THE SUPER-GREAT SCRIPT (Part 2: GAMEPLAN): “A Screenwriter’s Roadmap”

SCREENWRITER’S GAMEPLAN

Write a Studio Feature Script (110-140 pages)… Write an Independent Feature Screenplay (90-100 pages)… Write a TV Drama (45-55 pages)… Write a TV Sitcom (25-30 pages)…

Where does a screenwriter start?

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Remember; If productive, it takes 2-3 years or 5,000 hours to master a skill. So let’s start writing.

Thus, Write. Write. Write. And, when bored or disillusioned Write some more.

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GREAT SCREENWRITING (Part 1: FAILURE): 25 Reasons Writers Fail (I love 17 & 29…29?)

CAN YOU READ MY SCRIPT?

“Dov, can you read my script?” “Dov, I’ve gotten great feedback…now what?”

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Sometimes, I even get, “Dov my script has gotten some really good mixed reviews”… “Huh? Good mixed reviews? That’s an oxymoron. What do I do?”

Permit me to Cut-to-the-chase.

ONLY 2 TYPES OF SCRIPTS.

ONE: It’s either “it’s Great & Wonderful” (a page turner) and anyone that reads it “WANTS TO BUY IT” or there’s the other type.

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NO-BUDGET FILMMAKING (The $5,000 Feature: 8 Secrets…. 3 & 8 Are Super Important )

8 NO-BUDGET FILM SECRETS

Filmmaking today has 4 worlds where a filmmaker can Produce & Distribute feature films with the hopes of securing Finances & Profits…. they are…

ONE: The Studio System (Studio Deals)

TWO: Global Co-Productions (Cannes Pre-Sales)

THREE: China (Joint Ventures)

FOUR: Micro-Budget (Backyard Independents)

This post will focus solely on the world of “Micro-Budget” which is 99.5 out of 100 times where a filmmaker,

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SCHEDULING YOUR SHOOT… THE RIGHT WAY? (1, 2 or 3 Weeks?)

DIRECT YOUR FIRST FEATURE FILM

Your first feature, unless your mom or dad is a billionaire, 99 out of 100 times, will be either a 1-week, a 2-week or a 3-Week Shoot…. A 3-Week Shoot. Let’s focus on that.

That’s 18 Shooting days…Working Monday-Saturday, 12-15 hours/day, with a 90-Page Screenplay, within limited location moves, and no Exterior-Night setups pencils-out to be a Shooting Schedule of 5 Pages/day. Got It! 5 Pages/Day.

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HOLLYWOOD FORMULAS… (3 Common Sense Film Rules… I love #3)

THE 3 HOLLYWOOD (Common Sense) FORMULAS:

Life, like Hollywood, has very simple rules for happiness to live by (i.e. Be nice; Act with love; Trust God; Work hard. etc.) and if you want to Produce, Write or Direct feature films and be happy…The key is “and be happy”… then be patient, use common sense, apply these very simple 3 Filmmaker Formulas (aka: rules)…. and “Happiness is almost *guaranteed.”

(PS: nothing is ever guaranteed…but it is likely)

Happiness (“Happiness”,

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SCREENPLAY CONTESTS (Careful, 72% of Them Are Scams. The Best 10 Are…)

SCREENPLAY CONTESTS WORK… MAYBE?

Screenplay Contests come in 4 categories that are (1) They Suck & You’re an Idiot for Entering, (2) They’re Ego but it Helped You to Do a Re-Write, (3) They’re Good & You Could get Hired & Optioned or (4) They’re Great and You Have an Agent & Offers.

Be careful about Category 1 & 2. Submit to only 3 & 4. Now, permit me to explain the difference between excellent screenplay contests (3&4) and bogus script contests (1&2)

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First,

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THE SCRIPT WRITER’S GREAT SECRET (“Re-Writing. 10 Tips. #2 is Easy. #8 is Cool”)

MAKE A GOOD SCRIPT A GREAT SCRIPT

Nothing is written…it’s re-written.

And the key to making your script great, assuming a “good ear”, a phrase for great dialogue, is how to not fall in love with what you’ve typed and can Delete, Delete & Delete, Tweak, Tweak & Tweak and make the second draft GREAT.

IMPORTANT POINT: Always remember “Good is not good enough”.

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4 SCREENWRITING SECRETS (This is a Must Read… #3 & #4 Are Super Great)

PAGE-1: GRAB THE READER

They say about Hollywood, “Those whores only read 10 pages”.

Hey, “Easy. Easy. I was one of those whores”. 

Permit me to explain why: Everyone believes that a “Reader” (aka: Those Whores) can tell if your script stinks within 10 pages… is a bloody-bloody-lie…

Why?

Answer: I used to be a “Reader” and did “Coverage” (2-page Book/Script Evaluations) during my first 3 years in Hollywood,

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OSCAR WEEK (Meet, Mingle, Deal & Hustle. Guess where I was & I’ll be?)

OSCAR WEEK Party. Pitch. Panel. Pitch. Partner. Pitch. Produce. Pitch. Perform. Pitch

Oscar week is when 30% of the Film, Television and now, On-Demand, deals are initiated for the entire year.

Join in. But always remember it’s called “Show Business”…. Business. Business. Business.

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So, even though the Academy (AMPAS, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences) events have started, allow me to give you a day-by-day rundown of where to go,

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TOP 25 MOVIE PODCASTS…. (All FREE…Click, Read, Listen, Learn, Produce, Write, Direct…)

25 FILMMAKER PODCASTS (All Free)…. Read, Click, Listen, Learn

25 Free Filmmaking Podcasts from experienced film pros, with solid filmmaker – writer – director – producer information, are a super inexpensive way to learn how to succeed in Hollywood as an Independent Filmmaker.

The list (Top 25 Movie Podcasts) was first aggregated by JASON BUFF, who’s Podcast, “INDIE FILM ACADEMY”, is listed as #4 and you should definitely listen to.

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