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To Chase or To Spec

John and Craig discuss whether screenwriters are better off pursing writing assignments or working on their own material. They also look at the visual comedy of Edgar Wright, and The Shawshank Redemption’s 20th anniversary.

We’d Like to Make an Offer

John and Craig discuss spec scripts, pitches and how it feels when your movie gets brutal reviews.

Producers and pitching

What’s the difference between a reader and a producer? Much more than one high-profile online reader seems to believe. John and Craig discuss what producers do, and how one plausibly gets started.

When you only have one sample

A writing team is getting good response to their first script — but it’s their only script.

Pitching Prince of Persia

Jordan Mechner has posted the game-footage trailer we used when we pitched Prince of Persia to the studios six years ago

Setting is not story

An LA Times article about the island of Pagasa makes a great case study in the difference between an interesting setting and an actual movie idea.

Do I need a caveat?

Hollywood folk are savvy enough to realize that the guys who wrote Saw aren’t any sicker than most screenwriters.

Bailing on an idea

Knowing when to cut and run.

How to handle a phone meeting

A play by play of how it should go down.

Is it risky to spec something in the public domain?

Not if it will get you read and your expectations are adjusted.

Spec, or write it for the producer?

Have it your way first, then compromise if need be.

Writing loglines for a comedy

Check out some great ones to get inspired.

Whether to pitch or to spec

For working writers, Craig Mazin says to pitch.

Pitch fests: Are they worth it?

I’ve heard tales of studio executives buying ideas they heard during a pitch panel, but I don’t know of any verifiable success stories.

Whatever happened to…

Follow up on a pitch I sold.

Bringing a ringer for a pitch

Don’t do it. Unless that person is writing it with you.

Getting a job from a pre-visualization

When it’s useful and how to distribute it to gain interest in your movie.

Getting a pitch meeting

Getting the meeting, but also what to do in the room.

What a “pitch”

Do stunts work in pitching?