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Famous Screenwriters Get Rejected Too.

It’s important for rookie writers to keep in mind that all screenwriters, even the most successful, get rejected. It happens to everybody –it’s normal. It’s something you try to get used to, and something you never really get over.

Let’s look at some of the most famous examples where film projects written by very successful writers stalled out at points in development or production.

1. Pulp Fiction. “The worst thing ever written. It makes no sense. Someone’s dead and...
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4 Action Screenplay Genres That Still Sell



All four of these action screenplay genres share the script characteristics studios look for when buying any screenplay.  They're more likely to spawn prequels or sequels than other genres  Perhaps more importantly, they all play well in the international markets, because of their emphasis on visual displays of violence or combat.

Of all the  genres you could chose to write as an original spec screenplays these four appear to have the best chance of being purchased by...
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3 Dramatic Screenplay Genres Studios Still Buy

After researching the scripts that studios have bought over the past few years, some patterns emerge.  While fewer original screenplays are being purchased by studios each year, (60-130) the few they do buy tend to fit into certain genres.

In the case of dramatic original spec screenplays -- there are three genres I recommend writing 1) "Against All Odds," which tell a story of how David takes on Goliath, 2) "Life Transitions," which  deal with universal themes...
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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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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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