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Welcome to The Script Archeologist, Articles section. Here we will feature industry articles from notable people and publications and links to interviews done by famous and industry related people.

 

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Article from CNNMoney.com detailing Six figure Jobs

Six-figure job: Troubleshooting scripts
Script consultants make their living making screenwriters more successful or at least better writers and story pitchers.

By Jeanne Sahadi, CNNMoney.com senior writer
April 20, 2006: 9:53 AM EDT

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) – It's been said that in some places you can't swing a dead cat without hitting someone who is writing a screenplay. For all those aspiring screenwriters -- and for the very well established ones, too -- there is a growing number of script consultants.

Script consultants can help screenwriters get a script into shape before it is marketed to studios and production companies or, in the case of experienced screenwriters, after they've been commissioned to write a screenplay.

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Article Originally posted on Spletz-O-Rama.com

WRITING Film vs. Video Games

by Andy Spletzer,
Monday, April 16, 2007

Last Wednesday, Brian McDonald and I hosted another Screenwriters Salon for the Seattle International Film Festival. This one was called Writing the Video Game. Here in Seattle we are right across Lake Washington from Microsoft (home of the Xbox) and Nintendo’s HQ. Consequently, we tend to hear about their successes, failures and needs. The mantra for video games right now is that they are in desperate need of good writers. There are too many games that go out where the dialog stinks and the information that is doled out between battles is incomprehensible. Or so they say.

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Original posting on ScriptwriterCentral.com

Evaluating Your Own Work

by Derek Rydall, Scriptwriter Central

WRITING IS REWRITING
As a writer, you may use other script consultants to critique your material, but inevitably you’ll need to master the ability to analyze your own work. This can be a difficult task, somewhat akin to trying to look at your own face (without a mirror). If you are going to write at a level that sells, however, you will need to rewrite.
And rewrite.
And rewrite…

Do not despair. You’re in good company. Many screenwriters struggle over evaluating their own work. I still have bloodstains on my office walls where I pounded my head as I rewrote one script sixteen times before putting it in the market. I once spent so long looking at a single word that it lost its meaning and was reduced to its original, primordial symbolism. And Oscar Wilde once proclaimed that he spent all morning adding a comma and all afternoon deleting it. Boy, do I know that one!

So how do you analyze your own work without becoming an alcoholic or a guest at the Mad Hatter’s tea party?

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Article Originally posted on ScriptwriterCentral.com

Breaking Into Hollywood

Article By Bill Lae

You’ve heard about it. You’ve thought about it. Some do it. More fantasize doing it. Have you ever really stopped to think about it? No, seriously. If we were talking about any other business that produces a product or service, would you actually talk about breaking into it? “I broke into Nuclear Physics! Yep. One night, I had this idea about subatomic particles and then BANG! I was in.” Or: “I broke into architecture. I told Trump about my childhood dream of a glass tower and he had to have it!” ‘Sound ridiculous? It is.

You are welcome to enter the gates and trade in Hollywood when you have something of value. Having something of value usually entails having spent the time, energy, and effort to create it, mold it, and sculpt it. The “numbers” depresses often hopefuls. You’ll hear or read the bad news: “Each year, the studios receive over a million screenplays: a hundred are optioned, fifty are made, and forty of those aren’t spec.”.

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Article Originally posted on ScriptwriterCentral.com

Ten Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters

by Derek Rydall, Scriptwriter Central

1. DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE EVERY DAY
Write something every day – whether it’s your project or an assignment. If you find yourself stuck just staring at a blank screen, try staring at a great script instead -- and try to figure out how it’s put together. It might inspire you to get your own writing done. The point here is to keep exercising and refining your craft, building your knowledge, and keeping the momentum – all of which will give you a competitive edge.

2. TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS
This may sound like a contradiction to the above habit. It’s not. In fact, without this one, you won’t be able to sustain the level of quality and productivity referred to above. Unless you’re able to take a break (whether it’s ten minute, an hour, a day, or a week) and recharge, you’ll soon be booking a room in burnout city.

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Article Originally posted on Ezine Articles

How to Write a Video Game Scripts

by Will Kalif,

Last Wednesday, Brian McDonald and I hosted another Screenwriters Salon for the Seattle International Film Festival. This one was called Writing the Video Game. Here in Seattle we are right across Lake Washington from Microsoft (home of the Xbox) and Nintendo’s HQ. Consequently, we tend to hear about their successes, failures and needs. The mantra for video games right now is that they are in desperate need of good writers. There are too many games that go out where the dialog stinks and the information that is doled out between battles is incomprehensible. Or so they say.

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