It’s one of the most miserable, excruciating things to experience. Your concept is there and your latest script seemingly had all the momentum in the world behind it. But now...it seems to be grinding to a screeching, m...read more
Posted at 23 Apr, 2017 |
By: Jonathan Marty | Categories: Writing Tips
A few weeks ago, I had to put a feature script on hold while I revisited a TV project I thought I was done with. This week, I delivered the new work on the TV project, which means I've got the green light to dive back into th...read more
Your query letter gets a response! You've been waiting a long time for this day. What's next? More waiting. How long can it possibly take to read one little script?
Try to put yourself in the other guy's shoes. The one with ...read more
As the hours counted down to the Oscars, I began to feel that there might be some sort of a cosmic shift going on. I often get these feelings, and strangely, I’m often right. Though it went into the evening with a rec...read more
Posted at 12 Mar, 2017 |
By: Mitch Paradise | Categories: The Biz
I once worked for a very wealthy man who owned a production company. He taught me a very valuable life lesson. He said, “The NO you have; the YES maybe you can get.”
Of the thousands of scripts that have been s...read more
They say that 90% of writing is rewriting. But who trusts statistics? Sometimes, a project will prove such statements completely untrue, right?
It's more like 99%.
Personally, I quite enjoy it. It's an opportunity to make g...read more
As The Golden Globes predicted, we head into the Oscar race with three movies leading the pack for the Academy Award for Best Picture: “Moonlight” - a low-budget, independent feature about the maturation of a youn...read more
Posted at 06 Feb, 2017 |
By: Mitch Paradise | Categories: The Biz
Here's my list of 2016's major dogs.
Not just my worst film of 2016, but also possibly the entire decade. This cruel film from Todd Solond zabout a dachshund being transferred from one oddball owner to the next...read more
Posted at 01 Feb, 2017 |
By: Colin Costello | Categories: The Biz
Most aspiring writers dream of the day they can say they have representation, and for good reason. It gives any creator a sense of self-worth - that somebody, a professional, thinks that they excel at their craft, that their ...read more
So what did I love in 2016?
Below are the films that resonated with me. That touched me. That I have watched over and over again. "A Monster Calls"
Don’t dismiss this magnificent film as a kid’s film. It’s...read more
Posted at 10 Jan, 2017 |
By: Colin Costello | Categories: The Biz
So what if there are a few typos in your script?
Why get so anal about it? I will tell you why. Number one, it interrupts your story. Number two, it makes you look unprofessional.
Imagine you're walking along a verdant hik...read more
You're telling you're friends you're a screenwriter. But can you really call yourself one?
A guy I know who was struggling with this very thing was asked the pointed question by Beau Willimon, the creator of the American "Ho...read more
As a development executive & producer, I am often asked by writers: What kind of projects are you looking for? A valid query.
Usually my reply is a phrase I borrowed from a wise producer I used to intern for: “Good...read more
They’re called “generals.” Essentially, it means you piqued someone’s interest as a writer. Whether it’s a network, studio or production exec, they’re a fan of yours and they want to meet y...read more
Writing a script (or a book, a comic, etc.) takes a lot of time. Professional writers have the advantage of being paid for the hours they spend at the keyboard every day, meaning they can dedicate their working hours to their...read more
For the screenwriter, a hot spec script featuring a killer premise or an innovative writing style can be a great calling card into the industry.
But what does a great spec really look like?
Below are five professional specs...read more
I had my Hollywood moment recently, or at least what I shall continue to think of as my Hollywood moment until a better one comes along.
The Writers Guild screened “Rules Don’t Apply,” and Warren Beatty, wh...read more
“Annie, will you…”
The words just seemed to glue themselves to the back of my throat.
Annie sat across from me at the Caribou Coffee Shop we used to frequent. Her eyes were not only bright and big, but th...read more
If you're making a wishlist for friends and family, and you're a writer, I have some suggestions for you.
Most of these books are not about writing, although one at the very end is, and I highly recommend it. What follows ar...read more
Posted at 02 Dec, 2016 |
By: Steve Trautmann | Categories: The Biz
Mel Gibson. There, I’ve said it. For years now, if you said “He Who Shall Not Be Named” in this town, you’d have to turn around three times, spit in all four directions, throw salt over you left shou...read more
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