How to Pitch a Screenplay

The art of pitching a screenplay requires preparation, practice and opportunity. Learn how to engage an executive with your screenplay hook, entice them further with a pitch that shows the high concept, evolution of your protagonist, and the possibility for conflict in your story. Bottom-line: when you pitch a script, you aren’t just selling the story, you’re selling yourself. Learn more about

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TV Writer Podcast: Lisa Alden – Intro to Power of the Pitch

Informative introduction to Lisa Alden’s “Power of the Pitch” workshops – learn how to pitch a script for an original TV pilot from somebody who has sold every one in the room! Even if you plan on writing it on spec, learning how to pitch it will exponentially develop your project and save you...

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Submissions Insanity # 10: Screenplay Submissions DOs and DON’Ts

1) DO connect. Lots of writers contact me, quoting the old “Catch 22” situation: they can’t get a producer without an agent, but they can’t get an agent without anything produced. NOPE! The savvy writer knows collaboration is the cornerstone of the industry. Getting together, making short films on smartphones, entering screenwriting contests and schemes, putting...

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Business of Screenwriting: Meetings Matter

By Michele Wallerstein I notice that clients don’t seem to know what they want in their career conferences with me.  I offer these conferences to help writers and other would-be filmmaking professionals so that I can help them define and achieve their goals.  They pay me a fee and we set up a time...

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Visual Mindscape: The First Image in Your Screenplay

By Bill Boyle I am sure that by now you have heard how important the first ten pages of a screenplay are in capturing the interest of the reader. I would take it a step further. The opening, the set up, the first image or sequence of images are crucial to capturing the interest...

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Writing Wrap Up: You Can Do It! – Setting Writing Goals

You can do it! I’m confident that you can tackle your writing goals and manifest your dreams. I know you can, you know you can so the question is… when? Let’s decide right now. There is really no off-season for writers, it is one of the great things about this vocation, however it creates...