The Prime-time Emmy Awards will take place on September 17th, but we don’t have to wait that long to learn what the nominations already tell us about the ever-changing TV landscape.
You're waiting on an executive. Now what?
Crafting the perfect logline is often a challenge. How do you describe your characters and story and summarize your plot in a way that is marketable and enticing to buyers?
They’re called “generals.” Essentially, it means you piqued someone’s interest as a writer. Whether it’s a network, studio or production exec, they’re a fan of yours and they want to meet you.
When writers feel compelled to take a non-writing class or workshop to help broaden their understanding of the craft, storytelling, or pitching - there are three main ways to go: improvisation, acting, and standup.
Virtual Pitch Fest has turned out to be a godsend. Once I joined, my screenwriting career blew up. It opened doors I never thought I'd have the opportunity to pass through. It led to a couple options where, yes, I got paid. It led to a network of industry contacts. It led to an agent. It led to a manager.
I was inspired to write this blog after attending the wonderful Secret Door Pitch, a reward for being a finalist in The Script Pipeline Screenplay Contest. I enjoyed meeting several scribes and watching dozens more pitch their stories amid a miasma of coffee, sweat and Altoids.
I was recently reminded to write this blog at a popular screenwriting event. A typical question while waiting for a brown drink on the rocks is, “What is your script about?”
In short, we failed. Was it an epic flop? You betcha. We only raised 30% of our $18,000 goal. So what went wrong?
Landing a meeting in this town isn’t easy, especially when you desperately want to fit the mold - you know, the one that gets you hired. That said, perfecting the art of the meeting once you actually manage to get one is even harder.