An unofficial #scriptchat Exquisite Corpse – Straight From the Fridge

Back in April I posted to this very website asking people if they’d be interested in partaking in the first ever unofficial #scriptchat exquisite corpse. Many people reached out, each taking a crack at 5 pages in a script before passing it off to the next participant. Some people fell off along the way. Some seven day deadlines were extended for multiple reasons. And a couple alternates were brought in as backup since we ran out of writers at the end.

I want to thank everyone who had a hand in this. The corpse is being delivered to you all as-is (minus one writer who didn’t know how to properly format a script – that part I cleaned up a bit). This hasn’t been rewritten, redeveloped. The first writer was given a title and delivered the first five pages. From there, each writer added on, hopefully building off of what was previously given to them.

I haven’t read the conclusion of Straight from the Fridgeyet. I only know where the story was when I submitted my last five pages. I know where I wanted it to go, but like most, I’m sure it went elsewhere.

So here she is:

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Enjoy it for what it is. I’m thinking about doing a Corpse short in early 2012 and then doing a feature length around the second half of the year. It’s a great tool to practice delivering pages on a deadline… even if you don’t like what you’re writing. The main thing is to get the words on the page.

In the end, I’d love to hear any comments you may have about it. Where did it go off the rails? What is the meaning of it all? What storylines were dropped that you wanted to see explored further.

The unofficial #Scriptchat Exquisite Corpse

W:  Thanks to everyone, the first Corpse is full.  The script should be completed and posted in less than four months if all goes according to plan.

Hey there, I can’t believe the lights are still on here.  I know I’ve promised to update my blog more often, but life in the world of indie film development is a busy one.  Not only am I working on a slate of 20 different projects (a crazy mixture of film, scripted TV, “reality” and transmedia), but I’ve also jumped feet first into the world of being more business savvy.

But that isn’t what this blog post is about.  How did I get so far off topic already?  It’s like #scriptchat is still going on and I’m throwing multiple forks into your virtual road.  But I digress…

The purpose of this post is to talk about the very first unofficial #script Exquisite Corpse.  No, it isn’t anything spooky or something you’d see in an Eli Roth film, but instead it is a fun writing exercise that I’m opening up to those who join in on the #scriptchat conversation over on the Twitter.  *yikes… that made me sound old… THE TWITTERShaking my head in shame*

But to quote the “always reliable” Wikipedia.org, An Exquisite Corpse is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule (e.g. “The adjective noun adverb verb the adjective noun“) or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed.

I know this has been done in other writing groups and by writers of all levels as a joke to send on the town… but why not have a little fun.  What I’m looking for is a minimum of ten writers (with a maximum of 20).  Writers will be drawn in a random order, only known by myself and we will pass the script along, creating a chain of epic proportions as a very rough first draft.

This script isn’t about perfection. It is about having fun.  No you can’t go back and rewrite someone’s previous work to make it fit where you want to take the script.  In the end it is like one big game of improv.  You can’t ever negate what was previously thrown your way, but instead you incorporate the world of “yes, and…”.

So who is with me.  Who wants to take off on this journey? I can’t tell you what genre the film will be, who the main characters are, or if we’ll have a cohesive story in the end.  All I can say is it will be a fun writing assignment… owned by the 10-20 writers… not as something we’ll ever sell, but as something we can share with the #scriptchat community.

If you’d like to jump in, please send me an email to zac at scriptchat dot com with “exquisite corpse” in the subject line.  If we reach ten writers by May 1st,  then I’ll give everyone an estimated timeline of when you can expect the script and your deadline.  Figure the deadline will be roughly one day for every one page in your assigned chunk.  Everyone who joins will submit a title for the script, with the actual title picked at random by a non-participant.

Hope to see you guys as part of the corpse…

P.S.  You do not need Final Draft or Movie Magic software to participate.  Please let me know what screenwriting software you use when you sign up so I can work on compatibility issues if needed.

Z