What is a Film Treatment and How Do I Write One that Sells

Start to streamline your writing process with a film treatment.

You just got out of a great general meeting, and the executive you met with loves your latest idea. You want to develop it together, and that's the first step towards your vision finding its way to the screen.

But you have to pump the breaks because you need something first.

Before you even write. Something to get all these great ideas down onto the page... That something is… a script treatment

But wait…what’s Continue reading "What is a Film Treatment and How Do I Write One that Sells"

How to Write An Elevator Pitch [FREE Elevator Pitch Template]

You may have a great idea but the real test is how you communicate it.

Learning how to write an elevator pitch is a skill you can’t put a price on. Why?

Because we’ve all been there when lightning strikes and that excellent idea comes to life in our minds. Maybe it’s the greatest movie idea in the world. Maybe it’s an idea for a tv series or a piece of branded content.

The only way you’re going to see it through is if you can convince Continue reading "How to Write An Elevator Pitch [FREE Elevator Pitch Template]"

Screenwriting Degree Programs: Are they worth it? [Free Checklist]

If you want to break into the film industry as a screenwriter, there are no easy answers for where to start. One popular route you're probably considering is film school, or pursuing a screenwriting degree. But considering how expensive and time consuming a screenwriting degree program can be, you need to ask yourself if it's going to be worth it. How can you answer that question? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. My name is Jason Hellerman, and I received my Masters in Screenwriting from Boston University Continue reading "Screenwriting Degree Programs: Are they worth it? [Free Checklist]"

How to Write Internal and External Conflict In a Story: The Ultimate Guide

Want to know how to write internal and external conflict that creates compelling drama? We all know what it's like when we see a character whose story draws us in completely. When we sit down to write, even with that lofty goal in mind, it can be hard to figure out what makes a character and story great. The answer lies beyond the surface level, in something much deeper called internal conflict. Writing internal and external conflict may seem like a challenge, but it's the key to making your story leap Continue reading "How to Write Internal and External Conflict In a Story: The Ultimate Guide"

What Is a Script Consultant and Do I Need One?

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of screenplay contests, pitch fests, and different ways to break into the industry or hone your screenwriting craft. But recently, a new tool has popped up for screenwriters: script consultants. What is a script consultant? That's an excellent question. Glad you asked. Before we get into our interview with a script consultant, let's answer it! Script consultants are usually people who work in the film and television industry, who you pay for notes and feedback. These are people who can help Continue reading "What Is a Script Consultant and Do I Need One?"

4 Steps to Writing a TV Pilot Spec for Staffing Season

Write it up! We’re in the golden era of television right now and there are more and more shows on the air every year. How can you get staffed on a TV show or get your own idea on the air? You’ll have to learn how to write a TV pilot. To learn how to write a TV pilot, you can read a ton of pilot scripts, and peruse the following steps. They should help you get you well on your way to writing a great TV pilot script. A great Continue reading "4 Steps to Writing a TV Pilot Spec for Staffing Season"

‘All Writing is Rewriting’: How To Write a Great Screenplay

Your first draft is never your final draft. I remember sitting in class and learning how to write a screenplay. I also recall the click of the keys when I sat down to write my first screenplay. It was an exciting feeling, but as I crossed from page one to page two, I was never sure where I’d be going. When I finally typed “Fade Out,” my heart was a flutter. But as you know, all writing is rewriting. In this post, I’m going to take you through the basics of Continue reading "‘All Writing is Rewriting’: How To Write a Great Screenplay"

5 Steps to Overcome Writer’s Block With Your Screenplay

Writer's block is real. Don't let that stop you from making your best work. It’s safe to say that we’ve all had writer’s block from time to time. In fact, it feels like when I’m not writing, I’m googling “cure for writer’s block” or “how to get rid of writer’s block?” We all know the best kind of screenplay is a finished one. But finishing is an uphill climb. I’m going to take you through the five steps I often use to overcome writer’s block. Consider this some writer’s block Continue reading "5 Steps to Overcome Writer’s Block With Your Screenplay"

The Eight Best Professional Screenwriting Software Solutions

Which screenwriting software is right for you? Let's dive in. So you want to be a professional screenwriter, but you’re struggling over which screenwriting software to use? Unfortunately, no screenplay software will make your writing better, but some might be more tailored toward your needs on the page. In my nearly decade of writing scripts, I’ve used each of the programs imaginable. I’ll take you through the eight best screenwriting software solutions I’ve found on the market, and we’ll list the pros and cons of each. Let’s Continue reading "The Eight Best Professional Screenwriting Software Solutions"