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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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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Filmmaker Christian Sesma.

They talk about his latest Crime/Thriller Paydirt (2020) which stars actors Val Kilmer, Murielle Telio and Luke Goss.

Christian Sesma is the Writer/Director of other movies including The Night Crew (2015). Topics in this episode of the podcast include how Sesma was able to find producers for his movies.

Christian Sesma is a returning guest. You can watch his prior interview

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 346: With Writer/Director Christian Sesma.

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Below is a list of all the screenplays that made it into the second round of SYS’s Six Figure Screenplay Contest.

A big congratulations to all the writers who had screenplays make it out of the first round. Congratulations.

No matter where your screenplay placed, please know that we took great care to read and consider each screenplay. Evaluating screenplays is a very subjective process and it’s possible we’ve overlooked some great screenplays. So if your screenplay didn’t place as highly as you expected I would encourage you to get other opinions. Enter other contests. Send it to a friend. Get a professional script analysis done on it. You never want to rely on just one opinion, it’s just too subjective.

We will be announcing the quarter finalists on October 7th, 2020.

So without further ado here are the screenplays that have progressed to the second round of SYS’s Six-Figure Screenplay Contest 2020 (listed alphabetically by screenplay title):
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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Writer/Director Kyle Couch. He is the filmmaker of the Drama/Thriller The Tent (2020). They talk about that movie, his writing process and how he was able to get The Tent set up.

Kyle Couch also talks about making movies in Detroit.

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 345: With Writer/Director Kyle Couch.

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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with the well known filmmaker Eric Bress.

They talk about his latest credit Ghosts Of War (2020). This is a World War II movie that also serves as a Supernatural Thriller Ghost Story.

Eric Bress has written and directed many popular Horror movies including the smash hit The Butterfly Effect (2004) and Final Destination 2 (2003).

Other topics include how he was able to get a manager and the importance of staying focused if you want a career in filmmaking.

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 344: With Writer/Director Eric Bress.

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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with filmmaker Gavin Rothery.

He is the writer/director of the Sci-Fi feature Archive (2020) starring Theo James, Rhona Mitra and Stacy Martin.

Topics include how Gavin Rothery works two jobs and how he started by doing Visual Effects for Moon (2009) thanks to his friendship with filmmaker Duncan Jones.

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 343: With Writer/Director Gavin Rothery.

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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Actor/Writer/Director Oliver Robins.

They talk about his latest movie, a Thriller called Celebrity Crush (2019) which he wrote and directed.

Oliver Robins got his start as being a child actor in the hit movie Poltergeist (1982). He later directed movies such as Man Overboard (2008), which our host Ashley Scott Meyers was a writer on.

Topics include how it never is easy to make it in the entertainment industry and how he sold a script to the Hallmark Channel.

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: