Sunday, July 10, 2016

#Scriptchat Transcript: Crowdfunding Tips from John @Trigonis July 10, 2016

The best way to become a better screenwriter is to produce your own work. Filmmaking requires money, and John Trigonis @Trigonis has the tips to help you have a successful crowdfunding campaign. Enjoy! @jeannevb

Read the transcript below or on the Storify site.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Lane Shefter Bishop Talks Loglines on #Scriptchat June 26th

Join #scriptchat on Sunday, June 26th with our guest Lane Shefter Bishop
TOPIC: Loglines
5pm PT - 6pm PT 

Full chat instructions here.
Best site to chat from is here (it autoadds the #scriptchat hashtag).



Lane Shefter Bishop @LaneShefterBish - Lane’s philosophy has always been: you can be the best writer with the most amazing idea in the world but none of that matters if you can’t sell your material.

CNN calls her "The Book Whisperer" as she's set up dozens of book-to-screen adaptations, including the recent successful feature film THE DUFF.

If you need logline help, check out Lane's new book, Sell Your Story in a Single Sentence: Advice from the Front Lines of Hollywood.

Lane's book on Amazon.

Lane's Full Bio

Lane Shefter Bishop is a multi-award winning producer/director who has received numerous accolades for her work including an EMMY, six Telly Awards, a Videographer Award, three Communicator Awards, a Sherril C. Corwin Award, an Aurora Award, a Davey Award, a New York Festivals Award and the DGA Fellowship Award for Episodic Television.


Currently, Ms. Bishop is CEO of Vast Entertainment, a book-to-screen company with numerous projects, including feature films: REBOOT (Peter Chernin/Chernin Ent) for Fox 2000, THE LAST APPLE (Silver Pictures and Ineffable Pictures), THE KILLER IN ME and HUNTER’S MOON (Todd Garner/Broken Road), RESET (Ellen Goldsmith-Vein/Gotham Group), SISTER’S GRIMM (State Street Pictures) and THE DUFF (McG/Wonderland – released 2015) for CBS Films & Lionsgate; MOW: THE CHOKING GAME (Orly Adelson Prods – released 2014) for Lifetime, which Ms. Bishop also directed; limited series: DEAD RUN (Jane Goldenring/Goldenring Productions) and TV series: CONFESSIONS OF A SOCIOPATH (Mike Medavoy/Phoenix Pictures), BLACKBIRD (Intrigue Ent), SHIFTERS (Chuck Roven/Atlas Ent), DIVE (Hunt Lowry/Roserock Pictures), THE BODY INSTITUTE (Storyline Ent/Zadan/Meron Prods) and ANNE PERRY’S ‘THE INVESTIGATOR’ (Lauren Shuler Donner/The Donner Co). Additionally, Ms. Bishop co-produced the feature film ASSASSINATION GAMES for MPCA. Ms. Bishop is also the former EVP of Motion Pictures and Television at TwinStar Entertainment.

In addition to her scripted fare, Ms. Bishop also has extensive experience in reality television. Vast is currently partnered on all non-scripted programming with Bishop-Lyons Entertainment, which has a first-look deal with ITV Studios. To date, Ms. Bishop has directed more than two dozen sizzle reels as well as pilots for BLE, including VISIONARIES (partnered with Left/Right) for AMC, BARBADORO COMPOUND (ITV/MTV) and REINVENTION (Fox TV Studios.) Moreover, Ms. Bishop shot the pilot episodes for the series GEARS and the new show BODY SHOP CONFESSIONS.

Ms. Bishop is also a three-time speaker at the WGA as well as at numerous writers conferences around the country and is author of the book SELL YOUR STORY IN A SINGLE SENTENCE, which will be published by prestigious W.W. Norton & Company in May of 2016. In a recent online interview, CNN dubbed her “The Book Whisperer” of Hollywood.

Ms. Bishop began her work in the industry at Moxie Productions, where she produced and directed projects for such networks as ABC, Showtime, HBO and MTV. She has directed numerous television shows and six feature-length motion pictures, including THE DAY LABORERS (aka Los Jornaleros), which received Official Selection in Edward James Olmos’ LA Latino Int’l Film Festival, Cine Accion (San Fran), OutFest (Hollywood), Reel Affirmations (Wash DC), NewFest (NY) as well as the Milan International Film Festival (Italy). The film was distributed through HBO and Blockbuster.

Ms. Bishop holds a B.A. in Literature from UC Santa Barbara and an M.F.A. in Production from USC’s School of Cinema/Television. She is a director-member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Jen Grisanti @jengrisanti to Guest on #scriptchat Sunday June 12th Talking TV Pilots

Join #scriptchat on Sunday, June 12th for a discussion on writing TV pilots with Jen Grisanti @jengrisanti!

TOPIC: Writing the TV pilot (Structure, character, emotion and voice)

When: 5pm to 6pm PT
Where: Chat from this site to auto add the #scriptchat hashtag
Full chat instructions here.

Jen Grisanti is a well-respected script consultant whose advice and expertise has helped launched many TV writing careers!

International speaker Jen Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy, Inc. Grisanti is also a Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, a former studio executive, a blogger for The Huffington Post and author of Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story, TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells, and Change Your Story, Change Your Life.

Grisanti started her career as an assistant to Aaron Spelling, who served as her mentor for 12 years. She quickly climbed the ranks and eventually ran Current Programs at Spelling Television Inc., covering all of Spelling’s shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place and Charmed. In 2004, Grisanti was promoted to Vice President of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount where she covered numerous shows including Medium, Numbers, NCIS, 4400 and Girlfriends.

In January 2008, Grisanti launched Jen Grisanti Consultancy, Inc., a highly successful consulting firm dedicated to helping talented writers break into the industry. Drawing on her years of experience as a studio executive where she gave daily notes to executive producers/showrunners, Grisanti personally guides writers to shape their material, hone their pitches and focus their careers. Since launching her consulting firm, Grisanti has worked with over 800 writers specializing in television, features and novels. Due to her expertise and mentorship, sixty-seven of her clients have staffed as writers on television shows, thirty-four have sold pilots, and five of those pilots have gone to series.

Grisanti’s brand focus is “Telling and Selling Your Story and Developing From Within.”

Grisanti also has a Storywise Podcast Series available on iTunes and via her website, www.jengrisanticonsultancy.com. The podcasts dig deep into our top storytellers’ histories as a way to inform, motivate and inspire listeners to go after their dreams.

Grisanti has taught classes for the TV Writers Summit (in LA and London), The TV Writers Studio (in Australia), The Big Island Film Festival, Chicago Screenwriters Network, Scriptwriters Network , Screenwriting Expo, the Great American Pitchfest, the Northwestern Screenwriter’s Guild in Seattle, and the Alameda’s Writer’s Group. In addition, she has served on panels for the WGA, iTVFest, UFVA, PGA and The Writer’s Bootcamp, telling her story to inspire others.

If you're in the NYC area, Jen is teaching a master class via Screenwriters World August 12 and 13th! Don't miss is! Keep track of Jen's upcoming speaking engagements here.

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