So of course you can also start a book or a novel on Movie Play. This community page is generally for scripts as they are used for movies, tv, film and theater so please drop a note at the beginning if the script if the writing is for a book or a novel if you want this. To understand how to write a great movie script, a good film or a theater play you will also find help on this page. There are articles about scriptwriting. That answer the questions how to write a good movie. so there is also scriptwriting theories or theory featured on this open source community scriptwriting page.
Enjoy open source scriptwriting. And write great movie scripts together. Or start a book for everybody to write on. Or open a page for a theater play and write on it with other people. Or at least have other people put scripting ideas to it. Have fun with this community scriptwriting page.
What makes a movie script great
But a text that becomes the base for a movie does not only have to be creative or new. Since ever humanity had stories and so it was only logical that at some point people started to think about what would be the necessary points to make a story interesting. And over the centuries people found a lot of points that a story can consist of that will capture attention. Vivid characters for example. And also "spectacle" which refers to the presentation of spectacular things or grand sets for example. But not only these two aspects make a story interesting for the human community. There is also a certain ammount of interest that oral, written or filmed stories transport by the unfolding of the events. What is it that the spectators know and what is it he or she want to know. What has to be told in order to give enough information to follow the events. At what point certain information should be given or held back. Thoughts out of this field of how the story is arranged are called dramaturgical ideas. What makes a story interesting is not just some private thoughts of authors. the subject how literary works are to be created to capture a viewers attention is well taught in university. It is on the curriculum of the language studies of the corresponding country. So it is taught as a part of german studies in germany. Also it is part of dramatics, theatrical sciences or performance studies which all three very much are the same course of studies. So what is good about a story is an academical subject. There are books and books of theorie concerning this issue. The first book about this was written about 2300 years ago and is stil read today. It is called "poetics by aristotle" and is today because of its age available for free online reading.
dramaturgie in a script
Now we come to the word dramaturgy. But before lets talk about another thing: One of the things that make a work of literature or a movie interesting is "Spectacle" and in this scriptwriting community we have to look at In Jurassic park the appearance of the dinosaurs for example is a typical example of "spectacle" because there is no story needed to make these prehistoric creatures something you want to look at. So in terms of story-science these ancient creatures make the movie something you want to watch, something interesting, something that catches the viewer attention. This has nothing to do with dramaturgie. This is another point of the idea of why is a story nice to hear for an audience. Another typical event of spectacle in a movie is the car chase. You do neither need a fascinating story, nor do you need some unique characters to make a car chase something that captivates the viewers attention. A fight in a movie, if two people go and make it out with their fists is another common example. But there are many more things that belong to this categorie. Seeing an impressive landscape or picture a landscape from a science fiction or fantasie world that is computer generated. Also great costumes can be out of the categorie "spectacle". Battle scenes, space battles, Gold treaures, a tank. All these things are subsumed under this categorie. So it is always neccessary to get away from the idea that a story presents only clever stuff about like talk and back talk and the meaning they hold. A lot of things are also made up of spectacle. Things you don't need to think about. things that put you in awe or make you intimidated. It is always good to know about this idea. Of things that benefit the reader without looking like high ancient greek drama art.
So it is a pretty clever idea to notice that a literarical piece of work or a film is not only interesting through the logical aspects of the unfolding plot. Ideas like these have been developed by scientists and the scriptwriters community since thousands of years. In fact the first book about this topic that we know of is the Poetics by Aristotle. A book about the staging of dramatic works. This 2500 year old book contains a lot of ideas about how a plot has to be written that it fascinates and benefits the viewer. It is still today a standard work for the community of scriptwriters. So describing the ideas behind dramatic literature is a very old disciplin. In a common efford artists and scientists devoped a stable frame for finding what works well in this craft. So a large group of people in this society already figured out great ways to go in literature. Considering that reading what the commonality put up is a great thing also makes clear why writing in a group of people serves an important need. Really god things are developed together. And so in history of all arts writing ideas about the making of art have accompanied humanity for a long time. The body of art producing people and people interested in art have done a lot of work piecing together the whats and whens of a good "chain of events" as a foundation of a dramatic work. And the devised a lot of guiding ideas for coming up with related ideas like for example the spectacle we just talked about. This element of spectacle is one of the better known ideas for scriptwriting. It is right one of those point created in human science and thinking about what actually it is that makes a story something that you want to see or hear. And out of the same thinkings another word was developed. it serves as a headline for the disciplene itself. So there is a word for the idea of writing a script in the right way and that word is "dramaturgy".
So just defining the rules htat seem to apply for the question: what is it that makes you want to listen and find entertaining or phrased with the opposite: what makes a fictional story boring. This indeed became a science. Dramaturgie is a common field of research for human groups.
So you say that dramaturgical aspect are considered when people speak about scriptwriting. Dramaturgie is the field of knowledge that thinks about if a story for theater or tv will capture a viewers attention.
What is a script doctor
Big blockbuster scripts are written by many different persons. One reason for that is of course that they have to be done after a certain ammount of time. But the main reason for having several people work on the same script is of course that the moviescript gets much better the more people work on it. So since the first studios opened in Hollywood it was tradition to have a set of authors working on the scripts. And so in the bigger movie studios there are up to the present day always many outhors working simultaniously on a story that is later to be filmed. But not all creative persons that are involved in setting up the text base of a filmic production will be mentioned in the credits. So often there is only one writer actually named in the ending titles of a feature film. And so one could come to the impression that there are geniouses that can just write a movie that elates the masses. But of course this is not how it is. This idea falls short of the fact that the really good scripts are always group effords. And who could by hmiself overview all the different aspects we have seen before that make a good story.
Many script doctors you don't know by name as it is usual not to mention these people who additionally work on the scripts. Sometimes the procedure of enhancing the script according to the rules of dramaturgie is called script polishing. As if you would polish a piece of metal or a shoe or a sofa to make it shiny. Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino are not only directors and sceenwriters. They also worked as script doctors for scripts they did not write themselves. That means these directors where given the scripts and then they wrote things to it or changed aspects of the story in order to make the complete thing more fun or more suspensful or in any other aspect more interesting.
Carrie Fisher, yes Leia from the original Star Wars movies also worked as a script doctor. She helpt to improve scipts such as: Hook, Sister Act, Lethal Weapon 3 and last Action Hero. So all these famous works name other people as being the authors behind the whole screepplay but at some point in the tevelopement of theses writings the script was given to Carrie Fisher with the task to look if it is good enough and if not to change it until it is improoved. This is a paid job but it does not give you a writing credit in the titles of of a filmic production. So a usual script is checked and improved by script doctors, additional authors you not to much hear about.
This is a common practice in all of hollywoods film industrie. It was done in that way in this buiseness since ever. Any ego ideas of being the sole creator of a work of art don't make sense if you want to have a great piece as the result of your effords. And so it is more then understandable that in an industry that spends millions on the production of some pieces it must be enshured that the foundation of the whole film is as good as possible. There are other concepts used to guarantee high revenues at the box office. For example the idea of "high concept" movies that was developed in the seventies. This idea refers to an easy to understand plot line that draws viewers into the cinema. One of the famous examples of this technique of creating a film that uses a very catchy base concept is Beverly Hills Cop which goes by the idea "Black cop from a poorer area comes to the rich and not to black people friendly Beverly Hills and solves the case". Sounds interesting and that is the idea behind it. everybody con understand easily what the story is about and will be tempted to watch the movie. so this is one idea of catching attention for a production but in generall the same rule applies to cinematic productions which also applies to every other artwork. The better it is the more peole will want to see it. Andt thats why the science of dramaturgie is the one thing that is applied to movies on a big scale. and So there are always other persons working on scripts then the person that is named as the author. That is why a scriptwriting community makes so much sense. Because on this page you have people to work on your scripts as script doctors. Of course in this type of open community you can not keep the ideas all for yourself to own at the end. But imagine what you learn from the other writers of the community. And always keep in mind that a script written solely by yourself will not make it big anyways. If one does not like the idea of giving a script to the group of autors and ultimatly loose ones rights then of course each persons personal developments should not be presented here. But for learning to be a much better screen writer you will find fellow artists putting ideas into your work simply because of the fact that it actually is also their work. So what you have here is additonal talent for your work and of course you learn from the ideas that other people have.
theory of writing scripts
some people think that writing a movie takes a week or so. But it is a formula in script writing that says: writing is always "writing and then rewriting". The more people look at the ideas and comment on it the better. So lets hope this scriptwriting community page gives us all a good possibility to work on your scripts together. In a collective efford we will reach more then as if somebody would write all by himself. So fill this page with ideas. And use the ideas you find here for your own writing. Just feel welcome to post ideas to the scripts or start your own script.
Here now are some Wikipedia articles on scriptwriting from there you can start to browse around there is some theory about writing and act structure and the like. It is always interesting to read stuff like that. It gives new ideas and new perspectives. Even reading all that stuff again is nice most times. The craft of writing is nothing without the great theory behind it. Learn from the insightful thoughts of others. A lot of great material was written on the figurations and possible uses of stories. It is a real treasure of knowledge that lies ready for us. Never underestimate the advantage of reading theoretical works. It is a great communal efford of humanity to build up all these frameworks in which a delightful tale can be build.
first the article about screenwriting itself. It will link you as a matter of fact to some important articles that you can read or read again.
Now an article about one basic dramaturgical aspect of screenwriting: the Act Structure. An act in a parformance is a section that is bound by a dramaturgical aspect. For example explaining the heroes problem or conflict is usuallay the first act of a script.
And then it is really fascinating to read about the concept if The Heroes Journey. This describes a model of a plot that was derived from stories that where found in the human community. It describes older books that can actually be called acient. but the structure it presents is still a highly regarded guideline for screenwriting today. This article is absolutly a must read in my opinion.
In the science of writing of the last 50 years one aspect that got a bigger focus was researching communities and their generall attitudes towards and strategies for mastering life. It was more and more looked upon as giving important notions on how to understand the phenomenon theater and television no actually all art production as a thing made by the society and also made for the society. So it can be helpfull to look at the article of Cultural studies. At first it does not seem to have so much to do with the craft of screenwriting but as a model developed in society and aiming at having an effect on people in the group and at group structures a general knowledge about the workings of these structures and social workings is indeed aa thing that is worth having a look at. This university subject researches the things that describe a community or group of people such as nations, tribes or even clubs.
And finaly. when we already look at what society holds in store for us in term of writing fiction then lets learn from the best. Some screenwriters stand out from the group for especially insightful thoughts about the whats and whens of a well written story. so lets look at this list of people considered screen writing gurus.