Write or Acquire a Screenplay

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Screenwriting is the heavy lifting for your movie. Without a good script you limit your chances for success from the onset. Your goal is to only work with the best material you can get your hands on. You will want to decide if you will write your screenplay yourself, with a writing partner or if you will acquire a screenplay from someone else. If you choose to write your … [Read more...]

Seven Ways Screenwriters Can be More Productive

Seven Ways Screenwriters Can be More Productive Do you want to write your screenplay faster but without giving up quality? Here are the top tips based both on my own experience in writing more than 100 episodes of TV as well as TV movies, a feature film, and script doctoring, as well as the experience of top writers I’ve interviewed: You don’t have to write the script in … [Read more...]

How to apply “show, don’t tell” in screenplays

I have a fairly large collection of “pitching sessions from hell” stories, but there was one that stands out because I blew it—afterward. This was early in my career, and actually the pitching session itself went great. The executive loved the idea and commissioned a script for a TV movie. I wrote the treatment, which included quite a few vivid character … [Read more...]

How NOT To Get Your Screenplay Read

A few years back I finished the first draft of my first screenplay ever. Like a lot of folks who dream of Hollywood success, I was eager to share my work with the world. Problem was, I had no idea what I was doing. Through a friend of a friend, I was put in contact with an "entertainment attorney." I put the words in quotes because while there are tons of people with a … [Read more...]

Write A Crappy First Draft

Unless you're an experimental filmmaker, you rely heavily on having a great screenplay. And if you're like a lot of people I've met, you probably have a gazillion ideas for movie projects - but you might not have any completed screenplays. If this is you, you're not alone. Since producing my first feature, I have received about a gazillion emails from writer-producer … [Read more...]