You know how you think of something in your head, but once you say it out loud it doesn’t sound quite right, or comes out completely wrong? Well, this fits with that because screenplays are the same way.

This event will be a table reading for a feature and/or a few short film scripts. The writers have written their script to the final stages and now they wish to have actors read their scripts out loud. While hearing their scripts out loud writers can get a better understanding of what their story will be like. Some writers have a weakness with dialogue and hearing actors read it can make them notice if it doesn’t sound right, or get suggestions to make it sound better.

After the reading we can discuss the script as a group, but the writer is not allowed to say anything unless asked a direct question, but let’s try to limit those. Writers will often go into defense mode when talking about their scripts, so it’s better to not really give input at all. if a question comes up, then maybe you can just think of a better way to explain in the actual story so people will understand. One could lose sight of the bigger picture if they are busy staying on the defense.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 19, 2015

TIME:  6:30-8 :30 pm

WHERE:  The Ruiz Branch Library
1600 Grove Blvd, Austin, TX 78741

SCRIPTS:  We’re reading three different short film scripts, all part of the True News Series. All were created in an Austin Film Meet Wordsmiths Writing Workshop held this past year. All are also inspired by true news headlines.

  • Doll Crazy by Andee Kinzy
  • Batteries Not Included by Aslan Hollier
  • Joint Custody by Howard Guttman

WANNA READ?   We need actors to read various roles in all these scripts. We may still need the following roles filed. Please post your info in the comment section below if you want to read:

  • MIA – 11 yr old girl – An adult can read this if you use a little girl voice. (DC)
  • SHANA – Little girl voice (DC)
  • GOODWIN – 20’s female (JC)
  • JUNIOR – 20’s male (JC) & NEIGHBOR – 1 line (BNI)
  • BOB MUNDAY – 50’s male (JC)
  • POLICE OFFICER – male or female (BNI)
  • FRANK – 30-40’s – male (BNI)

WHAT TO BRING:  We will project the screenplays on a screen for everyone to see. In an effort to be as green as possible and save paper, we’re asking readers to please bring a laptop or tablet from which to read the script. If you can’t bring one and you’ve been assigned a reading role, we can print a script for you. Simply ask.

RECORDING:  We will be recording the readings to further help the writer with feedback.

CONTENT: The Table Reading includes some adult language, adult scenarios and actions of a sexual nature and may not be appropriate for children.

RSVP:  Please RSVP if you plan to attend, and if you are a writer and wish to be a part of future table reading please fill out the Table Reading Form and we will contact you about setting one up.

Thanks and hope to see you there!