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Writers’ Mindset: Write For The Gatekeepers

I worked as a story analyst, aka “reader”, or “gatekeeper” for a studio after attending film school.  Fortunately, they offered a course there in how to write coverage at USC.  So while trying to break into the business, I was able to earn rent money in my chosen field.

Story analysis is not an easy job.  It teaches you to read and evaluate a screenplay quickly.  You don’t have time to pore over the material and really...
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Writer’s Mindset: Just Get Your Foot In The Door

You can break into screenwriting in a million different ways.  Don’t listen to people who tell you that you have to do it “their way.”  Like everything else about this town, the only rule is there are no rules.  You succeed in your own way.

There’s a good reason, then, not to be too laser-focused on a specific goal.  If you start out with the goal of  writing only historic dramas, you’d be well advised to consider...
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Even The Best Screenwriters Get Rewritten

A lot of aspiring screenwriters think that when they become established screenwriters they will be able to preserve their vision in their work.  However, unlike playwrights and novelists, they will never have the last word on their screenplays.

Even the best screenwriters get rewritten.

The most important reason for rewrites is to get a film -- that’s not yet green lit – off the fence and into production.  You can envision various scenarios where this might happen.  Let’s...
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