Guerrilla Screenwriting by Martin Shapiro

In today’s ultra-competitive entertainment industry, a writer needs every weapon at his disposal to get ahead of the competition. Our Guerrilla Screenwriting column provides unconventional strategies and tactics to help writers sell their work and build successful careers. My goal is to open your eyes to new possibilities and make you aware of how important marketing is to your success. I’ll share practical advice and war stories, not only from my own experiences in Hollywood, but those of other successful screenwriters and entrepreneurs as well. We’ll discuss such topics as transmedia, graphic novel writing, web series, video game writing, independent filmmaking, selling your script, networking, personal branding, and internet marketing.

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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...

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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...