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Out of all of the departments I worked in at InkTip, I spent the most years working in our producers department. This meant I discussed with them which scripts listings on InkTip they found effective – in other words, which attracted them the most and potentially led to being optioned – and noted what some of those writers did to create that effect. While some writers used different strategies, what most consistently did to make their script listings shine brightest became clear.   Read More
When new screenwriters finish their scripts, they often begin the search for a rep to submit the work around town. But is that the best way to do it?   Read More
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Producers are always on the lookout for new scripts, I know I am. Not just any script, but one that I can live with for two or three years, because that's how long it will take to produce unless it is a short. I am telling you all this to help writers learn more about what producers are looking for.   Read More
The entertainment industry is full of easily definable jobs, such as actor, director, writer, etc. It's much more difficult to define what a producer does,   Read More
The truth is: all producers think writing the script is the easiest part of film production. The truth is: all producers think they can write a screenplay. And sadly, (for the writers) the truth is   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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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
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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