Friday, July 4, 2008

30 Rock: Monkey Business

Because the new season will most likely start without me landing an agent, and because I will have to spec a series of shows next season, I am uploading all of my specs to my blog, with the hope that my readers will enjoy them. In order to set it full screen, click on the rectangle in the upper right hand side.

Liz Lemon must deal with Jack Donaghy's new TGS host...a bonobo monkey.

Read this document on Scribd: 30 Rock: Monkey Business

Entourage: Justine Justine

Vince get a job working on Justine Chapin's new music video while Eric must deal with his feelings for a client and Drama/Turtle compete to see who is smarter.

Read this document on Scribd: Entourage: Justine Justine

Pushing Daisies: Speechless

Ned and Emerson investigate a string of murders where the victim's hands are cut off and their tongues are removed. Meanwhile, Olive and Charlotte delve into the reasons why Ned hates birthdays.

Read this document on Scribd: Pushing Daisies: Speechless

TheOffice: Wild West

Michael finds out that he is descended from a famous Western Lawman and decides to bring some old school discipline into the office. Meanwhile, Pam and Jim search for an Apartment and the new temp peaks the interest of Kevin.

**I know people aren't reading this show anymore, but I love it, so I specced it.**

Read this document on Scribd: TheOffice: Wild West

Monk: Monk and his old new Best Friend

Monk must help an old friend who's wife died in a similar way to Trudy.

**I didn't revise this spec b/c I knew it wasn't a popular spec and it probably wouldn't be read. But I still really like this script.**

Read this document on Scribd: Monk: Monk and his old new Best Friend

Working with a Writing Partner

When you work as a writer, at some point or another you will be asked to write a script with another person. Usually, this is a project for which they have either written a draft or a script, or a treatment, or possibly only have the idea. They will become your "Writing Partner".

I have been contracted to write my second such script. One of which I rewrote from an initial draft. This one is from a treatment. The issue is, they both want screenwriting credits on the script, even though they will eventually write exactly 0 words of the project. Now, on a WGA job, you can simply go to them and have them arbitrate and give you the full credit, and they would get a story by credit...possibly.

This is frustrating because when you send the script out, it looks as though someone else has written portions of your script. Now, it should be stated that they do deserve some credit because it is their idea which I am bringing to the screen. However, they're not really writing the project. They become a producer of the project. When Steven Spielberg hires a writer, he doesn't get a written by credit, even though it's his idea.

On the other hand, as a contractor, once the project is done I can hand it off to another person and have them do a lot of the legwork.

And in the end, regardless, it's always nice to see someone get a finished project that they love. It's nice to see them send their script out and get positive feedback, meetings, or (hopefully some day) a deal from it.

I suppose it is better than being a script doctor and getting no credit.