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How to Ensure That Your Screenplay Fails

Everyone seems to focus on what you should do to succeed as a screenwriter. We are getting a little bored with that, so we decided to focus on…


BACK TO ASA INSIDERS HOME BACK TO SCREENWRITING TIPS and IDEAS SCREENWRITING CONTESTS- THE REAL SCOOP So you’ve written an awesome screenplay, edited it to the bone, all your friends thinks it amazing, and you are itching share it with the world. As you scour the screenwriting sites, the words “SCREENPLAY COMPETITION” leap off your […]


BACK TO ASA INSIDERS HOME BACK TO SCREENWRITING TIPS and IDEAS SOCIAL MEDIA and MARKETING Screenwriting is like many other self-employment pursuits- work hard, produce quality work, and then… what? Simple- marketing, marketing, marketing.  But what if you don’t have a marketing budget? Enter social media. There is no greater marketing “bang for the buck” […]


BACK TO ASA INSIDERS HOME BACK TO SCREENWRITING TIPS and IDEAS   YOUR WRITING CAREER: Are you as serious as you pretend?   As a youth I was raised to believe no one owes you anything. Therefore, I tend to look at situations in an objective view, instead of dealing mostly on feelings. Over the […]


BACK TO ASA INSIDERS HOME BACK TO SCREENWRITING TIPS and IDEAS   WHAT ARE IDEAS WORTH?… (“They Stole My Idea…Boo-Hoo”) By Dov Simon   So, somebody stole your idea! Do you have any idea how many times I hear that? I just can’t stand this whining anymore. I keep reading about someone, with a press […]


BACK TO ASA INSIDERS HOME BACK TO SCREENWRITING TIPS and IDEAS WRITING EFFECTIVE LOGLINES Here is more advice by Christopher Lockhart, Story Analyst at William Morris Endeavor Agency. It’s a lengthy article packed with useful information on constructing loglines, so take the time to read it thoroughly. A common tool utilized by both writers and […]

Will a copyright protect you? PART 2

In PART 1, we described what COPYRIGHT means and what it does. But are you REALLY protected? The answer is: yes and no. The exact second that you print a copy of your work, it receives the full force and protection of U.S. constitutional law. If someone (and it’s rare), steals your work, you have […]

Will a copyright protect you? PART 1

Is your screenplay, film, or other creative work protected? It depends. Although “Copyright” exists at the moment of creation, that alone does not protect your rights. Copyright law requires…


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Film Industry Resources

As a fellow screenwriter I understand the importance of staying in the know regarding my craft. Therefore, I am constantly researching useful resources to benefit myself, as well as others pursuing this art form. With that being said I want to share the following items with my subscribers. I hope you find them…


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