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What To Write To Sell Your Screenplay

Sorry to say, the studios are not very interested in buying your original screenplay. They are more interested in buying screenplays with “built-in audiences,” which means they are adapted from comic books, graphic novels, best-sellers, hit plays, popular tv shows, videogames, reboots, remakes, sequels and prequels.

Google The Scoggins Report’s Year-End Spec Market Scorecard. You will find a list of loglines, titles and summaries of the screenplays that have been purchased over the years. Not that many...
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3 Comedy Screenplay Genres That Still Sell



One of the genres that used to be popular with the studios was the romantic comedy.  They were relatively inexpensive to produce, and were a good choice for couples out on dates.  Only recently, they’ve fallen out of favor as original spec scripts the studios look for.

I imagine the reasons all have to do with box office profits.  These days teenagers and men are buying the majority of movie tickets –and they tend to like action/adventure...
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Passionate Archetypes: Lover, Rebel, Artist, Seeker

Jung called this group The Soul-Driven group of archetypes.  They are driven by strong motivation, passion, perfectionism and (in some cases) spirituality. Characters like these --who always want and expect the most out of life --constantly push the envelope, making them great protagonists.

1. The Explorer, otherwise called the seeker, the wanderer, the individualist, or the pilgrim.

The Explorer archetype is on a quest, searching for a way home, some important knowledge, a treasure, a key to happiness...
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Larger Than Life Archetypal Characters

For those who might be interested, Jung felt these character archetypes had more holistic motivations than the last group, and were more in touch with their unconscious.  In his way of thinking, they are more highly evolved than the previous group.  Just to be practical, let's just say they're somewhat "larger that life."

1. The Trickster, also thought of as the fool, the jester, the joker, or the comedian.

The Trickster, for example, not only relies on his wits...
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Down-to-Earth Character Archetypes In Film



This group of archetypal characters are considered “down to Earth.”  They are the guy or girl next door, they are relatable.  In a way the audience in watching the film through this character’s eyes.  Films often strive to create an exciting, or incredible world filled with larger than life characters.

If all the characters were over-the-top, the audience would have a difficult time relating, which is why a lot of films are tanking a the the box...
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Creativity

Jung’s 12 Best Characters For Film


Carl Jung believed in a concept he called the “collective unconscious.” According to that precept all humans share unconscious memories about everything that’s happened since the beginning of time. These memories are thought to be of universal and commonly understood human behavior.

Jung believed that we’re all born with these unconscious memories floating around in our heads. So when babies first see their mothers, they already understand what their relationship will be. The “mother” archetype –according...
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5 Writing Rituals That Boost Productivity.

In her book, "The Creative Habit," choreographer Twyla Tharp talks about her daily ritual; she wakes up at 5:30 , puts on her workout clothes, goes outside and hails a cab. She tells the driver to take her to the gym where she workout for two hours.

She writes, “The ritual is not the workout; it’s the cab. The moment I tell the driver where to go I have completed the ritual.”

Tharp is a choreographer whose works...
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Novice to Master Screenwriter Best Advice

It takes a lot of work, patience, resilience, years, and luck to make it to the final stage of screenwriting -- the "Master Stage."

We're talking about writers like the Coen Brothers, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Francis Coppola, Jane Campion, David Lynch, Paddy Chayefsky, Nora Efron, Billy Wilder, James Cameron, and Quentin Tarantino.

The funny thing about the way this process often starts for us -- is that as rookies we often choose one of...
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Becoming A Professional Screenwriter – Best Advice

Anyone who takes a serious interest in writing for film ultimately wants to make it as a professional screenwriter. It’s the goal of hundreds of thousands of writers all over the world every year who feel their writing is good enough – or funny, or dramatic, or entertaining enough that they’ll be able to beat the incredible odds.

Let’s see if I can characterize what it means to be a professional writer in Hollywood.

At this stage, screenwriters...
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Stage 3: Best Tips For The Journeyman Screenwriter

While some writers at the “intermediate” level do get their first breaks, others will take a bit longer. There are some screenwriting skills that are not easily taught, and some lucky writers pick up on them as if by osmosis –while others continue writing without even knowing what they are.

“Story sense” gets better with time, but we don’t know exactly how. It takes certain objectivity. We all fall in love with our story ideas. How...
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