welcome to script squad
Script Squad is designed as a training group for practicing screenwriters. We are a culture of writers honing our skills through the development of scripts. Some are hobbyists; some have kicked some goals; some are making an income from their passion.
Scott Myers is one of the most prolific bloggers about screenwriting, and his site 'Go Into The Story' is a great resource for writers, providing story tips, industry news and a library of screenplays to read.
He advocates that screenwriters need a regime of writing, reading scripts and watching films, on which he elaborates in this article. Script Squad curates monthly events where we can maintain these practices as a group, around our other commitments: employment, family, well-being etc.
Encouraging us to write regularly and push to improve our skill set, our meet up provides us the opportunity to:
- submit writing by a due date (great practice!)
- receive written feedback
- meet and receive 30mins of discussion on our writing
- improve our provision of useful feedback to other writers
This is our opportunity to catch a movie on the big screen as a group and then discuss the story. It will be a cheap Tuesday and I'll pick an early session round 6-7pm. The selection will either be an Australian movie, or a movie that is generating a bit of heat. This event is 'Open For All', so we can invite our family or friends along to share this passion we have for screen stories. After the movie, we have a casual chat about story for about 30mins.
Major cities around the world are fortunate to have a number of monthly filmmaking events worth attending. In Sydney, AFTRS TV Talks, AWG Write Night and NAFA are some of our faves. Each month, I will pick one of these. We will meet at the venue at 530pm for our own Happy Hour before the main event starts. This is 'Open With Discretion' meaning attendees don't need to have attended a Script Squad Feedback Session, but it is preferred that they can contribute to a conversation about film business: friends who are interested in writing, producing or directing a film are welcome. I will prep a topic for a quick chat. When the main event starts, you can choose to stay or give it a miss.
read a screenplay
To get started, one month we will have a cinema night, and the following month we will have a script to read. I will pick a screenplay of merit, with some relevance to the projects that have recently been submitted for feedback. We will be able to share insights, without it feeling like too much homework.