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What is a Spec Script?

If you're a new screenwriter you might be wondering what a spec script is. Well, it's spelled S-P-E-C, it's pronounced "speck" and it stands for "speculation."

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What Genre Is My Screenplay?

Knowing what film genre you’re writing in is important for several reasons. Whether or not you’re playing into genre conventions or defying them, it’s useful to know what tropes have frequently appeared in certain kinds of films. Also when submitting...

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Scriptwriting Fundamentals: Learning the basics

Scriptwriting has been my life for 25+ years. It is both unbelievably complicated, as my decades-long quest to become a better writer attests, and at the same time simple. Why? Because there are fundamentals that are simple to understand and easy to ...

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The Screenwriter's Toolbox Part V: Using Final Draft's tagging functions

Final Draft has some amazingly advanced tools—like Beat Board—Tagging is another one.

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The Screenwriter's Toolbox Part IV: Pitch Decks

Pitch Decks (Pitch Docs) can be an effective marketing tool that tells your script's story both visually and with text; because anything that gets your concept across in an easy-to-absorb fashion has value, right?

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The Screenwriter's Toolbox Part III: The Beat Board™

In previous articles, we've covered loglines, synopses, treatments and pitches. These are all basically marketing tools used to promote the work, and guiding writers in mastering these tools can help them understand the bigger pictures in scriptwriti...

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The Screenwriter's Toolbox Part II: Synopses and treatments

In part one of this series, we discussed loglines and pitches. A logline is a summary, in a few sentences, of your concept and a pitch is a verbal rendition of your script, given perhaps to a producer or film executive. I mentioned how both of these ...

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The Screenwriter's Toolbox Part I: Loglines and pitches

Every scriptwriter’s first job is to finish their script. Nothing can be critiqued, edited, promoted, or sold until it’s real. But film is somewhat unique in that during certain periods of any selling cycle, a pitch, written or verbal, can sometimes ...

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Hybridized Classroom Tips for Screenwriting Educators

No matter how this pandemic shapes our classrooms, long-distance learning has come of age; hybridized classrooms may be a feature of any so-called normal we as teachers experience going forward.

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