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I believe that most screenwriting books, seminars, blogs and other screenwriting resources don’t spend nearly enough time on teaching people how to market their screenplays. SellingYourScreenplay.com tries to bridge that gap.

When I started out in the industry I didn’t know anyone. I was just a guy with a few ideas and a dream. With a lot of hard work and persistence I have been able to sell several screenplays (click here to view my credits on IMDB) by applying the exact lessons I’m going to teach you on this blog. It’s not quick or easy and it’s going to take a lot of hard work. But if you’re willing to do the work I believe that you too can have some success as a screenwriter.

There are no shortcuts and neither I, nor anyone else, can sell your screenplay for you. Ultimately you’ve got to decide if it’s worth the effort to make a go at screenwriting. You’re reading this blog, so that’s a good first step. But that’s all it is, a first step. Now you’ve got to really dig in and start doing the hard work.
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Screenwriter Eddie Renner talks about his latest horror film, Crepitus. Eddie was instrumental in helping to raise the money for the production, so he talks about that experience as well.

The podcast is available in iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher (for Android users), the Windows Marketplace, and the Blackberry store or you can simply listen to it or watch it right from my blog.

You can also read a transcript of this episode.

Links mentioned in the show:

This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 193: Writer Eddie Renner Talks About His New Horror Film, Crepitus.

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British Writer/Director Keir Burrows talks about the early part of his career shooting short films and how that eventually lead to his latest sci-fi feature film, Anti Matter.

The podcast is available in iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher (for Android users), the Windows Marketplace, and the Blackberry store or you can simply listen to it or watch it right from my blog.

You can also read a transcript of this episode.

Links mentioned in the show:

This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 192: Writer/Director Keir Burrows Talks About His New Grounded Sci-Fi Thriller, Anti Matter.

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W. Bruce Cameron (8 Simple Rules, A Dog’s Purpose) talks about how he grew his newspaper column and eventually was able to turn it into a TV Series, and then parlayed that experience into a screenwriting career.

The podcast is available in iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher (for Android users), the Windows Marketplace, and the Blackberry store or you can simply listen to it or watch it right from my blog.

You can also read a transcript of this episode.

Links mentioned in the show:

This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 191: Writer W. Bruce Cameron Talks About His Transition From Writing A Newspaper Column To Screenwriter.

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I recently wrote, produced, and directed a micro-budget feature film called The Pinch. During the process of producing this film, I learned many lessons. So I decided to do this webinar to help anyone who’s thinking about shooting a micro-budget film.

During this webinar you will learn…

How To Write A Screenplay That Can Be Shot On A Micro-Budget

The screenplay is the blueprint for your entire film. This is the single biggest tool you have to keeping your budget under control. There are some obvious things to avoid like large crowd scenes and expensive locations, but there are also many things that you should also avoid which aren’t nearly as intuitive. I’ll talk about these items in the webinar. There are also some things that look expensive but are fairly cheap and easy to do and can really boost production value, so I’ll run through those items, as well. You want to write a script which gives you the most production value for the least amount of money, and I’m going to help you do that.

How To Raising Money For Your Film

This is the most difficult part of the process, by far. Unfortunately, there isn’t any magic bullet here that I can teach you. However, I will explain exactly how I raised the money for my film and also talk about some of the big lessons I’ve learned from colleagues who have raised significant amounts of money for their films. I ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for The Pinch, so I’ll talk about that in great detail. I also had some additional investors in The Pinch, so I’ll talk about how I was able to convince them to put money into the project.

How To Do Pre-Production, Production, and Post-Production

I will run through the entire process of producing this film, from pre-production all the way through to post-production. There are a million potential pitfalls, many of which I fell into, and hopefully with the help of this webinar you can avoid some of those same pitfalls.

I will talk about budget in great detail. I’ll go through my own budget line by line so you can see exactly how I spent the money that I had.

I will talk about hiring people. Shooting a movie takes a lot of people, and finding and hiring the right people is essential if you hope to make a good film. And it’s not always easy finding people who are willing to work for cheap or ‘deferred pay.’ I’ll tell you how I did it for The Pinch.

During production you’re going to need a million things, from a camera to lights to worker’s comp insurance. I’ll tell you exactly what I did and what you can do, too, to take care of all of these production necessaries.

When you first go into post-production it can seem complicated and very technical. Now that I’ve been through it, hopefully I can dispel some of this mystery and educate you on how professional level post-production works. I’ll go through the entire post-production process: editing, the dialogue edit, sound design and foley, color correction, music, score, the final mix, and eventually outputting your finished film.

Who is this webinar for?

Anyone who is looking to produce a micro-budget film should get tremendous value out of this webinar. I’ve been through the process and am happy to share my experiences.

Any screenwriter who wants to understand micro-budget production better. There is a big market for screenplays that can be shot on a micro-budget, so understanding how it all works will help you write micro-budget scripts better even if you don’t want to produce them yourself.



Class Details

The webinar is three hours long. It is available online to anyone with an internet connection. You can watch it as many times as you’d like for 90 days after the purchase.

You can purchase this recorded webinar for $29.99 using PayPal. Once the transaction is complete, you will be emailed access information for the webinar. Click the PayPal “Buy Now” button to make payment.

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Irish screenwriter and director Brendan Muldowney talks about his early career shooting short films, applying for grants to fund his films, and he latest 13th Century adventure film, Pilgrimage.

The podcast is available in iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher (for Android users), the Windows Marketplace, and the Blackberry store or you can simply listen to it or watch it right from my blog.

You can also read a transcript of this episode.

Links mentioned in the show:

This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 190: Director Brendan Muldowney Talks About His New 13th Century Irish Adventure Film, Pilgrimage.

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Writer/Director Sonny Dyon talks about how he wrote, directed, and produced his latest thriller short film, The Grove. The Grove is currently playing for free over at ScreeningNow.com (see link in the show notes). We talk through the entire process, from writing the script, to casting, to directing and through post-production. It’s a great inside look at how to do a short film.

The podcast is available in iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher (for Android users), the Windows Marketplace, and the Blackberry store or you can simply listen to it or watch it right from my blog.

You can also read a transcript of this episode.

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