A Question for all of you
[Or would this be a proposal? I dunno, whatever...]
Jonathan here. So, I had an idea for what might be a fun exercise to do in year two of 3W/3M, but since it hinges completely on whether or not you would actually want to do it, I thought the best way to make the decision was to tell you what I’m thinking and then you guys give it the thumbs up or thumbs down.
There are a lot of caveats with this one, so please make sure you read this through carefully before weighing in on if it’s a good idea or not.
Over the span of the shows we’ve done these last few months -- as well as from many of the interactions on here for the past year -- I’ve gotten the sense that we have a decent number of creators/writers/etc among you. With that in mind, we’re always trying to think of cool ways to add to your experience and when I was talking to all the 3W/3M guys today, I brought up the idea of doing a monthly script review for those of you who might want to partake.
The way it would work is that, starting in either November or December (we might need the buffer as you might want to write something new [or even at all]), Founders (we need to limit this due to volume/bandwidth) could submit some comic scripts and have me review them on here -- behind the paywall -- for everyone to see (unless you guys would want it to be available for everyone to read. There are probably both pros and cons to that, just think about it).
The format of this would be everyone would be able to download/view your script, then I would give broad notes in some type of overview format, then drill down to specific notes regarding structure/pacing/velocity/plot/dialogue/theme/etc., and then finally pick out a few specific pages where where I would point out places where a different approach might work better (or worse) and why.
I would only do one a month (unless I’m just in some kind of crazy mood), and it would be based on preference of script, not order of submission or something like that (because the point is to use the best examples so everyone can get something out of it, not just one specific writer -- although what comes in first will, of course, be read first).
So that’s the idea.
While we (or you) might think of more, here are a few rules/guidelines that would be necessary for this to work.
1.) As you probably know, we normally cannot read unsolicited material for legal reasons, so when you submit your script it would probably have to be through a portal where you sign off on it being okay for us to read/critique, but in that spirit...
2.) And as the copyright of the script remains yours, I also think that any notes, tweaks, revisions I make would have to also be assigned to you, as it’s derivative of your work (and, in my opinion, keeping with the spirit of the exercise -- i.e. making your script better).
3.) These would have to be comic scripts. Not 150 page screenplays or any other bullshit like that (keep it to 20-ish pages).
4.) You would have to be cool with this being a ‘public’ exercise and be able to handle all the potential ‘this is good/this is bad’ notes that come with that kind of public scrutiny (but you can count on me being 100 percent not interested in embarrassing anyone or dashing dreams. Not my speed).
5.) Finally, while doing spec scripts for Marvel, DC, or other popular franchise characters might be fun, and also might catch the right eyeballs, you would be negating all the copyright stuff covered in points one and two, so I think it’s best if this was limited to original material.
Okay, that’s all I’ve got on the rules front for now, but again, that list could grow.
So, does this sound fun? Is it something you’re interested in?
Let us know in the comments down below.
Look forward to hearing from you!
I'd rather have a "choose your own adventure" chain-story being written in the 3W3M universe, where a premise is given, and people are allowed to submit their follow-up to the story in script form for review. Every X period the X amount of scripts with most votes get reviewed. Founders votes count heavier. Then after that period as a reward (besides getting reviewed), artwork gets made inspires by the winning script. A follow-up premise gets written by the 3W3M crew to course correct or add flavor, and the cycle starts anew. End of Y2, bundle it in a chronicle with the winning scripts' story fully fleshed out as a comic book. Add comments reviews etc. as footnotes. Wham, you got your 3W3M collab Annual celebrating the community, creative process ánd another product to sell potentially.
Page 1, Panel 1: Single character slapping their forehead. Thought bubble "Jonathan is going to regret this"