How To Attract Screenwriting Representation


Screenwriter career coach, Lee Jessup  discusses how to make yourself a commodity agents and managers want to invest in. When an agent or manager considers taking you on for representation, they will consider your body of work to confirm whether you will be the type of writer who will deliver consistently and prolifically, and provide…

Pitching Yourself For Representation


Pilar Alessandra discusses the key strategies of a pitch meeting for writers. There is a difference between pitching a particular project versus pitching yourself for representation. In the former case, they may purchase/option your script and hire other writers. In the latter, they are looking for a potential long term business relationship with you. There…

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 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…

How Pitchfests Can Benefit Your Screenwriting Career


If you’re looking to sell your story, script or sign with a major agency at any pitchfest, click away now. Pitchfests are educational and networking tools designed to help screenwriters improve their craft through workshops and seminars. You can learn about the machinations and vagaries of the entertainment industry by networking with other writers and…

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 Filmmaker’s Guide to Making the Perfect Pitch


Here is a condensed version of an article in “Entertainment Weekly” by Morgan Spurlock. COOK UP THAT IDEA TO ITS TASTY END Make sure you thought through the entire project; broke out characters, scenes, and key moments; and can answer any questions they throw at you. Have a friend play the always-questioning investor/executive to help…

The Spec Script Market after Sundance 2011


Around 50 films were sold at Sundance 2011 at relatively healthy prices. The Weinstein Company splurged with marriage drama ‘The Details” for $7 million and “Idiot Brother” for just under $7 million. Lionsgate snapped up “Silent House” for $3 million. “Like Crazy” was snapped up by Paramount for $4 million with a healthy $10 million…

Are You A Real Screenwriter?


Corey Mandell, an L.A. based script consultant and screenwriting teacher, shares more views on how to bridge the divide between amateur writes and professional ones. I’ve recently had several agents and managers come to my UCLA classes to speak about how the industry has changed since the last writer’s strike, and one thing I heard really…

What Do Literary Managers Look for In Potential Clients?


Jason Scoggins gives the heads up on what it takes to get representation. Great writing, and lots of it I’m looking for great writing. Being an effective manager is about creating and building a client’s career momentum over time, and sustaining that momentum as long as possible. If a writer has only one good writing sample…

How To Spot A Shonky Literary Agent or Manager


Screenwriters beware. Use common sense and intuition to determine if a prospective agent or manager is right for you. It’s pretty similar to spotting a shifty used car dealer yelling “Have I Got A Deal For You?” You’ve sent an agent/ manager a query letter and they’ve responded positively. You send them your movie script…

Do You Have The Chops For Hollywood?


You betcha, even if you’re a vegetarian. As long as you remember that there is no magic bullet. Connections can get you a read, meeting or even a free lunch, but ultimately you need to have an arsenal of quality commercial scripts under your belt. Write often. Write Well. Read scripts. Lots of them. Take…