Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tracking Board to Guest on #Scriptchat May 3rd!

Tracking Board @MyTrackingBoard does so much more than just track the comings and going of spec scripts. It's a place where writers get discovered. Their Launch Pad Competition is unprecedented in its success of getting writers repped and projects launched.

Check out their success stories!
Note: You do not need to be a member to enter their competitions

Jake Wagner @JakeWagnerLA, manager at Benderspink and past Scriptchat guest, said this about Launch Pad: (Read his full interview for great career advice.)
It is my favourite contest right now. It’s definitely the hottest contest for finding new talent. Just the volume of great talent Launch Pad is finding is more then some of the other great contests out there. I feel like they’ve got the hot hand.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the scripts. I’m going to read them all right away. I’m excited to see who in that stack of scripts is going to be the next big undiscovered writer, or writers hopefully.
But what also matters is what the writers feel who have experienced the true power of someone opening a door for them...
“I joined Tracking Board initially just to get the latest insider news, but it wasn’t long before I discovered there existed a great community of writers from all different stages of their careers to boot. But of course, the most impressive aspect of Tracking Board (as I found out, in a bit of a whirlwind process), was its ability to provide an “in” for outsiders like myself. What I mean is — not everyone lives in L.A., not everyone “knows someone” in the business. But I have always believed that great writing is great writing, and no matter where you’re from, or what your background is — if you want it bad enough, and work hard enough, it will show and good things will happen eventually. TB is the perfect example of a team that not only understands this, but has the resources, screenwriting understanding, and connections to make it happen for literally ANY writer, provided they can bring the goods. My script was Recommended on a Friday, and within a matter of hours, I had a half dozen parties from Hollywood wanting to talk to me. The next e-mail I got — was a list of no less than 40 different managers, agents, and production companies (all from the very top tiers) interested in my TB Recommended script. Trust me when I say these guys can and will gladly be the ambassadors to your screenwriting dreams.”
Dan Dollar — Writer of “The Boy and His Tiger” (In Development at Warner Bros./Appian Way/Romark/Vertigo)
One of our Scriptchat co-founders, Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, was selected in Tracking Board's Features Launch Pad Top 25 in 2014. Here's some excerpts from her two-part interview (Part 1 and Part 2) on TB's site:
I started getting emails from the Tracking Board team and absorbing with each email what placing in Launch Pad really means. And what this team of people at Tracking Board are about and what they’re mission is—to launch careers. Every other contest is just about that one script that you entered. That script gets sent out to people and that’s it. It’s like you live or die by that one writing sample.
The Tracking Board is not like that. One of the first questions they asked me was, “What else have you got?” They wanted to package me and the other writers in terms of getting together your bio, profile picture and a list of projects that you’re working on. They asked what you have that’s of this same caliber and what other ideas do you have that might be marketable. That’s what they go out with—you as a package, not just this one project. It’s a completely unique experience and competition.

The Launch Pad is the one competition where your prize is something far more valuable than money – it’s a champion for you and your work. In my group, 17 or 18 of the 25 writers are repped now.

Tracking Board doesn’t pat you on the back and let you go after that one project. They want to launch your career. This is a long-term relationship. That’s how they’re different.

All the top agencies have read my script, know my work and are waiting for me to hand them that marketable screenplay to get my overall career off the ground, ultimately paving the way for a project like Slavery by Another Name. I just have to call Tracking Board and say I’m ready, here’s a new script. They’ll review it, make sure it’s solid, and they’ll go out with it. It’s like having reps even though I don’t have a rep. And having champions in this industry is more important than anything.
Get more information on the TV Pilot Launch Pad that's on now and the upcoming Features Launch Pad starting May 31st!

Don't miss Sunday's chat 5pm PST! 
Best place to chat is here.
Chat instructions here

Scriptchat members get 25% OFF membership to Tracking Board! 
Deets on how to get your discount here

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Julie Bush Transcript - April 26, 2015

Julie Bush @julie_bush (THE DISH, SONS OF ANARCHY) guested on #scriptchat with Zac Sanford @zacsanford moderating. Enjoy the transcript below!

Read the transcript below or on the Storify site.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Rewrite & Feedback Tips Transcript - April 19, 2015

How do you know when your script is done? We shared rewriting tips and advice on taking feedback notes. Dive into our writers' lessons before submitting your next script! Enjoy! @jeannevb

Read transcript below or on Storify site.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Signe Olynyk and Bob Schultz of Great American Pitchfest to Guest Sunday March 29th

Great American Pitchfest @ThePitchfest is an amazing opportunity for screenwriters to network, learn and pitch their projects to Hollywood executives.

Before you opine that pitching events are a "ripoff," I urge you to read my personal experiences with them on the benefits of attending them. There's more value in these events than you realize...
Balls of Steel: Screenwriting Pitchfests - Ripoff or Opportunity?

If you want to know more about navigating pitching events and conferences, don't miss this Sunday's Scriptchat with Signe Olynyk @Screenwriter12 and Bob Schultz @PitchfestBob.

Sunday, March 29th at 5:00PM PST (8:00PM EST)
Best site to chat is here.
Full chat instructions are here.

ScriptFest and the Great American PitchFest have joined forces to create the ultimate screenwriting event.

ScriptFest is a conference that kicks off on Friday night with a master class intensive, followed by a full day of screenwriting panels, workshops, roundtables, networking parties, and our latest addition of the Pitch Alley (pitch to executives on Saturday AND Sunday) – all day Saturday.

The Great American PitchFest is held on Sunday, featuring approximately 100 production companies, agents, managers, and other industry professionals seeking material to option, and writers to hire, manage, and represent. Find the connections you need and develop the skills for your screenwriting career to move forward during this life changing weekend.

Friday, May 29, 2015 – Master Class & Opening Night Reception

Saturday, May 30 – dozens of classes & panels as well as several half day master classes, parties, and other events for writers. You can also pitch in our new PITCH ALLEY where dozens of execs will be available to hear your pitch.

Sunday, May 31 – a full day of pitch meetings for writers with Agents, Managers, Production Companies, Investors, Distributors, & other industry professionals, as well as our Executive Luncheon, and the Sweet Taste of Success Cocktail Party.

Watch this Screenwriting Conference Essentials Webinar by @jeannevb to help you make the most of your Great American Pitchfest experience!

Download a pitchfest checklist to be sure you're fully prepared! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Adapting Scripts into Novels - Transcript March 22, 2015

We had a great chat tonight on using your screenplays as outlines for novels. Why not get your story out there and enjoyed while you're hustling them to Hollywood execs? Read on for some great tips and insights into reverse adaptation. Enjoy! @jeannevb

Read the transcript below or on the Storify site.