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Steve Kaire

About Steve Kaire

STEVE KAIRE is a Screenwriter/Pitchman who’s sold 8 projects to the major studios without representation. The last project he sold, he’s Co-Producing for Walden Media. A screenwriter for over 30 years, he holds a Masters in Dramatic Writing and has taught writing classes at the American Film Institute. Steve was featured on the Tonight Show’s, “Pitching to America” and was voted a Star Speaker at Screenwriters Expo three years in a row. His top rated CD, High Concept - How to Create, Pitch & Sell to Hollywood is a best seller. His website is: HighConceptScreenwriting.com

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Writer’s Edge: Brainstorming Techniques – Fish Out of Water

The “Fish Out of Water” brainstorming technique has long been a staple in literature as well as in the movies. Taking someone out of their normal element and placing them in a completely foreign environment makes for obvious laughs, adventure and conflict. Watching characters stumble and fall but who ultimately are forced to adapt...

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Writer’s Edge: Brainstorming Techniques – The Blank From Hell

There are a dozen brainstorming techniques that aid writers in instantly creating original movie ideas. Think of them as shortcuts to the creative process. One of the best brainstorming techniques is “The Blank From Hell.” The way it works is like this. You need to substitute a noun that has never been used before...

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Writer’s Edge: The Best High Concept Idea Ever

Having sold eight High Concept projects myself, I can appreciate a great idea when I hear it. The best one I’ve ever heard is a movie script called, Top Ten that sold for seven figures. Every time I’ve told the logline of that movie to my writing students, each one of their faces would...

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Writer’s Edge: Costly Mistakes Writers Make

By Steve Kaire This is a serious error I believe many new screenwriters are making. It’s holding back their success and most of them don’t even realize it. The advent of the Internet has made research convenient and accessible to the masses. Social media is now a phenomenon that has blossomed because of the...

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Writer’s Edge: Development Hell

By Steve Kaire Development is when a script, treatment or pitch has been sold and then begins the long process of getting the movie produced. After the project has been acquired, the original writer may be replaced altogether or be given rewriting notes by the company or studio. He or she will then incorporate...

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Writer’s Edge: Why The Drama Genre Is So Hard to Sell

By Steve Kaire I attended an agents and managers panel in Los Angeles this past spring. When the event was winding down, audience members asked if they could submit their material for possible representation. Each member of the panel had the same answer. They’d consider every genre except one - drama. After I gave a...

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Writer’s Edge: Every Script Needs A Character Arc

Character arc is the change one of your main characters goes through from the beginning of your story until the end. Every well written screenplay should have at least one character who learns something major and changes his behavior or attitude in the course of the script. In the drama, Rain Man, the Tom...

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Writer’s Edge: All About Screenwriting Contests

As a screenwriter, you should be entering screenwriting contests to further your career. The reason for that is not necessarily to try and win a cash prize. It is to make significant contacts that can lead you to your ultimate goal of selling your scripts. There are contests that you should enter and many...