Chances are, if you want to sell your screenplay to a major film producer, you’re going to have to write the kind of role that a movie star is dying to play. I accomplished this feat almost by accident when I chose Napoleon Bonaparte as the hero for my film project, Betsy and the Emperor. [...]
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Breaking In: The Top l0 Lame-O Excuses For Why You Can’t Sell Your Screenplay (And How to Stop Making Them)
What do you call the guy from the 7th Cavalry regiment who, at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, said, “General Custer, reinforcements are on the way”? An optimist. I admit that when it comes to assessing another type of seemingly “hopeless” situation– a new writer’s chances of selling his script– I’m an optimist too. [...]
I’ve evaluated thousands of scripts for writers, film producers, and contests over the years. Occasionally, after reading a screenplay, I say to myself, “Now, there’s a born screenwriter.” The writer may be a little “green.” He might make some rookie mistakes, such as not knowing how to show the passage of time. He might make [...]
In any given year, I read so many screenplays as a professional “reader” that you could pave the Yellow Brick Road with them and still have enough left over to start a recycling program in the Emerald City. Okay, so most of the scripts I read are in digital form and aren’t on paper. But [...]
Meet the Reader’s Ray Morton provides some random musings on script coverage services, the death of the movie poster, the pay-per-view/VOD debate, and Doctor Who.