If I, seasoned screenwriting career coach, was to write a want-ad for the ideal screenwriting client, one who has what it takes to go from emerging to professional, what would it include?
When writing your screenplay, it’s as important to know which mistakes to avoid, as it is to understand the craft. Check out insights from top industry experts about which critical screenwriting mistakes you don’t want to make in your screenplay or pilot.
Every writer starting a new project comes to the computer bursting with ideas, characters, worlds he is interested in and themes to explore. There is nothing but promise – only potential for the great script the writer can write. While a particular concept’s potential may vary (often wildly), there is… read more →
I am a sucker for advice. Any advice. I collect it like kids used to collect stamps (or like today they collect Shopkins or Pokemon cards), catalogue it, organize it, put it away for safe keeping only to pull it out again at just the right time, should it ever… read more →
Every new writer seeking to break into television writing hears, sooner or later, about the freelance, that one episode in a seasonal television order assigned to a writer not currently on the show’s writing staff, and for which said writer is credited, earning not only a handsome script fee, but… read more →
When I interviewed Jewerl Ross, renowned literary manager (who is these days celebrating the immense success of his longtime client, MOONLIGHT writer/director Barry Jenkins), for my upcoming book, BREAKING IN: TALES FROM THE SCREENWRITING TRENCHES, he told me of the screenplays he reads and the content he sees: “If it’s… read more →
Melissa London Hilfers is a powerhouse, and not just because she just sold her second feature spec, UNFIT, to Amazon studios for mid-six-figures with some high profile potential attachments three days after the script went out to market. I realized that this woman might just have what it takes to… read more →
For many writers who dread the thought of facing the empty page alone day in and day out, writing partnerships may sound like an ideal solution. After all, with a writing partner someone is always waiting for your pages and helping you along. As you go through both the highs… read more →
One fall, many years ago, I happened to visit my family in Israel right around the time of the European Basketball Championship. Israel made it all the way to the finals that year, and on the night of the big game, Tel-Aviv was a ghost town. My uncle, cousin and… read more →