Screenwriting in the News 7.22.14

Remembering Screenwriter John Fasano

July 22nd, 2014

in News

Script deals, sales, assignments and other screenwriting news! We look back on the wonderful career of screenwriter, director, and producer John Fasano. Matthew McConaughey & The Black List Spec THE COMPANY MAN, and how an Unknown Accountant Breaks into Hollywood!

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An Interview with Producer Kevin Hill of THE INSIDE PITCH

July 8th, 2014

in Interviews

THE INSIDE PITCH is an entertaining and educational live half-hour (give or take 15 minutes!) show that features screenwriters pitching their story ideas to Hollywood executive, filmmaker and educator Christopher Lockhart. It’s a fun, fast and unpredictable 30 minutes! During the show screenwriters call in an pitch their loglines of their screenplays so Lockhart can critique them but also teach from them. The show is funny, informative, and educational. All aspiring screenwriters should tune into the show.

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Interview with Screenwriter and Executive Producer Jeffrey Lieber

June 30th, 2014

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Jeffrey Lieber is a screenwriter (TUCK EVERLASTING, TANGLED) and executive best known as a co-creator of the hit TV series LOST. He also served as executive producer of Miami Medical. Lieber spent the last three years as an executive producer on USA’s Necessary Roughness.  Currently he is executive producer of NCIS New Orleans where he is helping creator/executive producer Gary Glasberg in running the series. On the Twittersphere he is known for his “Showrunner Rules” about the TV industry. 

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Screenwriting Contests

Are they worth it?

June 30th, 2014

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It seems like a new screenwriting contest is born every day.   Many make promises or allusions to opening Hollywood doors and exposing winning scripts to green-lighters.   And new screenwriters shell out entry fees hoping a win will be their golden ticket inside.  Unfortunately, most screenwriting contests do not have the clout or visibility level to help a writer achieve that objective.  

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Top Tips to Finding a Good Script Consultant

June 27th, 2014

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Let me start by saying that in full disclosure -- for over twenty-five years I have worked as a script consultant -- first for studios and then as chairperson of my company Su-City Pictures East, LLC.  I am often asked, and again recently asked (which inspired this article), why writers should hire a script consultant and what to ask when looking for one. 

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THE HOLLYWOOD RULES for Screenwriters

June 4th, 2014

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Everyone thinks they can come up with a better movie idea than what they see on the Big Screen. From your hairdresser to the guy in that hole in the ground at the Lube center changing your car's oil, they all have thought at one time or another about how ridiculously simply writing a movie must be. Well, be thankful most people don't pursue their Hollywood dreams. Still, there are tens of thousands of aspiring screenwriters out there… very tough odds for you regardless.

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Ten Questions with ENDANGERED Screenwriter Jack Reher

May 27th, 2014

in Interviews

J.R. Reher attended the University of Minnesota before moving to Los Angeles to attend the AFI Conservatory for an MFA in Screenwriting. Most recently, he adapted into a screenplay the best selling comic book "Edge of the Unknown" created by Jon Vinson & Marco Roblin and written a new version of the cult classic 1988 film Pin. His first film Endangered  is in post-production and another film Small town is in pre-produciotn. Recently he was hired to adapt Jon Bassoff’s novel "Corrosion."

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Preserving the Past, Building a Future

Thoughts on SU's Re-Launch

April 12th, 2014

in Op/Ed

As you've probably noticed, Screenwriter's Utopia has had a minor facelift recently. Okay, a bit more than minor. The old system was creaky, prone to breakage, and needed to be replaced. Read on for what's happening with the state of Screenwriter's Utopia as of right now.

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Seven Lessons from Bob Nelson's NEBRASKA Screenplay

March 16th, 2014

in Script Reviews

The Oscar nominated movie NEBRASKA, with an award winning screenplay by Bob Nelson, is in my opinion one of the better scripts recently produced for screenwriters to learn a little something about the craft. Why? It’s the epitome of efficient and dramatic storytelling. The script is pithy, direct, yet it has depth and emotion (theme) that is so subtle in its presentation. 

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