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The Top 10 Reasons to Write a Spec Pilot

Posted by Ellen Sandler on

Whether you're an established film/ TV writer or an aspiring one, you've heard it - everybody in town has said it - you should write a spec pilot. Didn't used to be that way. Up until about five years ago, it was considered crazy or just plain clueless to write a pilot that wasn't commissioned by a network - nobody would read it, no agent would consider looking at it. (I did it anyway - tell you more about that later)But all that changed in 2004 when Marc Cherry, a veteran TV writer experiencing a downturn in his career (he'd...

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How to Sell a Screenplay with These 10, Must-Use Story Techniques

Posted by John Truby on

The key question that all screenwriters should ask themselves is: how do I write a script that Hollywood wants to buy? Most writers mistakenly think that success is all about connections and star power. Not so. The real trick to writing a script that will sell is to know and use Hollywood's central marketing strategy. And that can be summed up in one word: genres.Former Universal Pictures chairman Marc Shmuger recently said, "There's no doubt the star system is in transformation. Arguably the two biggest stars in the first half of 2009 were Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) and...

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How to Write a Query Letter the Right Way

Posted by Susan Kouguell on

A great query letter is your key to unlocking an executive's door. Take your time and be as thoughtful about your query as you were when writing your screenplay. Industry professionals view query letters as a reflection of the writer's screenplay and writing skills, so the assumption will be if the query letter is poor, then the script will be, too.A query letter serves three main purposes: It opens the door to establishing a relationship with an executive; It requests permission to legally submit your screenplay and; It creates a paper trail, which provides a written record of everywhere it...

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How to Write a Screenplay: Script Writing Example & Screenwriting Tips

Posted by The Writers Store on

It's easy to feel intimidated by the thought of writing a screenplay. The rules! The formatting! The binding! Don't let the seemingly endless parade of screenwriting elements scare you away from writing your first script. Since a familiarity with the basics of the craft is half the battle, The Writers Store has provided you with resources, a screenplay example, and overview on how to write a screenplay to help you get up to speed on screenwriting fundamentals. Combine that with the right screenwriting software, books and supplies, and you'll be ready to type FADE IN before you know it.Enter your...

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2017 For Your Consideration Screenplays

Posted by Screenwriting Staff on

2017 Oscar Nominated Screenplays – Free DownloadAsk any professional screenwriter how to become a better writer and they will say “read screenplays.”  Reading produced screenplays not only provides a clear example of how to navigate challenges all scriptwriters face when communicating a visual medium through written word, but you will also learn valuable methods used to advance the story.But where do you find legally posted produced screenplays?  The good news is most major studios post “For Your Consideration” scripts during the award season.  Even better news is we’ve done the legwork and below you will find links to some of...

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