As writers, we all know that our audience (readers first, before the screenplay can be turned into a film) need to care for the main character. If they don’t… well, the script will be disappointing for them and, most likely, that will be a pass.
Remember that some people care for characters and others don’t. For example, I don’t care about characters in horror movies because I don’t watch those movies and cannot connect with the thrill of being terrified and the string of illogical decisions most of them make. …
1. Your marketing’s starting points:
— What are your marketing objectives?
— Are you trying to launch a new product?
— Are you trying to enter a new country?
— Are you trying to win over customers from a competitor?
2. Sample ideas for blogging (blogs and articles which are going to be a part of your content creation initiative to raise awareness of your brand and products amongst the audience and clients):
— Write about yourself and your experience.
— Tell your brands story.
— Make a list of current industry leaders. …
As long as you can stay connected to that need, don’t overanalyse your story; it might work to your disadvantage. Let the writing flow.
However, when you become stuck or get to the point when you know that something isn’t working and have difficulties identifying where the problem is, it’s time for you to check if all the screenplay’s dramatic elements work together in your story.
Follow the checklist of questions below to see if the dramatic elements are congruent:
The title is one of the most crucial elements of your screenplay.
There are entire books and blogs devoted to creating and coming up with mind-blowing titles. In our daily life, attractive and catchy titles increase the odds of us picking up a book, reading an article, or watching a video. Unfortunately, nowadays, people don’t have much time to browse through all the content coming their way, and we often base our decisions on what to watch or read on titles alone.
The same rule applies to films. …
As some of you probably know by now, film festivals are a costly part of the filmmaking business. I have submitted Anna to over 30 festivals and didn’t get accepted to even one.
Yes, it was depressing, frustrating and hard to take at times.
Some of the festivals were unprofessional enough not to even got back to me regarding the submission, which is disrespectful towards all the hardworking filmmakers and enjoying because filmmakers pay the submission fee so at least the “We regret…” email is in order.
My film is genuinely independent, festivals are supposed to be supportive when it…
Every screenwriter is hopeful that their story can be turned into a multi-million-dollar franchise. It has happened before, but this delightful miracle is as likely as winning a lottery or maybe even less; hmmm…?
However, if you are still certain and not discouraged in the slightest, the first thing you will need to do to sell your screenplay is to develop a pitch that will attract the contract and outcome you are dreaming of.
Developing a pitch is very much like developing an idea and story. …
At first, I tried to keep everyone who was directly involved, or who contributed to my film, in the loop with emails, tweets and FB posts. But when life demands started crowding me, I needed to focus on my main priority. At that time it was delivering the final cut.
During the initial post-production phase, one of my producers, Heather Payer-Smith, offered to build a website for our film. Since we had no money to spare on that, Heather managed to do a fantastic job using Weebly. She was also responsible for creating our first trailer, which she made entirely…
James Twyman is a UK based Producer, Writer and Director with a passion for creativity and one cool afro.
James was kind enough to agree to give me an interview so we could talk more about his new and exiting Amazon show.
Growing up with practically nothing, film was always an escape I could count on. I always loved watching films even from a young age. But it wasn’t until I saw Jurassic Park aged about 6 that the magic really hit me. That Christmas I received the making of Jurassic Park book. I poured through the pages looking at…
For a reader, filmmaker, producer or an agent to become interested in your screenplay, you need to find a “magical” way to grab their attention. In reality, no one will devote even five minutes of their time to your project if their interest hasn’t been tickled. And, the easiest and the fastest way to do so is with a mind-blowing, one of a kind, HOOK.
A hook is an integral part of your logline and your pitch to spark the interest of a reader or a listener. Your logline could be just one sentence long hook.
It’s not easy to…
When you feel ready to move on, imagine a world where mindless consumption isn’t rewarded with likes, hearts, thumbs, or spikes in sales. Can you see that? How does it make you feel?
Mindless consumption is like indulgence in the most horrifying session of eating crisps, chocolate bars, cookies, white bread with sugar on top and drinking five different sodas simultaneously. Most of us wouldn’t be able to last long, conducting such a revolting experiment. But when it comes to buying what we don’t need or spending money we don’t have, the majority don’t see such a toxic lifestyle problematic.