The Hollywood Dream Story That Should Convert Thousands to ScriptShadow
If you don’t know Scriptshadow yet, and are in the business of writing stories shaped like a script, know that this blog will teach you more than many books you will read and classes you will take.
Not that I am saying you shouldn’t read any books or take any classes about screenwriting, but ScriptShadow is a unique and priceless source of information every storyteller should check at least once.
(Photo from Lovely Package)
Carson Reeves started ScriptShadow in 2009, reading scripts often in development or in production, analyzing them, and giving detailed notes on what was working or not for him.
I discovered it in July 2010, when it was still possible to download most of the scripts (looking at you FOX), and spent that summer devouring scripts and their reviews, learning as much as I could.
Reeves’ investment (by the end of 2012, I believe almost a thousand scripts will have been reviewed) and generosity to share his thoughts and knowledge made it a special place for me and many others who discovered the joy of reading great scripts, and the pain of reading terrible ones, all along learning.
But everybody has not always shared my opinion (looking at you, John August)…
(Picture of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Script)
… so today I am thrilled to share the latest Hollywood Dream Story with you, and to be able to say that Reeves and Scriptshadow are at the center of the mini-storm that happened this week.
Two things to know first:
- Every Friday is Amateur Friday, and as the title suggests, Reeves reviews an amateur’s script.
- Scriptshadow has a Top 25 scripts. None of them are coming from an amateur screenwriter.
That was until yesterday, when Tyler Mareca’s The Disciple Program hit number 7 (!)
I have read the script (I believe you will receive the reviewed scripts to download if you email Reeves) and it was a great read, made even better by the thought that it was written by an amateur!
This was the first time in three years that Reeves received excellent material from an unknown and without representation writer, so you can imagine his excitement. He sent the script to few people around and the ball started rolling very quickly.
Mareca is now being represented by WME.
I encourage you to read the whole story here, because it is such a feel good story and it is always good to dream, to get on Reeves’ list, so you can get the scripts and get more out of the reviews, and most of all, to start reading ScriptShadow religiously.
As you will see when you read Mareca’s story and The Disciple Program‘s review, this was no accident, and (unsurprisingly) hard work and perseverance were key components, but I think it is also great to see that it is possible to make it that way too.
It is rare, but it is possible.
May this fairytale inspire us to keep working hard on our craft…