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the business of screenwriting

 René S. Garcia, Jr.

Anthony C. Ferrante’s D.I.Y. Film School

Anthony C. Ferrante on Sharknado and building a directing career

by René S. Garcia, Jr. “Either you want to make movies or you don’t; it’s painful. Writing is painful. Directing is painful because if you care about what you’re doing you want it to be the best it can be. And every day that you sit down to write or every day you’re on set […]

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Kate Rocheleau

Meet the Reader: Kate Rocheleau

Script reader Kate Rocheleau takes you inside the script business

By Brianne Hogan. To sell a screenplay or a TV pilot, the emerging screenwriter first needs to get it past a reader, like Kate Rocheleau. She is a gatekeeper (well, one of many) who decides whether a screenwriter’s work gets passed along to the big guys who sign the checks. A true New Englander (she […]

 Charles Deemer

Writing for Harried Readers

Writing for Harried Readers

Avoid verbosity and craft the skimable screenplay

by Charles Deemer All writing that’s meant to communicate implies the existence of a reader. And readers are different. The reader of The New Yorker has different expectations from the reader of USA Today. Learning about the particular readers for whom your work is intended is part of understanding the marketplace. This is where the […]

 Melissa Maroff

Hollywood Screenplay, Fresh Voices, ScreenCraft, American Zoetrope and the Rest

Hollywood Screenplay, Fresh Voices, ScreenCraft, American Zoetrope and the Rest

Creative Screenwriting columnist Melissa Maroff's screenwriting contest survey and commentary

by Melissa Maroff   Hollywood Screenplay Contest Deadline: 8/10 extended deadline Grand Jury Prize: $10,100 worth of post production services at Greenhouse Studios and a pitch mentoring meeting. Grand Prize Winner of the Best Short Screenplay will receive $4,800 worth of post production services at Greenhouse Studios and a pitch mentoring meeting Entry Fee: $55 […]

 G.N. Jacobs

To Kickstart or Ask Grandpa for the Dough?

To Kickstart or Ask Grandpa for the Dough?

G.N. Jacobs looks at the SEC controversy

by G.N. Jacobs Entrepreneurs all over the civilized world anxiously await the results of an ongoing discussion at the SEC about the future of crowdfunding sites like www.kickstarter.com and www.indiegogo.com. Coming on the heels of the small handful of Kickstarter projects that have gone bad and a legal requirement related to the 2012 JOBS Act, […]