© 2015 – Focal Press
Tailor your screenplay to sell. Find out what Hollywood script readers, producers, and studio executives want in a screenplay (and why) from someone who’s been there. Discover what it takes to begin a lasting career as a screenwriter.
Peppered with interviews from established professionals, Writing for the Green Light: How to Make Your Script the One Hollywood Notices gives you a sharp competitive edge by showcasing dozens of everyday events that go on at the studios but are rarely if ever discussed in most screenwriting books. With his behind-the-scenes perspective, Scott Kirkpatrick shows you why the system works the way it does and how you can use its unwritten rules to your advantage. He answers such questions as:
These and other insights are sure to give you and your screenplay a leg-up for success in this competitive landscape!
"Writing for the Green Light provides an insightful look into what distributors and production companies are looking for in a project and the unspoken rules on which Hollywood operates. If you’re trying to break into the entertainment industry and get your work noticed, this is the book for you."
-Noor Ahmed, Producer Rep, Reder & Feig LLP
"I could list all the brilliant snippets of information and advice but if I started I just wouldn't know which bits to include and which to leave out - so buy the book and read it for yourself! You won't be disappointed - even if you aren't a scriptwriter (and I'm not) it's well worth having it just to better understand how the process works and, if you are a scriptwriter, it'll certainly help you to better understand what the industry needs and hopefully help you to move along with a little more confidence in your chosen career."
- Wendy Laybourn, Network Nine
"What this book provides that no other screenwriting book does (nor my expensive NYU Film School education did) is a practical guide. There are good, useful tips for breaking in and starting a career as screenwriter."
- John Ott, makingthemovie.info
CHAPTER ONE – A Crazy Little Thing Called Hollywood Logic – What Agents, Producers, and Development Executives at Production Companies need in a script to make it worth spending money on.
CHAPTER TWO – "So, What’s it About?" – Which genres get produced, which genres don’t, and why… Plus, the six best genres for first-time Spec Scripts.
CHAPTER THREE – Writing Your Feature-Length Spec Script – How to transform an idea into a ‘market-ready’ Spec Script while including all the ‘points’ it needs to get past the ‘Reader’s Desk’.
CHAPTER FOUR – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Write for Television – Understanding how to wedge yourself ‘inside’ Hollywood’s TV Landscape by building a valuable portfolio of Sample TV Spec Scripts and learning Television’s real ‘Entry Points’ for success.
CHAPTER FIVE – Close Encounters of the L.A. Kind – Who you need to know and how to contact them; plus, how to fake confidence so you can pitch your script (and yourself) in the way Hollywood needs to hear.
CHAPTER SIX – To Live and Write in L.A. – Living the life of a professional Hollywood writer: protecting your ideas, negotiating your own contracts and managing your reputation.
CHAPTER SEVEN – Hollywood: And Beyond the Infinite – Understanding where Hollywood is going and how to get ahead of the curve by following the principles of the movie business instead of chasing trends.
Appendix I: Script Coverage
Appendix II: The Non-Union ‘Writer-for-Hire’ Agreement
Appendix III: The Non-Union ‘Option/Purchase’ Agreement
GLOSSARY – All the fancy (and confusing) acronyms that get tossed around and what they really mean.
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