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This Softcover book version of Writing for the Green Light: How to Make Your Script the One Hollywood Notices, from Focal Press, helps you tailor your screenplay to sell by revealing what Hollywood script readers, producers, and studio executives want in a screenplay. Featuring interviews with established professionals, the book gives you a sharp competitive edge by showcasing dozens of everyday events that go on at the studios but are rarely discussed in most screenwriting books. With his behind-the-scenes perspective, author Scott Kirkpatrick shows you why the system works the way it does and how you can use its unwritten rules to your advantage.
Answers Such Questions As:
Who actually reads your script?
How do you pique the interest of studios and decision makers?
What do agents, producers, and production companies need in a script?
How much is a script worth?
What are the best genres for new writers and why?
What are real steps you can take to 'break in' to television writing?
How do you best present or pitch a project without looking desperate?
How do you negotiate a contract without an agent?
How do you exude confidence and seal your first deal?
DEDICATION ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS INTRODUCTION CHAPTER ONE - A Crazy Little Thing Called Hollywood Logic - What agents, producers, and development executives at production companies need in a script to make it worth spending money on CHAPTER TWO - "So, What's it About?" - Which genres get produced, which genres don't, and why… Plus, the six best genres for first-time spec scripts CHAPTER THREE - Writing Your Feature-Length Spec Script - How to transform an idea into a 'market-ready' spec script while including all the 'points' it needs to get past the 'Reader's Desk' CHAPTER FOUR - How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Write for Television - Understanding how to wedge yourself 'inside' Hollywood's TV landscape by building a valuable portfolio of sample TV spec scripts and learning television's real 'entry points' for success CHAPTER FIVE - Close Encounters of the L.A. Kind - Who you need to know and how to contact them; plus, how to fake confidence so you can pitch your script (and yourself) in the way Hollywood needs to hear CHAPTER SIX - To Live and Write in L.A. - Living the life of a professional Hollywood writer: protecting your ideas, negotiating your own contracts and managing your reputation CHAPTER SEVEN - Hollywood: And Beyond the Infinite - Understanding where Hollywood is going and how to get ahead of the curve by following the principles of the movie business instead of chasing trends APPENDICES Appendix I: Script Coverage Appendix II: The Non-Union 'Writer-for-Hire' Agreement Appendix III: The Non-Union 'Option/Purchase' Agreement GLOSSARY - All the fancy (and confusing) acronyms that get tossed around and what they really mean ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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March 16, 2015
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