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, […]
To be a working screenwriter, one needs to write AND sell.
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 […]
The next couple of weeks impose some hefty deadlines for screenwriters. And every year, about 1-2 weeks from the deadlines of these big contests, I start getting tons of emails saying “I just finished my first draft. Can you get my script ready for Nicholls?” by Danny Manus This is the wrong way to enter […]
As a screenwriter, you’re being judged in three different categories. by Steve Kaire The first is your material. When you’re in a pitch session, it’s your ideas and stories which are going to make an impression on the listener. Ask yourself these questions: Is your story unique? Are you approaching it from a different angle […]
We’ve long had a love-affair with American television drama and the list of US shows we love to watch is long. by Hayley McKenzie Whether you were there twenty years ago with The Sopranos, E.R and Grey’s Anatomy, or ten years ago with House and Dexter, or are just discovering the joys of The Americans, […]