Screenwriters Beat is a YouTube show for screenwriters by screenwriters about how to break into the business. Over 50 shows are up on YouTube FREE to watch. The links, with show descriptions, are below.
Episode 1 – First Screenwriting Job
The panel talks about how they got their first screenwriting jobs and how they continue to find work.
Episode 2 – Average Screenwriter Salary
We discuss the range of pay out there for screenwriters and the types of jobs you can expect to find.
Episode 3 – Taking Producer Notes
The panel talks about their experiences in getting notes (script changes) from the producers they’ve worked with and how you can prepare for notes in your future.
Episode 4 – Unofficial Working Screenwriter Rules
The panel pulls from their experiences working with producers to share some “rules” to make you a better screenwriter and play nice with others.
At some point, you will have a screenwriting partner. It could be another screenwriter or a producer/manager that helps shape your script into something they can film/sell. Either way, the panel shares tips to make any partnership shine.
Episode 6 – Writing for a Budget
All scripts have a production budget and knowing how to write to a certain budget can make you a valuable writer. The panel shares how they’ve had to write for a budget, and some common rules any screenwriter can use to make their script cheaper to film.
Whether you write action, horror, thriller or comedy there are rules to be followed for every genre. The panel discusses some of those genre rules that can come in handy when working with a producer.
Episode 8 – Ins & Outs of Contracts
While no one on the panel is a lawyer, we discuss a few contract tips and experiences that will get your head in the right frame of mind for your first — or next — contract negotiation.
What’s your brand? The panel discusses the need to brand and how you can control how the industry sees you as a screenwriter.
All genres have rules and inherent ‘pitfalls’ or devices that are so dated, screenwriters shouldn’t use them anymore. The panel shares their experiences in various genres and how they handle the pitfalls.
Episode 11 – Pump Up Your Career – part 1
Thanks to a technical difficulties, this show is in two parts. The panel discusses all the ways they’ve worked to advance their careers.
Episode 11 – Pump Up Your Career part 2
The end of the discussion on ways to make it to the next level or working screenwriter.
Episode 12 – Ins & Outs of Script Rewrites
Whomever said writing is rewriting is write… err… right. Working screenwriters take on a lot of rewrite work, getting hired to ‘fix’ another writers script. Learn the ins and outs and get some of this work for yourself.
Episode #13 – Screenplay Superstitions
The panel shares some of the habits they’ve developed to complete a screenplay.
Episode #14 – Contest Strategies
It happens every year… contests roll around and put stars in all our eyes. Well, contests are a great way to jumpstart a screenwriting career, and the panel shares some winning strategies to use before and after a contest.
The age-old question of how the panel finds work, could help any writer get out there and get a screenwriting job.
Episode #16 – Feedback vs. Coverage
No one should send a script out to a producer without getting feedback, but should you pay for coverage or trust your friends?
Episode #17 – How Industry Pros Talk to Writers
Hollywood has a language all its own, and never has the term ‘its just business’ held more meaning. The panel discusses some of the things you’ll hear coming out of a producer’s mouth and how to take it all in stride.
Episode #18 – Obligatory Scenes – All genre movies contain scenes that MUST be in them or they’d confuse their genre audience. We are just programmed for certain things to happen at certain times in a story. Learn about some of those vital scenes so your genre script hits all the right beats.
— More descriptions coming, but the show titles below might tell you enough to follow the links.
Episode #19 – Finding Mr. Right (Producer) – http://youtu.be/QZ6HQKUjtig
Episode #20 – Juggling Multiple Projects – http://youtu.be/g3S7BnLqJG4
Episode #21 – Ketchup – http://youtu.be/9xtdHq4OuCA
Episode #22 – Script-Pitching Time Limit – http://youtu.be/xqJyLXjbyao
Episode #23 – Networking – http://youtu.be/AIxPP_Bralo
Episode #24 – Union vs. Non-Union – http://youtu.be/Z1rtpDLofDo
Episode #25 – Mastering Screenwriting – https://youtu.be/8I6hRZrkxmg
Episode #26 – IMDb – Must or Myth? – https://youtu.be/xOte2haBhlg
Episode #27 – Crowdfunding Tips – https://youtu.be/9rQYMKKQEiU
Episode #28 – Silencing Your Inner Critic – https://youtu.be/Ug7_1G3kvrg
Episode #29 – Spec Farm – https://youtu.be/e8i3Sj_sH_0
Episode #30 – Outlines! – https://youtu.be/lfrsE-1vBV0
Episode #31 – Loglines – https://youtu.be/rCYJ-H9ocA8
Episode #32 – Writing Time – https://youtu.be/wWyQ_6MabNo
Episode #33 – Women Screenwriters – https://youtu.be/UkOIt13WQ1I
Episode #34 – Great Titles – https://youtu.be/sqjmRYm-REo
Episode #35 – Pitching – https://youtu.be/h3cp6eC-ITw
Episode #36 – $1 Options – https://youtu.be/3yZ9rmmNrGM
Episode #37 – First Screenwriting Job Lesson – https://youtu.be/tWExJRzT7XE
Episode #38 – Screenwriting Skills – https://youtu.be/B2tINCWtOTI
Episode #39 – Q&A – https://youtu.be/7pp0f-YNYII
Episode #40 – Screenplays into Novel/Comics – https://youtu.be/HtSquZttp2Q
Episode #41 – Film Festivals for Screenwriters – https://youtu.be/AC3SLddZbTI
Episode #42 – Danny Manus/Query Letters – https://youtu.be/qbIliVJLAz4
Episode #43 – The Big Q&A – https://youtu.be/o80v3HZia-g
Episode #44 – Dialogue Tips – https://youtu.be/llkUtB7fHYs
Episode #45 – Advanced Outlines – https://youtu.be/Z9e-z84gbJ4
Episode #46 – Negotiating – https://youtu.be/o8SIB_9XtT4
Episode #47 – When to Go Pro – https://youtu.be/0MwJ8aIRZoQ
Episode #48 – Key to Collaboration – https://youtu.be/aIZl1fJoGlA
Episode #49 – Write a Better Script – https://youtu.be/2vwTb58H7EE
Episode #50 – Screenwriting Gold – https://youtu.be/twcNDXhleNo
Episode #51 – Screenwriting Rejection – https://youtu.be/hSWQynzTs0c
Episode #52 – Script Turnaround – https://youtu.be/eghYPR1lIuc
Episode #53 – Loglines Revisited – https://youtu.be/fZqZaK3xpE0
Episode #54 – Sell Your Script – https://youtu.be/-je-pPovXNs
Episode #55 – Screenplay Nuts & Bolts – https://youtu.be/hI3m3MdKL7c
PLUS: Ann Kimbrough’s One-on-One Interviews contain some great insight from other industry creatives.
#1 – Hollywood Reader: http://youtu.be/V5iim-Ns4uQ
#2 – Hollywood Actor: http://youtu.be/ysdI-HGA5wI
#3 – Screenplay Mentor: http://youtu.be/c9xPpLVMvUg