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Wrote TV Spec Script, Now What?

So, I finished the first draft of a TV spec script this week. I checked to see if the show even looks at spec scripts (it does) and I got a bunch of scripts off the show to study the style and length, etc. Now what?* The only writing gigs I've gotten before have either been people coming to me, self-publishing, or people with their own agents bringing me in as part of a package deal. My only experience with the slush pile is cartoon selling (and I've done well there in so far as you can). I don't have representation of my own. After the writing part of writing is done, how does the selling part go - at least for US TV? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 20, 2013 - 16 answers

 

Writing credits for small theater productions.

Are there some established practices for writing credits (cast and crew) on theater productions? In my case, I make weekly audioplays and have five to ten people helping me each week, with some people working in multiple roles. So I don't need to do too much here. But I'd like to present the project and the people that work on it professionally. And I'd like to be fair and consistent in how people are credited, avoiding angst and hurt feelings. [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on May 11, 2013 - 5 answers

She wrote her first action scene using alphabetti spaghetti

Who is the youngest person to have ever written or co-written a script for a film that has been produced? [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark on Dec 21, 2012 - 19 answers

Selling Screenplays to Disney and Pixar

If someone had completed a spec script that they felt was suitable for Disney / Pixar development -- which of the independent management companies or agencies should they approach for coverage or consideration? Preferably you can recommend ones that are known to routinely feed material / stories / scripts to those organizations.
posted by Muirwylde on Dec 6, 2012 - 10 answers

It's always open season on princesses.

Can someone help me find the Roman Holiday screenplay? [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Oct 9, 2012 - 5 answers

Screenwriting for fun and not profit.

I have no aspirations of being a screenwriter; I'd just like to write a screenplay. I've been jotting down and scrawling ideas, on and off, for the longest time. How do I connect 1 to 2a to 2b to 3? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Jun 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Somerset Maugham'a screenplay of "The Razor's Edge"?

I am looking for the screenplay based on his novel "The Razor's Edge" that W. Somerset Maugham wrote (for free!) but which was not used for the 1946 film version of "The Razor's Edge." Any idea if it has been published?
posted by AArtaud on May 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Philip K. Dick adaptations: what gives?

Why do Philip K. Dick stories seem to get turned into movies at a high rate? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on May 27, 2012 - 17 answers

Need help for an aspiring screenwriter.

What's the best how-to book for an aspiring screenwriter? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on May 3, 2012 - 18 answers

Is simultaneous online screenplay collaboration possible?

Is simultaneous online screenplay collaboration possible? [more inside]
posted by Jonathan Harford on Jan 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me find ideas for a fantasy or sci-fi movie

What fantasy elements would you like to see in a movie? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2010 - 37 answers

Organize my story!

Organize my story! [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jul 28, 2010 - 17 answers

Two writers better than one?

In a feature film screenplay, how do writing collaborations work? [more inside]
posted by rocco on May 21, 2010 - 4 answers

Think Pulp Fiction meets Little Mermaid

Do studios provide official loglines for their movies? [more inside]
posted by razdrez on Apr 25, 2010 - 3 answers

boston/cambridge professional writing group

I'm looking to find and join a Cambridge/Boston writing group comprised of (other) professional / experienced writers and producers of film and television. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2010 - 4 answers

I'll have eight hours to write a screenplay from start to finish. Help!

Screenwriters - advice for coming up wirth effective short film scripts QUICKLY! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Oct 19, 2009 - 11 answers

For a screenplay: what are some wilderness traps one could improvise to incapacitate another person?

For a screenplay: what are some wilderness traps one could improvise to incapacitate another person? [more inside]
posted by thejrae on Oct 8, 2009 - 20 answers

Movie producers keep asking about my article

Screenplay question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2009 - 11 answers

Joss Whedon, Toy Story script doctoring

I recently read an article saying that the Pixar film Toy Story "really came together" when Joss Whedon started working on the script. Does anyone know how he contributed or what he actually did to the story? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Sep 1, 2009 - 5 answers

INT. Study - Night

ScreenplayFilter: What are the best screenplays that you've ever read? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Jun 25, 2009 - 19 answers

Give us a clue?

Can you think of any films that include a scene where the characters play Charades, or a similar party game? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jun 22, 2009 - 34 answers

Based on a true story...sorta

Screenplay filter: Legal ramifications regarding "based on a true story" or "ripped from the headlines" films. [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams on Apr 17, 2009 - 4 answers

CU: A flange.

How To Write Technical Training Films? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia on Mar 9, 2009 - 0 answers

Enter Sandman

Does anyone know where I can read a copy of The Sandman film script by Roger Avary? [more inside]
posted by cazoo on Jan 15, 2009 - 4 answers

Where to buy scripts?

Where is the best place to buy produced screenplays? 12-point courier, 8.5x11", brass-brad screenplays. Not buy to make, but buy to read and study? [more inside]
posted by wonderyak on Oct 29, 2008 - 7 answers

Cheap camcorder - 6 years old

What was the cheap cool camcorder to have in 2002? [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Sep 18, 2008 - 6 answers

to rewrite or not to rewrite?

Should I rewrite my novel before submitting it to publishers? [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Sep 5, 2008 - 10 answers

Once the script is done, what's next?

Let's pretend I am not too far away from completing a feature-length screenplay on spec. I live far from LA with no connections to Hollywood, and I've got very little money squared away. Once the script itself is done, how would I most effectively pimp out my product to a studio? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2008 - 15 answers

Looking for coverage work

How does one find work as a script reader in Hollywood? What are other bottom-rung industry jobs for writers? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Jul 8, 2008 - 7 answers

Pay for adult screenwriting?

About how much can a writer expect to make for an adult screenplay? $400? Less? More? Anyone?
posted by Astro Zombie on May 5, 2008 - 9 answers

Honest to blog, I need it.

Is the screenplay for Diablo Cody's "Juno" online anywhere (other than the official Fox Searchlight site)? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Mar 5, 2008 - 3 answers

You're Drunk!

I'm on a writing binge! What are the best upcoming teleplay and screenplay contests?
posted by dkleinst on Feb 14, 2008 - 3 answers

Apocalypse Now

Can anyone point me toward the original script for Apocalypse Now? I've found transcripts of the movie online, but I'm looking for the original screenplay without Brando's wacked-out improv.
posted by biddeford on Feb 9, 2008 - 4 answers

Films conceived by High Schoolers

What popular movies were conceived of and/or written by the screenwriter when he or she were still in high school? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Jan 14, 2008 - 17 answers

Help me write a treatment!

Help me write a great treatment. [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves on Dec 12, 2007 - 4 answers

TV interviews in big movie moments?

I'm looking for films where the climax of the story takes place during a live, on-camera television interview. The only one I can think of which comes close is "The Insider." Please help! [more inside]
posted by np312 on Nov 8, 2007 - 49 answers

Screenwriting Forum

Is there a site for people to post their screenplays and other people can comment on them? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Feb 3, 2007 - 6 answers

Script format for :30 commercials?

Script format for :30 commercials?I've been asked by a local company to write scripts based upon concepts I've given them for :30 commercial spots to air on local cable. I know it's not a big deal, but since I'm anal about proper format in general, I was wondering what the proper formatting is for this kind of script. Plus I'm simply curious. [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 on Jan 9, 2007 - 7 answers

Arthur Miller's "The Hook"

Arthur Miller's "The Hook" [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Sep 8, 2006 - 6 answers

Optioning film rights

I'm finishing up a first draft of a screenplay adaptation of a novel. I've contacted the company who owns the rights to the novel and they told me to send a proposal for an option to the film rights. Has anyone ever had any experience with obtaining options to film rights? [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink on Jun 7, 2006 - 5 answers

... but that, my children, is called cannibalism, and is infact frowned upon in most cultures.

Can someone point me towards an online version of the screenplay or at least a transcript of Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Thanksverymuch.
posted by Skyanth on May 16, 2006 - 2 answers

Turning Stolen Art into Money

How can thieves profit from stolen masterpieces by using them as "collateral" for drug trafficking? How might they use the stolen works for money laundering? [more inside]
posted by taz on May 5, 2006 - 7 answers

Can you help me find an official (or at least correct) script/screenplay for Election?

Is there a script or a screenplay for Election that isn't the Third Draft that is floating around? It could be free or for purchase -- anything that is correct. Something official would be best, but even a finalized version would be workable. [more inside]
posted by barnone on Oct 30, 2005 - 5 answers

NY Chase Scene

I'm writing a screenplay -- like an action/thriller type deal. Anyhow, like every other film and TV show, it's based in New York City. What I need from you guys is a few ideas about where to set a chase scene. Some place that sounds good on paper and looks good on the screen -- and hopefully some where that hasn't been used before in a movie, or at least not a well known one.
posted by JPowers on May 24, 2005 - 37 answers

What's the best screenwriting software?

Do any of you have any advice for buying screenwriting software? I am looking for something fairly cheap, but want to hear about your experiences with the different software products available. Are there any that just suck? Are there any quality WORD add-on programs you've had success with?
posted by brheavy on Feb 18, 2005 - 23 answers

Connecting Writers and Artists

I've written a feature length screenplay. I showed it to a friend who's an editor at a publishing company in the UK. He suggested I consider doing the script as a graphic novel. Is there a resource on the web for writer's and artists to connect? Also, is there a guide to transform my movie from screenplay format to comic book format?
posted by Shanachie on Jan 24, 2005 - 9 answers

Pitching a screenplay

For unknown or novice screenplay writers, which is the best tack in trying to pitch an idea for the first time? Should a tv pilot, for example, be submitted as a simple logline and treatment, or should a cover letter, story-bible, script and character synopsis also be provided? [more inside]
posted by dhoyt on May 20, 2004 - 9 answers

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