Script Writing Resources

Screenwriter Resources are wide-ranging and include ScriptMag archives, screenwriting contests, free downloads, film festivals, website of the week, and coaching services. Script writing resources help screenwriters not only deepen their knowledge of screenwriting but allow them access to actual tools they can use when writing their own material. Each one of the screenwriter resources listed, brings its own unique perspective of the craft of screenwriting to the screenwriter trying to break in.

AFF 2014 Pitch Finale

10 Vital Pitching Tips From Austin Film Festival

I had the pleasure of returning to the Austin Film Festival to teach the pitch prep seminar alongside the wonderful and brilliant Pamela Ribon for the second year in a row. I was also one of the pitch judges for two of the pitch competition sessions, choosing two finalists in each session to go...

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Breaking In: Winning Screenwriting Contests Using Psych 101

My favorite philosopher, Yogi Berra, supposedly said: “Baseball is 90 percent mental, the other half is physical.” The same could be said of screenwriting.  As in baseball, winning at the game of screenwriting depends partly on talent and stamina– but even more on having the right mental attitude and understanding the way people think. When...

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Legally Speaking, It Depends: One Theme, Two Movies

Changing things up, today’s column will look more at the business aspects of taking a film from pitch to film festivals and beyond and how similarity on the surface doesn’t always play out the same. As test subjects, we’ll look at two films who could have been elevator pitched with the same theme and...

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Back to the Chalkboard: Screenwriting Polygamy

It’s a Sin! No manager or agent will represent you. No studio or producer will buy your script. You must build your brand and be consistent! You must not confuse the very smart, often Ivy League-educated people who run production companies, studios, and networks! You must either write alone or with a writing partner,...

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Screenwriting Website of the Week: Good in a Room

ScriptMag is proud to announce Stephanie Palmer’s Good in a Room as Screenwriting Website of the Week! Stephanie is not only a pitching expert, but she’s also incredibly knowledgeable on all things screenwriting. Check out her list of Top 10 Most Influential Screenwriting Bloggers for more resources. Follow Stephanie on Twitter @goodinaroom. A peek...

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Interview with Industry Insider Contest Winner Patrick Rockwell

By Ryan Kelley Patrick Rockwell is the most recent winner of The Writers Store’s Industry Insider Contest Featuring Roger Avary with his script, “The Recruitment.” Recently, Patrick came to Los Angeles to meet with Academy Award-winner, Roger Avary and development executives from Benderspink to discuss his future in the industry. While in L.A., we...