YOUR MASTERPIECE
ACT ONE
     FADE IN:

1  INT - COMPUTER - SCREENWRITERS' EXCHANGE - - Day 1
We open on a computer screen. Reflected in the glass we see the face of an intense individual. As the camera pans around it reveals that YOU are engaged in surfing the internet and come across IndustryCentral - The Motion Picture and Television Industry Professional's First Stop! As you click through the pages, you locate the ScreenWriters' Exchange.

YOU
(amazed)
Wow! This is what I have been looking for.
The mood intensifies
YOU
(continuing)
Now I know where to start to have my story become a reality!
(CONTINUED)    

Getting Started

Welcome to the IndustryCentral ScreenWriters' Exchange! This document gives you the basic knowledge that you need to use this system effectively. If you experience any difficulties with the exchange, contact one of the moderators listed under the Contacts link from the Main Menu.

Reading Submissions

Anyone with WWW access can read submissions on this exchange. To read submissions, navigate to the submission of interest by single clicking on the links from the list of topics and subtopics. You can navigate backwards using the navigation bars at the top of each page.

Adding your Storyline/Synopsis

If you would like to submit the Storyline/Synopsis of a screenplay that you either are working on, have completed, or simply an idea for one that you wish to develop and would like to "Pitch" in the IndustryCentral ScreenWriters' Exchange, you are welcome to do so. The first step is to enter your profile by clicking on the "My Profile" link. Once you have completed this process, simply navigate to the Genre' that is appropriate and click on the "Submit a Synopis" button.

Your submission will be reviewed by one of our Expert Moderators who will offer a brief analysis of your submission. This process may take a day or two to complete as our moderators are busy working professionals who have agreed to volunteer their time. You are then encouraged to take advantage of the "Discounted" script analysis services offered exclusively to IndustryCentral ScreenWriters' Exchange users.

In the spirit of cooperative feedback, your submission then becomes part of an open forum where others may add comments. Hopefully within these comments you may find a new twist or idea that might just make your screenplay get that all important option that is the first step in reaching the big or small screen!

Contributing to Submissions

You are encouraged to offer constructive feedback on any of the storyline/synopsis' already submitted to the exchange in order to assist the Writer in developing his or her script. In order to contribute feedback or post a new storyline/synopsis of your own you must first submit a profile by getting an account. To offer feedback to an existing submission, fill in the "Add a Message" box at the bottom of the page. You may use formatting codes or basic HTML tags to improve the appearance of your post. At the discretion of the moderators, the discussion may allow public posting or may require a user account (username and password). Follow the instructions on the form to supply the necessary credentials for posting.

Where available, you may click on a "Submit a Synopsis" button to start a new discussion. This will add a subtopic with the subject you specify and start a conversation with the initial message that you specify. After filling in the subject line, post a message as described above.

Searching the exchange

This discussion exchange can be searched by time of post (New Messages search) or by matching text (Keyword Search). Each of these searching mechanisms provide convenient methods to locate submissions of interest.

To search for new messages, click the New Messages link from the Main Menu. If you have an account with a valid username and password, fill in your username and password in the appropriate boxes to search for messages since your last check. If you do not have an account, you can still search for new messages posted since a given date. The Last Day and Last Week options on the Main Menu are equivalent to searching for messages posted within the last day and messages posted within the last seven days, respectively.

To search the exchange by keywords, click the Keyword Search link from the Main Menu. You can then specify the words that will be used in the search. Additional instructions for using the Keyword Search option are displayed on the search screen itself.

When you have performed the search, click on any of the links to the pages to view the page, or click on a link in the result to go to the post where that text occurs.

Getting an Account (Profile)
* Required in order add your script or comment on someone elses.

Having a user account on the ScreenWriters' Exchange gives the following benefits:

To get a user account, first click the My Profile link from the Main Menu of this exchange and see if "Instant Registration" is available. If not, e-mail one of the moderators listed on the Contact page and request a user account. Be sure to include your e-mail address, full name, and desired username if you e-mail a moderator.

Where to get further information

For additional information on using this system, read the Formatting document and the Troubleshooting document, available from the Main Menu. If you have additional questions or concerns, post them to an appropriate area on the discussion forum, or contact one of the moderators or the exchange administrator from the Contact page.

Rules and "Netiquette"

When writing your messages, please use the same courtesy that you would show when speaking face-to-face with someone. Flames, insults, and personal attacks will not be tolerated. It's fine to disagree strongly with opinions, ideas, and facts, but always with respect for the other person. Great minds do not always think alike, and that's where the fun is! Also, note that messages express the thoughts of the writers, not the exchange or its moderators.

Script Analysis Services

Our moderators are highly respected Industry Professionals in the area of Screenwriting. If you are serious about fully developing your screenplay, we recommend that you take advantage of the "Discounted" screenplay analysis services they offer exclusively to IndustryCentral ScreenWriters' Exchange users.


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