R. Popper

Flo Valley SCRIPTWRITING: Getting Started

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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!)

Include:

- 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)

 

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