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3 Simple Ways You Can Impress at Hollywood Meetings

Ken Miyamoto

Screencraft/The Script Lab

In Hollywood, it’s all about relationships. Who you know isn’t enough. If you don’t have a significant relationship with that Hollywood insider you’ve connected with, you won’t be able to utilize that contact to take a step forward in your screenwriting career.

Top 10 Conferences and Events for Screenwriters

Shanee Edwards

The Script Lab

As writers, we can get so focused on outlining our spec scripts or rewriting our TV pilots that we can easily forget how much of the industry is fueled by relationships. Even if you have a great script, sometimes it all comes down to who you know. While many of us find it challenging to get out there and network face to face, don’t lose sight on how many opportunities exist for those of us willing to put down our laptops and attend the top film festivals and writing conferences. 

How to Sell Your Film to Netflix

Nathalie Sejean

Mentorless.com

 

Pitching and selling to Netflix has become almost as hard as pitching and selling to a Studio. What makes Netflix a top contender though is that unlike Studios, Netflix looks for original content over a broad spectrum of genres and topics, often going for the alternative road, which gives indie filmmakers more chances in a way to get a deal.

How Writers Get Agents and Managers
David Silverman
Hollywood Therapy

One of the most difficult tasks ahead of aspiring screenwriters is finding representation. Agents in today’s screenwriting marketplace are so busy scratching and clawing to get their established writers work, they have little time to grow “baby writers” who may or may not ever sell anything.

10 Reasons You Should Make a Web Series (Instead of an Indie Film)

Anna Kerrigan

IndieWire
 
In the winter of 2014, during the polar vortex in NYC, I walked into a restaurant called Freeman’s on the Lower East Side. A friend of mine was late for lunch, and as I sat there waiting, I struck up a conversation with the very tall, friendly hostess. That chance meeting set one of my favorite creative collaborations in motion.
How to Sell Your TV Series the Stranger Things Way
Ken Miyamoto
ScreenCraft

Matt and Ross Duffer started making movies in the third grade after their parents bought them a Hi8 video camera. “We just started filming anything and everything,” Matt Duffer told Entertainment Weekly. “And then, each summer, we made a feature-length movie. The first one was kind of unwatchable, but progressively, they got a little better and better.”

8 Ways To Get Your Script Read
David Silverman
Hollywood Therapy

Most unproduced writers don’t have an agent or a manager. How do they get their script to the right people? In many of these cases, it’s all about finding contact information for actors, producers and directors, assistant directors, production managers, and the rest.

14 Quotes from Industry Figures That Prove Writers Need Script Coverage Now, More Than Ever
Industrial Scripts
 

The times they are a’ changing, as Bob Dylan once said. Who’d have thought a few years ago that full blown movie stars would be appearing on TV? And within the most important part (screenwriting) of the whole process, script coverage now occupies a completely different position of importance to a few years ago.

Spec Scripts That Sold for Millions, but Were Never Made
Scott Myers
Go Into The Story
Perhaps the single most important set of pages in a screenplay is the first ten. They not only serve as a general introduction for the reader to the story universe, they also implant key specific narrative elements. The first ten pages either hook a reader’s interest or not. If they do, the reader will be predisposed favorably toward the remainder of the script. If not, a reader may already form a negative perception of the story, a hole out of which a writer will have dig to get positive coverage.

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