Want to know what producers want from writers? You’re in luck – that’s exactly what WriteMovies’ Director Ian Kennedy is going to be discussing in a new online session on May 13th. Find out how to work with industry decision-makers and succeed as a professional screenwriter!
The past month in our Industry Diary: It’s been a long year, but we’re always looking to get our scripts pitched to industry. As productions get back on their feet, here’s an update about what we’ve been up to lately:
- One of our winners provided an excellent new draft of his powerful script yesterday, refined following our latest free Development Notes to get it pitch-ready. We’ve immediately sent the script on to Oscar-winning producers who asked to see the new draft once ready. Really excited to see what they think of it!
- I attended the WGGB Open Session discussing the impact of Covid-19 and Brexit has had on the industry, and information and guidance people can receive in the future. I also heard stories from people’s personal projects that were postponed, cancelled, or fortunate enough to be adapted to go ahead during the pandemic.
- Making enquiries through IMDb Pro with potential producers about some of our winners such as END OF THE LINE, RIDING WITH CHARLIE and MAKE THE WEATHER. You can read all about the writers and the scripts in the articles linked.
- We’ve been communicating with our latest winners to get their work pitch ready. All our winners have now received Development Notes from our analysts and are hard at work on new drafts of their scripts. We’ve also been putting together one-page pitches for them, a key tool for us when pitching.
- One of our recent winners is reworking their script into a different format after an expression of interest from one of our contacts, who is looking to pass on sci-fi scripts for an award-winning Hollywood professional to direct. Loglines for all our winners scripts were also sent out to top producers for consideration.
We’re halfway through our online Introduction to Professional Screenwriting Course, but it’s never too late to join. The next session in the course is coming up this Thursday, April 29th: Second Drafts!
With the WriteMovies Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award well underway, we know many of you will be working to get your scripts finished by the final deadline on May 9th. So, to help you on your way, here’s our advice for writing sci-fi and fantasy dialogue…
Presenting a new online session taught by WriteMovies’ Director, Ian Kennedy! On May 13th, find out What Producers Want From Writers, with unique insights and tips for both pitching and writing from the very top.
To become a successful screenwriter, you need to work with the people who actually turn scripts into movies: producers. That means you need to get their interest, and you can’t do that unless you know what they’re looking for!
This online session from WriteMovies’ Director Ian Kennedy will teach you what producers and commissioners want from writers, and involves a 1 hour presentation followed by a Q&A session. Find out what he’s discovered from his experiences pitching to top producers, along with hints and tips from WriteMovies Elite Consultants.
You will learn:
- Coming up with a concept that producers can’t ignore
- Which elements of a script matter most to executives
- The commercial aspect of a script
- Why the first 10 pages are the most important
- The dos and don’ts of approaching producers
- How to work with producers and establish a strong working relationship
What Producers Want From Writers costs $30 and takes place on May 13th at 12pm PDT (3pm EDT / 8pm GMT). Click HERE to sign up now!
The winner of our Winter Contest is an action-packed cyberpunk epic, chronicling William Shakespeare’s interpretation of the rise and fall of ancient Rome: WHEN IN ROHM by Vanisha Renée Pierce!
Second place in our Winter Contest went to a gripping sci-fi TV pilot in which mysterious events put the International Space Station in danger and change the very face of reality: REVELATIONS by Johnny Gilligan!