How Film Producers & Audiences Emotionally Connect With Your Screenplay


Screenwriting is such a personal pursuit for screenwriters. Opening our hearts and minds and exposing our innermost thoughts to the scrutiny of audiences. Apart from a structurally sound story, what makes on screenplay resonate with one film producer or script reader more than another? All movie producers have the same inbuilt emotions and should track…

3 Things Screenwriters Must Consider When Writing Films For Global Audiences


The movie business is a speculative business. Screenwriters know this all too well. Given that anywhere from 50-78% of U.S. studio films rely on their  international box office receipts to recoup their costs, our screenplays need to reflect the cinema-going tastes of worldwide audiences. How is this done?

What To Consider When Writing Binge TV


It’s still the golden age of television. There are more TV content providers than ever and ostensibly more writing opportunities for us. Yay!! Television has evolved from broadcast weekly TV series to binge viewing on various streaming platforms. The term ‘bingeing’ typically has negative connotations, but not so much anymore. Binge watching is the new…

A Rough Guide To Independent Film Finance


I’ve previously written posts on financing movies in the studio arena. The principals of raising independent film finance are similar. The main difference lies in the extended patchwork of funding sources to get an indie film made. Each piece of the budget pie also tends to be smaller. There is no hard and fast rule…

How Do Studio Motion Pictures Get Financed?


Film finance is a patchwork of investor finance, studio production funds, tax credits, pre-sales, banks, insurance companies and lots of creative accounting, guesswork and glamor. The ‘Big 5’ studios account for the lion’s share of movie box office revenue. Which Are The Big 5 Film Studios? These are the biggest by revenue and stock price,…

Do You Know The Difference Between Screenplay OPTION and SHOPPING Agreements?


If you’re one of those screenwriters who’ve had their film scripts purchased outright, on the spot, in pitch meetings, you’ve conquered the virtually impossible. Congratulations, it is the pinnacle of your screenwriting career. For most writers, they are typically offered one of two types of screenplay agreements, an option agreement or a shopping agreement. Option…

6 Moral Dilemmas That Layer & Deeply Enrich Your Characters


Every great screenplay character starts with a tough dilemma – a difficult choice between two or more equally undesirable options. Morals are dictated by communal standards, behaviors and belief systems. Although many cultures support individualism, major deviation from societal mores are frowned upon. Morals are not mathematical equations with a definite correct or incorrect answer….

What The Heck Is A Producer Only Deal?


There’s a new producer deal in town that’s making screenwriters’ pens tingle with screenwriting excitement. It’s called a producer only deal. The main types of deals film & TV producers win in the current studio system are: BLIND DEAL – When a film or TV producer is so popular and bankable, they have access to…

Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghost Writers!


Not all screenwriters are credited with writing a feature screenplay or TV teleplay. Why does this travesty exist? The main reason is that the screenwriters have contributed too little to a screenplay (less than two-thirds) to warrant a screen credit. Enter the GHOST WRITER. What do they actually do? They write in the shadows and…

What Should Screenwriters Expect From A Literary Agent Or Manager?


Many screenwriters have (or should have) heard the adage that since agents and managers collect 10-20% commission on a screenplay sale, they should only be doing an equivalent amount of work in advancing your screenwriting career. Is this a reasonable expectation? Perhaps. Never sit back after securing the services of an agent and manager and…

Writing Abusive Characters


The characters in your screenplay are often portrayed as either good or bad. Sometimes they start out bad and eventually become good. Or vice versa. Film and TV character who abuse others are a special class. Every action, every word is a premeditated step to subdue and control another person. Nasty stuff. However, they do…