Dorothy’s journey to OZ is not unlike a writer’s journey to Hollywood. We need a little help from our friends; however, it’s critical to choose those who guide you wisely. After all, she had to stand in front of the Wizard and give the pitch of her life!
Three of the attributes of a studio-level writer is knowing how and when to use transitions, when to enter and leave a scene, and understanding the proper balance of white space on the page. Set yourself apart by using these simple tricks today.
A film consultant is not the most qualified person to guide you through developing a TV series. They may be able to give you pointers on scenes and dialogue, but the truth is... TV and film are two totally different crafts.
A few weeks back, Chad Gervich created quite a stir when he wrote an article for this website advising aspiring screenwriters not to use script coverage services. As a professional script analyst who—in addition to assessing scripts for producers, production companies, and screenplay contests—works for a coverage service, Ray Morton had...
Going to a coverage service is like flipping through the phone book to find a therapist. You MIGHT get the exact right person reading your script… but I wouldn't put money on it.
Dave Trottier tackles a reader's question about script consultants. What they do -- and shouldn't do -- with your work.
Start by pitching your premise to a few trusted listeners before you start writing. A well-conceived concept should be able to be clearly explained in a few concise and tightly focused sentences.
At various times in the history of this column, I have been known to sound off about the tricks, trends and proclivities of screenwriters that annoy, irritate or otherwise torture poor, underpaid script readers such as myself.