The pitch has come to an end, without any expression of interest. But then, the producer looks up at he screenwriter again, asking: “So, what else have you got?” It may have happened to you – or not. Either way, whenever you prepare your pitch, you better prepare for this question. Or are you perhaps the kind that […]
To be a working screenwriter, one needs to write AND sell.
I’ll confess… when I started working in this business as an assistant, and heard the term “high concept” over and over, at first I assumed it meant high budget. Then I thought it had something to do with drugs. But I quickly learned that a high concept project is a unique story that can be […]
Crowdfunding is a great way to raise finance for any creative project – especially film. You can prove your concept, create audience awareness, and, at the same time, have the support of people that want to share the filmmaking journey with you – with no investors breathing down your neck trying to take creative control. […]
Google “screenwriting competitions” and you will get a bazillion links to all kinds of articles on the subject. by Phillip Parker Most will tell you that there are only half a dozen or so that are worth the price of admission- The Nicholl Fellowships, the Austin Screenwriter’s Festival, Scriptpipeline, the Page Awards, Zoetrope, Big Break, […]
There’s an old story I’m tweaking slightly for our purposes that goes… by Danny Manus A screenwriter is walking down the street and falls into a deep hole and can’t get out. A Director comes by and the screenwriter yells, “Hey, I’ve fallen into this hole and I can’t get out. Can you help me?” […]
I’ve heard thousands of pitches in my thirty years as a screenwriter. What I’ve found is that the majority of pitches were too long, unfocused and boring. by Steve Kaire First of all, you should pitch what your story is about, not what happens in your story. Pitching what happens in your story is a […]
There are genres that are much easier to sell than others. Below is a list of genres that are divided into three tiers. by Steve Kaire The easiest genres to sell are in Tier 1. More difficult genres are included in Tier 2. And the most difficult genres are in Tier 3. Writers can improve […]