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Hire a Screenwriter to Ghostwrite Your Script

If you want to hire a screenwriter to ghostwrite your screenplay, some people think that hiring an average, the run-of-the-mill screenwriter will suffice. Although sourcing out the work is often a good idea, as many of us do not have sufficient time or screenwriting experience, many typical screenwriters don’t know much about screenplays. For this reason, it is important to go with a professional screenwriting service in order to turn your idea into a sellable script. The writers that work for these services have many years of experience in their specific type of writing, which will go a long way in turning your vision into a reality. Not only that, but they can usually offer these services at cut-rate prices that are much more competitive than other sources.

Genres
The screenwriting service should have expertise in your particular genre. For example, if you have a horror script you want to write them and make sure you hire a horror screenwriter as opposed to a screenwriter who specializes in another area such as romance or comedy. Although there are exceptions to this rule and some screenwriters are quite diverse and able to write across multiple genres make sure they are experts in the genre you want.

Teams of Screenwriters 
There is an added advantage of hiring from a screenwriting service because a team of professional screenwriters who represent a multitude of screenwriting expertise. After all, screenwriting tends to be a collaborative process. If two heads are better than one, then half a dozen screenwriters will certainly be more effective than a lone screenwriter — especially if there is an adept lead screenwriter who organizes and manages the team of screenwriters.

Screenwriting Format
Screenwriters who failed to follow the proper screenwriting format will instantly be rejected by directors and filmmakers who are seeking new screenplays to buy. Directors and filmmakers are busy people and if the screenwriter does not even know the proper screenwriting format, then the odds are he or she does not know how to write a good screenplay. As such, these scripts will instantly end up in the garbage. Make sure to follow precise screenwriting format and submission requirements.

Feedback
When hiring screenwriting services, make sure to check his or her references and feedback from former clients. In the rare case that the screenwriter offers his services online or in a business directory that permits customers to leave feedback, then you will have a far greater chance of successfully verifying the writer’s skills. If the writer has many of satisfied customers then the odds are you too will be satisfied with the writing services.

Hire a Screenwriting Service — Movie, TV, Short Film

When choosing to hire a professional screenwriting service for your movie, TV show, or short film script project, make sure the writer has both the knowledge and experience to turn your story into a top-quality screenplay. For example, the dialogue and format of a movie manuscript are much different than that of a traditionally-written, narrative story. In particular, the amount of text corresponds to a specific amount of running time on the big screen; a page equals about one minute of screen time. You’re much less likely to sell a movie screenplay that is not at least 90 pages or minutes long.

Whereas novel writing can be very descriptive and moderately paced, screenwriting needs to be very direct and to the point in order to keep the story moving forward. Even a drama needs to move at a much quicker pace than a dramatic book. What might take several pages in a novel, will most likely take only part of a screenplay page. This is because much of the story is told visually.

Writing Samples

Obtaining screenwriting samples can be a bit tricky since many screenwriters work as ghostwriters and have signed a nondisclosure agreement. Nonetheless, they should have writing samples and may have a client who is willing to reveal that he hired a ghostwriter and allow the screenwriter to use the script as a writing sample. Other times, the screenwriter for hire will have written his or her own screenplay, which can serve as his writing sample. Professional screenwriting services will have many writing samples and in a multitude of genres.

Although many people think that any writer can write a screenplay, this idea can do you a major disservice to your story. Some may have a bit of experience in screenwriting, but when you are serious about your story or idea and want it to be made into a movie, you will want to find someone that works specifically with this kind of writing. A screenwriting service can ensure that you will be working with writers that have a successful track record when it comes to creating professional, sellable screenplays. Contact a screenwriter today to learn more about how the process works.

Three Genres Indie Film Screenwriters Should Focus On

Indie film screenwriters, or those looking to break into the mainstream and achieve large-scale screenwriting success, need to stand out from the crowd. There is no shortage of aspiring screenwriters in the industry. What there is a lack of is high-quality screenplays that meet indie filmmaker’s needs and budget.

In addition to being among the best, it can help to write a screenplay in one of the following genres:

1) Horror
2) Thriller
3) Romance

In general, these three genres cost less to film. As such, they tend to be more appealing to production companies. One of the reasons they may cost less to make is that they don’t require expensive and elaborate sets. In addition, you can minimize the number of filming locations. There is a direct relationship between the number of set locations and the overall budget of the film. After all, it can get quite expensive moving an entire film crew around the country or the world.

Horror, thriller, and romance genres are also popular throughout the world. You can either sell your screenplay to an independent filmmaker or you can organize the production yourself. If you write a top-quality, indie screenplay in one of these genres and it’s shot and edited well and has good acting performances, it will launch your screenwriting career into the stratosphere. And once you launch your screenwriting career in Hollywood, there’s no telling how far it’ll go. Success breeds success and once you’ve been produced, your opportunities will build and grow exponentially. In addition, you’ll gain much experience and many professional contacts through this process.

Producing Your Own Screenplay — Selling a Screenplay

Hollywood has always been, both historically and presently, terrified to embrace change. As a result, they don’t want to hire new writers because they don’t already have a proven track record that they can point to. Of course, this sets up a vicious cycle — how can you begin your track record in the first place if you’re never given a chance to begin one?

As a result, agents and managers have a hard time representing new writers because they’re afraid of all the time and work they’re going to have to put into them before they start seeing any money. And because they know all of that going in, they have little reason to represent new writers. Why do all that work when they can potentially try to lure an established writer away from another agency for a lot less effort?

But don’t let this discourage you because I’m about to tell you a secret to how you get around this somewhat rigged deck. Are you ready? Good, then make your own movie. No, really, I’m 100% serious — write a screenplay and then make the movie yourself. And if you’re not a director — and believe me few screenwriters are — then you need to find a director who’s not a screenwriter. And again, most directors are not screenwriters.

Work out a deal to have the director shoot the movie for you. It will help both your careers. After that’s done, you can enter the completed film into film festivals, which is great in and of itself. But more importantly, you’ll have something much more valuable — control over your career and not being at the mercy of the Hollywood gatekeepers.

How to Sell Your Screenplay — Rewriting and Query Letter Submissions

The first step of how to sell your screenplay is to write and rewrite so you have a polished screenplay people will want to buy. You may write half a dozen screenplays that face rejection, but at one point you will sell a screenplay. Ensure that the final screenplay you submit is the best you can do. Receiving feedback and rewriting your script accordingly will help tremendously.

It can be challenging to reach industry insiders, but referrals and networking can help you sell your screenplay. Consider the six degrees of separation — that any two people can be connected by six steps of friends of friends. With your connection, and after you have copyrighted your treatment and screenplay, write a query letter that appeals to the potential buyer’s needs. It is essentially a sales letter asking them to buy the rights to your screenplay.  The director, producer, or film company will need to invest a great deal of time, resources, and money into making your movie, TV show, or film so make sure you’ve motivated them sufficiently.

Keep in mind that different financiers specialize in either TV, movies, or film. Furthermore, they will then specialize in a particular genre. Make sure you’re marketing to those who are best aligned with your screenplay. You might have the best movie script in the world, but if you’re trying to sell your screenplay to a TV show producer, you will likely have poor results.

You should send your treatment along with the query letter. However, do not include the screenplay. Instead, let them know that it is available upon request. You can mail out the query letter and treatment, email it, or even drop off a printed version in person. Wait a few days and follow up to make sure they received it and ask if they have any feedback.

Choosing a Screenwriting Genre

Choosing the right genre is crucial to selling a screenplay. After hours upon hours of hard work spent carefully tailoring and forming characters, plots, storylines, events, and the overall quality of a script, the writing has been finished. The ink has dried, some tremendous ideas have come to life on paper, and with any luck at all, they’ll one day come to life on the big screen.

However, there’s just one small problem: the script’s core genre falls somewhere around “nature exploration adventure”. That simply won’t sell.

One of the most important and integral elements of screenwriting that all writers should consider when crafting scripts that will hopefully be reviewed by agents, executives, and eventually, actors, is that genre matters. More specifically, genre can make or break any script’s chances of progressing to the big and/or small screen, and writers who’re new to the industry should therefore stick to the tried-and-tested genres of comedy, drama, horror, fantasy, and action for their works. In addition, make sure you market it to people who specialize in that genre.

While it can be tempting to create an entirely innovative script in a commonly overlooked and underdeveloped genre, writers new to the industry should resist the urge — at least at first. To get one’s foot in the door, he or she will need to craft extraordinary content that’s specifically centered on an already-existing genre. Once a reputation for high-quality entertainment writing is established, then large-scale innovations may be implemented.

But in the meantime, it’s imperative that all potential television and film writers create remarkable work that falls under a widely accepted genre or some functional combination of these genres.

Why Hollywood Executives Love Myths in Film Scripts

For many aspiring film writers, one of the most frustrating things to pinpoint is what genre Hollywood executives are looking for. Do they want action? Drama? Comedy? All three?

Perhaps. That depends on the market and screenwriter’s experiences and screenwriting specialty. But what Hollywood executives like and look for in film scripts is myth. A story’s origin can be in some long-running myth, a main character can be centered around and focused on a myth, and so on and so forth. Whatever their implementation style, myths helps sell film scripts.

The reason? Hollywood executives are charged with selling movies not only to America but the world! Myths are universally relatable, culturally transformative, and widely recognized stories that won’t get lost in translation, and that means more popularity and more profits for a film. Furthermore, a larger number of individuals will be able to find meaning in the movies with mythical elements, and this point will result in boosted long-term sales and meaning.

Adding elements of myth into an existing script isn’t all that difficult, nor is adding myth into a script as it is being crafted. However, the benefits of doing so—which may truthfully determine whether or not a script is commissioned—are remarkable. To take advantage of mythical elements when writing a script, simply read through some old stories, legends, and tales, which can be found online with a click or two. A few minutes of effort in this way will prove valuable in the long run.

Myths might not be real, but their potential boost to film scripts is very real!