So, as I put the career back together, I thought I'd retrace my old footsteps and go back to the screenwriter forums. That was stupid. I don't know what it is about them that generates so much arrogance, animosities and just plain trolling for arguments. You can't start a single thread, or comment on an exisiting one without being called an idiot, useless, or that your work sucks and therefore you can offer no valid advice. In seven years, it has not changed one iota. There is an uncomfortable comfort knowing that.
That said, where I find the greatest feedbacks and encouragement as a screenwriter in the field of filmmaking is in the filmmaker forums. Hands down. Not that they are attitude free, but somehow the guys and gals shlepping the cameras, interacting with all of the unique diciplines, and seeing story in a more dissected but cinematic point of view makes them - I don't know - user friendly.
I frequented the screenwriter forums during my first few years learning the craft , and took many a lashing. When I finally grew weary of it, I starting poking around looking for other options and stumbled on a few filmmaker forums, including Red. Then everything changed, and I started getting short films produced, which eventually led to feature work with one in the can and a few more in development.
Things get done among filmmakers. Screenwriters just can't bitch enough. I actually had my fill during the strike some few years back. I was getting thumped for writing during the strike - I'm non-union and forever will be - and there were just endless arguemnts that 'without us there would be no industry.' 'We are the kings!' And on and on and on, and they gave zero value to anyone else' contribution to the whole. Of the 100-ish screenwriters (as opposed to filmmakers that write and film their own material) I know or have known, maybe ten at best embrace the cooperative and collaborative nature of filmmaking. They understand that the guy or gal frantically sewing buttons on a last-minute costume change is just as valuable to the finished film as the writer, the director, or the bestboy.
The hostilities are just endless and predictable as punch. God I hate screenwriters.