Colin Costello

The Million Dollar Answer

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

Colin Costello

Creating Chemistry

Last weekend, my girlfriend and I were driving up La Brea and got to talking about the evening’s plans. Me: “Yamashiro? Heard the view’s amazing, but the food’s...” Her: “No, that sounds...read more

Posted at 26 Mar, 2014 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling

Neo Edmund

Pitching's Big No-No's

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

Posted at 24 Mar, 2014 | By: Neo Edmund | Categories:  Pitching, Selling, The Biz

Neo Edmund

Five Rules for Screenwriters

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

Posted at 17 Mar, 2014 | By: Neo Edmund | Categories:  Writing Tips, Networking, Selling, The Biz

Dan Scheinkman

The Hollywood Cross

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

Posted at 12 Feb, 2014 | By: Dan Scheinkman | Categories:  Pitching, Selling, The Biz

Dan Scheinkman

It's the Funniest Thing Ever

“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

Posted at 23 Jan, 2014 | By: Dan Scheinkman | Categories:  Pitching, Selling, The Biz

Dan Scheinkman

Pitch Smart

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

Posted at 17 Dec, 2013 | By: Dan Scheinkman | Categories:  Pitching, Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

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