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Fanfic in script format?

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Sunday, October 17, 2004 6:57 PM

GMAJOR


Anyone else in the Blue Sun Room write in screenplay format or am I the only one?



"Pain is scary." - Jayne Cobb

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Saturday, November 13, 2004 6:26 AM

ARCADIO


I do! I'm currently working on a virtual season two of Firefly. I've just got the first draft of the premier down, and I'm gathering people to help on things such as sounds, graphics, general 'verse knowledge...

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Saturday, November 13, 2004 6:34 AM

CAPNRAHN


I do as well: the Dragonfly item in the Blue Sun room and in the way I write for the characters i play - Mal, Simon and NPC characters the canon RP here in FFFn - "Adventures in GunRunning"

Are you interested in sharing techniques?

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Saturday, November 13, 2004 7:47 AM

GMAJOR


I'd love to talk shop.

Meanwhile, I'll check out your script!

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Saturday, November 13, 2004 7:48 AM

GMAJOR


I'm interested. Send me a word.

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Saturday, November 13, 2004 11:05 AM

GOJIRO


I'm working on one my ownself. Probably post it on my site with a link from the Blue Sun room, since it's going to be 120 some-odd pages.

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Saturday, November 13, 2004 1:09 PM

CAPNRAHN


Gmajor: Word is sent.
Gojiro: I am sure that 120 pages of text would not be a burden to FFFn's storage.

Mummm, what shall we discuss?

Favorite programs we utilize in scriptwriting or writing in general?
Avoiding hackneyed Characterizations?
How to evolve Story Arcs?
Dodging the Mary-Sue reflex?
Making a universe VS writing in someone elses universe?

Choose, but choose wisely!

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Saturday, November 13, 2004 2:20 PM

GMAJOR


Quote:

Originally posted by CapnRahn:
Gmajor: Word is sent.
Gojiro: I am sure that 120 pages of text would not be a burden to FFFn's storage.

A bit long for a TV script though. Each script should run anywhere from 40 - 50 pages if it's properly formatted.

>Favorite programs we utilize in scriptwriting or writing in >general?

Final Draft. I got it as a gift, and I must say, I like it very much. I especially love the autotype when doing dialogue scenes, and the number of templates available for writing television scripts. And the price was right.

>Avoiding hackneyed Characterizations?

When in doubt, I base it on someone I know and change the name to protect my innocence.

>How to evolve Story Arcs?

Only written one-offs so far, so not so much yet. I tend to write episodes as if they were a part of a season, so not everything is tidily resolved at the end. Then of course I had people demanding a sequel, so...

>Dodging the Mary-Sue reflex?

I am not nearly interesting enough to deserve to be a character in a fiction, so no problem.

My only indulgence in my original screenplays iis that I give one of the lead characters a name starting with G, but never my own. When writing in other people's universes, it's easy to avoid altogether.

>Making a universe VS writing in someone elses universe?

There are pros and cons. The pros are that the characters are well-developed and have their own distinctive voice already, the 'verse is rich and interesting, and it can make slipping into it easier.

The cons include picky fans who will bounce up to you and say "Inara would never do that." or "Oh, ew! Those two would never get together!" or some such.

The biggest con to writing in someone else's verse is that there isn't much one can do with it when you're done. It's hard to sell a story where the characters and setting were created by someone else.

In my case, I offer the scripts up as an example of how I could write for television, working within someone else's format and restrictions, as part of my portfolio, so I have written a handful of scripts of television shows, in the teleplay format, to demonstrate this.


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Saturday, November 13, 2004 3:04 PM

GOJIRO


Actually, my script is supposed to be movie length. It's a FF-meets-Casablanca tale. I love Casablanca almost as much as I love Firefly, and I was watching it one day and playing the "What Would Mal Do" game, and surprisingly, Mal and Rick are a lot alike. And the story idea was born.

Not original in the slightest, given I'm borrowing Joss's characters and putting them in the Epsteins' story. But it's fun, and I'm really only doing it to amuse myself and sharpen my screenwriting skills, so I really don't care if everyone craps on it.



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Saturday, July 15, 2006 2:08 PM

VIRTUALFIREFLY


If you like Script form fiction check out www.stillflying.net for a virtual continuation of Firefly.

Here's how it might of been.... www.stillflying.net

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Friday, August 17, 2007 2:24 PM

ZONER


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Sunday, August 10, 2008 5:10 AM

MER


I never thought of that. All my fanfiction were written in story format. Much more easier to write I bet.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008 7:30 AM

GWEK


Quote:

Originally posted by VirtualFirefly:
If you like Script form fiction check out www.stillflying.net for a virtual continuation of Firefly.

Here's how it might of been.... www.stillflying.net



Yep, we've got almost 30 episode-length scripts completed (finished up Season One with 7 more episodes, and currently have 20 of 22 episodes for Season Two).

www.stillflying.net: "Here's how it might have been..."

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Sunday, August 10, 2008 7:34 AM

GWEK


Quote:

Originally posted by MER:
I never thought of that. All my fanfiction were written in story format. Much more easier to write I bet.



Prose is indeed easier to write than script format because there are less constraints. However, I've found that since Whedon's Firefly episodes all follow those constraints, fanfic in script format can often "feel" more like authentic Firefly than that in prose.

www.stillflying.net: "Here's how it might have been..."

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Sunday, August 10, 2008 8:08 AM

RALLEM


I've written a couple fan fiction short stories for Harry Potter and started writing my own version of book 7 before J.K. Rowling came out with hers, but I only got up to chapter 6 and left it alone because then Deathly Hallows came out. I wanted to start writing a fan fiction story of Firefly but all the good ideas I have I am incorporating into my plan for a sci fi series on television. My plan is to make a one season show about a small group of men in a space station.



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Monday, March 16, 2009 9:33 PM

ANOTHERSKY


I do. I find prose fic doesn't work that well for "natural", since it was originally a scripted medium. At least writing them down gets them out of my head.

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