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FIVE WAYS TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING IN 2017(And Good Freaking Riddance, 2016) By Jim Cirile, CEO, Coverage Ink Ahoy, fellow scribes! We’re finally done with 2016, that blizzard of putrescence – and not a minute too soon. Some of the lowlights: Trump, DNC chicanery, and Wikileaks revealing that Citicorp had selected Obama’s entire cabinet, […]


I CAN GET YOU SIGNED (But I Probably Won’t)…..By Jim Cirile…..Okay, that snarky title is going to require some ‘splainin’, to quote the great Ricky Ricardo. Truth is, pretty much anyone who knows a few people in the biz can probably help get you signed — a working writer, an assistant, an intern, whatever. Because […]


Rama-lama-lama-lamaby Sean A. MulvihillWriter, Actor, IMDB CreditFounder of Hollywood Happiness We go together like rama-lama-lama-lama-shoo-bop-doo-boo-bee-dooTogether forever like shoo-bop-shoo-wanna-wanna-shoopity-boop-dee-booChang-chang-changity-chang-shoo-bopThat’s the way it should be-eee. Wahoo-yeah!–“We Go Together from Grease the musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey   Like the above song from Grease, the elements of structure and surprise “go together” and are inseparable in […]


MY COLD SLAP IN THE FACE By Steven Kirwan, Executive Director, ASA I have been working on my screenplay, “Hard Drive,” methodically and diligently for over a year. I wrote, then rewrote, and then rewrote again. I shared my writing in peer groups and table reads, took copious note, and then re-wrote again. And again. […]


By Jim Cirile, CEO/Founder of Coverage Ink. Every year I moderate the Agents/Managers Hot Sheet panel at Scriptfest (aka Pitchfest), which is always a ton of fun and super informative — hearing how it really is from the tops reps in the biz, that’s pure freaking gold. Two years ago I asked the panel, what […]


FIVE KEY STEPS TO WRITING GREAT DIALOGUE We frequently discuss the pitfalls of stilted dialogue. It’s a problem that hounds many screenwriters, especially our less experienced brothers and sisters. We will explore some of the do’s and don’ts of writing dialogue, but the entire solution can be summed up in one short sentence:Write like people […]


Throughout the history of literature, protagonists have been the “heroes” of the story. Please note that I mean “hero” with a small “h.” Not necessarily a “superhero,” but rather the character who faces the central problem in the story and overcomes all of the roadblocks in order to succeed. Movies were no exception. In fact, […]


You’ve seen them- those amazing films where you sit at the edge of your seat. As a screenwriter, achieving that level of suspense and excitement can turn a good script into something special.

Are Screenwriters Becoming Obsolete?

In a recent editorial, Peter Bart, EVP and Editorial Director for Variety, postulated that writers are becoming obsolete. Just take a look at the credits from most of the new movies made these days, and you will likely find the credits for direct or producer to be that same as the screenwriter. That is not […]


The fastest way to prevent interest in your screenplay is to use incorrect formatting. Given the simplicity and nearly flawless execution of modern screenwriting software, failure to adhere to the formatting norms is a fast track to the round file.


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