Colin Costello

Adaptation

Once again I didn't listen to my girlfriend’s sage advice. It bit me in the ass. I broke her rule of not reading Internet reviews for my family film, “The Stream.” I was feeling pretty good after seeing a f...read more

Posted at 09 Sep, 2014 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  The Biz

Colin Costello

It's Bad, Dude!

I had a bad experience with a heavyweight producer two weeks ago. He started reading a spec of mine and called me after 40 pages to praise it. He went on to say that he never gets past page five. He then said he hoped I didn&...read more

Posted at 04 Sep, 2014 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Networking, The Biz

John Weidner

Keep Hope Alive!

It was a Tuesday. Who starts a class on Tuesday? This guy does, David Milch. I sort of knew who he was. Kind of. Not really. But I went anyway. It was a long drive from Pasadena to the WGA Theater in Beverly Hills. My air co...read more

Posted at 02 Sep, 2014 | By: John Weidner | Categories:  Writing Tips, Networking, The Biz

Chris Soth

It's the MEANING, stupid!

So last time we talked a little bit about meaning and how religion and movies have this in common: both try to explain and thereby, give meaning, to life. Let’s talk a little bit today about the natural enemy of meaning...read more

Posted at 11 Aug, 2014 | By: Chris Soth | Categories:  Writing Tips

Colin Costello

Hark, it's Superwriter!

I love summer movies. Why? I’m a geek. More importantly, I’m a SUPERHERO GEEK. So with Marvel dominating our multiplexes, I got to thinking about writing a superhero spec and wondering what really separates "The A...read more

Posted at 07 Aug, 2014 | By: Colin Costello

Chris Soth

Your Script is Meaningful

Movies are a new religion. Is that sacrilege? Bear with me. What does religion, or any heartfelt code mean to do? What do movies DO? For that matter, what does all ART do? What should every work of art, or craft (as I prefer...read more

Posted at 31 Jul, 2014 | By: Chris Soth | Categories:  Writing Tips, The Biz

Colin Costello

Giving You the Business

“I love your writing. Love your voice. I have an idea and I’m wondering if you could…” Okay writers, raise your hands if you know what’s coming next. For those of you who guessed, “&helli...read more

Posted at 29 Jul, 2014 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Networking, Selling

Colin Costello

Be Social

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

Posted at 23 Jul, 2014 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Networking, The Biz

John Weidner

The Power of No

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

Posted at 21 Jul, 2014 | By: John Weidner | Categories:  Writing Tips, Networking, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

Raising the Stakes

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

Posted at 15 Jul, 2014 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

Collaborate

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

Posted at 08 Jul, 2014 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Networking, The Biz

Colin Costello

They Can Manage

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

Posted at 30 Jun, 2014 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Networking, Selling, The Biz

Dan Scheinkman

Selling TV, Period

“It’s like déjà vu all over again,” said Yogi Berra. When you look at TV right now, from cable to miniseries, you’ll notice a somewhat recent influx of “period” shows, or stor...read more

Posted at 10 Jun, 2014 | By: Dan Scheinkman | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

The Essential Guide For Rewriting

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

Posted at 28 May, 2014 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

Five Facts For TV Specs

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

Posted at 12 May, 2014 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling

Colin Costello

The Party Option

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.” Opt...read more

Posted at 05 May, 2014 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Selling, The Biz

Neo Edmund

Dealing With Professional Idiots

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

Posted at 18 Apr, 2014 | By: Neo Edmund | Categories:  Networking, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

It's the Genre, Stupid!

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

Posted at 14 Apr, 2014 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

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

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