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Forum: Screenwriting 07-13-2017, 11:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,176
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Difference between Concept and Story Premise?

"Premise" has a meaning outside of screenwriting that isn't the same as it's used in Hollywood. John August put it well:



If someone asks you for the premise of your script and you give them the...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 07-12-2017, 08:55 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,636
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Blacklist Experience #1239932

If in two years, a writer has managed four unfinished scripts, and then uses the wisdom here to write one script in the next two years... I think that person maybe is not a screenwriter.
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 07-04-2017, 06:00 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,636
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Blacklist Experience #1239932

I agree that half finished screenplays do no one any good.

But I disagree that spending years on a script is helpful, for a couple of reasons.

1. Spec sales are probably the smallest part of...
Forum: Screenwriting 03-26-2017, 07:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 994
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Weird dialogue question

Would you write "III men walk into a bar?"
Forum: Screenwriting 03-20-2017, 01:49 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 13,314
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Kenneth Lonergan on structure

I said it's not impossible, but it's also not easy.

Feature writing is almost certainly more difficult. There are just fewer movies made, and a lot of them are huge budget affairs that don't tend...
Forum: Screenwriting 03-15-2017, 12:45 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 13,314
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Kenneth Lonergan on structure

I'll weigh in on one front: this thought that amateurs need to approach screenwriting differently than pros, that there are different processes and approaches, has always rankled me.

Brian...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 02-07-2017, 12:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 995
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: How much do TV programmes sell for?

A pilot probably starts at around 50-75k for a new writer.

If you end up with sole "story by" on the pilot and it goes to series, you'll also get created by, which means a weekly royalty. Probably...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 02-06-2017, 09:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 590
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Can you break in with just one script?

Sure. Hopefully they want to hire you to write the next one, not read the old ones.
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 01-21-2017, 09:39 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,020
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Why I Hate Script Contests And So Should You

A lot of them are crap.

A handful are legit and have launched numerous careers.
Forum: Screenwriting 01-16-2017, 02:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,228
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Using BOLD in spec scripts

Nope, her entire post made perfect sense. It's a great relief to see non-dogmatic attitudes bloom. ;)
Forum: Screenwriting 01-13-2017, 11:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,228
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Using BOLD in spec scripts

You used to bold on manual typewriters by going back and typing over the original text. The slight mismatch would bold the words.

Bold slugs used to be rare; they're much more common now. They...
Forum: Screenwriting 01-01-2017, 11:23 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,979
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Stephen King "On Writing" -- no plot

Yeah, that thought comes up often. It's usually when a successful writer breaks imaginary "rules." A lot of time, those "bad habits" are the very things that provide voice and help work stand out...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 12-23-2016, 07:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,385
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Writing on Spec Question

Madworld, here's my own story about producer attachments:

John Tucker Must Die was written as a spec. A producer took it into MGM. MGM bought it. It went through a lot of drafts, ended up dead. ...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 12-23-2016, 05:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,385
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Writing on Spec Question

Here's how it's supposed to work. A couple of writers I know (Scherick & Ronn) were brought an idea (Zookeeper) by a producer (Todd Garner). They wrote it on spec. The producer took it out; it...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 12-23-2016, 02:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,385
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Writing on Spec Question

Yep. Even when a producer has no legal claim to something, if they were attached in the past, they'll more than likely be a part of it going forward. No studio wants to touch something with a messy...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 09-19-2016, 04:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,822
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Yet another Black List ask Franklin anything

Agree with Madworld. Your manager's job is to get you an agent.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 09-19-2016, 04:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,567
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: The Saga Continues........

These people are not producing your screenplay. I would move on.
Forum: Basics 09-18-2016, 09:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,555
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: When a person pauses?

JEFF
FWIW, "then" has largely replaced "beat."
(then)
I don't know why.
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 08-31-2016, 01:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,879
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Blcklst score - 7. Now what?

Spaihts wasn't a big time screenwriter when he wrote Passengers - it helped him become one.

What gets forgotten here so much is that most specs that launch careers aren't bought/produced - they...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-29-2016, 10:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,134
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Question about Options

Sorry, missed this.



Why is it extreme? Given the OP's position, I stand by that assertion. Obviously you can't control whether or not it's published or becomes a hit, and I never said you can. ...
Forum: Writing TV 08-20-2016, 08:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 514
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Sitcom Pilot Spec Locations

If it's a spec I wouldn't worry about it. Use whatever you want to tell the best story.
Forum: Basics 08-16-2016, 10:46 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,333
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Bold face the sluglines?

"Merely?" Style is important!



Wait, so you're saying style is helpful? That didn't take long.

And I agree - people may want to pull readers through scenes, but I would argue that a new scene is...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 07-31-2016, 04:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,866
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Got dropped by agent - very weird behavior (LONG)

Sounds like your agent is lazy/overworked/not invested. He probably sent you out to a few places, wasn't getting traction, and decided it was easier to focus on clients that had more interest, for...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-31-2016, 12:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,134
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Question about Options

Bottom line: when a studio purchases your spec screenplay, they own the copyright, which all rights flow from. (Except for a few that have been carved out in the MBA, which you can find...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-31-2016, 01:06 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,134
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Question about Options

They wouldn't. They would buy one. They would get the rights to the other in the deal. You would hopefully negotiate a deal where you would make money and be involved if they decided to pursue the...
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