Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Shameless Self Promotion

So I am a board member of the Dallas Screenwriter's Association. One of the benefits of being a member is that you get to participate in the monthly scene readings.

Scene readings are exactly what they sound like - A group of brave and wonderful actors and actresses show up and voluntarily read 10 pages of several work-in-progress scripts out loud for the whole world to hear.

I have attended several of the scene readings but have not actively participated until now. Next Tuesday, June 10th, I will succumb to the overwhelming DSA peer pressure and actually share 10 pages of my very own personal screenplay goodness.

And, for those of you who would like to read the ten pages before they are performed publicly, here is a pdf.

Those of you who have been reading the blog since December 2006 (hi Mom!), you will recognize the story from this post.

I really wanted to somehow work this group of local actors into one of my many existing creative projects detailed in an earlier blog post, but this group of talented people just didn't seem like a good fit for any of those projects. So I decided to expand on an old idea and try to get certain roles associated to certain actors in the group.

Anyway, if you are in Dallas and want to come by the Half Price Books on Northwest Highway around 7ish on the 10th and hear some people read this script out loud, you are more than welcome to do so.

And, if you would like to submit a script of your own, a good member of the DSA board will be happy to take your membership fees.


alex said...

What happens? Not fair! You feed us 10 pages and then don't deliver the rest?! Horrible man.

M. Robert Turnage said...

Sorry, there is a strict 10 page limit. Them's the rules. So in July you will get pages 11 to 20 and so on and so forth. The idea is that by being a DSA member is that you produce at least one script a year no matter what.

The downside is that several DSA members have scripts with a cliffhanger every 10 pages.

Some people use this limit to their advantage - especially the people who write "webisodes". You can have the actors read three three-page webisode scripts during your allotted time.

All I can say as far as what happens next is concerned is that it should get funnier.

Tera said...

Anything that has reading as a part of it is NOT my favorite! In fact, that's why I began blogging to see if I could develop and interest in's getting better but still not all the way there!

M. Robert Turnage said...

Yeah, there's nothing writer's like hearing more than how people don't like reading. :)

Seriously, you might want to skip the next two blog entries scheduled for this week - they're going to be more shameless self-promotion pieces.

NoRegrets said...

Your mom reads this blog?? So I have to start being nice now?

My brother is an actor (and has a regular full time job to pay the bills) and he's done readings. I think it's interesting. I will read yours in a bit...

M. Robert Turnage said...

Oh, yes. My mom read the blog. She follows my flickr feed and probably has Google Alerts for my name because sometimes she asks me about various postings I make on bulletin boards (concert reviews, film criticism, etc.).

I'm know my wife reads the blog because every night I go, "Did you read my blog entry today? Did you? Did you? Huh? Huh?" and we can't have dinner or do anything until she reads it and goes, "That was the best thing you've ever written. Can we ear now?"

But don't worry about self-censoring. Be yourself.

M. Robert Turnage said...

eat now, not ear now

InvisibleMarketing said...

Our courtship included lots of long emails. The wife has a pleasant, even privileged history of getting to read what RT writes.

Back on topic: Alex, BRAVO! :) I can't think of a more excellent thing to say to a writer.