Get Rich to Write Movie Scripts

Think back to last weekend. There is a good chance you saw a movie. If not at the theater, then you rented a video or DVD, or caught one on TV. Movies are one of America's favorite pastimes, appealing to all ages and all tastes. And it doesn't stop at our shores. Films are loved by people all over the world.

There is a constant need for good movie scripts (also known as "screenplays") to feed this demand, and somebody has to write them. As a screenwriter you can develop those daring stunts, decide how the lovers will meet, create alien worlds and come up with the lines that leave 'em rolling in the aisles. You could even adapt a favorite book for the screen.

Your work can bring enjoyment to millions, and acclaim to you. If you make it to the top, you could hang out in Hollywood, hobnob with movie stars, attend film festivals, go to premiers and maybe even win awards. All that and you get to work at home, be your own boss and make your own hours!

Writing screenplays is one of the highest paying jobs a writer can do. In the 1990s, Joe Esterhaus made headlines when he earned $3 million for writing Basic Instinct. Since then, screenwriters have gone on to earn fees that previous generations could only have dreamed of.

It doesn't stop there. A successful screenwriter can write his or her own ticket in show business. Many go on to direct, produce, even act in their screenplays.

The story of how Sylvester Stallone wrote the Rocky movies for himself to star in is now legendary. Spike Lee, Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino, Oliver Stone and Cameron Crowe are other examples of writers who maintain creative control over their own work.

Screenwriting can also be a great way to collaborate with others in a dynamic and creative atmosphere. For example, Karen Lutz and Kirsten Smith wrote the recent hit Legally Blonde together because both had a fondness for teen movies, while Ben Affleck and Matt Damon won an Oscar for their collaboration on the screenplay for Good Will Hunting.

If you would like to break into this exciting career, the FabJob Guide to Become a Screenwriter is for you! In this e-book you will discover how you can get started and succeed as a screenwriter.

The guide's author is Angela Hynes, a former script consultant for a movie studio who is now a full-time writer. Two movie scripts written by Angela and her partner are in development at major studios, including a screenplay they wrote which was recently bought by 20th Century Fox for $360,000.

In this guide she shares with you her own experiences as well as insider tips and expert advice from successful screenwriters. The guide covers topics of vital importance to anyone who wants to become a screenwriter, including:

Getting Ready

* How to write a screenplay including:
o What you need to know about structure (theme, setting, acts, scenes, etc.)
o How to create powerful plots
o A common pitfall of screenwriting and how to avoid it
o How to develop characters and create "backstories" for them
o How to write dialog that sounds authentic
o 10 steps to perfect your screenplay
* Choosing the best movie genre for your writing (comedy, historical, romance, action and adventure, mystery, family)
* If you want hands-on training, you'll find a list of top:
o college screenwriting programs
o filmmaking courses
o conferences and other resources
* What to do if you find a novel, short story or article you would like to adapt into a movie script
* How to format a sceenplay to show: action, shots, dialog, transitions, etc. (includes a sample from a screenplay)
* How to get feedback about your script from industry professionals
* How to protect your work from being stolen

Selling Your Scripts

* How movie studios and producers decide which scripts to buy
* How to find an agent to represent you to major studios (includes a sample letter to an agent)
* Finding independent producers and studios to submit your scripts to
* Dos and don'ts for submitting your manuscript, including how to bind it
* How to avoid common mistakes that can make you look like an amateur
* How to keep up with industry news so you can find out about new projects that might be right for you
* Tips for "schmoozing" (meeting and building rapport with people who can advance your career)
* How to pitch an idea in a meeting, including tips on what to say and even what to wear
* Explanations of movie industry jargon so you can talk like an insider with the people you meet
* Other ways to break into screenwriting:
o Fellowships (including one offered by Disney and ABC that pays $50,000)
o The top legitimate screenwriting competitions
o Marketing your script online
o Sundance and other top film festivals

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