How To Protect Your Material


Steve Kaire explains how to protect both your written and verbally pitched material from copyright infringement. There is no absolute method of protecting your ideas or screenplays. There are however, a number of steps you can take to give you the maximum protection possible. Generally speaking, the more fixed form your idea has, the greater…

How To Tackle A Treatment


Marilyn Horowitz, U.S based script doctor gives advice on writing treatments. Learning to write a treatment allows a screenwriter to test and communicate their screenplay idea in a brief and compelling way. It also can be a powerful diagnostic and creative tool to iron out story problems before you write the script. WRITING A TREATMENT…

One Minute Pitch


Pilar Alessandra, issues a brief template of a rapid pitch. LOG LINE What if _______________? (premise) PLOT SUMMARY (Title of script) is a (specific genre) ,  in the vein of (similar film). It follows (main character) and (supporting character)  as they _______________________________________. (second act activity) Problems occur when ____________________________. (complication) Now they must ______________________! (third act…

Three Steps to a Killer Query Letter


Marvin Acuna from the Business Of Show Institute lists three basic guidelines to consider when crafting your next query letter: 1) KNOW YOUR MARKET Targeting CAA or any of the top-tier literary representatives as an emerging writer is simply the wrong strategy. They are shaping careers, not inventing them. They are elevating a career, not…

Writing A One Sheet


Danny Manus, an L.A. based script consultant sums up what a one sheet should contain. Your one-pager (another term for one-sheet) is your calling card; a selling tool for your story and also for yourself. It differs from a synopsis in a few ways. First, as its name dictates, it’s only ONE page. Secondly, unlike…

Writing Effective Loglines


Here is more advice by Christopher Lockhart, Story Analyst at William Morris Endeavor Agency. It’s a lengthy article packed with useful information on constructing loglines, so take the time to read it thoroughly. A common tool utilized by both writers and executives is the LOGLINE. A logline conveys the dramatic story of a screenplay in…

Tackling The Perfect Query Letter


Although there are no rules to writing query letters, here are some general suggestions by Christopher Lockhart, Story Analyst from William Morris Endeavor Agency: Do not be longwinded.  Keep your letter short and make your point quickly. The reader should fully comprehend your pitch with just a glance of the page. If the reader has…

Getting Your Script Noticed


Here is some advice by Christopher Lockhart, Story Analyst at William Morris Endeavor Agency on the screenwriting business. Upon completing a screenplay, most writers will set out to market their work. This can be a Sisyphean task in a town where tens of thousands of scripts compete for the attention of busy agents, stressed producers…

Are You Good In A Meeting Room?


Stephanie Palmer author of “Good In a Room” shares her insights on taking a meeting. 1. SILENCE IS THE STRONGEST START OF ALL Don’t start talking until the decision-maker is ready. If there have been a lot of people popping in, urgent phone calls or other interruptions, ask the executive if he or she is…

The Ten “Laws” of Pitching


Here are some laws of pitching according to the director of film and TV at Buffalo State Jeffrey Hirschberg: KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE (WHO YOU’RE PITCHING TO) Always ask the exec what they’re working on, what types of scripts / genres they are looking for, etc. Say you have a Rom Com and a Horror pitch…

The First Page


In the days of yore, the first ten pages are what enticed a reader to continue. Today, it boils down to the first page. The first page is like a title page that will bait the reader. It’s the next logical step from a logline which will initiate a sc ript request. It advertises your…