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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 Writer/Director Tyler Taormina.

Topics include Ham On Rye (2019), a movie he Directed and Co-wrote and advice for young filmmakers starting out right out of college.

John Hughes being an inspiration for his life and career is also discussed.

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 356: With Filmmaker Tyler Taormina.

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A big congratulations to Richard Pierce, author of Friend Request, the winning screenplay in the first annual Six-Figure Screenplay Contest. Congratulations, Richard. To learn a little more about Richard and Friend Request, you can check out our announcement here: Finalists Announcement.

This was a very tough decision. Both of our finalist screenplays were highly thought of by both our first round readers and our industry judges. But the determining factor came down to marketability. Friend Request is well written, high concept, and quite marketable in that it has a number of clear markets that it could be produced for and producers have already reached out to Richard about possibly optioning the screenplay.

With that said, my goal all along with this contest was to find good scripts that could be produced on a modest budget because those are the scripts I feel like I can get produced. So I’m going to spend the next year really championing these scripts and the other quarter finalists. The real prize, obviously, is not winning this contest, but getting the script produced. So stay tuned for announcements as we move towards that goal with hopefully many of the scripts.

We’re planning on running the contest again next year. We’ll be opening up for submissions in February 2021.

Thank you again to everyone who entered the contest. And good luck to everyone on their screenwriting journey.

This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Miska Kajanus.

Starting as an Actor in Finland, Miska Kajanus moved to Los Angeles and is the Writer/Director of the Finnish language feature, Insanity (2020).

They talk about that movie and how working as an extra is a good way to get started in the film industry.

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 355: With Actor/Writer/Director Miska Kajanus .

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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with the Writing/Directing team Ruckus Skye and Lane Skye.

They wrote the Horror movie Becky (2020). Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, the directors of Becky were interviewed in episode 337 of the podcast. Ruckus Skye and Lane Skye also wrote and directed the Thriller The Devil To Pay (2019).

Topics featured here are making The Devil To Pay and how their script Rattle The Cage (2015) was discovered and produced through a script listing service.

You can watch episode 337 with the Directors of Becky here:

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 354: Writers/Directors Ruckus Skye and Lane Skye.

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A big congratulations to our two finalists in this year’s contest!

We have a two very different scripts as our two finalists and I couldn’t be more proud to present them. The finalists are…

Back to the Go-Go by Travis Houze
Log line: After returning from jail, a man struggles to bring his family and gentrifying community together through the power of Go-Go music.

Writer’s Statement: “I am a born and raised Washington D.C. native. I got my first taste of the genre Go-Go music at the age of 10 from a close friend and he taught me the ins and outs of the music and how it’s become a staple in Washington D.C. culture. The more I learned about the genre, the more I realized how fun the music can be and how it brings people together in ways that no other genre can do. While it’s often seen only within the Washington D.C. Metro Area, I wanted to tell a story that feels universal yet unique to the culture that influenced this story.”

 

Friend Request by Richard Pierce
Lofe line: After a bitter high school journalist creates a fake social media profile using racy photographs of a girl found online to bait and expose cheating guys in her class, she struggles to keep her life from being picked apart by a mysterious new transfer student who looks suspiciously like the girl from the profile.

Writer’s Statement: “As a kid I filled notebook after notebook with silly comic strips, spending way more time on the dialogue bubbles than the drawings themselves. Later I realized that screenwriting would be a lot easier than that (plus I suck at drawing). After graduating film school, I sought screenwriting work on various low-budget indie films and managed to have a couple scripts produced, including one that was released on DVD through Lions Gate. My script “Friend Request” was written after watching way too many Lifetime thrillers with my wife and wanting to try my hand at writing a fun, creepy thriller myself.”

We’ll be announcing our winner on November 18th.

This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Writer/Director Seth Larney.

He started with Visual Effects and as a Digital Assets Technician for The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (2003).

Topics include how Seth Larney transitioned into filmmaking. They talk about his new Sci-Fi movie 2067 (2020) which stars Kodi Smit-McPhee.

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 353: With Seth Larney Writer/Director of 2067 .

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