3 SURE-FIRE WAYS TO COME UP WITH A COOL SCREENPLAY TITLE

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s another helpful as all hell article from TVWriter™’s buds at Script Reader Pro. Sit back and enjoy:

The Complete Guide on How to Make Your Screenplay Title Page Stand Out from the Pack
by Script Reader Pro

While you’ve probably heard a lot about how the first page of your story is the most important when it comes to first impressions—it’s not. It’s actually the title.

Screenplay titles matter. A lot.

When your script lands on the desk of someone important—like a manager, producer or exec—the very first impression they form of your script is from the title.

Here are a few examples of bad screenplay titles

  • Too close to an existing movie titleKill Phil, Naughty Santa
  • Already been used. The Sunshine Boys, While You Were Napping
  • Too complicatedThe Attenuation Dispersion Code, Puranas and Itihasas
  • Too simpleHope, Conflict
  • Something you’d never see on a billboard. The Magnet Pulls, Portmanteau Antlers

Movie titles like these give the reader an immediate signal that you’re not sure what you’re doing—before they’ve even had a chance to read the first page of your script.

Great writers choose great movie titles. And needless to say, your script’s title needs to be pretty great. Not just good. Not just okay. But great.

How do you come up with great movie title ideas?

In this post we’re going to break down how to write a movie title for a screenplay into six main areas:

  • Coming up with a great movie title ideas by nailing the story’s essence
  • Generating movie title ideas method #1: Characters
  • Generating movie title ideas method #2: Locations
  • Generating movie title ideas method #3: Situations or feelings
  • How to find out if your screenplay title idea is any good
  • Screenplay title page format best practices

So let’s dive on in….

Read it all at Script Reader Pro

3 Mistakes Screenwriters Make In Act 1 That Ruin A Screenplay

It’s show of hands time. How many of you reading this know what the act structure of a screenplay is? How many know what info goes into the usual first act? How many know when it ends?

Oh well. Maybe this will help:

More screenwriting merriment from Film Courage!

How To Sell A Screenplay In Hollywood

The ways of Hollywood are dark and labyrinthian…and that’s just for starters. Those who would dare navigate the showbiz jungle need wise and experienced guides. Here are some great tips from one of the guides at nofilmschool.com:

by Jason Hellerman

What should you do with your script once you’ve finished it?

If you’ve taken the time to sit down to write a screenplay, chances are you didn’t do it only for fun. You want to make money. That’s why you’re here to learn how to sell a screenplay, and how much screenplays sell for in the open market.

Today we’re going to cover all the aspects of how to sell a screenplay to a studio, and get into the nitty-gritty of all the numbers that go along with script sales.

So let’s not waste time and get to selling a screenplay!

How To Sell A Screenplay Without An Agent

Let’s start at the very beginning. If you have a screenplay you love, but don’t have an agent, it’s going to be an uphill battle to sell your screenplay. I’m assuming that if you don’t have an agent, you probably also don’t have a manager.

I don’t have any good advice here besides “shoot it yourself.”

Or read our post about how to get an agent.

The fact is, learning how to sell a screenplay without an agent is a fruitless task. If you have a manger, they can take of everything, but if you have no one, it means you’re probably not established enough to be considered by buyers anyway.

It’s never been harder to sell a screenplay in Hollywood. To sell a script to a studio you need an agent, manager, or at the very least an entertainment lawyer to get it into a buyer’s hands.

Let’s assume you have an agent/manager.

What can you expect when you try selling a screenplay?

How to Sell A Screenplay: The Spec Market

Right now, most of the paid feature writing work in Hollywood happens at the studio level. Studios develop ideas internally, and hire writers. Or they buy external scripts, and hire people to work on rewriting or polishing those scripts. Sometimes those are called script doctors.

If you have written your own screenplay and want to sell it, you need to get past some gatekeepers to the buyers. Evan Littman, a development executive in international acquisitions recently wrote an article for us talking about five script writing tips to help impress buyers.

Basically, your script needs to pass a few levels of readers, then get to execs, then get to their bosses, then they may consider buying/producing it….

Read it all at nofilmschool.com

How to Sell a Screenplay

At last! The definitive answer (until the next definitive answer) to the fundamental question on every writer’s mind. (Well, those who are trying to make it in Hollywood anyway.) Go for it:

Corny as it may seem, this is a site even we never get tired of

from Script Reader Pro

So, you’ve finally finished a script you’re proud of. Congrats. But are you now trying to figure out how to sell a screenplay? In this post, we’re going to take a look at the very best six options to help you do just that.

We’re not saying that selling scripts is “easy”—there are no guarantees attached to any of the steps in this post—but if you apply yourself rigorously to each of them (for as long as it takes) selling a movie script should become that much easier.

Before learning how to sell a script to Hollywood…

To get the maximum benefit out of this post, remember that you should first be writing screenplays that sell. Once you know how, get together a portfolio including at least two stellar screenplays, synopses and query letters ready to go.

You can read more about how to get together a portfolio in our post on How To Become A Screenwriter.)

Once you have a portfolio together that’s received a glowing review from a friend in the industry, or a “Recommend” grade from a script coverage service, the real work when it comes to selling scripts begins…

So without further ado, here are the six best options regarding how to sell a movie script that you should know about.

How To Sell A Screenplay Without An Agent

 

Agents have become something of an enigma because of the Catch-22 situation that your script won’t be read unless you have an agent, but you can’t get an agent until you sell a screenplay.

So somehow getting an agent has become a kind of holy grail among aspiring screenwriters. But this approach is all wrong. In reality, agents only exist so that a deal can be made and processed between you the screenwriter, and a producer, production company or studio.

An agent’s job is to make deals happen. And most of the time, this is only going to happen when a screenplay is seen as commercially strong and marketable. Since screenplay agents only get 10 percent of whatever deals they put in place, they will only make any money if the deal is big enough.

Screenwriting agents only make enough money to have a career on mid to high level deals. Doing a deal on a script sale of a hundred grand is lucrative as long as they do a lot of them. And most will only represent screenplays and writers if they find a script they can easily sell.

Stop chasing agents, start chasing managers

Screenwriting managers, however, are a different entity altogether. They will—the good ones, that is—help you become a better writer, develop your scripts, offer feedback, work with you, build your network, name drop you around town, etc. Most managers will even help you get an agent—but only, of course, if they think the agent will know how to sell your screenplay….

WGA Member Vote on Proposed Screen Credits Manual Rescheduled

WGAW & WGAE BOARD AND COUNCIL VOTE TO REVISE SCREEN CREDITS MANUAL PROPOSAL AND TO RESCHEDULE REFERENDUM VOTE

(email to members via TVWriter™ Press Service)

In April of this year, the WGAW Board of Directors and WGAE Council approved a set of revisions to the Screen Credits Manual and directed staff to conduct an online member ratification vote in the Fall. The referendum process has been underway since August 23, when the proposed amendments were first posted on the WGAW and WGAE websites.

As part of the referendum process, two groups of WGA members submitted statements urging a “no” vote. The focus of these con statements was a procedural issue pertaining to the deadline for filing participating writer statements in a credit arbitration. Similar concerns were expressed by members attending an informational meeting that took place at WGAW headquarters on October 2.

In the wake of the informational meeting, the leaders present concluded that the concerns of members expressed both in the written opposition statements and at the informational meeting could be addressed with a relatively minor change to a single paragraph of Screen Credits Manual proposal. The Credits Review Committee, with the assistance of staff, drafted the proposed modification, which is shown below, redlined to the text of the original proposal approved by the Board in April:

Screen Credits Manual, Section II.D.4.b (third paragraph)
Proposed change – redline:

As the written statement is the participating writer’s only opportunity to communicate the writer’s position to the arbiters, it is advised that the writer take due care in its preparation. Because of the limitation of 21 business days for the arbitration, this statement must be delivered to the Guild within 72 (seventy-two) hours from notification by the Guild that all of the literary and source material for the arbitration has been submitted. The deadline for submission of statements will be strictly applied and NO extensions will be granted. A participant’s failure to submit a statement in a timely fashion shallReasonable requests for extensions will be granted, but will not preclude the Guild from proceeding with an arbitration with the statements then available to the Guild. If a participating writer submits a statement after the materials have been submitted to the Arbitration Committee, Credits staff will forward such statement to the Arbitration Committee, provided such statement is received prior to a decision of the Arbitration Committee.

On October 4, 2018, the Board and Council approved the modified language set forth above and directed a ratification vote proceed on a revised schedule.


NOTICE OF REVISED VOTING SCHEDULE

Members are urged to read the modified language of the Screen Credits Manual proposal and once again will be invited to submit statements supporting or opposing approval of the proposed changes to the Screen Credits Manual. Statements must be delivered to WGAW or WGAE headquarters in “camera-ready” condition no later than 12:00 p.m. PDT/3:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 22, 2018 (see invitation to submit pro or con statements below). Voting on the proposed amendments will begin at 10:00 a.m. PDT/1:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 29 and will conclude at 12:00 p.m. PST/3:00 p.m. EST on Monday, November 12, 2018.


EDITOR’S NOTE: This meeting is for Writers Guild of America members – but even non-Guild signatory companies tend to use WGA rules as patterns for their own behavior so it behooves all our readers to know as much as possible about the changes.