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The Most Important Rule for Entering Screenplay Competitions

Running the International Screenwriters’ Association (ISA), I’m often asked, “What’s the fast track to selling a screenplay for an emerging screenwriter?” My response is to make sure your script is at its absolute best...
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Breaking In: Justin Haythe

British-born writer Justin Haythe achieved success with his debut novel, The Honeymoon back in 2004—the same year his first screenplay was produced: The Clearing (co-written with the director Pieter Jan Brugge). This fine...
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Surviving the Pitch: My Five Essential Survival Tips

A guest blog post by Greta Heinemann  Greta is a Supervising Producer on NBC’s “Good Girls”, has a show in development with HBOMax and a movie in development with Amblin Partners and 87North. More on her bio at the bottom of this post.In...
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Rewrite, Rewrite, Rewrite

Working with writers, both new and experienced, my goal is to help them make their script as strong as possible. This process involves on-going conversations about what works and what doesn’t and invariably results in suggestions designed to...
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Carolina Groppa Explains Exactly What Film Producers Do. So Be Nice To Them

For as long as the film industry has existed, so have producers. But so has the general public’s confusion about what producers actually do. It’s surprising how poorly it is understood given the importance of this high profile position....
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111 Free Tools to Help You Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

There are more than 10,000 coronavirus cases and more than 150 deaths in the U.S., according to the CDC. The stock market has taken a hit. Businesses are losing customers, and workers are losing jobs. It has become frightening,...
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TWIC/When is Your Screenplay or Pilot Ready for Competitions?

At a Career Coaching Intake Session this week, a new client just at the start of her screenwriting journey and wanting to make sure she goes about it in the smartest way possible, came to meet me armed with questions. She told me that she...
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Comedy Writing Q & A: Sketch Writing

Katy Segrove asks: "Any particular tips for approaching sketch writing? In particular, any advice for coming up with strong endings?"Endings for sketches are tough-- that's why Python used to simply skip to another sketch or make a...
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Bonnie Gross Talks “Lady Parts”

Bonnie Gross is one of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020. She is a comedy television and sketch comedy writer/producer, who likes to tell the stories of strong and dynamic females. She hopes to change the conversation...
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Industry Speak: Terms and Vernacular for Screenwriters

A few weeks ago, a screenwriter who has yet to break in, reached out to me over email. It became clear in the first one or two lines of his message that he was not yet a working writer, was not of the industry, and not yet familiar with industry...
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Why Demons and Devils Make for Superior Villains

We all know that “the devil is in the details,” but why are there so many demons in movies and on TV these days? In the past two years, there have been 26 horror movies released where the primary antagonist is some sort of supernatural...
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The Screenwriter’s Guide to General Meetings

Following last week’s THIS WEEK IN COACHING: MEETING PREP! installment, I thought it wise to take a bit of a deep dive into what general meetings are, and how they work. In fact, I couldn’t quite believe I hadn’t broken...
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4 Secrets To Selling Your Screenplay… And Not Your Soul!

As a four-year-old, I was impressed by seeing my parents making short 35mm films for the movie theaters, even riding a live 7 ft alligator in one of them. Those experiences caused me to have a life-long desire to conjure visual and emotional magic...
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Career Success Comes to Those Who Try The Most Things

When I was 24-years-old after twelve months of working my first sales job I was hand-picked by upper-management to lead a team of experienced sales executives.I was excited about the promotion, but I was also scared. I had a severe speech impediment...
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6 Types Of Friends Every Screenwriter Needs

Most screenwriters owe their tenacity and determination to the people they surround themselves with. This includes all the industry folks that can either directly or indirectly get your screenplays into the write (sorry, right) hands that can...
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Scripted Audio Is Having Its Moment… Again

It’s said those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. Well, we’re learning from the past and looking forward to repeating it.There’s a new game in town.Rather an old game. Really a ‘new old’ game....
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Warner Bros. Chiefs On The Present And Future Of Film & TV

Each year, the Producers Guild Of America (PGA) hold the Produced By Conference to discuss the state of the industry with film and TV powerhouses. Good times. Bad times. Things are certainly changing fast. Screenwriters and producers...
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Uhhhh… What Now?

Like many writers fresh out of college, I moved to Los Angeles, unpacked my suitcase, sat on my bed and said, “… Okay what do I do now?” And like many writers before me, I didn’t really have a “plan” mapped out...
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Elaine Loh Talks “Stringer”

As part of our continuing series showcasing up and coming screenwriters, Creative Screenwriting Magazine spoke with Elaine Loh. Elaine was just named a Top 25 Writer to Watch in 2019 by the International Screenwriters’...
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When Social Media Meets Research, How Do You Know What To Believe?

When there’s a “wow” moment at an awards show or when a new movie trailer drops online, people around the world grab their phones and race to social media to voice their opinions. Even more people jump on just to read the...
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