Celebrating The Screenwriters of Summer ‘99

Celebrating The Screenwriters of Summer ‘99
Ahhhh, summer of 1999. I was a young teenager, sneakily watching R-rated movies at my friends’ houses, listening to Britney Spears, and trying to decipher adult whispers about Y2k. Were we all going to die? Meanwhile, brilliant things were happening in Hollywood. If the world had ended that year, at least we’d be leaving a bevy of fantastic films behind. That year was simply a great year for movies, so let’s relive those glory days with a recap of six of the summer ’99 cinematic greats and the s… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Let’s Hear it for Zachary Rowell, SoCreate’s “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes Winner

Let’s Hear it for Zachary Rowell, SoCreate’s “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes Winner
From nearly 5,000 entries, we are proud to introduce you to 28-year-old Zachary Rowell, SoCreate’s “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes winner! Over the next three months (October 2019-December 2019), we’ll pay Zachary’s bills so he can focus on writing a feature-length screenplay, instead of focusing on finances. The best part is that you get to follow along as he does it! Zachary made the risky choice to move to California two years ago from his small hometown in Texas to pursue his scre… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Enter the SoCreate "So, Write Your Bills Away" Sweepstakes!

Enter the SoCreate "So, Write Your Bills Away" Sweepstakes!
Wish You Could Work Less, and Write More? We wanted to know: What do screenwriters really need to succeed? Talent, of course. Perseverance, yes. Connections, you betcha. But there's that other big thing – you know, the luxury of time to write? We know so many of you are working more than one job to make ends meet, writing during odd hours, and struggling to balance it all. Wouldn’t it be great if you just had more time? Well, we’re here for you screenwriters, and to prove it, we’re… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

When is a Good Time to Show Your Screenplay? This Screenwriter Reveals His First Draft Strategies

When is a Good Time to Show Your Screenplay? This Screenwriter Reveals His First Draft Strategies
As a screenwriter, it can be difficult to know when it’s time to seek feedback on your script. You’ve toiled over it for a long time, presumably, and sometimes feedback can send you right back to the drawing board. So, is it better to show your rough draft to someone early to catch problems before you spend more time writing, or wait until you’ve refined your screenplay? Strategies vary. Oscar-winning screenwriter Nick Vallelonga told me he NEVER shows a script to anyone until it’s complete bec… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Announcing 25 Semi-Finalists for SoCreate's "So, Write Your Bills Away" Sweepstakes

Announcing 25 Semi-Finalists for SoCreate's "So, Write Your Bills Away" Sweepstakes
DRUMROLL Please … We received nearly 5,000 entries from writers who are ready to write their bills away! Here are the top 25 semi-finalists, drawn randomly from all the entries and bonus entries. These top 25 now must submit a cover letter, letter of recommendation, and screenwriting sample for consideration. We’ll select ONE winner on August 30, who will receive $3,000 per month for 3 months to pay their bills so they can finish a 90-120 page screenplay while the writing community follows alon… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Need to Get Away? Use This Screenwriting Event as a Very Good Excuse

Need to Get Away? Use This Screenwriting Event as a Very Good Excuse
This one’s for our worn-out writer friends, and especially those of you who live within driving distance to the Central Coast of California! Here’s a chance to recharge your batteries AND learn a ton from professional screenwriters. It’s almost time for the Central Coast Writer’s Conference. Registration is now open for this three-day event, September 26-28, 2019 in beautiful San Luis Obispo. We’re biased, A) because we live here and B) because we’re big backers of this conference, but you can… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

An Oscar-Winning Screenwriter and a Playwright Walk into SoCreate …

An Oscar-Winning Screenwriter and a Playwright Walk into SoCreate …
… but it’s no joke! The only punchline here is in the wise words that two-time 2019 Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Nick Vallelonga (The Green Book) and popular playwright Kenny D’Aquila bestowed upon us during a recent visit to SoCreate’s headquarters in San Luis Obispo. They gave us a ton of a great feedback on the SoCreate Screenwriting Platform and taught us a few tricks of the trade while they were here (more videos on that later). We were honored to host these two partners in crime. Unorganized… Read this article »
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Microsoft Adds SoCreate’s Open Source Projects to Service Fabric Best Practices

Microsoft Adds SoCreate’s Open Source Projects to Service Fabric Best Practices
We may be considered a small software company, but our team is doing BIG things in the industry. Microsoft just added two of SoCreate’s open source projects to its Service Fabric guide for best practices.   Mark Fussell, Group Program Manager for Microsoft Azure, recently invited SoCreate’s Chief Engineer Jami Lurock to give Microsoft staff a demo on SoCreate Service Fabric Distributed Cache and SoCreate Service Fabric Pub/Sub over a web conference. SoCreate built these open source projects a… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Writers Vallelonga & D'Aquila: Chip Away at Your Script Until It Looks Like 2 Oscars

Writers Vallelonga & D'Aquila: Chip Away at Your Script Until It Looks Like 2 Oscars
It’s hard to give titles to Nick Vallonga and Kenny D’Aquila. For our purposes here, we’ll call them screenwriters, but this pair is multi-talented. You can barely stand next to them and NOT be inspired to do something creative. You probably know Vallelonga from his two-time Oscar win at the 2019 Academy Awards (no big deal!), both for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture for “Green Book.” The film is based on the true story of Vallelonga’s father Tony Lip, who toured the south with fame… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Bright and Early: Darryl Yeo Joins SoCreate's Software Engineering Team

Bright and Early: Darryl Yeo Joins SoCreate's Software Engineering Team
To say Darryl Yeo is a high-achiever is an understatement. As a Cal Poly University freshman, Darryl is the youngest member of our software engineering team. However, what our newest intern lacks in years on earth, he makes up for through his dedicated, industrious approach to learn-by-doing.   “I was hooked into computer programming when I was introduced to Scratch in 5th grade,” Darryl said. Scratch, a project of the MIT Media Lab, allows users to program their own interactive stories, game… Read this article »
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“Don’t be precious,” and More Advice from Screenwriter Adam G. Simon

“Don’t be precious,” and More Advice from Screenwriter Adam G. Simon
From Hollywood to Pakistan, screenwriters from around the globe tuned in to our Instagram Story to ask screenwriter Adam G. Simon questions about how to get their screenwriting careers off the ground.   “I love contributing because no one really helped me,” he told the writing community. “I want more people to succeed. I want more people in. I want more people creating ideas. Before I broke in, I had negative 150 dollars in my bank account and a bag of scripts. It put me in a position where I h… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

How Much Money Does a Screenwriter Make? We Asked 5 Professional Writers

How Much Money Does a Screenwriter Make? We Asked 5 Professional Writers
For most, writing is less of a job and more of a passion. But wouldn’t it be ideal if we could all make a living in a field that we are passionate about? It’s not impossible to get paid to do what you love, if you’re willing to accept the reality: there’s not much stability for writers who choose this path. We asked five expert writers how much money the average writer can expect to earn. The answer? Well, it’s as diverse as the backgrounds of our experts. Per the Writers Guild of America Wes… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Writer Jonathan Maberry Talks Finding Representation

Writer Jonathan Maberry Talks Finding Representation
As a New York Times best-selling author and five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, Jonathan Maberry is an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to the storytelling business. He’s written comic books, magazine articles, plays, anthologies, novels and more. And while he wouldn’t call himself a screenwriter, this writer does have onscreen projects in the works. V-Wars, based on Jonathan’s best-selling franchise by the same name, is headed for Netflix this year. And Alcon Entertainment just bought th… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Say What?! Screenwriting Terms and Meanings

Say What?! Screenwriting Terms and Meanings
Expert screenwriters say one of the best ways to learn to write a screenplay is to read screenplays that have been produced. You may come across some unfamiliar terms while doing this, especially if you’re new to the craft. We’ve put together a quick read for you to refer to when you come across a word or acronym you don’t understand. These are also good to know when you dive into your screenplay masterpiece, of course! ActionShowing through action is generally better than telling through dia… Read this article »
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$100k Investment Shows Support for Startups in SLO

$100k Investment Shows Support for Startups in SLO
“Why is SoCreate in SLO?” “There’s not much tech in that area.” “Wouldn’t it be easier if you were located in the Bay? Or LA?” “Where is the heck San Luis Obispo?” “S-L-O. Like slow, like a snail?” And the questions go on and on. Between media interviews, out-of-area conferences, and friends and family, I’ve been asked any number of questions about my experience working for a screenwriting software startup in little ol’ San Luis Obispo. But after attending the Central California Angel Con… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

4 Common Dialogue Problems in a Script

4 Common Dialogue Problems in a Script
Screenplays are meant to be taut, precise, almost effortless reads. But there are common dialogue problems that muddy a screenplay’s purity, leaving your reader trudging through page after page of gobbledygook. Luckily these issues are easy to spot during a rewrite. Take a read through four common dialogue problems that you can probably find (and fix) right now. 1. Fluffy Dialogue We recently wrapped the SoCreate “Get Writing” One-Page Screenplay Competition, and the results are fascinating. W… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

How a Homeless PA Inspired Filmmaker Noel Braham to Write Screenplays That Matter

How a Homeless PA Inspired Filmmaker Noel Braham to Write Screenplays That Matter
Filmmaker Noel Braham was wrapping up a night of production on his second short, The Millennial, when he was confronted with a story that gripped him at the heart. The inspiration was sitting right there. “I had a production assistant helping me out pro-bono … working tirelessly, without complaining. The guy was amazing to work with.” Braham offered to drive the PA home, and at first, the PA declined. “He said just drop me off at the train station, and I said no, I’m going to give you a ride ba… Read this article »
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Calling All Screenwriters: Help Us Help You!

Calling All Screenwriters: Help Us Help You!
Hey screenwriters, beginners to experts! We want to know more about you. How can we provide better content and better support where and when you need it? Help us make the SoCreate Screenwriting Platform and Community the best it can be by filling out the survey below. Your individual answers will be kept private, and your name will be anonymous. Thanks in advance for being part of our mission to revolutionize screenwriting! Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Producer David Alpert on How to Take the Weird and Make It Great

Producer David Alpert on How to Take the Weird and Make It Great
Somewhere between selling 6,000 comic books a month as a high school student, and producing the mega-hit The Walking Dead, David Alpert has learned a thing or two about “Taking the Weird and Making it Great.” And he shared those lessons at a tell-all evening of the same title during a recent visit to San Luis Obispo County. The event was the first in a series of Creative Chats at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles. While best known for The Walking Dead franchise, Alpert also found success produ… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

SLO International Film Fest Brings in Big Talent in 2019

SLO International Film Fest Brings in Big Talent in 2019
Movies Matter! For 25 years, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival has been singing that tune, and 2019 will be no different. For the fest’s silver celebration, organizers are bringing in films that address politics, environment, women’s rights, and more. “We aren’t saving the world,” said Executive Director Wendy Lewis, “but we are definitely impacting the way audiences see the world.” And that sentiment is what keeps SoCreate going back year after year, as both sponsor and guest of S… Read this article »
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