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Posting scripts

edited October 2012 in Site Related
What is the board's stance on posting scripts? The reason is that I ask is that I realize that with most of the business you speak about projects and the like as a independent you really need completed work to show off. I see that a lot on this board, for instance. However, at the moment I feel that I do not the resources available to me to start making comic pages as of yet. So I feel that because of that, it gives me the chance to just work on the scripts and make a lot of them, so I'm prepared for the next step. But I would like to know that I'm on the right track but I don't know if its a cool thing to just post here or not or to ask for critique or something.

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  • Some people have posted scripts -- but they often do that in their *private* threads.  If you don't have a private / pro thread then you'd have to be okay with posting in *public*.  But posting scripts is not forbidden here, nor is it frowned upon.  I think most people would just be concerned for you... legally... since your ideas would be seen by all.

    But I get what you're saying.  Posting *something* shows your chops, gets your skills honed and all that.  Attracts talent to you, et.  What you might consider is posting a partial script (not the whole thing) and talk about your method (which is what most folks do around here).  There's no one-way to make a script... but nobody will know that unless they see it (or you talk about it).
  • Ideas are just ideas, and can't be legally protected, so there's always some risk of someone else "stealing" them once you put them out there.  I think that worrying about that leads to madness... if someone isn't comfortable sharing with people some of what they're working on, they might as well be an e-hermit, and that's not what we're about here.  Besides, they're just ideas.  You'll have more.

    Personally, I wouldn't hesitate to post the full script of a short piece, for feedback.  (In fact, I have one that I was planning to do that with after a little more work.)  Someone else may need to see the whole thing for anyone to get a proper sense of the plot, pacing, etc.

    One concern with posting scripts is on the other side of the fence: writers sometimes don't like being exposed to other people's unpublished work because it opens them up to plagiarism/copyright accusations if they write something similar, even if they came up with it independently.  So they have a policy of not reading other writer's scripts.  For that reason, I'm thinking it would be a good idea to include something like "SPOILER" in the subject line, so that anyone concerned about that can more easily skip it.

    As a practical matter, if you post a script for feedback, I'd encourage you to make sure it's formatted readably when you post it.  Just copy-pasting from Word can produce jumbled results, so exporting to a text file first might turn out better.  Or post a link to a DOC or PDF file.
  • Yeah, what Quest said.... only better.

    There's nothing wrong with posting scripts.  It's just that you may not see that many because most folks post scripts in *their* private threads.
  • Alright, awesome, thanks guys.
  • My advice p: don't post scripts, but links to scripts. They eat a ton of bandwidth.
  • What, Jimmie?
  • Oops, I screwed up.  I meant to ask... I didn't know posting a script took that much space, is it true?
  • It does if you post 22 pages or more here. I was using bandwidth figuratively... It uses a lot of space.
  • Ah, I see.  Yeah, I thought it meant actual bandwidth.  As a figure of speech I see your point.
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