Have a Message Map Before You Pitch…

Pitching your screenplay can be intimidating too say the least and, depending on what story you’re trying to tell, you might also struggle with how to communicate the core concepts of your script during your pitch.

Enter the Message Map. This video comes from Forbes, but I think the techniques could work just as well at a pitch fest or in a studio execs office, as it would anywhere else.

Check it out – can you boil down your script to a message map?

-BMJ-

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Patton Oswalt Has a Vision of the Future…

This past Thursday, Patton Oswalt delivered the keynote address for the Just For Laughs Comedy Conference in Montreal.

Rather than your standard speech, Oswalt wrote two open letters – one to his fellow comedians in the room, and one to the “gatekeepers” in the comedy industry – and read them to those in attendance.

As has become the norm for Oswalt, the letters were deftly crafted, making profound observations with a sprinkling of humor – this time about the nature of content creation and the career path of would be comics.

Here are those letters (they’re long but worth the time to read): Continue reading Patton Oswalt Has a Vision of the Future…

1,562…

Earlier this week, results from a survey done of Writer’s Guild of America screenwriting members were released and the picture wasn’t pretty.

There were lots of percentages and numbers thrown out, but the one that stuck out the most to me (not being a WGA member myself) was 1,562. That’s the number of WGAw members currently employed, and it gives a very precise idea of exactly what kind of odds aspiring screenwriters are facing. Continue reading 1,562…