Should I hire a script consultant?

Should I hire a script consultant?
Mom said she’s already picturing your name in lights. Your girlfriend said she’s deciding what to wear to the Oscars when you accept your award for Best Original Screenplay. And your best friend said, “It’s cool, man.” It sounds like you have a winning script on your hands! But somehow, encouraging words from your family and friends don’t instill the confidence you’re craving in your final draft. That’s where a script consultant comes in. They’re highly debated in the industry, mostly for two… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Showing Love to SoCreate’s “Get Writing” Competition Entrants

Showing Love to SoCreate’s “Get Writing” Competition Entrants
SoCreate loves writers! And during the month of love, we wanted to show affection to our SoCreate community members around the globe who put in hard work on their screenplays for our “Get Writing” Screenwriting Competition. We asked the first handful of submitters to share some screenwriting love with the rest of our writing community, by telling us what it is that they LOVE about screenwriting. We hope their remarks spark inspiration in you and remind you why you tackle the art and craft of scr… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Fall in Love With These Romantic Movie Screenwriters

Fall in Love With These Romantic Movie Screenwriters
Love them or hate them, mushy films about love are here to stay. Whether you love love or can’t stand the site of heart-shaped candy, there’s something special to be said about the screenwriters who tug at our heartstrings with stories of finally meeting our someone. The following romance writers have found a place in the hearts of millions of viewers around the globe.   Casablanca “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” – Rick Blaine, Casablanca What… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

How to Copyright or Register Your Screenplay

How to Copyright or Register Your Screenplay
Please note: SoCreate gathered the following advice from online sources including the U.S. Copyright Office, Writers Guild of America, and Legal Zoom. It is presented for educational purposes only and should not be used as legal advice. Horror stories circle the screenwriting community: a writer spends months on a brilliant screenplay, submits it to production companies, and gets rejected outright. Ouch. Two years later, an eerily similar movie lands in theatres. And the writer’s heart lands i… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

How Do You Sell Your Screenplay? Screenwriter Jeanne V. Bowerman Weighs In

How Do You Sell Your Screenplay? Screenwriter Jeanne V. Bowerman Weighs In
Jeanne V. Bowerman, self-proclaimed “writer of things & scriptwriting therapist,” joined SoCreate at the Central Coast Writers Conference to talk it out. We are so appreciative of writers like Jeanne who help other writers! And she knows a thing to two about putting pen to paper: she’s the editor and online community manager of ScriptMag.com, and she also co-founded and moderates the weekly Twitter screenwriters chat, #ScriptChat. Jeanne gives consultations and lectures at conferences, pitc… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

SoCreate Announces Launch of Angular Playground V5.2

SoCreate Announces Launch of Angular Playground V5.2
SoCreate is thrilled to announce Angular Playground, V5.2, revamped and better than ever! Since launching the original open-source Angular Playground application in May 2017, we have improved the sandbox tool to feature an improved user interface, updated documentation, and better performance. And now, Angular Playground works with Angular 6 and Angular CLI 6. More new features include: The ability to install Angular Playground with ng (easy installation of the Angular Playground) Enable… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

What is a Beat in Screenwriting?

What is a Beat in Screenwriting?
In the film industry, the word beat gets thrown around all the time, and it doesn’t always mean the same thing. Beat holds various meanings when you’re talking about it in context of the screenplay, versus in context of the timing of a film. Confusing! Never fear, our breakdown is here. What is a beat in a screenplay? A beat in dialogue usually means the screenwriter wants to indicate a pause. It’s a theatrical term that you shouldn’t really use outright in your screenplay, because its seen… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Our FIRST-EVER Screenplay Contest - SoCreate's "Get Writing" Screenwriting Competition

Our FIRST-EVER Screenplay Contest - SoCreate's "Get Writing" Screenwriting Competition
Calling ALL Screenwriters - professional, aspiring, or just interested!  Would you like to win yourself a new laptop? Like a MacBook Air, a Windows Surface Laptop, or Surface Pro? Because we would LOVE to give one away!Our SoCreate team is proud to announce the FIRST-EVER SoCreate "Get Writing" Screenwriting Competition! All entries must be submitted electronically through our official FilmFreeway page or our official Coverfly page. Entries will be accepted starting on January 4, 2019 at 8:00… Read this article »
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How Do I Sell My Screenplay? Screenwriter Donald H. Hewitt Weighs In

How Do I Sell My Screenplay? Screenwriter Donald H. Hewitt Weighs In
You finished your screenplay. Now what? You probably want to sell it! Working screenwriter Donald H. Hewitt recently sat down to let us mine his knowledge on the topic. Donald has 17 years of industry experience and has earned writer credits on Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films. Now, he also helps other screenwriters with their own careers, teaching students how to construct a solid structure, compelling logline, and dynamic characters for their screenplays.   Donald is best known for hi… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Screenwriters Panel: Screenwriting Agents Want You!

Screenwriters Panel: Screenwriting Agents Want You!
SoCreate sat down with a panel of respected screenwriters at the Central Coast Writers’ Conference to discuss agents: how does a screenwriter get one? Weighing in on the topic – shown in the video below – is screenwriter Peter Dunne (CSI, Melrose Place, Nowhere Man, Sybil), Doug Richardson (Die Hard 2, Hostage, Money Train, Bad Boys), and Tom Schulman (Dead Poets Society, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Welcome to Mooseport, What About Bob). We were thrilled to get access to these accomplished writers… Read this article »
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