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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

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. […]

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 […]

How Pitchfests Can Benefit Your Screenwriting Career

Latest post @ Gideon’s Screenwriting Tips: So Now You’re a Screenwriter…  Read the full post here: gideonsway  

Interviews

Interview with Sheri Brummond

Director of Development at Rosemont Productions International Ltd. Producers of the Emmy Award-Winning DOOR TO DOOR, as well as numerous other television and cable films such as PURGATORY, THE SECRET GARDEN, HIGH NOON, etc. Written by Signe Olynyk …Most writers are taught to write “from the heart”, so the stories and characters they develop are […]

Writers Store All-Star Profile – Pilar Alessandra

by Deb Havener- May 2011 Pilar Alessandra’s Master Class Intensive (Friday, June 3rd) is designed to help writers prepare their pitches for the big pitch day at the Great American PitchFest, or for use any time. Pilar Alessandra is one busy lady. She juggles her own business, coaches hundreds of students, lectures at numerous speaking […]

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 […]

Screenwriting

In The Beginning Was The Writers’ Room

by Peter Desberg and Jeffrey Davis The Writers’ Room began on the fabled Your Show of Shows and is portrayed in Neil Simon’s play, Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Although written by greats like Larry Gelbart, Mel Brooks and the Simon brothers, the best and most original comedy writers of the 1950’s, the work they produced had a distinctive voice.  […]

Mark Travis & Signe Olynyk Discuss Pitching

Hello Fellow Writers & Filmmakers, Mark Travis is a well respected director who will be teaching at this year’s Great American Screenwriting Conference & PitchFest, June 20-22. Mark interviewed me about pitching recently, and it received such a great response on his website (www.markwtravis.com)  that we thought we would share it with you. If you […]

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 […]