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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Story Into Screenplay Update: Surveys, Screenwriting and Savings

First off, I would like to thank everyone that took part in the Story Into Screenplay survey last month. I appreciate your input and will try to develop the blog and the overall web site into a useful and entertaining resource for screenwriters at all levels. I would also like to thank all of those who took advantage of the free one-hour consulting sessions. I appreciate your questions and I hope that you'll also take advantage of the discounted sessions available in August.

New Screenwriting Projects

A major reason why I haven't posted any blog entries recently has been that I've been working on several promising projects. I have a new project that was shot earlier this month and will be submitted to the upcoming Cinespace project I mentioned in a previous post. The project is scheduled to be turned in July 31 and will be eligible for screening at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival in November.

I'm also working closely with a Houston-area director and producer on a short sci-fi script. Casting auditions will take place this week, with shooting scheduled for September. Assuming that all of these projects come through, I'll have three short films based on my scripts completed by the end of 2015 to add to my filmography.

Summer of Screenwriting Opportunities

I've also had some meetings on some potential TV projects. I'm not yet at liberty to discuss the details, but these projects look like they could be fun and reach a wide audience. I will also have an interview posted on the Fountain of Youth “Summer Into Screenplay” program  for young screenwriters in August.

As you can see, it's been a busy summer already for me. However, as vacation season winds down, days get shorter, and kids go back to school, you may look back at your summer and see that you didn't accomplish as many of your screenwriting goals as you wanted. While the end of summer can be full of distractions, it can also offer some unique opportunities.

Story Into Screenplay Loyal Readers Program

Loyal Story Into Screenplay readers can qualify for both a FREE one-hour consulting session and a discount on continuing sessions. The normal price for one-on-one consulting sessions is $50 per hour. The Loyal Reader Discount entitles you to an initial FREE session and continuing sessions at $40 per hour, a 20 percent discount from the standard rate.

How to Qualify for the Loyal Reader Discount :
1. Are you reading this right now?
If you answer, “Yes,” congratulations! You qualify for the Loyal Reader Discount!

All you have to do is email your contact information and screenwriting goals to storyintoscreenplayblog[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject “Loyal Reader Discount”. Houston-area Loyal Readers can schedule a face-to-face meeting. Loyal Readers outside the Houston area can schedule a phone consultation.

You must book your FREE consultation appointment by Saturday, August 15. Your FREE consultation will include:

  • Discussing your screenwriting education and experience.
  • Assessing your screenwriting goals
  • Finding your strengths and weaknesses as a screenwriter
  • Demonstrating my screenwriting strategies
  • Determining the best strategy for future screenwriting consultations

After the FREE consultation, you will be eligible to receive your first paid consultation session at the discounted rate. When you book your first paid consultation by Monday, August 31, all your subsequent consultation sessions will be at the discounted rate. Any initial paid consultations booked after August 31 will be at the full rate.

How to Receive the Loyal Reader Discount:

  1. Email storyintoscreenplayblog[at]gmail[dot]com.
  2. Enter “Loyal Reader Discount” in the subject line.
  3. Include your contact name, phone number, screenwriting goals and schedule availability in the message.

In the future, the Loyal Reader program will also include discounts on coverage reports, script analysis and much more. You can also sign up for our email list or Like us on Facebook to get the latest updates.

You can also check out the blog of Bay Area screenwriter Paul Zeidman at Maximum Z. I had the pleasure of chatting with Paul a few weeks ago. His blog offers some great insights into his own screenwriting efforts.

For my next entry, I'll discuss how the recent Pixar movie Inside Out shows that "emotional depth" is not always necessary for creating strong characters.

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