May 2021 #100screenplays

By Laura Crisp Davis - May 13, 2021
May 2021 #100screenplays

I am happy to say I'm fully vaxxed and back at doing live standup! WOOHOO!

I recently attended the Screencraft Writers Summit (virtual), and it was worth every freaking penny. If you get the chance to attend, DO IT. There were so many high level industry pros there--showrunners, producers, managers, agents. My professional network expanded at least threefold.

One of the panels was a Q & A with the showrunner of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Malcolm Spellman, and he was SO real with us. Another was a panel of writers who created eight of this year's Oscar nominated screenplays, and it was incredibly inspiring. In fact, Chloe Zhao's authenticity during the panel made many of us feel like an acquaintance had won the BAFTA and Oscar. 

Several experts and professionals at the summit recommended reading other writers' work to help hone your own writing, so I'm feeling pretty great about challenging myself these past several years. That said, I realize it may seem a bit trivial due to current events, so I hope it's at least a fun distraction.

I'm sticking with my romantic comedy and comedy binge for May. 

  1. Ed TV
  2. Never Been Kissed
  3. Notting Hill
  4. Easy A
  5. Yes Man
  6. Peggy Sue Got Married
  7. What About Bob?
  8. When Harry Met Sally
  9. Elizabethtown
  10. Erin Brockovich

#100Screenplays 2021 reading challenge by the numbers:

Total yet-to be produced scripts: 18

Total produced scripts: 57

2021 Grand total: 75

My thoughts: 

There's a reason that people (including me) re-watch certain flicks, and that's exactly why I re-read the scripts. What makes a movie something you'll watch no matter how many times you've seen it? Often it's because it delivers a profound truth or makes us feel good (or both). We don't always think of comedies that way because they're not the kind of movies that win big awards (usually). But look closer. They're about the relationships and problems we all face, and when we feel--especially when we can laugh at ourselves--that's authentic connection.

Where to find scripts:

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Sometimes I'm serious, sometimes I'm silly. Any scripts referenced are for educational purposes only. (My lawyer made me say that part.)