How to Create Loglines, Queries, One-Sheets

Loglines, Queries, and One-Sheets are elements a screenwriter uses to promote their screenplay. A logline is a simply one to three sentences telling what the screenplay is about. A logline needs to grab whomever it’s told to so they immediate understand the concept. A query is used by a screenwriter to solicit a read from either an agent, manager, or producer. While most queries today are sent via email, a query can still be accomplished by writing an actual letter to an agent, manager, or producer and sending through the U.S. Postal Service or done over the telephone. One-Sheets are very brief breakdowns of your screenplay but also include the screenwriter’s name, title of screenplay, contact information, genre of screenplay, and logline all fitting on one page.

Submissions Insanity #1: The Basics of Online Script Submissions

Every writer knows there are insane people out there making submissions to unsuspecting agents, producers, filmmakers and Execs – but very few believe s/he personally is one of those offending scribes. After all, if you’re not mailing rubbish bins or posting scripts under toilet doors, then *you* gotta be okay, right?...

WHAT are you thinking?

WHAT Are You Thinking? Tips to Break Into the Film Business

I’m late night gorging on trash TV instead of reading a script, watching a movie or even catching up on sleep. Hulu is apparently determined to keep me awake, no matter how repetitive the commercials. Because just below the video is written, “What are you thinking?” Haunting. Those very same words...

How to Write a Query Letter

Hot off the presses for spring 2013 is a brand-new edition of The Hollywood Screenwriting Directory, featuring more than 2,500 listings (up from last edition’s 1,500). You’ll also find updates on more than 40% of the contacts, including verified information, like phone numbers, and street and email addresses. But as I...

Just Effing Ask Julie Gray: How NOT to Query Your Screenplay

Script consultant Julie Gray is a veteran story analyst of some of the biggest production companies in Hollywood. The author of Just Effing Entertain Me: A Screenwriter’s Atlas, Julie has taught story at Warner Bros. Studios, The Great American PitchFest and Oxford University. Contact Julie here. Dear readers, the following is...

Just Effing Ask Julie Gray: Idea Theft – Threat or Myth?

Script consultant Julie Gray is a veteran story analyst of some of the biggest production companies in Hollywood. The author of Just Effing Entertain Me: A Screenwriter’s Atlas, Julie has taught story at Warner Bros. Studios, The Great American PitchFest and Oxford University. Contact Julie here. Dear Julie: There’s an old...

Does Your Execution Suffer From E.D.?

You’re an aspiring screenwriter intent on breaking into the business.  Time and again you throw yourself at The Fortress walls, but to no avail.  Bitterly you decry the fact that they are clearly designed to keep you out. I’m not going to give you seven secrets, ten tips or even twenty-two...

Balls of Steel: Don’t F*ck It Up!

“Don’t f*ck it up!” is an expression I’ve heard a lot as I scratch and claw my way into the industry. It seems the more doors I break open, the more I hear it. The first time this ever-so-popular Hollywood expression passed my ears, it scared me to my toes. Then...