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  • Screenwriting lessons from a Hollywood manager, part three.

    Screenwriting lessons from a Hollywood manager, part three.

    Once the Coast Guard action spec had made its way into the world I began pitching ideas to my manager for the next script. I've always been a strong comedy writer - won several awards in the past - so, having just spent a couple of years working in the action/thriller genre I was eager to embark upon something more lighthearted. This notion, however, was quickly dispelled by my manager. As I mentioned earlier, he does not dictate what I write, but he does draw upon many years of experience in the indu...
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  • Screenwriting lessons from a Hollywood manager, part two.

    Screenwriting lessons from a Hollywood manager, part two.

    I'll pick this one up with an anecdote that relates to the Coast Guard action spec I discussed last time. While that script was making the rounds I was invited to meet with a development exec at a high-profile production company that had shown interest in the piece. (To give you an idea exactly how "high-profile", as of this writing they are responsible for the top two highest-grossing movies of all time.) The executive liked the script, but wasn't quite ready to commit, as he did have some issues...
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  • Screenwriting lessons from a Hollywood manager, part one.

    Screenwriting lessons from a Hollywood manager, part one.

    Like me, there are many unsold screenwriters out there struggling to rise above the din. And there are many, many sources of information on screenplay format, structure, character, dialogue, etc. I've read/seen a bunch of them and it's all good stuff. I was fortunate enough to receive an offer of representation from a Los Angeles-based manager. This is all well and good, but, as the writer, the onus remains on me to create something marketable. As a former development executive for Sony Pictur...
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