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Writers on the Web: Mapping Your Destination and Branding, Part 2 – Interview with creators of “Misdirected”

By Rebecca Norris I recently had the good fortune to be introduced to a wonderful new web series, Misdirected, which was an Official Selection of last month’s HollyShorts Film Festival in Hollywood.  Since my film On Becoming A Man was also featured in the festival, I got to run into the show’s writer and director, Marion Kerr,...

Behind the Lines with DR: Writer in a Chicken Suit

With your permission, let me set the scene. The place was a casual-styled conference room at a movie studio. The characters in the room were the studio’s president of production, his younger executive VP of development, a pair of even younger creative execs marking on trademark legal pads, and yours truly,...

Smart Girls Productions Partners With ScriptXpert

Smart Girls Productions has helped aspiring screenwriters gain notice in the industry, from pitch to prodco. In a new endeavor for the company, Smart Girls is embarking on a partnership with Final Draft, Inc.'s ScriptXpert service in the hopes of introducing more promising scriptwriters to major industry players.

The Secret of Success: Contacts

We've all heard it before: "It's not what you know, it's who you know." But I'm here to tell you that, when it comes to contacts, most of what you've heard about Hollywood is dead wrong. It's not about the contacts you have. It's about the contacts you make. And you...

Breaking In: The Zen of Pitching

Maybe, when he wasn’t writing classic short stories and novels like The Jungle Book, Kipling was secretly writing movie scripts. That might explain why his immortal poem, “If,” is such useful advice for screenwriters.