Colin Costello

My Top Ten

So what did I love in 2016? Below are the films that resonated with me. That touched me. That I have watched over and over again. "A Monster Calls" Don’t dismiss this magnificent film as a kid’s film. It’ more

Posted at 10 Jan, 2017 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  The Biz

Victoria Slater


So what if there are a few typos in your script? Why get so anal about it? I will tell you why. Number one, it interrupts your story. Number two, it makes you look unprofessional. Imagine you're walking along a verdant more

Posted at 03 Jan, 2017 | By: Victoria Slater | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

Justin Ross

Are you a Screenwriter?

You're telling you're friends you're a screenwriter. But can you really call yourself one? A guy I know who was struggling with this very thing was asked the pointed question by Beau Willimon, the creator of the American " more

Posted at 27 Dec, 2016 | By: Justin Ross | Categories:  Writing Tips, Networking, Selling, The Biz

Justin Ross

Good Ones

As a development executive & producer, I am often asked by writers: What kind of projects are you looking for? A valid query. Usually my reply is a phrase I borrowed from a wise producer I used to intern for: “ more

Posted at 19 Dec, 2016 | By: Justin Ross | Categories:  Writing Tips, Networking, Selling, The Biz

Jonathan Marty

The Generals are Coming

They’re called “generals.” Essentially, it means you piqued someone’s interest as a writer. Whether it’s a network, studio or production exec, they’re a fan of yours and they want to meet more

Posted at 16 Dec, 2016 | By: Jonathan Marty | Categories:  Pitching, Networking, Selling, The Biz

Claire Weaver

Work Smart

Writing a script (or a book, a comic, etc.) takes a lot of time. Professional writers have the advantage of being paid for the hours they spend at the keyboard every day, meaning they can dedicate their working hours to more

Posted at 14 Dec, 2016 | By: Claire Weaver | Categories:  Writing Tips

Cal Barnes

Your Christmas List

For the screenwriter, a hot spec script featuring a killer premise or an innovative writing style can be a great calling card into the industry. But what does a great spec really look like? Below are five professional more

Posted at 12 Dec, 2016 | By: Cal Barnes

Mitch Paradise

My Moment With Warren

I had my Hollywood moment recently, or at least what I shall continue to think of as my Hollywood moment until a better one comes along. The Writers Guild screened “Rules Don’t Apply,” and Warren Beatty, more

Posted at 07 Dec, 2016 | By: Mitch Paradise | Categories:  Networking, The Biz

Colin Costello


“Annie, will you…” The words just seemed to glue themselves to the back of my throat. Annie sat across from me at the Caribou Coffee Shop we used to frequent. Her eyes were not only bright and big, but more

Posted at 06 Dec, 2016 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Networking, The Biz

Steve Trautmann

Holiday Reading

If you're making a wishlist for friends and family, and you're a writer, I have some suggestions for you. Most of these books are not about writing, although one at the very end is, and I highly recommend it. What follows more

Posted at 02 Dec, 2016 | By: Steve Trautmann | Categories:  The Biz

Mitch Paradise

Do We Have Gibson's Back?

Mel Gibson. There, I’ve said it. For years now, if you said “He Who Shall Not Be Named” in this town, you’d have to turn around three times, spit in all four directions, throw salt over you left more

Posted at 25 Oct, 2016 | By: Mitch Paradise

Mitch Paradise

Movie Mayhem

Hard not to think about guns these days. As police shootings of black men mount, city by city; as the other daily crime news involves shooting after shooting, the gun - and who’s got one and what they’re doing more

Posted at 03 Oct, 2016 | By: Mitch Paradise

Mitch Paradise

What's in a Name?

Call me old fashion, but I just don’t see why there are movies with the same title as a previous movie that is completely different. I’m not talking about remakes or sequels. This is not about Clark Gable and more

Posted at 13 Sep, 2016 | By: Mitch Paradise | Categories:  The Biz

Colin Costello

Summer Lessons

Going to the movies this summer was the equivalent of waiting for the A-Train on a urine-drenched NYC subway platform in July. For every “Civil War” there was a “Ben-Hur” and “Warcraft.” more

Posted at 08 Sep, 2016 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  The Biz

Mitch Paradise

Enjoying Movies

A double feature is always a great chance for a rich and varied movie experience, and there are days at the Writers Guild when you can even double your pleasure and go for four movies in a row, if your back can take it and more

Posted at 25 Aug, 2016 | By: Mitch Paradise

Colin Costello

Let's Table It

So you’ve finished that umpteenth draft of your screenplay and you feel like it’s finally ready to show to the rest of the world. Not so fast, Frank Darabont. Before you begin querying managers, agents, more

Posted at 13 Jul, 2016 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Networking, The Biz

Steven Nash

Going to Market

It's my opinion that the way and reason projects get financed is evolving rapidly and perhaps mysteriously. We are all distinctly aware that all of the burgeoning new outlets for distribution have seemingly become more

Posted at 05 May, 2016 | By: Steven Nash | Categories:  Networking, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

The Prince of Persuasian

Like much of the rest of the world, I am mourning the loss of quite possibly the greatest musician, songwriter and performer my generation will ever know - Prince Rogers Nelson. Say or think what you want about him. Ask the more

Posted at 03 May, 2016 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  Writing Tips, Selling, The Biz

Steve Trautmann

Class or No Class

When writers feel compelled to take a non-writing class or workshop to help broaden their understanding of the craft, storytelling, or pitching - there are three main ways to go: improvisation, acting, and standup. I like more

Posted at 22 Apr, 2016 | By: Steve Trautmann | Categories:  Pitching, Writing Tips, Networking, Selling, The Biz

Colin Costello

A Super Cry

I didn’t cry when Superman died at the end of “Batman v Superman." I did cry several times watching the old Bruce Timm/Paul Dini animated "Superman." I even got sniffly at Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel& more

Posted at 12 Apr, 2016 | By: Colin Costello | Categories:  The Biz

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