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Irresistible Pitching: Get Ready for Pitch Slam

Irresistible Pitching: Get Ready for Pitch Slam

Have you got what it takes to sell your story in just two minutes?  Can you consistently deliver a razor- sharp, got-have-it pitch to executive and agents all day long?   It takes more than a great idea to get a read request; it takes a great pitching process.  Discover the step-by-step pitching system that earned 63 read requests at just two pitch fests.  Screenwriters  Troy Hunter and Geof Miller developed this system and used it to launch their careers.  They currently have three scripts optioned in Hollywood and just landed their first paid writing assignment! You can use the exact same system to attract a frenzy of read requests and develop a professional reputation at the...

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Turn writing from a dream into a habit

Turn writing from a dream into a habit

By Geof Miller and Troy Hunter Writer’s block: the epic struggle with the blank page.  The writer sits at the typewriter in despair, a wastebasket overflowing with crumpled-up pages.  Writer’s block sucks.  Of course, there’s an even more insidious ailment for aspiring writers.  It called “not writing.” You can banish writer’s block and not-writing.  You can fill a blank page with useful material—scenes, treatments, character bios—anytime, anyplace.  You can turn your writing on like you turn on a light switch.  What is this miracle?  Psychotherapy?  Hypnosis?  Bourbon?  Nope, it’s this: Digital kitchen timer.  $12.99 at Walgreens.  Keep it in your messenger b...

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Geof and Troy on Twitter

Geof and Troy on Twitter

What’s it like to work on four Hollywood scripts at once? Is development really hell? When do you have time to write? We figured if we wanted to know, you might too.  It’s hard to believe, but we talked screenwriters Geof Miller and Troy Hunter into stealing moments away from writing scripts to write tweets instead. Starting today, the boys will tweet regularly from the Sceneplay account. Just follow @sceneplayco on Twitter to get exclusive updates on their adventures in Hollywood. With four deals in the pipeline there’s always something cool happening! The trouble is with so many scripts, treatments, and ideas in the mix it can get confusing.  So we’ve put together a legend b...

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The Failure Bow

The Failure Bow

Genius improviser, teacher, actor and occasional auctioneer, Matt Smith, gives a touching talk at TEDx Bellevue.  Check it out.  A lot of the fundamentals we use and teach at Sceneplay were learned from him.          

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Oktoberfest for Pitching

Oktoberfest for Pitching

It must be October.  Golden leaves drop and weave their way to the earth.  Baseball games displace our favorite TV shows.  Perfectly rational adults dress in lederhosen and drink microbrews under white plastic canopies. But for a sure sign it’s October, nothing beats the tightly controlled insanity of screenwriters piling into hotel conference rooms and peppering executives with movie ideas over and over.  And over and over. Yet we mock those in lederhosen.  Go figure. To the brave souls about to pitch, we hoist our tankards in salute.   Here’s Sceneplay’s sampling of premium pitch festivals this month.  We’ve borrowed a little brewing nomenclature to help you better separat...

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Irresistible Pitching Debuts!

Irresistible Pitching Debuts!

Tweet Geof and Troy! Tweet #GaT Whew!  It’s been a crazy ride getting ready to debut Geof and Troy’s new Irresistible Pitching System.  We finally launched yesterday after a few technical glitches, but now it’s going great. I’m really proud of the guys.  They worked hard, made me laugh, and still managed to put together a great tutorial for screenwriters. Now that this is toddling along on its own, I can get back to regular blogging.  Since some of you may be planning to attend InkTip’s Pitch Summit IV this weekend I’ll see if I can get a few juicy tips from Geof and Troy and post them later today or tomorrow. Meanwhile, here’s some material from...

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Jane Lynch and the Power of “Yes, and…”

Jane Lynch and the Power of “Yes, and…”

There’s a trick to good improv.  It’s the same trick we often use to crack open scenes at Sceneplay.  It’s called “Yes, and...”. In an improvised scene one actor offers a piece of information or an action.  The job of the second actor is to accept the offer as fact and add something new to the mix.  For example, if one actor tells another he’s wearing a pink tutu, then the second actor might say it’s for the father-daughter ballet class.  He’s affirmed the suggestion and moved the scene forward at the same time. Failing to accept an offer is called blocking and it’s the fastest way to kill a scene.  Imagine the second actors says instead, “No, I am...

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Irresistible Pitching: How to Attract a Frenzy of Read Requests

Irresistible Pitching: How to Attract a Frenzy of Read Requests

  Get the incredible Pitch Frenzy System from two working screenwriters who recently got three Hollywood deals in 10 days.  These master pitchmen statistically average one read request every time they sit down for a meeting at a pitch fest.   With their consistent, reliable, and repeatable system , you’ll discover: A new way to think about pitching that turns every pitch fest into a request frenzy How to get readers to start saying yes and keep saying yes throughout the pitch The secret 6 step formula for pitching that makes it almost impossible not to get a read request The surprising goal you have at a pitch fest that’s killing your chances for a read The single biggest tu...

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Pitch Fests: One Down Four to Go!

Pitch Fests:  One Down Four to Go!

In a little less than two weeks the Great American Pitch Fest gets underway in L.A.  If you need a reminder of which fests happen when check out our Top 5 List. To help you better prepare we’re planning a FREE webinar with a screenwriting team that has a phenomenal hit rate at pitch fests and in the producer’s office.  The pair got requests for a total of 41 reads at a single pitch fest last year.  Statistically speaking that’s a one request for a read every time they sat down at a table.  Recently the duo pitched and optioned three different scripts in 10 days.  If you’d like to know their secrets, be sure to get on our mailing list now or look for the webinar sign up soon. Yo...

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Record Nicholl Fellowship Submissions

Record Nicholl Fellowship Submissions

If you’d like to have a visceral experience of the power of cinema to unite the world, check out the cool interactive map on the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting page. Arguably the most prestigious of the screenwriting contests, the Nicholl competition received nearly 7,200 submissions this year.  Entries came from 66 countries around the world.  The map is colored coded and breaks down entries by state, region, or the country of origin. Not surprisingly, New York and California top the list for number of submissions with more than 750 each. But for me, the real story is how people across the globe believe they have something important to say and want to say it through a...

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I still think your workshop...was one of the greatest things to happen to my writing; it had me seeing the written word in ways that opened up new and creative horizons. Thanks.

Jill Hoven
Writer

It was very well structured. The improvisation was magical. The actors really worked with character motivations and goals and took them to another level.

JoAnne Edwards
Writer

All four performers were terrific and I loved everyone's instincts, knowledge and professionalism. I felt I learned a lot, not just about how to improve my scene but how to make my screenplay better over all.

Karen Walton-Rolls
Writer

A storyboard of the scene was perhaps the most surprising and useful tool! It was absolutely inspiring!

Olesia Shewchuk
Writer

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