Do You Think Like An Award Winning Screenwriter?


Let’s face it. Screenwriting is a hustle. Sure, writing skill is essential, but it can only take you so far. Being an aspiring writer trying to break in requires patience, tenacity and grit. These are essential components of a winning mindset. Even professional WGA screenwriters hustle for their next jobs. There’s more to attaining professional screenwriter…

What Makes An Engaging Screenplay?


This is one of the most common questions screenwriters ponder after “How do I sell my screenplay?” The screenwriting bar has been raised many times over the years, so a strong grasp on the writing craft is vital. Your ability to create solid characters with defined goals and formidable obstacles, write scintillating dialogue, and have…

How Many Categories Of Film Comedy Are There?


More than most screenwriters think. Here are some more movie types to get your comedic screenplays completed. 1) HIGH BROW These are comedies aimed at culturally and financially elite audiences. As such, they often deal with lifestyles of the rich and wealthy covering themes such as marrying into wealth, bulking up estates, avoiding taxes and…

Not All Comedy Films Are Equal


Comedy is one of the hardest screenplay genres for screenwriters to master. This is because comedy movies are so broad, so personal and so nuanced.  The writing style ranges from jokes so subliminal they barely register with the audience, to laugh out loud slapstick humor. Writing comedy movie and TV scripts is serious business, so…

How to Ace Your TV Spec Script


The requirements for TV writers to secure their next writing gig are generally either an original TV pilot or a spec script of an existing TV show. These are cyclical, so it’s advisable to have one of each type in your arsenal. Be strategic with which TV show you choose to write. Don’t go for…

How To Seduce A Script Reader On The First Page Of Your Screenplay


Script readers are overworked. They read at least 2-5 screenplays per day in search of their next big hit. Statistically, around half the screenplays they read are poor or worse. Despite their wanting to enjoy all the film scripts they request, they are disappointed the majority of the time. Another 30-45% are average. Not good…

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…