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

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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