Personal Aspects Of Pitching


Jacob Krueger, writer for Script Magazine discuss the planning and purpose of pitch meetings, rather than actual mechanics. 1) TARGET THE RIGHT PRODUCERS  It’s astounding how many writers disregard this vital principal. In fact, Hollywood is clogged with half-baked pitches, flung haphazardly and repeatedly at any producer willing to listen, without any thought about what…

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…

Steer Your Screenwriting Career


I recently met career coach, Jessica Sitomer at The Great American Pitchfest who spoke about becoming informed and strategizing your career. Firstly research your field of interest. If it’s feature films, find out who’s selling, who’s buying and what genres. If you’re a TV writer,  what is on air/off air, what has been picked up for…

Write Characters That Actors Want To Play


Many screenplay readers complain that most of the characters they read are pedestrian, boring and dull. They know all about the character in the first few lines of dialog, know how they will act and whether they will achieve their goal. Remember that boring person you met at that party? Within the first sentence they…

Anatomy Of A Spec Script Sale


Here are some excepts from BOSI tracking the path of a spec script to a pay check: Firstly, agents sift through their market intelligence, box office data and historical evidence to determine which producers would be the most appropriate for the material and more importantly, who will have the greatest potential and influence to sell…

Never Forget These Things When Writing A Synopsis Of Your Movie Script


Do you need a synopsis of your screenplay? When people in the film industry say they’re too busy to read your film script, believe them. They need a way to understand your entire story without ploughing through a hundred odd pages of your screenplay. Not that you’re a bad screenwriter. Business is business and time…

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…