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What You Need To Know To Graduate From Screenwriter To Film Producer

It is no longer enough for screenwriters to write screenplays. In the current film industry climate, screenwriters need to be more proactive in shaping our careers. In many instances, you may need to expand yourself and wear different hats. Creative...
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Are You Ready To Enter The Screenwriting Marketplace?

Every screenwriter has toiled for years on their film and TV scripts. They’ve written, got screenplay feedback and rewritten their scripts. You may have even attracted the interest of a literary agent or manager who’ve helped your polish...
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What's at Stake?

In response to our survey asking about how our followers are using stories, and what challenges you’re encountering, screenwriter Taha Ali asked what it means when “the stakes are high” for a hero. I replied by first...
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Veteran Screenwriter Zak Penn On AR, VR, Gaming & The New Technological Era

Creative Screenwriting was lucky enough to chat with A-list scribe Zak Penn about storytelling in the rapidly-evolving technological age, how the film industry is evolving and how great things are right now for screenwriters. There are more writing...
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If not now, when?

If not now, when? Care a little more.Show up.Embrace possibility.Tell the truth.Dive deeper.Seek the truth behind the story.Ask the difficult question.Lend a hand.Dance with fear.Play the long game.Say 'no' to hate.Look for opportunities,...
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3 Reasons the Screenwriters Personal Story is SO Important

Before I even get into this one, let me start with telling you that I know that as soon as you scratch the surface of this particular blog post, you are going to have the urge to click out. To go read something else. Over the years I’ve come...
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The Simple Strategy Famous Writers Use to Awaken Creativity

A story idea suddenly appears in your head with a complete beginning, middle, and end. You sit down to write, and the words flow freely. It’s as if the story is typing itself.How often do you experience that kind of burst of incredible...
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13 Must-Watch Movies for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship will make you cry and hope for a happy ending. Just like a good movie.   Many excellent movies have been made about entrepreneurs and the pioneering spirit they embody. These movies can encourage, exhilarate and, of course,...
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What Exactly Is A Screenwriter’s Voice – Insignia Entertainment’s Alex Robb

Creative Screenwriting Magazine asked Alexander Robb, Manager at Insignia Entertainment, to shed some light on a screenwriter’s voice. Your voice can make or break you. So many questions. Let’s get some answers.To me, a...
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PitchFesting In 20 Easy Steps

PitchFests are a worldwide, calendar-wide phenomenon. Formats may differ from event to event, country to country, but there are some strategies that you can get started on immediately to assure you are ready to go.WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW1. Finish your...
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ISA Presents Heart of Film Conference Party at Austin Film Festival

The International Screenwriters’ Association will present the Heart of Film Conference Party as part of this year’s Austin Film Festival, as they celebrate their 25th anniversary. The festivities will take place on Saturday, October 27th at...
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Tossed Salad, Scrambled Eggs, and the Sundance Film Festival

How can I be expected to get any writing done when there's eleven seasons of Frasier on Netflix? That was my first thought when I sat down to write about my experience winning the 2018 Table Read My Screenplay Competition. Some iteration of...
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Copyrights, Derivative Rights and Electronic Signatures

QUESTION FOR FILMTVLAW.COM: I did a page-one rewrite on a script for a producer who never paid me for my work. Later he sent me a text message giving me rights to the project. Now like 2 years later I’m actually casting the movie and the...
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Pick Your Lane: Lit Reps Weigh in on Screenwriting Brand

Pick Your Lane: Lit Reps Weigh in on Screenwriting Brand(scroll down for bonus video!)All too often, when I talk to my friends in representation, I hear some version of: “Writers who are looking to break in HAVE TO pick their...
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No Redford, But Everything Else at Table Read During Sundance Rocked

Robert Redford was supposed to be there. The “Table Read My Screenplay” winner and the TRMS bigwigs were invited to a very small and intimate VIP party Friday night during the first week of the festival. It was so Tony, that the...
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What’s the In? What’s the Out?

In the movie biz, there’s a question that studios and development companies often put to any screenplay they’re evaluating:  What’s the in? What’s the out?  What they mean is, “What is this script’s opening image and closing...
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The 7 Elements of a Viable Story

In my experience as a professional screenwriter on projects like Band of Brothers -- and in the years I've been teaching and consulting -- one thing has become abundantly clear: projects live or die mostly based on their central idea. Yes,...
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7 Ways to Make Sure Your Screenwriting Career Never Takes Off

Often, I get asked: What are the commonalities you’ve seen among your writers who have broken in? What are the shared traits of working screenwriters? And, even more specifically, what are the most important things that a screenwriter can do...
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Size Matters! What the Length of Your Screenplay Says About You

A few recent incidents made me realized that I have to talk about it. Shallow though it may seem, I have to talk about size. Or, more accurately, length.First, it was the 120-page 2-hour TV pilot from a first time, unrepresented writer.Then it was...
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One Movie, Three Structures: The Avengers

Whether you are a self-taught writer, in school, or reading books on your own, the structure of a screenplay is critical in the analysis of your professionalism. But which structure is “right?” Which structure should you adhere to in...
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