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Old 09-11-2019, 06:30 PM
TheSundial is offline
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A couple screenwriting questions

I'm working on my first screenplay and I don't have any professional training.

Can I write in a specific copyrighted song into one of the scenes? How do I know if the song could even be used? It's an electronic song from an obscure European artist (I'm American). The scene is written to fit the particular song.

Can I write in specific potential filming locations? I already have a single family house chosen that I found on Google Maps Street View. It's very striking and it's unlike any of the other houses around. I also have two other houses chosen for other characters.

One of the houses I found is right in front of a massive industry building/structure. I don't want to give too much away it's the kind of location seen in movies. A good example being Back to the Future where Marty's house is right next to transformer towers. They chose that particular house over all the others nearby for that reason.

As I writer I want to work in certain songs and locations because they add so much to the atmosphere. How do I know if the houses could be used or even the states where I want it to be filmed? What if it turns out to be Georgia or Canada as the filming location?

Is this the job of a screenwriter to do this? Is being detailed with specific songs and locations more well received or is it unneeded effort? Maybe I've found better locations than what location scouts could find or have songs that are unknown or know about some particular rare car.

Last edited by TheSundial; 09-11-2019 at 06:33 PM.


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