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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...
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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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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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The Power of Belief

We all have obstacles of some kind. A personal challenge. A flaw, or for most of us, a series of flaws – a whole host of issues, really. We deal with them on a daily basis, whether they’re literal and physical, or mental and...
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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...
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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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8 Keys to Writing a Marketable Script

1. ONE GENRE TO RULE THEM ALL I recently sat through a webinar where writers were given the opportunity to pitch their concepts. One lady stuck out to me because she described her project as a suspense, thriller, and comedy, with horror elements....
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“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” 7 Tips for Great Dialogue

Jacob Stuart's advice on writing dialogue for screenplays.Hollywood has a short attention span. Unlike writers, who may have all day to sit and ponder, plotting out their next script, or revising and revising a screenplay until their fingers are...
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How to Write Action Description

Alex Southey explores five different kinds of action description, and how they dictate tone in a script. Many people tend to assume that because it doesn’t affect the final film, action description doesn’t matter very much. But this couldn’t...
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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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