A Screenwriter’s Guide to Networking at Hollywood Parties

If you’re a screenwriter looking to network at a Hollywood party, you’re in for a wild ride. It’s the age-old cliché of Hollywood:  the industry party, loaded from wall to wall with wannabes, fakers, hangers-on, and phonies.  And they’re all nobodies going nowhere who think they’re somebody.  If you go to an film industry party … Read more

Pass, Consider, and Recommend: What a script reader means when they give you one

In the late 1990s, I worked for legendary B-film maverick Roger Corman, who made Bucket of Blood and the original Little Shop of Horrors, and whose film company gave some of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers their first shot at directing – Ron Howard, James Cameron, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese – the list goes on and on. … Read more

To make your screenplay more marketable, ask these five questions…

If you’ve written a script, open up your script right now and turn to any page in the script.  Read the scene.  Then answer these questions below. Run every scene of your screenplay through these five questions, systematically, to find out if it can be improved: 1) Is the scene even necessary? If yes, go … Read more

How screenwriting at Starbucks can completely ruin your life

Screenwriting at Starbucks can be great. Free wi-fi, a nice jazzy environment with woody overtones, baristas unionizing, etc. And there really are a ton of screenwriters who love working in Starbucks (or Peet’s or Coffee Bean or similar). On their laptops.  But frankly, I have no idea how they can do it. Me, I need peace, quiet, … Read more

120 page maximum for screenplays — why it’s a good thing

“A screenplay’s page count should be no longer than 120 pages.” We’ve all heard it time and again about script page count, whether in film school, or just as an anecdotal whisper on the screenwriter wind. 120 pages? Maximum? Isn’t that just a bit arbitrary?  Why not 121?  Why not 119? After all, The Godfather, (a great … Read more

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