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Welcome to Indie Film Hustle Screenwriting Resources page, a list of products and services I've personally used and test. I wanted to create a resource page that you can always come to for all your screenwriting needs. I'll continue to add as I find new and exciting services and products that will help you along your writing journey. 

 

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SCREENWRITING SERVICES

BULLETPROOF SCRIPT COVERAGE

GET YOUR SCREENPLAYS READ BY INDUSTRY PROS WHO WILL GIVE YOU CONSTRUCTIVE NOTES
You only get one shot to impress an agent or producer. Make it count. Our script coverage focuses on the kind of screenplay you wrote. Whether your script is written for a Micro-Budget, the Indie Film Market, of the Studio System we have you covered. Why have a reader used to covering Studio Tent-pole scripts cover your Micro-budget screenplay? GET PROFESSIONAL SCRIPT COVERAGE THAT ACTUALLY MATTERS TO YOUR SCREENPLAY!

SCREENWRITING MENTORSHIP

DO YOU NEED HELP WALKING THE SCREENWRITING PATH?
At We Fix Your Script, we go beyond "fixing" scripts. We mentor writers as well. Everyone needs an expert what been down the path you're traveling, someone who knows the hazards ahead. That's where we come in. Our consultants are professional screenwriters with years of experience, and they are excited to work with you on a one-on-one basis. They will use their proven skillset and experience to help take you and your work to the next level. Whether it be concept development, writing your first feature, rewriting a tv pilot, crafting a bible, or creating a one-sheet synopsis. Our mentors will provide a professional eye and share their trade secrets of the craft.

STORY CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

NEED TO FLUSH OUT YOUR COCEPT AND TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL?
Struggling with where to go next? Don't worry, we got you! This is what we're here for. Our experts are excited and ready to help develop your project. Let the frustration or panic go as you work one on one with your consultant. Discuss and brainstorm your concept, logline, story, or even pitch as you develop your script over a productive 60-minute webcam meeting.

SCRIPT DOCTOR - CLEAN AND POLISH

NEED A SCRIPT DOCTOR TO COME IN AND HELP BRING NEW LIFE TO YOUR SCREENPLAY?
This is what we are known for, fixing scripts. We have several avenues to work with from the lightest of touches to a virtual page one rewrite. Ultimately our goal is to make your script ready for any festival, contest producer, manager, or agent. We have multiple packages depending on your needs. From a Basic Clean up to a Heavy Polish.

LOGLINE, SYNOPSIS & TREATMENT ANALYSIS

WE HELP YOU WORK ON YOUR LOGLINE, SYNOPSIS & TREATMENTS
A solid logline, synopsis, & treatment which shine are imperative to getting your script read and even optioned by a producer. Our experts have put the time in and they know what works. This is the first step. Whether you are interested in a polish, rewrite, or having one of our master screenwriters create it, then we must first evaluate your work. This includes one page of notes which discusses the next step needed whether it be a simple polish, rewrite, or more. A Logline and Synopsis aren't just about boiling down your script into a single line or one page of content. It's about making an industry professional want to read your treatment or screenplay. Leave that to us. Our experts will develop a logline designed to industry standards and an intriguing 1 - 2 page synopsis which will make you excited to pitch your work.

SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE

FINAL DRAFT

#1 SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE
This software automatically formats and paginates screenplays and teleplays to entertainment industry standards. Final Draft is the industry standard, if you write in Hollywood, you are probably using this software. Industry giants such as James Cameron, JJ Abrams, and Aaron Sorkin recommend using Final Draft to write your screenplay.

CELTX

BEST FREE SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE
Celtx uses an industry standard screenwriting editor typical for screenplays, stageplays, AV scripts, comic books or radio plays. Celtx also includes a rich text editor module for writing novels. Celtx is FREE for scriptwriting and is only $9.99 per month for the crazy additional production and storyboarding features.

SCRIVENER 2

AMAZING OUTLINE AND FORMATTING PROGRAM
Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. Writing a screenplay involves more than hammering away at the keys until you’re done. Collecting research, ordering fragmented ideas, shuffling index cards in search of that elusive structure—most writing software is fired up only after much of the hard work is done.

HIGHLAND

DISTRACTION FREE SCRIPT WRITING SOFTWARE
Highland is the award-winning screenplay editor that lets you focus on the words, not margins. Designed by screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory) and his team, Highland is the better way to write movies and television. You write. Highland handles the formatting. Along the way Highland turns your words into a perfectly-formatted screenplay, ready for export as an FDX or PDF.

ONLINE COURSES

Screenwriting Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin wrote his first movie on cocktail napkins. Those napkins turned into A Few Good Men, starring Jack Nicholson. Now, the Academy Award winning writer of The West Wing and The Social Network is teaching screenwriting. You’ll learn his rules of storytelling, dialogue, character development, and what makes a script actually sell. By the end, you'll write unforgettable screenplays.

Television Writing Masterclass with Shonda Rhimes

When Shonda Rhimes pitched Grey’s Anatomy she got so nervous she had to start over. Twice. Since then, she has created and produced TV’s biggest hits. In her class, Shonda teaches you how to create compelling characters, write a pilot, pitch your idea, and stand out in the writers’ room. You’ll also get original pilot scripts, pitch notes, and series bibles from her shows. Welcome to Shondaland.

Dramatic Writing Masterclass with David Mamet

David Mamet sat in on a poker game full of thieves and left with the inspiration for American Buffalo. Now, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Glengarry Glen Ross takes you through his process for turning life's strangest moments into dramatic art. He'll teach you the rules of drama, the nuances of dialogue, and the skills to develop your own voice and create your masterpiece.

Screenwriting and Story Blueprint: The Hero's Two Journeys

In more than 4½ hours of lecture, discussion and Q&A, Michael Hauge, author of Writing Screenplays That Sell and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read; and Christopher Vogler, story analyst and author of The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers, unite to reveal the essential principles of plot structure, character arc, myth and transformation.

The Million Dollar Screenplay

Paul Castro the original writer of the Warner Bros. hit film, AUGUST RUSH.He is a produced, award winning screenwriter and world-renowned screenwriting professor. Out of film school Paul signed a 3 picture deal worth ONE MILLION DOLLARS. Success leaves clues and so do masterfully crafted screenplays that sell for millions of dollars.

MUST READ BOOKS

Screenplay by Syd Field

The first book I ever read about screenwriting. Field is the forefather of the how to for screenwriting. He cracked the code of the three act structure and paved the way for all others screenwriting gurus that would follow. As far as I know he created the terms like “turning points,” and “pinch”, and much of the language that screenwriters use to describe elements and devices used in their scripts

STORY by Robert McKee

Immortalized by the film Adaptation, McKee delves deeply into the components necessary for making a great script. I find his principles of “controlling idea” (which closely resembles Lagos Egri’s concept of “premise” in The Art of Dramatic Writing) and “gap between expectation and result” incredibly useful. I always turn to McKee’s teachings for guidance.

Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen by Robert McKee

in DIALOGUE, McKee offers the same in-depth analysis for how characters speak on the screen, on the stage, and on the page in believable and engaging ways. From Macbeth to Breaking Bad, McKee deconstructs key scenes to illustrate the strategies and techniques of dialogue. DIALOGUE applies a framework of incisive thinking to instruct the prospective writer on how to craft artful, impactful speech. Famous McKee alumni include Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, Geoffrey Rush, Paul Haggis, the writing team for Pixar, and many others.

Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

You can see echoes of all the other aforementioned writers in this book. What I like about Save The Cat is that it’s a stripped down, fun read with a lot of helpful information. I especially appreciate Snyder’s Beat Sheet which shows with almost page number accuracy where to place those particular plot moments that help keep your story moving. Some might find it formulaic, but I think it functions very well and points to exactly the kind of scripts Hollywood has come to expect from writers. One of the best screenwriting books ever written.

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler

Chris Vogler takes the workings of Joseph Campbell about myth and archetypes and breaks it down into easy to chew, bite size portions. What makes Campbell so special? His writings about the universal appeal of mythological tales has inspired many other storytellers to create great pieces of work with timeless resonance — does George Lucas ring a bell? See why this book has become an international best seller and a true classic. The Writer's Journey explores the powerful relationship between mythology and storytelling in a clear, concise style that's made it required reading for movie executives, screenwriters, playwrights, scholars, and fans of pop culture all over the world.

AUDIBLE

FREE SCREENWRITING AUDIO BOOKS
I don't know about you but I'm always on the go and rarely have time to sit down and read a book. I consume most of my books through audiobooks, specifically on my iPhone and iPad. I've partnered with Audible to give you a gift one FREE book, no strings attached. Any book you want. There are thousands to choose from. Happy learning!

SCREENPLAY COMPETITIONS

ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP

THE BEST SCREENPLAY COMPETITION TO ENTER
This competition has launched many screenwriters into a professional career in Hollywood. They only pick 5 winners but even people in the Top 50 get noticed.

AUSTIN SCREENWRITING COMPETITION

ANOTHER AMAZING COMPETITION TO SUBMIT TO
At AFF, story comes first and foremost above all else. We fully acknowledge the hard work and passion you put into your script and, rest assured, your story is in good hands. Our team of readers are an integral part of the AFF family and their contribution over the past 23 years have helped launch the careers of many aspiring writers. All of our readers within the Screenplay Competition are recruited through referrals from individuals closely associated with AFF and undergo a rigorous screening process. All readers are required to provide constructive notes for each script which will later be made available to all entrants at no additional cost. We care about our process and we care about your work.

BLUECAT SCREEPLAY COMPETITION

DISCOVERING AND DEVELOPING WITERES SINCE 1998
Founded by a writer, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition’s passionate commitment to develop and discover the unknown screenwriter continues to define our work today. Their Winners and Finalists have been signed by major talent agencies like UTA, CAA and WME, sold their work to studios like Warner Bros., Paramount, and Universal, and won major awards at the Sundance, Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals, all after being discovered by and winning BlueCat.

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