Where to find a writing partner for film-script?

I have been wanting to write film scripts for years. I have many ideas but procrastinating always got the better of me. So, now I realise the only way I can do this is to have a co-writer. Where do I find such people?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The quick, easy answer is for you to find others near you who have similar interests and ask them. If you are in High School, it is almost a guarantee that someone else there also wants to make movies so it is a matter of seeking him/her out. At that level, you can start by writing some very short scripts and then going out and making them on the weekends. Start small and have fun. You'll learn a lot about filmmaking in general, but even more about how to write a great script as you learn how the actual shooting and editing processes change what you originally put on the page.

    If you are in college or are on your way there, find a school that has a great screenwriting program. Visit http://www.whatireallywanttodo.com and click on the "Filmschools" link at the top for the most comprehensive WORLDWIDE list of filmschools available anywhere. Look at schools near you and study their available classes. Don't be afraid to contact the professors at the schools that interest you and talk with them about what you want to do. Going to a university that has a specialty class in screenwriting will put you in immediate contact with others who have similar interests as you as well as instruction on how to write better screenplays.

    If you are not going to a school at all and just want someone to help you write, your very best strategy is to first sit down and write on your own, even if it's not very good at first. If you have nothing but ideas to show, you won't be very attractive as a writing partner as whoever you ask will see someone (you) as not being very motivated or excited. They may see you as the "idea" man who wants the other person to do all the hard work while you sit back and tell him what to do. Whether that would happen or not isn't the point... if YOU want to be a writer, then you'll sit down and do it, partner or not. And no potential partner in anything will want to work with someone who doesn't share the same passion.

    To help you get started, I urge you to read this book: http://www.amazon.com/Film-Scriptwriting-Second-Pr...

    Also, read every single page of this website: http://www.wordplayer.com/

    These resources (and more available at http://www.whatireallywanttodo.com) can help to guide you. But only YOU can make yourself sit down and write. Not even a partner will be able to make you sit and write, and no one should have to. If you are serious about writing and passionate about it, then you won't view it as something you HAVE to do... you'll WANT to do it so much that you will go crazy if you CAN'T. Writing screenplays is not easy for a lot of reasons, but it is something you truly want to do, then take the steps to do it for yourself and then when you're ready, reach out to others to co-write, although, you may find that at that point, you may not want or need anyone else. But the first step begins with YOU!

    Good luck!

    Brian Dzyak


    IATSE Local 600, SOC


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