Author Archives: Staton Rabin

Staton Rabin

About Staton Rabin

Staton Rabin ( is a screenplay marketing consultant, script analyst, and "pitch coach" for screenwriters at all levels of experience. She is also a Senior Writer for Script, has been a reader for Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, William Morris, and major screenwriting contests, and is a frequent guest lecturer at NYU. Her novel Betsy and the Emperor has been in development as a movie with Al Pacino attached to star. Her new photo-illustrated book is the long-awaited autobiography of the Yankees' famous Double-A affiliate (Trenton Thunder) Bat Dog: DERBY! My Bodacious Life in Baseball. Staton Rabin is available for script reading/analysis and consultations and can be reached at Her website is

BREAKING IN: Derek Jeter and the Art of Screenwriting

Recently, an interviewer asked some top major league baseball players what their greatest fear is. For guys who don’t flinch when 90-mile-an-hour fastballs are fired at them every day, they gave some surprising answers. Some said: “Heights.” One said: “Spiders.” But how did New York Yankees superstar and future Hall of...

Craft: How To Write To Attract A Movie Star

Chances are, if you want to sell your screenplay to a major film producer, you’re going to have to write the kind of role that a movie star is dying to play. I accomplished this feat almost by accident when I chose Napoleon Bonaparte as the hero for my film project,...

Breaking In: Are Screenwriters “Born This Way”?

I’ve evaluated thousands of scripts for writers, film producers, and contests over the years.  Occasionally, after reading a screenplay, I say to myself, “Now, there’s a born screenwriter.”  The writer may be a little “green.” He might make some rookie mistakes, such as not knowing how to show the passage of...

BREAKING IN: Dream, Vision, or Fantasy?

One of the screenplay errors that Staton Rabin sees again and again demonstrates many writers don’t understand the differences between and among dreams, visions and fantasies. There’s a big difference between keeping your audience guessing about what’s coming next and confusing the heck of them.

Is Hollywood Allergic to Your Genre?

If you habitually write in one of these “unpopular” genres, when you go out to pitch your script, you may feel about as welcome as Hannibal Lecter at a potluck dinner party. Staton Rabin offers hope!