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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 and Producer Joel Soisson.

Our guest Joel Soisson has produced well known movies such as Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Dracula 2000, Feast (2005) and Piranha 3DD (2012).

Topics include the new movie he wrote, My Best Worst Adventure (2021) and if a writer should always get paid for writing.

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 402 – Joel Soisson’s Excellent Writing Adventure .

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A big congratulations to all the writers who’s screenplays have advanced to the quarter finals of this year’s Six-Figure Screenplay Contest!

Every round of the competition becomes increasingly difficult to judge, and this round was no different. There were lots of well written, exciting, original, and interesting screenplays this year, and choosing the ones to advance was no easy task.

We’re still busy at work trying to figure out which screenplays will move into the semi finals, so stay tuned for that announcement on October 25th.

Here is the list of screenplays that have made it through to the quarter finals (listed alphabetically by title):

Short Screenplays

Afterbirth (horror) by Marko Pandza
Delany (drama) by Lauren Noble
Deliverance (sci-fi) by Olga Holtz
Enemy No More (drama) by Christopher Schultz
Mei-Ying (crime) by Nicole Shuhan Shen
Sorky (animation) by Paula Aguilera
Street Justice (thriller) by Reginald Altidor
The Dog (animation) by Kate Harpootlian

Feature Screenplays

1000 Miles To Ontario (drama) by Farboud Vaziri
A Mystic Fog I Carry (drama) by Yen Hwa Huang
BFFs Never Say Die (horror) by K. Jennifer Ilagan
Below, She Waits (horror) by Lisa J Dooley
Drama Department (drama) by Richard Willett
Figure Me Out (comedy) by James Barnes
Glimpses (horror) by Tammy Klembith
In the Meantime (comedy) by Joe Wielosinski
Invisible Prisons (drama) by Hoyt Richards
Lucky For you (comedy) by Heidi Kozak Haddad
Madame Ram (biographical) by Isabelle Davis
Memoirs of A Stalker (thriller) by Alastair Gourlay
Paddy’s Tonsorial Emporium (drama) by Ronald Milburn
Silent Knight (romantic comedy) by Todd A McGee
Sunrise (drama) by Andres Valentin Lopez
Tipsy Crow (horror) by Patrick Hatten
View From the 59th Floor (thriller) by Josh Taylor
Watching Dad (drama) by Bill Wells
Welcome To Sunnyfields (horror) by Tobias Tobbell
Wilder (drama) by Jessie Holder Tourtellotte

This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Filmmaker Janek Ambros. They talk about the long journey it took for him to write and direct Mondo Hollywoodland (2019).

Janek is also the Writer/Director of Money, Fascism and Some Sort of Acid. He talks about how he used stock footage from famous historical figures such as Edward R. Murrow and Joseph Stalin for that project.

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 401 – Filmmaking, Money, Fascism and Some Sort of Acid.

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In this, very special 400th episode of The Selling Your Screenplay Podcast Ashley Scott Meyers and Richard Finney analyze storytelling techniques.

Some of the popular movies and television shows they study as examples include Back To The Future, The Shawshank Redemption, Alien, Pulp Fiction, Dexter and Breaking Bad.

A main connection they talk about with these great works is the spin in the story.

Richard Finney is a returning guest, you can watch the prior episode with him at the link below.

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 400 – The Spin In The Story.

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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!

This is always the hardest part of the contest, trying to choose the winners from the losers. Please do know we take every submission seriously and every screenplay received at least two independent reads on it. As with most creative pursuits, the quality of a screenplay is always somewhat subjective, so if you didn’t place as highly as you had hoped I highly recommend getting a second opinion. It’s always possible we’ve overlooked a great screenplay.

We will be announcing the quarter finalists on October 11th, 2021.

So without further ado here are the screenplays that have progressed to the second round of SYS’s Six-Figure Screenplay Contest 2021 (listed alphabetically by screenplay title):

Short Screenplays:

Afterbirth (horror) by Marko Pandza
Bandit (drama) by Ali Keller
Delany (drama) by Lauren Noble
Deliverance (sci-fi) by Olga Holtz
Desired (comedy) by Kate Harpootlian
Enemy No More (drama) by Christopher Schultz
Horror Kid (horror) by Billy McAfee
Identification (drama) by Larry Collins
Imprint (horror) by Lee Bailes
Mei-Ying (crime) by Nicole Shuhan Shen
Sorky (animation) by Paula Aguilera
Street Justice (thriller) by Reginald Altidor
The Angel Who Never Was (fantasy) by Jeanne Haskin
The Dog (animation) by Kate Harpootlian
The Wager (comedy) by Timothy O’Brien

Feature Screenplays:

1000 Miles To Ontario (drama) by Farboud Vaziri
A Mystic Fog I Carry (drama) by Yen Hwa Huang
American Fallout (drama) by Harry Kakatsakis
BFFs Never Say Die (horror) by K. Jennifer Ilagan
Bar Mitzvah Man (comedy) by Max Kinchen
Below, She Waits (horror) by Lisa J Dooley
But the Truth (thriller) by Les Zig
Cesar & Max (dramedy) by Susan Klos
Cruel Pecans (drama) by Jonny Flores
Drama Department (drama) by Richard Willett
Figure Me Out (comedy) by James Barnes
Glimpses (horror) by Tammy Klembith
In the Meantime (comedy) by Joe Wielosinski
Invisible Prisons (drama) by Hoyt Richards
Joan of Arkansas (comedy) by Isabelle Davis
Known for (thriller) by Troy O’Connor
Labor Day Weekend (comedy) by Donna Gooden
Lotto (drama) by Joe Favalaro
Lucky For you (comedy) by Heidi Kozak Haddad
Marajuana Blues (thriller) by Richard Bailey
Madame Ram (biographical) by Isabelle Davis
Memoirs of A Stalker (thriller) by Alastair Gourlay
Mosaic (drama) by Steve Cross
My Brother Fruticake (dramedy) by Clyde Sawyer
Need To Know (drama) by Simon Craven
Paddy’s Tonsorial Emporium (drama) by Ronald Milburn
Pulpo Paul (comedy) by Rebeca Melara
Relative State (sci-fi) by DeAndra Stone
Retirement Road Trip (dramedy) by Joe Leone
Rocket Science (dramedy) by Stephen Ashworth
Shooting Angels (family) by Randall(RW) Hahn
Silent Knight (romantic comedy) by Todd A McGee
Silo Summer (dramedy) by Gabe Storment
Sunrise (drama) by Andres Valentin Lopez
The Mixteco Kid (family) by Miguel Orozco
The Crucified (thriller) by Garrett Beau McFarland
The Other Side of Solitary (comedy) by Scott Carelli & Nick Jimenez
The Plague Doctor (horror) by Ninon Schubert
The Supremes (drama) by Benny Jean-Baptiste
The Thing About Love (romantic comedy) by Steven Eatherton
Tiny, Texas (drama) by David Keenan
Tipsy Crow (horror) by Patrick Hatten
Untitled Penpal Project (comedy) by Haley Daniels
View From the 59th Floor (thriller) by Josh Taylor
Watching Dad (drama) by Bill Wells
Welcome To Sunnyfields (horror) by Tobias Tobbell
What the Night Leaves Behind (horror) by Rob Sheely
White Fell (horror) by Cole Burgett
Wilder (drama) by Jessie Holder Tourtellotte
Wrathwood (horror) by David Keogh

This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Iranian Filmmaker Ramin Niami.

He is the Writer/Director of the Horror/Thriller Eye Without A Face (2021).

They talk about that movie and what it is like starting as a filmmaker in a country like Iran.

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 399: With Ramin Niami.

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