Tag: screenwriting

Question: How would you suggest getting past the dreaded “we do not accept unsolicited material” notice?

It’s really simple: you send a query letter. Companies DO NOT want to see your screenplay; that is the “unsolicited material” they don’t accept. They’ll accept query letters all day long. Do your due diligence: find out who you contact, and send your query letter specifically to that person (or department). That’s the professional way …

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Important Tip For Screenwriters:

It’s not the STORY, it’s HOW YOU TELL the story that makes it worth watching…  

Sunrise vs. Sunset

Big Bear Dam Sunrise Reflection

Big Bear Dam Sunrise Reflection (photography by Kelly Pajak) If there was ever any knowledge that I would impart to a writer or a screenwriter, it would be: Write what you know. Your characters should always be a part of you, and should always reflect your own personal style through their own voice. You can’t …

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Myth of the Poor Man’s Copyright

Poor Man’s Copyright is an idiotic belief promulgated by amateur writers and screenwriters on blogs and other social media sites that – by mailing a copy of the writer’s work through the U.S. Postal Service – a writer can protect said work. In fact, here’s a recent internet entry about PMC – spelling errors and …

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Screenwriting Resources

The world of screenwriting is constantly evolving, just like the filmmaking industry.  Hollywood is a living, breathing entity. The downside of evolution – especially in an industry – is that many people feel that the changes will adversely affect them, or that they’ll lose their power.  So they build fortresses to try to control their …

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