Thursday, March 18, 2004
More Bang for Your Buck: Script Writing
Did you ever wish you had more input on your favorite TV shows? Do you wish you could tell the characters what to say and do? Well, once again, give credit to the internet. In tonight's More Bang For Your Buck, we're going to show you how you can type your way onto TV.
(WSVN) --OK, let's say it's Sunday, and you're watching your favorite sitcom.
How about Malcolm In The Middle?
And, for the upmteenth time, you say to yourself...
"I've got all kinds of good ideas."
"I mean, what could be so hard?"
"I could write this show."
Well, if brothers Chris and David Williams have their way you may soon be able to do that on their new website called Fan Lib.
Chris Williams, Fan Lib Website:"Fan Lib is like American Idol for story telling."
"So, I've never written a scene before, but I can look and it tells me what to do?"
Fan Lib let's the producers of the show, Malcolm in this case, create a situation for their characters and then let the fans write the scene.
"Create scene number 8. Now 18 Malcolm reports to the draft board."
What's even more amazing - if you don't know how a TV script should look, Fan Libs will do it for you.
"Then I just click 'continue' and the magic of Fan Lib will format my scene just like I were a professional screenwriter," explains Chris.
But, just like in Hollywood, there are no guarantees.
Before you start thinking Walk Of Fame, you need the approval of your peers.
"We have a voting process," says Chris. "It's very simple and fun and easy and allows voting to take place and kind of riddle the submissions down until an ultimate winning segment. The fantasy is "Malcolm in the Middle the Fan Episode"
A fantasy not everyone agrees with.
Grace Riener of the Writers Guild of America says the website treats her profession like it's no big deal.
"It degrades the actual work that our people do, because it's very difficult work," says Grace. "Everyone thinks they can write an episode of television."
But Chris Williams says any writers would be subject to writer guild's regulations and rights.
"It really is putting the spotlight on the written word and inviting and inviting a large audience to come and participant in the writing process," he says.
Within the next few months, you'll be able to test your talent with more contests that will soon be posted on the website.
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