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Top ten tips to getting the gig in film and TV (aside from your talents)

by Chris Jones (This post originally appeared on Chris Jones’s blog.) Talent is great but relationships get you hired. I offered this advice via Facebook to a filmmaker friend today who was frustrated after applying for a mountain of jobs (mainly in TV production) and getting virtually no traction, let alone interest or meetings / interviews. […]

GAPF Special Guest ROGER CORMAN

Hello Fellow Writers! The Great American Screenwriting Conference & PitchFest is just days away, and we are thrilled to announce a new and exciting session. Hollywood legend, Oscar winner, and icon ROGER CORMAN will be joining us this Saturday, June 21 at 11:00am for an educational and inspirational interview. Aside from being responsible for 429 […]

Focused Suspense by William Martell

You can meet Bill and benefit from his years of experience as a Hollywood Screenwriter by taking his class, ACT TWO IS EASY! at this year’s Great American Screenwriting Conference. Bill’s class will be held: 5pm – 6:30pm Friday, June 20 Marriott Burbank Hotel & Convention Center 2500 N. Hollywood Way Burbank, CA 91505 We […]

Pitching

The Comparison Game

by Nneka Samuel Whether you’re a novice waiting to break-in or an accomplished magnate with a slew of produced credits, if you call yourself a writer, chances are you’ve been guilty of playing the Comparison Game.  It’s less game, actually, and more of a self-defeating mental checklist confirming every negative thought you’ve had about your […]

A Minute To Pitch

By Pilar Alessandra O.K. see that guy over by the cheese table? He’s a producer; a big one; a guy who produces exactly the kind of movies that YOU write. Imagine you strike up a conversation with him and in passing you mention that you’re a screenwriter. He looks over at you, puts on his […]

How Do You Pitch A Show?

What is a pitch? How do you do it? Are there specific “rules” in presenting a successful pitch? The answer is: yes and no. Every pitch session is different, but the most important thing to remember is that the point is not to sell your project. It is to build a relationship. A commitment to […]

Interviews

The Elevator Pitch Part 1

by Unknown Screenwriter The Elevator Pitch. You’ve heard of it before… Right? They’re called elevator pitches because you need to be able to pitch your screenplay in the length of time it takes for the entity you’re pitching to — to arrive at their floor and exit the elevator. You’ve got to be able to […]

Five quick questions with Michael Hauge

Written by Mike Lee MICHAEL HAUGE is a script consultant, screenwriter, author and lecturer who works with writers, filmmakers and executives on their pitches, screenplays, film projects and development skills. He has recently coached writers or consulted on projects for Warner Bros., Paramount, Disney, Columbia, New Line, CBS, Lifetime, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Lopez and Julia […]

Pitching Your Screenplay and Getting Your Mind Right

by Unknown Screenwriter I know, I know… Lots of articles out there about pitching your screenplay. Pretty sure I’ve even read most of them myself. So why another? Well, you know me… I always try to bring a little something different to the table if I can. Me personally? I hate pitching. I could be […]

Screenwriting

Pitching Your Screenplay and Getting Your Mind Right

by Unknown Screenwriter I know, I know… Lots of articles out there about pitching your screenplay. Pretty sure I’ve even read most of them myself. So why another? Well, you know me… I always try to bring a little something different to the table if I can. Me personally? I hate pitching. I could be […]

One Script Can Change Your Life

by Corey Mandell I’ve recently had several agents and managers come to my UCLA classes to speak about the current state of the industry.  One thing they all say is that while real writers are able to break in and stay in the business, pretend writers are now completely out of luck. I asked her […]

The Elevator Pitch Part 2

by Unknown Screenwriter To Read Part 1, CLICK HERE. I like to focus on the following aspects of the story to formulate a logline… Protagonist Protagonist’s flaw Antagonist Setting Departure Action Protagonist: Obviously WHO your screenplay is about… We know that. Cool. Protagonist’s flaw: What isolates him or her from our world as we know it? Is she […]