Monday, April 23, 2012
Why should you sign up for something like a screenwriter's workshop or hire a script coach? I always like to tell new writers that they really only have five pages (it's supposed to be 10 pages ... but the truth is most readers only last through five pages) to capture the reader's attention. If you blow the first 10 pages, you're completely out of the game. And what are those pages supposed to contain? You can mess up so many different elements in your script and be immediately eliminated as a prospect before you've even had a just to shine. Issues with even something as simple as formatting communicate to the reader. If you don't know formatting, what it immediately says is you don't know what you're doing. Again, you're eliminated before you have even had a chance to have the script read. Many writers might argue it seems ridiculous to be shut out of the game with a reader not even reading the story. Well, it doesn't matter what you think about these essential elements. The industry acts and behaves a very specific way. You can either figure out how to work within its rules or you just buck the system and get nowhere fast. If you would like to find out all of the ins and outs of putting your script together with a true expert, sign up to attend our Screenwriter's Workshop being hosted by the incomparable Scott D. Roberts whose screenwriting credits are impressive, and he's spent his entire career working various facets of the business. You can sign up by clicking here.