How Screenwriters Should Negotiate Their Screenplay Options


Congratulations. An agent, manager or film/ TV producer is interested in your screenplay. Woo hoo! What now! You have options. Sorry. I had to throw that in. A screenplay option agreement grants a movie or TV producer the exclusive right to market your script, secure finance and attach talent. It does not grant them intellectual property…

5 Crowdfunding Film Tips for Screenwriters


The traditional goal for a screenwriter was to get your screenplay optioned or sold. Then it was updated to becoming a produced screenwriter. Even more recently, the mantra is that screenwriters should produce their own films. That’s it, folks. We are now bona fide film producers. We must learn how to fund a film. Raising funds…

Diversity In Screenwriting


It is no secret that the majority of film and television screens are still filled with white actors and most screenplays are still penned by white, middle-class males. Is this dominant mono-culture as large an issue as claimed by various diversity pundits? Workplace diversity is broadly defined in terms of gender, race, cultural background, sexual orientation,…

5 Easy & Achievable Steps To Champion Your Screenwriting Career


As part of our continuing series on screenwriting advice from Career Coach Lee Jessup, here are some easy steps that you can start taking today to charge of your career. Many decisions are out of our control, but screenwriters have more power to engineer their relationships than we think. So here goes. I turn the keyboard over to…

How Can Screenwriters Get Their Films Financed (and Profitable?)


The film making and film distribution world has changed dramatically. Gone are the days when screenwriters could easily sell their screenplays to Hollywood producers for a million bucks. The modern sobering reality is that screenwriters must now play some role in getting their movies produced. They need to become bona fide movie producers. After you’ve dazzled…

8 Sweet TV Deals For TV Writers


It’s at the golden age for TV. It’s also a pretty sweet time for TV writers, especially if they create their own TV series. What Terms Can TV Writers Negotiate? OVERALL TV NETWORK DEAL This is the big daddy of TV writing deals. This is where the big bucks lie and is generally only available to…

5 Types Of Script Readers To Knock Your Screenplay Into Shape


Screenwriters are often bamboozled by terms such as Script Doctor, Script Analyst, Script Consultant, Story Consultant, Script Reader… The list goes on… and on. Let’s take the mystery out of these terms. 1) SCRIPT DOCTOR These are senior screenwriters are are often hired by studios to punch up a problematic movie script. Script doctors are…

When Is It Time To Take A Script Meeting?


You’ve written a script and you’ve been invited to meeting. Well done. You have something the industry is interested in. Here’s a self checklist you should consider before and during your writing so you can better defend your screenplay when discussing your screenplay. DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY? Before you submit your script to anyone,…

9 Reasons Bad Movies Get Produced


Let’s get one thing clear. Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. Not knowingly at least. Here are some things that could go wrong in the filmmaking process: 1) VANITY PROJECT The filmmaker wanted to showcase their talents; or lack thereof. They have a crew, resources, investment, locations etc. but nothing that is story…

9 Top Things To Consider When Producing A Low Budget Film


Producing your own feature is a great way to break into the film industry. Microbudget film  is a good place to start. This loosely refers to films budgeted at under $100k. The WGA classifies low budget films as those budgeted at between $200k to $1.2million. So it depends on your definition of micro budget. Apart from…