Flo ValleySCRIPTWRITING: Getting Started
1. FILM GENRES YOU PREFER:
(Circle three or four favorites. You'll probably write about what you know!)
Love Interest/Romantic Science Fiction/High Tech Horror
Psychological Thriller Comedy Musical
Mystery/Detective Romantic Comedy Action/Adventure Satire Offbeat Relationships
Social/Personal Drama (e.g. TV Movie of the Week)
2. WHAT IS A SCRIPT? Order one to review!
(For a glimpse, e-mail me and I'll show you one in my office.)
To order scripts by mail: Script City (1-800-676-2522)
" " " via Internet: "Script Store" under Writers Website: http://www.writerswebsite.com/scrnplays/index.html
3. PLANNING AND WRITING YOUR SCRIPT:
See my sample Script Plan on the next page. (one possible approach)
Scriptwriting Software: Script Wizard, Final Draft, Scriptor
Call the Writer's Computer Store in LA: (310) 479-7774
4. WHAT SELLS? comedy, romance, adventure, thriller/horror
You'll have a much harder time selling drama, historical pieces, musicals, sci fi
What really sells is a great script! If you have a great story and it's written well, anything could sell!
5. TIPS FOR REGISTERING AND MARKETING YOUR SCRIPT
Register though the Writers Guild of America, West (213) 782-4500
cost: $20.00 registers script for $5.00 (call for details)
...put registration number on script before sending to any contacts
Query Letter to an agent: Goal is to get agent to read your script.
(Do not send script until agent agrees to read it!)
- a few words about you if pertinent to the script
- mention any connection (reputable person who recommends your script or who may have recommended that you contact this agent)
- one or two sentence tease about script subject matter
- one or two sentences about key character if especially appealing
...for a total of two short paragraphs at the most!
7. NEWSGROUPS ON THE INTERNET: alt.movies.independent (Alta Vista)
Go to Script Plan
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