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Career Strategy

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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Creativity

Mindset: Write Like A Low Budget Producer

In recent years, the market for “big budget” studio screenplays has pretty much dried up for novice screenwriters. The studios are going to their “go to” produced writers – with considerable track records -- who they feel are already “proven.”

Studios aren’t taking a lot of chances on much of anything these days. There are all kinds of reasons. Some say piracy is so rampant, that the studios need to make hundreds of millions of dollars to...
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Screenwriters – Get Used To Being Rewritten

“I was fired off one big high-pressure type movie, but I heard about it in the worst way, in a form of gossip from my agent, who'd heard the studio had hired so-and-so to work on my movie. Nobody had told me I was fired, so the hiring took me a tad by surprise. I called the studio executive I'd been working with and said, "Did you just hire so-and-so to rewrite me?" And he sighed...
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Career Strategy

Where Do Writers Find Day Jobs And Gigs?

“KARMIC FILMS IS LOOKING FOR SCREENWRITERS FOR NEW SUPERHERO.

Attention all screenwriters.  Karmic Films is looking for screenwriters to help with the new superhero franchise, this will lead to a full-time writing position with our company.  If you are interested, send in your resume and we will have one of our trained reps get in contact with you if we like you.”

--Craigslist Ad

Aspiring writers need to pay the rent, eat and somehow get around town while they...
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Famous Screenwriters On Perseverance

“I think as a screenwriter you just have to assume that there’s going to be a 90% failure rate. As so I just thought, ‘Well, okay, I’m a screenwriter—I’m going to write one screenplay a year for the next 50 years so I’ll write 50 scripts. And if I assume a 90% failure maybe five of those scripts will get made and maybe two of them will be good movies.’ That’s just realistic. That’s not being overly pessimistic,...
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How Do You Know Your Script Is Ready?

“Never send out a script before it’s ready.  Never, ever, ever, ever, ever!  You get one chance to create a perception in Hollywood.   Sorta there, almost there, really close…that’s not good enough.  If your script isn’t totally, completely, holy-shit-son-of-a-bitch ready, don’t let anybody who’s anybody in Hollywood come within a mile of it.”

 --Scott Meyers, screenwriter  of K-9, Alaska, and Trojan War.

 So you finally wrote your first screenplay.  If you did it right, you played around...
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Famous Screenwriters’ Big Breaks Part 2

“I saw Bad Influence, a film David Koepp wrote, and I called him up, spoke to his assistant and asked if David would read it ...(Se7en)... and if he likes it, will he show it to his agent? David happened to be the nicest guy in the world and called me back the next day. I finished Se7en as quickly as I could, sent it to him and he showed it to his agent, Gavin Polone. I remember the...
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Mindset For Success: Selling Your Script

Most aspiring screenwriters spend a great deal of time trying to learn how to write a screenplay.  They do their research. They read the classic screenwriting books, (Syd Field’s Screenplay, Blake Snyder’s Save The Cat).  The more dedicated writers will enroll in screenwriting classes, or go to film school.

A lot of these people eventually learn to write a decent screenplay.  Usually their first script sucks.  I know mine did.  Writers who are truly committed to their...
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Famous Screenwriters’ Big Breaks

"I had no formal education whatsoever, completely on my own from the age of eighteen, financially and in every other way, working crappy jobs. And then one day I had an epiphany. I think I was twenty-three. I said to myself, “I don’t want to be living this life with these people and doing this ten years from now.” So in a calculated move, I decided to go to to become a screenwriter. I didn’t...
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Why Everybody Has A Movie Idea

“I am selling my story that I have been creating for 10+ years (not constantly writing, but of piecing everything together in a cohesive manner). It can be compared to stories like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Matrix, Indiana Jones and other titles in those “

“I will share my story with someone in person only and not over the internet. My story is too valuable to be spread publicly and will give...
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