What's the Perfect Pitch? According to those who come to me for assistance with writing a pitch, or who attend Pitch Prep workshops where I often serve as a coach and panelist, it's darn hard to write. Ancient writers did a pretty good job of this sort of thing, though. The Roman poet Virgil's opening three sentences of The Aeneid is a perfect pitch for his entire 130 page story. It begins Cano, arma que virum que... "I sing of arms and of the hero who..."   Read More
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The synopsis can vary wildly from writer to writer. Because I’ve seen such a variance as far as length and philosophy in synopses, I must state that the important thing to remember is that the synopsis is not written for the writer but for the reader. Yet many synopses I’ve read seem to ignore the reality of a typical script reader’s workload.   Read More
Now that you've got your material together, you are ready to take on that next important step of getting it into the right hands. Thus begins the query process.   Read More
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CAN WRITERS SELL THEIR OWN TV SERIES? Writers? NO. Writers who are reading this article…YES! And I’ll tell you how, if you go with me on this for a few minutes.   Read More
It doesn't matter how good your screenplay is if nobody reads it. Each year, thousands of spec scripts are written. Many of these scripts are written by established screenwriters who have agents and/or managers and an existing track record, all of which aids in actually getting someone to read the script. Of course, there are many more scripts being written by those not yet established in the film business. In this case, a great logline and a sensational short summary are your two most important sales tools.   Read More
Here are some tips for unknown writers trying to get their script read by an established feature film production company. For almost six years, I've worked at a high profile feature film production company in New York City.   Read More
Writers often ask us about how to follow up after an agent, manager or producer has requested a script. Philippa Burgess of Creative Convergence and former literary manager at Mason/Burgess/Lifschultz, who represented screenwriters working in Hollywood, was kind enough to answer that for you.   Read More
When you step into the noisy, cattle-call throng of most film pitch festivals, it’s hard not to hear the opening lyrics from A Chorus Line running through your head...   Read More
here are two times when a writer needs to pitch – when you’re thinking about an idea and may want to try it out on fellow writers and friends to assess interest, and when you are ready to sell a storyline and hope that it has the bizazz necessary to create interest in your script.   Read More
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