This book teaches readers how global trends define the marketplace for saleable screenplays in key international territories as well as the domestic market. Veteran writer, producer, and director Andrew Stevens gives you the insider edge you need to write for the global marketplace, sharing his decades of experience producing and financing everything from micro-budget independent films to major studio releases. In leveraging Stevens’ comprehensive experience, you will learn how to determine specific subject matter, genre, and story elements to make the most of international sales trends, and harness the power of these insider strategies to craft a screenplay that is poised to sell.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Critical Criteria Before Determining Your Subject Matter
Chapter 2: The Independent Film and Television Alliance and the American Film Market: Services and Opportunities that Benefit Screenwriters
Chapter 3: The Cannes Film Market and Festival
Chapter 4: Writing for the Marketplace
Chapter 5: Building a Career – Everyone Starts Somewhere
Chapter 6: Historical Context of the Recent Evolution of Media Gives Writers Perspective
Chapter 7: Screenplay Structure and Components
Chapter 8: Inspiration, Sequels, Remakes and Re-boots
Chapter 9: Character Development from Actor’s Perspective
Chapter 10: Screenwriters Perspective
Chapter 11: A Director’s Perspective
Chapter 12: A Producer’s Perspective
Chapter 13: Writing for Cost Effective Budgets
Chapter 14: Financing
Chapter 15: Writing is a Team Sport
Chapter 16: Studio Due Diligence: How the Big Boys Cater to the Little Boys
Chapter 17: New Media – New Model – As Significant as the Majors
Chapter 18: Non-Union vs Union Writers
Chapter 19: Writers Protections
Chapter 20: Non-Disclosure, Non-Circumvention and Confidentiality Agreements
Chapter 21: Screenplay Submissions
Chapter 22: The Pitch
Andrew Stevens, author of Producing for Profit (Focal 2017), and the DVD/download film school series Foolproof Film School, has mastered almost every aspect of the entertainment business. From creative filmmaker, screenwriter, director, and producer, to corporate executive, leader in trade and union negotiations and collective bargaining, Stevens has guided the creative development and physical production of over 175 motion pictures, including the hit comedy The Whole Nine Yards and the cult classic Boondock Saints, and his films have generated over $1 billion in worldwide revenues. In his several successful motion picture companies, he has guided international film sales, domestic distribution, finance, publicity, and marketing. A former award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated actor, he continues to be active in the motion picture business as well as being an author, educator, motivational speaker, and industry consultant. He served for a decade on the board of directors of the International Film and Television Alliance (IFTA) and also served as chairman of the Independent Producers Association (IPA).
"Andrew Stevens is responsible for the careers of many new writers, producers and directors."
—Roger Corman, Oscar-winner, Legendary Independent Filmmaker/Producer
"Andrew’s work is fantastic!"
—Jackie Collins, The New York Times Bestselling Novelist
"Screenwriting for Profit navigates through all the pitfalls a writer will experience in trying to sell their screenplay and takes the writer beyond the computer screen and into the real world of getting a script sold. Even the greatest script is worthless unless it has the potential to get made. Andrew lays out from idea to conception his insider knowledge that will help a writer go from novice to professional. Before a writer takes their first meeting, they should give Screenwriting for Profit a read."
—Peter M. Lenkov, Emmy Nominee, Writer/Executive Producer: Salvation, Hawaii Five-0, R.I.P.D., MacGyver, CSI: NY
"Great! It is different than other books that focus on the writer’s process. I love that this book captures a salty, wise, practical tone, and it feels very refreshing. Chapter 15 alone is reason enough to buy this book and reason to recommend it to writers. I certainly wish I had read this before I headed to my first film market. I really enjoyed this work and I recommend it."
—Noah Workman, Partner, Iris MediaWorks
"A fantastic job! Andrew Stevens nailed it!"
—Richard Christian Matheson, Author/Producer: The A-Team, It Waits, Three O'Clock High
"Andrew's book is a valuable resource for any writer. I very much enjoyed the book and would have killed to have a resource like it when I was first starting out – it would have saved me a lot of time. There are lessons on story, structure, character and craft. In addition, the business – the business of writing and the business itself – is demystified in a way that pretty much draws a map from being a hobbyist to becoming a professional."
—Sean McGinly, Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting semifinalist, Writer/Director: The Great Buck Howard