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Screenwriting Myths & Facts: Part 6

By Steve Kaire

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True or False

  1. You should try to get your material to directors or actors who may take an interest in getting your movie made

    True. Get your material to anyone who might be in a position to help.

  2. Another term for a thriller is a suspense film


  3. Most material that is optioned is successfully produced

    False. The vast majority of options expire without the project getting made.

  4. Beginning as an intern or reader for a production company is a smart way to start a writing career

    True. You get to learn how the business works, read a lot of scripts and network.

  5. It is easier to sell screenplays based on established books, comics or other medium

    True. Films based on established material from another medium have a built in audience.

  6. Studio readers synopsize all the scripts they read and decide whether or not to recommend the script


  7. You should write and try to sell sequels to successful movies

    False. If you don’t own the rights, no one will buy it. But you can still use it as writing sample.

  8. The easiest genre to sell are comedy and romantic comedy

    False. The easiest genre to sell are action movies because they do well in foreign markets.

  9. You shouldn’t write a period piece because it is more expensive and they don’t sell

    False. Although period movies are a much tougher sell, if that genre is your strength and you target the right companies, go for it.

  10. With the increased studio focus on PG-13 films, horror specs are difficult to sell

    False. Horror films are typically low budget and have a dedicated following.


About Steve Kaire

Steve Kaire is a screenwriter and "Pitchman" who has sold 8 projects to the major studios without representation. The last project he sold, he’s Co-Producing for Walden Media. A screenwriter for over 30 years, he holds a Masters in Dramatic Writing and has taught writing classes at the American Film Institute. Steve was featured on the Tonight Show’s, "Pitching to America" and was voted a Star Speaker at Screenwriters Expo three years in a row. His unique CD & Ebook, "High Concept - How to Create, Pitch & Sell to Hollywood" is a best seller. His website is:
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