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Afro Punk Screenwriters


Afro Punk Screenwriters

A place for screenwriters to connect and meet other screenwriters!!! Feel free to discuss any projects you have going or any tips you may have for writers starting out!

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Comment by Danielle Givens on October 6, 2014 at 7:27pm

Its seems so hard to find a Black queer punk short films to show my class. Any suggestions? It must fallow the three act structure even the set-up and punch line is fine. but I would love to do something. 

Any suggestions? Even your own work. 

Comment by S Doowop on November 1, 2011 at 7:26am

@Dauod- Congrats on your break through! I've been stuck lately working on my tv pilot, trying to work past this writers block... argghhh...

Comment by AfroCuban on September 21, 2011 at 5:19pm

@Dauod -- Yep, yep.  Gotta make changes instead of complaining, but it'll take building a whole, separate infrastructure, a new "Hollywood" thats run, funded, and protected by new people.   And by Hollywood, I include distribution.  Gotta have distribution and the screens to show the work (film and t.v.).


I hear ya, Sorkin, anyone really, always rewrites many times before submitting that "first" draft.  Then it gets broken or doctored some more.


I"m trying to get the ideas working in my head and a path on the page for the story to find its way.


Keep talking about writing, it helps keep us moving forward (or at least THINKING of moving forward and DOING).

Comment by X-D-D-M*9 on September 19, 2011 at 10:11pm
Add on: writing a good screenplay is like drawing a good pencil outline for a painting or laying a strong foundation or framwork for building.  A very worthily proud step but just a step.  Gotta shoot these projects.  Time to get cracking!
Comment by X-D-D-M*9 on September 19, 2011 at 9:46pm

Hey AC bro, please 'hahahahaaa' at me! Yeah it's funny I'm partying over a little TV script but I needed to break that imaginary wall to see that it just needs to be attacked & done.  Trying to be Spike or Aaron Sorkin out the gate is silly, even they rewrite then changes happen while shooting to editing.


Now I gotta walk the walk when I see wack stuff in film or TV and actually show & prove that I can do better than this shit...  

Comment by AfroCuban on September 19, 2011 at 3:32pm
Okay, after reading @Daoud's commentary, I starting putting words to page, ideas to electronic paper and what not.
Comment by AfroCuban on September 17, 2011 at 1:20pm
@Daoud Shit, man. I was laughing and then you cut me off! You obviously know what's up, so I'm not laughing. You got me to jump to a conclusion. lol. Damn it.

What you wrote is WELL SAID. I feel you on that. 24pp are better than 0 pages! I needed to get to it. I've ideas in my head that aren't quite ready to write, but I probably should write them up anyway. I've put down my notes.

I know some writers write by rewriting. Looks like I'll be one of those rewriting screenwriters. Oh, the pain, the pain! (quoting Doctor Smith for those old enough). When I was interested in novel writing, it was easy, this is harder.

I gotta get writing. Thanks, Dauod.
Comment by X-D-D-M*9 on September 15, 2011 at 11:05pm

Peace to my screenscribes & all writers!

As I mentioned in the Raves section, I completed my first total project: a 24 page TV screenplay/teleplay.

For those of you who have completed massive full-length 90-120 page film scripts, this is no big thing at all.  Y'all might even laugh, it's all good I'm kinda laughing too.

Because it's ridiculous the kind of mental & emotional barriers you can put up to keep you from finishing a project.  I have for more than 2 decades.  Writing a piece here, some dialogue there, a treatment on occasion trying front like I was going to write that story.

As cliched as it sounds, just do it.  Fuck the books,fuck writing one in 21 days, fuck the screenwriting seminars & Final Cut.  Do it.

I am NOT saying toss your shit out if you got it.  In fact put all that shit to use, some are great tools. 

But the bottom line is only you know your story and how it's supposed to look on paper.  And remember that this is only the first step, shooting is what matters.

Don't wait 2 decades to get out of your own way like me to realize it's just a step to get your project done.  Do it now and keep moving, you have projects to get finished for people to watch. 

Write on! 

Comment by Celia C. Peters on October 19, 2010 at 8:19pm
The Next 15 Minutes is a competition and live reading open to writers from groups under-represented in the industry by race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation/identity or physical disability. Four (4) winners will receive Final Draft and 15 minutes of stage time in a live reading at South Oxford Space in Brooklyn.
Deadline: Nov. 30, Submission fee: 10 bucks.
Presented by ActNow Foundation, Produced by Yours Truly, Sponsored by Final Draft
Comment by DRAGONEYESEVEN on March 15, 2010 at 11:31pm
I do scoring as well as write screen plays

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