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Eric Edson Highlights 5 Romantic Comedy Screenwriters

 

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“Before launching into your next romantic screenwriting project, learn a few tips from the masters of the genre…”

Through his book The Story Solution and his online screenwriting blogs, Eric Edson recommends studying the scripts and professional growth of screenwriters who have already achieved box office success.  By learning about the career journeys of those who have already sold screenplays, today’s up-and-coming authors can better prepare themselves to earn tomorrow’s screen credits.

To help writers gain an understanding of screenwriting development in the romance and romantic comedy movie genres, Eric Edson has reviewed here the experiences of several romantic movie screenwriters.  The selections were based on movie box office success, novelty of approach, and how each script was turned into a winner.  Studying the journeys of these romantic movie screenwriters can serve as a foundation of knowledge for what to expect when developing other movie genres as well.

After much consideration, Eric Edson recommends the following romantic movie screenwriters as exemplars of effective screenwriting techniques: Mark Andrus & James L. Brooks, Nancy Meyers, Kevin Wade, Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford & Caryn Lucas and Pete Chiarelli.  If you are seeking knowledge that will help you sell a screenplay, consider studying these romantic movie screenwriters and their work.

Mark Andrus & James L. Brooks – “As Good As It Gets” – Romantic Movie Screenwriters

romantic screenwriting scriptwritersTake Jack Nicholson as an obsessive-compulsive novelist, Helen Hunt as the waitress mother of an asthmatic son, and Greg Kinnear as a gay-bashed artist, add superb screenwriting sensitivity, and you’ve got the recipe for box office and Academy Award success in 1997’s “As Good As It Gets.” Mark Andrus had his MBA when he took a creative writing class while waiting to hear from law schools. His then enrolled in a Master of Professional Writing Program. Early in his career, Andrus wrote “Old Friends,” a screenplay about the vilest man in New York City and his gay neighbor. After a lot of meetings the project fell into limbo until James L. Brooks became involved and the two collaborated on a rewrite that turned into box office gold.  LESSON: The one personal quality that all successful screenwriters share is relentlessness.  Never stop.  And never stop rewriting.

Nancy Meyers – “It’s Complicated” – Romantic Movie Screenwriter

romantic screenwriting scriptwriters Nancy MeyersWhat could be more complicated than a divorced Meryl Streep and a since-remarried Alec Baldwin reigniting the spark at their son’s graduation? How about adding Steve Martin as the dependable but non earth-shaker as her new love interest? Screenwriter Nancy Meyers makes it all seem quite easy to understand in “It’s Complicated.” After an early interest in acting, Meyers decided to pursue screenwriting after she saw “The Graduate.” She graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a degree in journalism and spent a year working in public television. After moving to Hollywood, she took film-making classes where she connected with directors such as Martin Scorsese. Elements of her own life crept into this film such as a brief stint as the owner of a small cheesecake business and components of her own divorce story.  LESSON: Mine your own life experiences for story elements, yes, but don’t write an autobiography.  Our real lives are mostly boring.  Write the unusual in terms of what you know.

Kevin Wade – “Working Girl” – Romantic Movie Screenwriter

romantic screenwriting scriptwriters Kevin WadeRemember Harrison Ford before Indiana Jones? He was almost outshone by Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver in Kevin Wade’s 1988 debut as a screenwriter with “Working Girl.” The film features a notable opening sequence following Manhattan-bound commuters on the Staten Island Ferry accompanied by Carly Simon’s song “Let the River Run.” Wade says the idea for the script came to him in Manhattan’s Battery Park one morning in 1984 as he wondered about today’s immigrant story. He decided to represent his heroine as “an immigrant every day.” To make sure his script sounded realistic, Wade spent months interviewing Wall Street workers.  LESSON:  Keep your story accessible to the widest possible audience, and keep it feeling real through careful research.

Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford & Caryn Lucas – “Miss Congeniality” – Romantic Movie Screenwriters

romantic screenwriting scriptwritersTo help Sandra Bullock combine her onscreen charm and lovable physicality, this trio of writers penned 2000’s “Miss Congeniality.” Lawrence graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in English and later worked on NBC’s Family Ties. Ford had started as a stand-up comedian before she went on to write and produce some television series and films. Lucas gained writing credits working on “The Nanny” before combining her skills with Lawrence and Ford for the perfect movie script.  LESSON:  Be open to working closely with other writers.  Don’t let any over-sized ego or defensiveness about working with others stop your pursuit of the best possible script.

Pete Chiarelli – “The Proposal” – Romantic Movie Screenwriters

romantic screenwriting scriptwritersPeter Chiarelli came out of the University of Washington with a BA in Communications and Economics.  2009’s “The Proposal” was only the second screenplay he’d ever written, but he wanted it judged on its own merits.  He originally put the name “Jennifer Kirby” on the front page.  Eventually the truth came out, and the picture has grossed more than $314 million worldwide since then.  LESSON:  Sometimes a selling ploy, like the use of a pseudonym, can keep buyer focus where you want it most – on the work itself.

Eric Edson’s commitment to excellence includes providing aspiring screenwriters with a professional’s knowledge of the screenwriting industry.  We hope this information helps you learn about the screenwriting process.

About The Story Solution Book: The Story Solution was written by accomplished screenwriter Eric Edson.  It reveals the 23 actions used in all successful movies to create dynamic, three dimensional heroes and link all parts of a captivating screenplay.  Eric also offers screenwriting tips, screenwriting resources, and screenplay reading recommendations. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 818-677-3192 for more information.  Eric Edson’s book, The Story Solution: 23 Actions All Great Heroes Must Take, is an insider’s guide to scriptwriting success and TV writing tips.  Aspiring movie writers who are searching for screenwriting books will learn the 23 actions used to create dynamic characters and link all parts of a screenplay from first page to last.

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Eric Edson Highlights 5 Romantic Comedy Screenwriters

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 So that screenwriters get a better understanding of the screenplay growth and development process in the romantic comedy movie genre, this month on his blog Eric Edson looks at how several romantic comedy screenwriters arrived on the A-list.   Author and screenwriter Edson seeks to help those who follow the screenwriting course outlined his book to gain an understanding of how scripts are developed before finally reaching a world-wide audience.

Before launching into your next romantic screenwriting project, learn a few development tips from masters of the genre.  Screenwriter and university professor Eric Edson advises those hoping to write for the silver screen to collect many screenwriting tips along the way by studying the scripts and careers of successful screenwriters.

“The old adage is that sex sells.  But the truth remains that our eternal search for connection and loving romance sells much better,” said Eric Edson

The selections were based on film box office success, novelty of approach, and how the script was refined over time to engage an audience.  Studying these romantic movie screenwriters can serve as a foundation of knowledge for writing all other movie genres as well.

After thorough consideration, Eric Edson recommends the following romantic movie screenwriters as exemplars of effective screenwriting techniques: Mark Andrus & James L. Brooks, Nancy Meyers, Kevin Wade, Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford & Caryn Lucas and Pete Chiarelli. If you are seeking knowledge that will help you sell a screenplay, consider studying these romantic movie screenwriting greats.

Through The Story Solution, his online screenwriting blogs, and a recommended study of screenwriters who have achieved box office success, Edson leads followers on a virtual screenwriting course. By learning about the background of those who were able to sell screenplays, today’s up-and-coming authors can earn tomorrow’s screen credits.

About The Story Solution Book:  The Story Solution was written by accomplished screenwriter Eric Edson.  It reveals the 23 actions used to create dynamic, three dimensional heroes and link all parts of a captivating screenplay.  He also covers screenwriting tips, screenwriting resources, and screenplay reading recommendations. Follow Eric on his Facebook page or call 818-677-3192 for more information.

5 Twitter Accounts Scriptwriters Should Follow

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Eric Edson Highlights 5 Romantic Comedy Screenwriters

 In an effort to ensure up-and-coming screenwriters are aware of the best screenwriting resources online, Eric Edson reviewed several Twitter accounts that can provide excellent information. The author and screenwriter wanted to make sure that those who follow the screenwriting tips outlined in his book have an understanding of how the business of selling a movie script works.

Twitter can provide a valuable source of information to sell a screenplay. Following an insider’s Twitter account can lead to useful tips on agents, deals, and movie results.  Once a creative screenwriting project is fully developed, script writers may benefit by following tweets from well known screenwriters when trying to sell a screenplay.

The final selections were chosen based on reputation of the feed manager, reliability of information, and timeliness of data. Scriptwriters who follow these Twitter accounts will build a good foundation of knowledge about Hollywood and the film business.  The full review can be read online on the Story Solution screenwriting blog.

After thorough consideration, Eric Edson recommends that scriptwriters follow these Twitter accounts: ScriptChat, Bad Script Advice, Writer’s Relief, Box Office Mojo and The Story Solution. If you are seeking knowledge that will help you sell a screenplay, these information outlets will guide you along the way.

“We’re stuck with technology, so we might as well use it to our best advantage. Tools like Twitter are much overlooked. Tweets from well known screenwriters offer truth reduced to 140 characters of wisdom. We hope this review helps our loyal readers connect with valuable screenwriting resources online.” said Eric Edson

Eric Edson’s book, The Story Solution: 23 Actions All Great Heroes Must Take, is a scriptwriting course that outlines the completely new Hero Goal Sequences® method for screenwriters and novelists to create dynamic heroes and powerful stories that get deals. The Story Solution website is a valuable source for information on screenwriting books.

About The Story Solution:  The Story Solution was written by accomplished screenwriter Eric Edson. It reveals the 23 actions used to create dynamic, three dimensional heroes and link all parts of a captivating screenplay together into a seamless storyline. He also covers screenwriting tips and screenwriting books. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 818- 677-3192 for more information or to download a sample from the book.

5 Twitter Accounts Scriptwriters Should Follow

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5 Twitter Accounts Scriptwriters Should Follow

“Twitter can provide a valuable source of information to sell a screenplay…”

Following an insider’s Twitter account can lead to useful tips on agents, deals, and movie results.  Once a creative screenwriting project is fully developed, script writers may benefit by following tweets from well known screenwriters when trying to sell a screenplay.

Eric Edson’s book, The Story Solution: 23 Actions All Great Heroes Must Take, is a scriptwriting course that outlines the completely new Hero Goal Sequences® method for screenwriters and novelists to create dynamic heroes and powerful stories that get deals. The Story Solution website is a valuable source for screenwriting tips and information on screenwriting books.

In an effort to ensure up-and-coming screenwriters are aware of the best screenwriting resources online, Eric Edson reviewed several Twitter accounts that can provide excellent information. The author and screenwriter wanted to make sure that those who follow the screenwriting course outlined in his book have an understanding of how the business of selling a movie script works.

The final selections were chosen based on reputation of the feed manager, reliability of information, and timeliness of data. Scriptwriters who follow these Twitter accounts will build a good foundation of knowledge about Hollywood and the film business.

After thorough consideration, Eric Edson recommends that scriptwriters follow these Twitter accounts: ScriptChat, Bad Script Advice, Writer’s Relief, Box Office Mojo and The Story Solution. If you are seeking knowledge that will help you sell a screenplay, these information outlets will guide you along the way.

ScriptChat (@scriptchat) is the best resource for live Twitter interviews, where filmmakers and other industry insiders will answer your burning questions. Screenwriters and filmmakers meet to talk craft, host guests and panels, and share ideas on Sundays at 8pm EST and 8pm GMT in this virtual space. Visit the website and Facebook page for more information.

 

 

Bad Script Advice (@badscrptadvice) offers hilarious scriptwriting advice that is clearly meant to be taken in reverse. With the advisory that, “I write bad scripts, now you can too!” you’ll learn not to begin each scene with a description of the quality, feel, and position of the sun in the room and other insights that will really make your script stand out.

 

 

Writer’s Relief (@WritersRelief) is an author’s submission service that uses its Twitter feed to provide tons of enriching quotes, articles, and other great resources for writers. Visit the website and Facebook page for more information.

 

 

Box Office Mojo (@BoxOfficeMojo) invites screenwriters to “get your fresh box office stats here!” As the number one online destination for box office news and analysis, the box office reporter follows the hallmarks of accuracy, comprehensiveness, and perspective in providing a Twitter feed that engages and informs. Visit the website and Facebook page for more information.

 

 

The Story Solution (@storysolution) Follow Eric Edson’s Twitter feed for tips and resources related to storytelling structure, curing writer’s block and other script writing insights. Edson has written seventeen feature screenplays on assignment for such companies as Sony, Warner Brothers, Disney, 20th Fox, ABC Motion Pictures, and Lifetime and uses this outlet to post motivational tips and reminders.

 

 

 

Twitter is a valuable source of scriptwriting tips and truths reduced to 140 characters.

Eric Edson’s commitment to excellence includes providing aspiring screenwriters with an industry professional’s knowledge of the entire screenwriting industry. Finding Twitter accounts to follow for continual updates on Hollywood happenings can be a challenge for scriptwriters. This review aims to save readers of his screenwriting book, The Story Solution, from the effort of finding Twitter accounts to follow on their own. We hope this information helps you learn about the screenwriting process. 

About The Story Solution:  The Story Solution was written by accomplished screenwriter Eric Edson. It reveals the 23 actions used to create dynamic, three dimensional heroes and link all parts of a captivating screenplay together into a seamless storyline. He also covers screenwriting tips,screenwriting resources, and screenwriting booksVisit the website and Facebook page or call 818- 677-3192 for more information or to download a sample from the book.

Screenwriting Resources: Eric Edson Recommends 5 Screenplay Contests

Eric Edson has written seventeen feature screenplays on assignment for such companies as Sony, Warner Brothers, Disney, 20th Fox, ABC Motion Pictures, Lifetime, Showtime, NBC, and TNT. He has also written for episodic television. He is Professor of Screenwriting and Director of the Graduate Program in Screenwriting at California State University, Northridge, and lectures through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, the largest screenwriter training center in the world.

 

Los Angeles, CA February 28, 2013 – Eric Edson, author of The Story Solution, released a review of screenwriting / screenplay contests on his story writing blog.  The review highlights various benefits, locations, costs and summarizes the value of each contest for budding screenwriters. Several aspects of the contests were considered, including the judging panel, the rewards and even the networking opportunities offered to contestants. The contests featured include American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest, Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition, Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest and Blue Cat Screenplay Contest.

American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest – Show off your scriptwriting skills to Francis Ford Coppola. One of the primary reasons this contest is in the list is because it was created and is still judged by Francis Ford Coppola – the legendary director of Apocalypse Now and The Godfather.  Most importantly, the top 10 finalists could win representation from one of the best artist management agencies in Hollywood including William Morris Endeavor, and CAA. Contests give screenwriters a taste of the realities of scriptwriting, which cannot be replicated by screenwriting books. Interested contestants can get more details about a particular contest from its official website.

Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting – A scriptwriting contest from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:  This is one of the most well-known screenwriting contests as it is conducted by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – the same organization that hosts the Academy Awards every year. The Academy Nicholl Committee judges the final winners of the fellowships. More contest information can be found on their website and Facebook page.

Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition – A respected creative screenwriting contest, The Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition is administered by Scriptapalooza and the competition was founded in 1998. The main reason for this contest being featured in the top 5 is the fact that the judging panel consists of more than 80 managers, agents, producers and industry professionals who read entries. There is no doubt that this opens up a lot of opportunities for the contestants regardless of the final results. Visit the website or the Scriptapalooza Facebook page for more information about this contest.

Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest – Final Draft is the biggest screenwriting software manufacturer, and their Final Draft software is used by thousands worldwide. The reason that the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest is one of the best is because of the huge number of awards they offer in different categories. Most importantly, this contest is co-sponsored by Script Magazine, so winning scripts and writers are featured prominently in the on-line magazine. The Final Draft website and Facebook page offer more information about the contest and entry details.   

BlueCat Screenplay Competition – An upcoming scriptwriting contest, The BlueCat Screenplay Competition has been shortlisted because it offers two screenplay analyses by multiple judges for every submission. So irrespective of the final results, all the contestants have an opportunity to get their work reviewed by the best minds in the industry. Also, it is one of the few contests that offersscreenwriting tips and conducts workshops for budding writers. Screenwriters can find a wealth of information on the website and by subscribing to the BlueCat newsletter. More contest details can be found on their website and Facebook page.

Screenwriting contests not only provide much needed exposure, but winning a contest guarantees immediate production deal consideration, contacts with agencies and cash rewards that can help a screenwriter further his/her career.

About the author: Eric Edson is a long-time member of the Writers Guild of America and the author of “The Story Solution”, a scriptwriting book which describes the process of creating a captivating screenplay. Based around the book, Eric created a website called The Story Solution that serves as a virtual repository of information for budding screenwriters. Having written over seventeen feature screenplays and collaborated with major Hollywood studios like Sony, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, etc., Eric enjoys offering advice, screenwriting tips and creative screenwriting workshops for individuals looking to become successful screenwriters.

The Simpsons and Family Guy reveal guest star voices

Daniel Radcliffe, Ashton Kutcher and Mariah Carey are among the stars lending their voices to roles on the new seasons of The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad.

It will be the second time Radcliffe has featured in The Simpsons, after a Halloween episode in 2010.

Mariah Carey will play a “redneck animal handler” in American Dad, while Ashton Kutcher will make a guest voice on Family Guy.

Fox makes all three animated shows.

In 2010, Harry Potter star Radcliffe lent his voice to a young vampire, this time round he will play a strange older boy that Bart encounters.

Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss, Bridesmaid’s star Kristen Wiig and Eva Longoria will also voice characters for The Simpsons’ 25th season.

Moss will play a mum who names her baby after Homer when he helps deliver the child.

Bridesmaid star Wiig will play an FBI agent in the show’s first episode going out on 29 September in the US.

Also included in the series is an episode by Anchorman creator Judd Apatow. Last year he revealed that a script he wrote for The Simpsons 22 years ago is to finally make it to air.

The script sees Homer Simpson hypnotised into thinking he is 10.

Other guest voices on Family Guy will be Conan O’Brien, Two and a Half Men’s Jon Cryer, Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine playing himself.

Zooey Deschanel, the star of New Girl, will also voice a role on American Dad.

 

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23546546

Press Release: 5 Twitter Accounts Scriptwriters Should Follow

23 Actions All Great Heroes Must Take  The completely new Hero Goal Sequences® method for screenwriters and novelists to create dynamic heroes and powerful stories that get deals.
 

Los Angeles, CA, June 12th, 2013 – In an effort to ensure up-and-coming screenwriters are aware of the best screenwriting resources online, Eric Edson reviewed several Twitter accounts that can provide excellent information. The author and screenwriter wanted to make sure that those who follow the screenwriting tips outlined in his book have an understanding of how the business of selling a movie script works. 

Twitter can provide a valuable source of information to sell a screenplay. Following an insider’s Twitter account can lead to useful tips on agents, deals, and movie results.  Once a creative screenwriting project is fully developed, script writers may benefit by following tweets from well known screenwriters when trying to sell a screenplay.  

The final selections were chosen based on reputation of the feed manager, reliability of information, and timeliness of data. Scriptwriters who follow these Twitter accounts will build a good foundation of knowledge about Hollywood and the film business.  The full review can be read online on the Story Solution screenwriting blog.

After thorough consideration, Eric Edson recommends that scriptwriters follow these Twitter accounts: ScriptChat, Bad Script Advice, Writer’s Relief, Box Office Mojo and The Story Solution. If you are seeking knowledge that will help you sell a screenplay, these information outlets will guide you along the way.

“We’re stuck with technology, so we might as well use it to our best advantage. Tools like Twitter are much overlooked. Tweets from well known screenwriters offer truth reduced to 140 characters of wisdom. We hope this review helps our loyal readers connect with valuable screenwriting resources online.” said Eric Edson

Eric Edson’s book, The Story Solution: 23 Actions All Great Heroes Must Take, is a scriptwriting course that outlines the completely new Hero Goal Sequences® method for screenwriters and novelists to create dynamic heroes and powerful stories that get deals. The Story Solution website is a valuable source for information on screenwriting books.

About The Story Solution:  The Story Solution was written by accomplished screenwriter Eric Edson. It reveals the 23 actions used to create dynamic, three dimensional heroes and link all parts of a captivating screenplay together into a seamless storyline. He also covers screenwriting tips and screenwriting books. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 818- 677-3192 for more information or to download a sample from the book.