FIL 6644 - Screenwriting Feedback from A History of Violence (2005) screenwriter Josh Olson
Josh Olson's screenplay for A History of Violence (2005) was nominated for the Academy Award, the BAFTA, the WGA award and the Edgar. But Olson's greatest gift to the filmmaking community might be this humorous opinion piece from the Village Voice of Sept. 9, 2009. In it, Olson explains how professionals feel about reading scripts with spelling mistakes, poor format, fractured sentences, thoughtless structure, etc. Read Olson's piece. Reread your script (every word). Run your script through spell check. Have someone else (not a pro and not someone who loves you) proofread it. Ask them to tell you what the script is about. Listen to their answer. Is that something other people will really care about? Is it visual? Did your reader identify a meaning or entertainment value that is compelling and successfully conveyed on the page? Reread your script (every word). Think. Anything you'd like to change or improve? No? Then, if it's really ready, give it to a pro.