Day One Of Writing A New Screenplay by Mark Sanderson

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Film Courage: …So then if you get the okay on the outline, what is day one of pages like?

Mark Sanderson, screenwriter/author: Day one of pages is (and I’ll just give you an example because last Monday I turned in a new assignment).

So Day 1 of pages is like starting a new job except it’s at my office. It’s the same familiar surroundings but it’s starting a new job and luckily there wasn’t a great amount of time between me finishing the treatment and the company saying “Go!” Because I like it when it’s fresh still, that I can jump right on. There’s a momentum that’s really important about things like that.

And so I sit down and today is my first day of writing and I look at my calendar and I know that I have thirty days and so I do the math and I divide up the days and say okay and I leave myself about 3 or 4 days at the end of you know I’m not just going to Fade Out and The End and turn in the script. I want to look it over, I want to fix things, I want to polish it. But I don’t want to be doing it as I’m writing it because I can’t do that. I have to push forward.

That’s why a lot of times (like the one I just turned in) and I reread it from start to finish and I was like “Oh?” But I didn’t revisit it for almost a month. Because I started…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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About Mark Sanderson:

Mark Sanderson (aka @Scriptcat) is a Los Angeles based screenwriter, author, script consultant and sometimes actor blessed to be living his childhood dream of making movies with over two-dozen screenplays written in genres ranging from comedy to drama. His work ranges from his sketch comedy writing and performing as a founding member with The Amazing Onionheads, writing for MTV, to his spec sale, and nineteen screenplay assignments with television premieres and worldwide distribution of his twelve emotionally compelling films— the WWII indie feature “I’ll Remember April,” Lifetime Network’s “An Accidental Christmas” and “Deck the Halls,” the stylish indie noir feature “Stingers,” and action-packed thrillers “USS Poseidon: Phantom Below” (aka HereTV’s “Tides of War”) and SyFy Network’s “Sea Snakes” (aka Fox’s “Silent Venom”), LMN’s “Mother of All Lies” starring Franchesca Eastwood, Lifetime’s highly rated thriller “Mommy’s Little Girl,” the LMN Network premiere “One Small Indiscretion,” and his latest produced films “Deadly Vows” aka “A Wedding to Die For,” “A Night to Regret,” and “Hunted by My Ex.”

Mark’s films have premiered on Lifetime Network, LMN, SyFy, Fox, HereTV, HBO Canada, Christmas 24, and NBC/Universal, The Movie Network, and have been distributed globally. His films have been recognized at festivals including a premiere and opening the Palm Springs Int. Film Festival, premieres at the Hawaii Int. Film Festival, St. Louis Int. Film Festival, The Rainbow Festival in Hawaii, Newport Beach Int. Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale Int. Festival, and nominated for the Starboy award at the Oulu Int. Children’s Film Festival in Finland.

Mark’s long association with award winning Hollywood filmmakers dates back to his first produced screenplay and has since worked with Academy Award® winning producers Paul Colichman (Academy Award® winner “Gods & Monsters”) and Mark R. Harris (Academy Award® winner “Crash”), veteran directors Brian Trenchard-Smith, Fred Olen Ray, George Mendeluk, and the late Bob Clark, and has written films starring Academy Award® acting nominees Seymour Cassel, the late Pat Morita, Haley Joel Osment, Tom Berenger, and Emmy® acting nominees Mark Harmon and James Hong…(Read more here).



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