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Does anyone know of an on-line list [or a book] of screenwriting terms? This question came up during a screenwriting meeting, none of us attending could think of one off-hand. It would be nice to have a list of common terms and phrases used in this business, to hand out at meetings -- so much time is taken up covering those all the time. But it is important for beginners to become acquainted with the terms.
Thanks for any leads you can give me.
Thanks for the info!
The E-mail addresses, in my opinion, are more for first contact- such as query letters, and then quick contact later, rather than actual submissions.
I have had great response with E-mail-- but I only send QUERY LETTERS via E-mail unless instructed to send submissions/other material that route.
One secretary/office administrator told me, due to various writing programs, it can be a real headache to accept E-mail submissions. They would graciously accept any other communication via E-mail, just no submissions -- even agented material!
This is only my opinion.
I am desperately seeking a website that has a downloadable (sp) copy of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.
My daughter has finally convinced her Research and Comp teacher to allow her to do her Literary Analysis paper using a screenplay.
I have tried Drew's, no luck. Any other suggestions? I know I could order it, but that takes time! I'd like to get a copy without the expense of Fed Exing it!!
My daughter will be discussing the differences between the screenplay and the novel -- what is lost/gained in the screenplay.
Seems there is such disdain towards screenplays in the school system. Does anyone on the list see High Schools studying screenplays as well as plays in the future?
I don't know much more, but they have had deals with DreamWorks. The Creative Executive is Tom Sellitti. Good luck.
Thanks for the info on Scriptshop. This is where I ended up having to order from. My daughter has script in hand now and is studiously writing her essay. Thanks again.
Sara,I wish more high schools offered film studies, maybe in the future. Unfortunately, in this instance, it is a case of consciously disrespecting film studies, am unable to put in print some of the words and phrases used by some bÿoard members/teachers to convey their opinions on the subject!
I am just thrilled at this one small victory - a written comparison for Research and Comp.
Sounds like you attended a high school with extremely open-minded board members who were comfortable with change.
If you're interested, there is an interview with Rob Gallagher at the Spec Screenplay site at www.hollywoodlitsales.com/
Charles Deemer has this interview listed at his, 'What's New This Month' site. I am confused at his being almost everywhere. If only a small percentage of those at various groups are sending him queries, he must be swamped!
I've heard good things and not so good things about him. I think one must follow their own gut instincts at times. I'm sure my babbling only helped to make you more confused - sorry. In my opinion, he seems a bit like a slippery used car dealer -- but if he can get a deal for you....
Has anyone had any dealings with this company or with Abraham R. Burnett? What's up with the 'willing to work for free?' Does this mean rewrites or what? Any opinions on this company would be appreciated.
I also sent them material back in May. I never had a response either, figured they just passed on it.
I keep a file of 'no responses,' you never know. About two weeks ago I received a call from a producer asking me about my thriller. I had sent this script to this particular company in JUNE.
Just glad I could put my hands on my file quickly so I could see all my data such as the name of his assistant, the fax # etc. They seem to like it when they do not have to repeat all this stuff and just have to verify it for you.
So, I just send my things out and keep moving on.
Ran across an interesting posting at
In the Q&A section a Abraham R. Burnett inquires how to get his screenplays produced. This is a posting from August '97. Could be he was just seeding the forum...but I think not.
Looks like to me, this guy one year ago didn't have a clue and is now trolling the net looking to produce?!
Are there any credentials these guys have to submit in order to post on the producers section of this site?
Have you tried, Lifetime , USA Network, FoxFamily? Many of the cable networks are now doing their own network original movies, like premiering one new one a month. If it's a 'family' type drama, consider PAX, they're new and looking for projects I heard.
does this help at all?
I Belong to the Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum, I'm the Kettle Moraine Chapter Coordinator for the area between Milwaukee and Madison.
Currently I am creating an on-line conference site for membership wide participation. The goal of the conference site is to enhance the support, education and networking capabilities of the WSF.
The WSF is widening in scope -- don't let the name fool you, we have members nationwide. If any of you are WSF members, or are interested in joining, contact me privately. Groups such as this is great for the aspiring as well as the professional writer.
Anyone know anything about them? Michael Strickland is one of the principals...name sounds familiar but am unable to place it. Seems as though i read an interview with him somewhere on-line...
They are willing to look at specs from new writers. The URL for their site is: http://www.all-hallows.com
Just thought I'd share yet another site that may or may not be an opportunity. I'm not endorsing this prodco,I know nothing about them, just throwing the URL out there for anyone looking for prodco's willing to read new writers.
I've written several teleplays and taken classes, etc. regarding TV; I try to keep teleplays [two-hour] to no more than 95 pages, with 90 as my goal. Episodic dramas usually come in around 55 to 58 pages. Hope this helps. -Cindy
Does anyone know anything about Greg Jackson of this agency? His name has been popping up around various sites, he states he is willing to look at new writers. He's not in LA, but then, I do know of several legit and very hardworking agents in other cities... any comments? please feel free to e-mail me privately
Have you checked out the Jungle Survival Guide? For under $25 it's one of the best resources for screenwriters!
URL for the info on Kelley's guide:
the price is unbeatable and she did a great job organizing. I do have the HCD on-line, but since downloading Kelley's guide, only use it to check on newer entries.
I've found Kelley's guide along with the IMDB, two of the best tools in marketing. Example: for production companies, I check the IMDB for movies similiar to what I'm marketing, then find contact info for those companies in Kelley's guide. Everything at the ole fingertips! And the IMDB is free! Just wanted to share the discovery of something that, IMHO, is a great tool at a great price! nicci
I don't have anything on Jeffrey Sagansky, but here's what I have for PAX TV:
10880 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1200 Los Angeles, CA 90024
Also: 601 Clearwater Park Road, West Palm Beach, Fl, 33401
Tim Johnson, Sr. VP, Programming David Macaione, Assoc. Gen. Counsel, Programming
There's also a web page, but think the web page is primarily for the schedule, etc. it's at www.pax.net
I'll check my files when i take a break this afternoon and see if I can find any contact info for Sagansky.
All good wishes, Cindy
I do have an assistant's name, but not sure if it is current
Good luck! nicci [aka cindy]
Got the info from the on-line HCD for PAX. As we all know, nothing is infallible! and to think I always check the HCD to double check numbers from other sources!
Good luck! nicci
In the past I've mainly e-mailed queries to agents and production companies, but recently I started faxing queries to agents.
What about faxing queries to production companies? Is this acceptable or is it still better to either e-mail or snail mail? Thanks. --nicci
I'm close but not quite there -- Milwaukee is my neck of the woods.
Are any of you finding the question of where you reside coming up more frequently from agents/producers?
I've been writing for years - but only took the jump into actually trying to market my work a couple of years ago. I have more screenplays completed than I actually like to admit to, those first few, well, you know. How about you? Where are you in this crazy business? [Please e-mail me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org]
My drama, BEING NOBLE, recently placed in the top 100 of the Writer's Digest Competition. But as far as actual options/deals- nothing yet.
One interesting thing surfaced through a query regarding my drama - a prodco called to talk about it and of course I was asked about other scripts and what I was working on currently. Upon hearing the logline for my current project, a comedy, this exec immediately asked me how close it was to completion. since then this same prodco has contacted me and requested this script to read as soon as it's finished! So now I am tapping away at the keyboard racing to get it finished!
The above situation taught me to ALWAYS be prepared to pitch your work. Now I have a copy of all my loglines by each phone in the house!
I'm not a 'salesman' type so the marketing is a nightmare for me, but I'm learning and inching my way forward slowly.
Which brings me to a new question - Are those of you, not living in the LA area, overly concerned about NOT being in the area?
As a response to an e-mail query to an agency recently, I was asked one question, only one - what is my snail mail address?
They did not request the script, nothing, just wanted my address. Now, I always include my phone, fax and e-mail info in an e-mail query, but never my snail mail address. To me, that would be like leaving your snail mail addy on an answering machine. From my area code it is obvious where I'm from, or should I say, not from.
I figure this agency most likely just wants to promote some script consulting they do or some such thing, but it did get me to thinking... How important is it to agents/prodcos where we live? And how important should it be?
I personally don't think it matters all that much anymore - unless of course, you are after episodic work. How about the rest of you?
I must second this, but not for a reason that you may think --
A rather well-known agency [mid-size] that requested one of my scripts asked first thing, "Is this posted all over the internet?"
A year ago, a rather common question from agents/prodcos alike was - where else have you sent this?
So, there are still those out there who like to read/consider a less travelled script - so be judicious about where and how many places you post loglines/entire scripts.
I believe without an agent or entertainment attorney one can and must market heavily on their own - but do this with a plan and make sure you do your research. Know who you are querying.
Just my .02 worth.
I've checked the HCD on-line and the PCSD but could find nothing on this production/post-production company in New York City called SMA Realtime, Inc. Anyone know anything about it or where I could find some info? Thanks bunches.
Just received an announcement in the mail regarding a Pitch Session sponsored by Spec Script Marketplace - has anyone on the list ever participated in one of Eva Peel's sessions? What about her publication? What about cattle-call type Pitch Sessions in general? Would anyone on the list care to share some experiences reagarding 'Pitching', solo or at a large seminar-type gathering?
Thanks Tracy. You even answered a question I didn't ask - about having a wide range of material. My three best scripts vary greatly - a lampoon-type comedy, a thriller, and a drama that just recently placed as one of the ten finalists in the Open Door competition.
Thanks again for your input.
One more question -- would you suggest this type of pitch session for someone who has never pitched face-to-face before? I've pitched over the phone, but never had the opportunity to do this in-person yet.
I'm in the process of setting up some meet & greet type meetings for later this summer with some people who have read my work and have communicated with me a few times and am curious to know if anyone has anything to say about these types of meetings? Any stories you care to share?
N Smith and Tracy - Thanks for the info on pitching, you shared some valuable advice. Now I just have to perfect my pitches and 'Do It'! Thanks again.
This is of interest to me also - I'm facing my first meetings next week. I was going to go with my best jeans, a white-T-top and my navy Ralph Lauren blazer. And the advice I've gotten is-- be yourself and confident in your work. Everyone I've spoken with on the phone so far has been so gracious, I can't imagine them being any different in person. of course they will be BUSY, so don't keep them, be respectful of their time and they will be very thankful [I believe]. Anyone have anything else to add, it would be appreciated.
Well guys I'm back -- took awhile to dig out from under all my mail, family, etc. so I'm just now getting to catching up online.
WOW is all I can say about my first meetings. I went to L.A. expecting a lot of attitude - what a surprise when I was consistently greeted with sincere graciousness.
BTW, jeans, white T-shirt and my blazer was a perfect 'uniform,' although black jeans/pants would have been fine too. It is imperative you wear what you feel GREAT in.
My meetings were so positive that when i returned and read my Nicholl letter and discovered I did not make the quarter finals, I wasn't crushed. It helped that the illustious Greg Beal scribbled a note that my thriller was close, just in the next 10%.
But as for meetings, be yourself, be passionate about your work and be honest. The people I met with were absolute pros at putting an anxious, neurotic writer at ease.
So to everyone who is facing a first meeting -- remember one thing, they WANT to meet you, they have reviewed your work and liked it or they wouldn't be meeting with you. So take a deep breath, believe in yourself and knock their socks off - you can do it!
Thanks to everyone for the advice you shared prior to my trip!
All good wishes, Cindy
Here's one I don't remember seeing in the numerous listings --Studio Briefing
Several of those already listed are daily favorites of mine also, but there are a few listed that I will have the pleasure of exploring for the first time -- thanks guys for sharing!!
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