Jennifer Bozell

New Year's Writing Resolutions

It’s a new year, and many of us are making resolutions to change or improve our lives in some way. Why not resolve to become a better writer? Not a more prolific writer, but an improved one. Take a look at the script...read more

Posted at 17 Jan, 2018 | By: Jennifer Bozell | Categories:  Writing Tips

Colin Costello

MLK Remembered

If you are not taking in a playoff game or heading to the movies this Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, it might be a good time to reflect on his legacy, dreams and what he stood for. As writers, one of the best ways we can do...read more

Posted at 15 Jan, 2018 | By: Colin Costello

Colin Costello

The Best of '17

These are the films that inspired me, made me cry (from joy), laugh and believe in movies. 1. THE SHAPE OF WATER - This is Del Toro’s best (and my favorite) film of the year. It’s a masterful and beautifully done...read more

Posted at 08 Jan, 2018 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  The Biz

Jennifer Bozell

Great Loglines

Crafting the perfect logline is often a challenge. How do you describe your characters and story and summarize your plot in a way that is marketable and enticing to buyers? And how do you do that in only a sentence or two? ...read more

Posted at 06 Jan, 2018 | By: Jennifer Bozell | Categories:  Pitching, Loglines, Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

Jennifer Bozell

If It Talks, It Walks

Want to know one of the most common notes I’ve given writers over the years? “Your dialogue needs work. Your characters all sound the same.” We all know that having fresh, sharp & snappy dialogue is a...read more

Posted at 22 Dec, 2017 | By: Jennifer Bozell | Categories:  Writing Tips

Colin Costello

Conflict

You’re driving to work, but running a little late. Okay, a lot late. So, you weave in and out of traffic with one singular goal: Get to work on time. Your motivation? Your boss is an asshole and you don’t want to ...read more

Posted at 11 Dec, 2017 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips

Jennifer Bozell

Noted: Be Graceful

You’ve spent countless hours crafting your script. In your eyes, it’s a masterpiece. So when someone reads it and has notes you weren’t expecting, it can sometimes be demoralizing. In these moments, thou...read more

Posted at 03 Dec, 2017 | By: Jennifer Bozell | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

The New Buyers

In the last few years, writers have been faced with a changing studio business model. In fact, only 34 spec screenplays were sold through July of this year. Upon digging deeper, many of those specs were by A-list writers. St...read more

Posted at 28 Nov, 2017 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Networking, Selling, The Biz

Mitch Paradise

The Oscar Movies Are Finally Here

We’ve all been talking to each other. 2017 has not been a very good year for films. The dismal summer cartoon/comic book tentpole season has been over for two months, and where are the Oscar contenders that are suppos...read more

Posted at 26 Nov, 2017 | By: Mitch Paradise | Categories:  The Biz

Jennifer Bozell

A Successful General

General meetings are kind of like first dates. A creative executive or producer has read your work, liked it, and now wants to meet with you. But having a “general meeting” sounds so…general. What are you...read more

Posted at 19 Nov, 2017 | By: Jennifer Bozell | Categories:  Networking, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

Oh, Charlotte!

Charlotte Roi is a statuesque strawberry blonde with piercing eyes and a just-as-towering personality that fills the room when she enters. A quick glance at her reminds you of Jessica Chastain or Jessica Rabbit. While you wo...read more

Posted at 12 Nov, 2017 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Networking, The Biz

Jennifer Bozell

Don't Blow It

So you have a meeting on the books to pitch your brilliant idea for a TV show? Good for you! Now you have to figure out how not to blow it. How much detail do you go into? How long should your pitch be? These are question...read more

Posted at 06 Nov, 2017 | By: Jennifer Bozell

Colin Costello

I Was Paid, Not Made

I've been blessed this year. I've been hired several times to rewrite projects. Round of high-fives! Not bragging, but I have managed to work on three feature rewrites and two pilots. So why on earth would I be frustrated?&n...read more

Posted at 26 Sep, 2017 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Selling, The Biz

Mitch Paradise

Time

Time is on my mind. Maybe it’s about reaching a certain age – the age that shall not be named – that brings this into focus, but it began when I was catching up on a few-weeks-old "New Yorker" magazine and ...read more

Posted at 14 Aug, 2017 | By: Mitch Paradise | Categories:  The Biz

Steve Trautmann

Flipping the Script

A few years ago I was asked to write a monologue for a 20-year-old actor. I thought back to what was going on in my life when I was that age, which was serving overseas in the Air Force. What were my fears? What were my fanta...read more

Posted at 23 Jun, 2017 | By: Steve Trautmann | Categories:  Writing Tips, The Biz

Mitch Paradise

The New Horror

Never been a big horror fan. I admit it, I was a wimp. Grew up with ghoulish boyfriends who loved to sit in the movies and slobber over blood. Those were the days when movies were a quarter, so a few pop bottles returned and ...read more

Posted at 03 May, 2017 | By: Mitch Paradise | Categories:  The Biz

Jonathan Marty

Knock Your Block Off

It’s one of the most miserable, excruciating things to experience. Your concept is there and your latest script seemingly had all the momentum in the world behind it. But now...it seems to be grinding to a screeching, m...read more

Posted at 23 Apr, 2017 | By: Jonathan Marty | Categories:  Writing Tips

Claire Weaver

Dealing With Interruptions

A few weeks ago, I had to put a feature script on hold while I revisited a TV project I thought I was done with. This week, I delivered the new work on the TV project, which means I've got the green light to dive back into th...read more

Posted at 08 Apr, 2017 | By: Claire Weaver | Categories:  Writing Tips, The Biz

Barri Evins

Handling the Wait

Your query letter gets a response! You've been waiting a long time for this day. What's next? More waiting. How long can it possibly take to read one little script? Try to put yourself in the other guy's shoes. The one with ...read more

Posted at 24 Mar, 2017 | By: Barri Evins

Mitch Paradise

Despite Politics, The Best Picture Won

As the hours counted down to the Oscars, I began to feel that there might be some sort of a cosmic shift going on. I often get these feelings, and strangely, I’m often right. Though it went into the evening with a rec...read more

Posted at 12 Mar, 2017 | By: Mitch Paradise | Categories:  The Biz

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