The LA Observed Script Project is an interactive, group screenwriting collaboration launched in February 2008 by Hollywood writer Eric Estrin.
He wrote the first pages of a Los Angeles-based film noir thriller called "Right of Way" and posted them to get things started. The story centers around a charismatic young mayor, determined to transform both L.A. and his political career by building a subway to the sea.
Each week Eric asked readers to imagine the next chunk of story and supply 3-5 new pages for a chance to have some fun and win a custom-made Script Project t-shirt. He selected entries from 20 different writers who added an evil cult leader to oppose the mayor, some star-crossed romance, a few depraved hookups and more twists and turns than on Mulholland Drive. Eric story-edited the pages and chronicled the progress at Script Notes, his blog.
But it was just a first draft. The script wasn't yet ready for Hollywood — not after being cobbled together a week at a time by 20 strangers working over the Web without an outline.
So begins the next phase: rewriting the script to ready it for the marketplace. Head over to Script Notes to take part in Act 2.