Once upon a time, writers could live in isolation, bang away on typewriters, drink, smoke...and then poke their heads out like groundhogs and turn in their scripts.
But as the Bob Dylan song goes, “The times, they are ...read more
Years ago while finishing my first screenplay, I happened across a quote from Terry Southern that gave me pause. In it, he describes screenwriters as “completely incompetent in any other form of writing, and, of course,...read more
Imagine you’re a producer. I’ve just entered your office, sporting a baseball cap, a superhero t-shirt and shorts. I sit down, overly excited, to tell pitch my new spec.
I call it, "The Ride.” It’s a ...read more
Orson Welles once said, “A poet needs a pen, a painter needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.”
Hands down, filmmaking is the most collaborative art form you'll ever work in as a writer. The screenplay is o...read more
Jen and I broke up on a Tuesday. Or was it a Wednesday? I’m not sure as it was so long ago, but I do remember we decided to call it quits at a Starbucks via email and cell. See, we had a long distance relationship. We h...read more
As I was spending my Memorial Day cleaning my apartment (which should have required a Hazmat suit), I got to ruminating about the raunchy R-rated rewrite I just turned into my manager. I was feeling very proud that it seemed ...read more
Let me tell you about a buddy of mine. He’s a talented director and writer.
Why is he such a great friend? He’s hard as hell on me when I write a script. He has no problem ripping something apart. Takes glee in i...read more
You optioned your screenplay?! Woot! Woot! Let's party on, right? Well, not so fast. Because once you’ve gotten notes and satisfied your producer during development, prepare yourself for “Waiting Hell.”
Posted at 05 May, 2014 |
By: Colin Costello | Categories: Selling, The Biz
Not long ago I was called in for a big meeting with the producers that had optioned one of my writing projects. We were in the office of the company president, patiently awaiting his late arrival. As the minutes ticked away, ...read more
I love reading a great script. It doesn’t matter if it’s a horror, comedy, rom-com or even drama. You know the kind I’m talking about - the ones where the dialogue and action weave and flow effortlessly with...read more
The million dollar question for writers living outside of LA is: “Do I have to move there?”
I say “yes.” This is not meant to dash dreams. Without dreams, you can’t have optimism and hope. What ...read more
Posted at 07 Apr, 2014 |
By: Colin Costello | Categories: Selling, The Biz
Recently I was in a pitch meeting with a screenwriter. Though he was brand new to the business, he was doing a great job of selling himself and his project. His story concept was strong. The execution was solid. The character...read more
Hello! I know you're a busy film professional. I understand that you spend eight or even 10 hours a day in the office. I also get that your work duties require that you read a script at home every night, and several over the ...read more
One of the most common pitch tactics is “The Hollywood Cross” - a comparison of the script being pitched to other movies which have already been made.
While this is a tactic I am supportive of, it also has its po...read more
“The Best!” “Oscar-worthy!” “Hilarious!"
When pitching, try to avoid these types of superlatives at all costs when pitching. Why? Because the quality of your writing is for me to evaluate.
I do...read more
I get a godly amount of query letters sent to me via VPF. This is to be expected, and why I signed up.
Of course, some stand about above the rest.
I think the MOST important detail to include is…your own. Meaning, y...read more
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