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Before you get anyone to read your brilliantly executed pilot script, you must first pitch them the idea for the series, and it must be clear, compelling, character-driven, and it must feel like a TV show, not like a movie. Put simply, the first thing you need to do is answer the deceptively simple question, “What is it?”   Read More
A screenplay consists of seven basic elements. What do you do with these elements? Answer: You put them together into what is known in the industry as a LOGLINE.   Read More
I’ve fielded a number of questions over the past year or so, and think it’s time to address some of the most common ones that have come my way.   Read More
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A good way for writers to express their pitch clearly and concisely is by avoiding clichés that are either not needed or harmful.   Read More
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Don’t be vague about the meat of your story. Tell us why the meat is good. What is your script about?   Read More
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Stick to the meat and don't kill the sale..   Read More
If your logline is missing a central conflict, then it’s possible your story is missing one as well. At least that’s what a reader will assume about your script.   Read More
Through these successes, we’ve learned that many talented writers work day in and day out on scripts that catch the attention of producers. Yet often, some writers focus only on their own writing instead of shining a light on themselves. True, a writer’s script needs to deliver once it’s read – craft is never overrated, and a producer’s sensibilities and the investors’ needs must also co-align. But ultimately, a writer must continually create opportunities to present that script in front of producers’ eyes in the first place.   Read More
A writer asked me a very specific question the other day, and it was the best question I think I've heard from a writer in all my time here at InkTip. She asked: "Is there anything I can do to guarantee I'll sell one of my scripts this year?” And the answer is…no. Sorry. BUT… I can think of five things you can do to dramatically increase the probability of selling your scripts   Read More
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When you read logline after logline, patterns emerge. These patterns reveal clichés based on expressions and idioms hammered into our heads in taglines we’ve seen on movie or show posters, or in voiceovers we've heard in trailers by the late, great Don LaFontaine.   Read More
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