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Martin Shapiro

About Martin Shapiro

Martin Shapiro created the horror comic book series Chopper, which is now in development as a movie. The prequel to Chopper was produced as a web TV series starring Tyler Mane. Shapiro’s screenplay Lair of the Fox was optioned by Ilya Salkind (Producer of Superman). Shapiro has written and developed projects for MGM, HBO and numerous production companies including an adaptation of Dragonlance, the New York Times bestselling series of fantasy novels with sales of 22 million copies. He received a Master’s Degree in Screenwriting from UCLA. For more info about screenwriting and producing classes taught by Martin, visit the New Hampshire School of Film and Television.

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How to Write a Comic Book Script

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! A comic book script is a set of instructions for the artist and the letterer. It’s intended to present the mechanics of your story with the greatest possible clarity. Adhering to a precise format, as in screenwriting, is not necessary. When you write a...

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Guerrilla Screenwriting: Producing a Web TV Series

A radical shift in the way we tell stories and the way we consume them is happening under our very noses. As writers, we need to keep up with these rapid changes in technology in order to seize new opportunities to earn income and showcase our talents to the world. One of the smartest...

Guerrilla Screenwriting: The Importance of a Pitch Deck

How do startup Internet companies in Silicon Valley convince venture capitalists (VCs) to give them millions in seed capital? It usually starts with a pitch deck, which is basically a PowerPoint presentation. Pitch decks are essential fundraising tools for startup companies today, whether a founder is after $500,000 or $20 million. Most of the...

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Guerrilla Screenwriting: Unscrupulous Producers and Script Options

After a conversation with an ex-student of mine who’s a writer, I felt compelled to do this article to warn fellow writers about a particularly nasty and dangerous species of animal that roams the Hollywood jungle – low-budget producers. They thrive on taking advantage of naïve writers and stealing their hard work. To help...