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How to pitch a cartoon by Erica Hughes

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  March 2005 Pitching a cartoon series to a network is Hollywood’s “backdoor” because cable networks are more open to unsolicited material and unproduced writers than other markets in the entertainment industry. When you pitch a cartoon you have more creative freedom than a writer presenting a screenplay for a live action television series or...
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Is Your Screenplay Doomed to Fail Before You Write One Word?

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We all know that scriptwriting can be a hard and very long-term task. But the pay-offs of success are, of course, more than worth the effort. But if you don’t write your script in the right way, you could be setting yourself up for failure before you’ve even set your first scene. With that...
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What’s In a Title?

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20th Century Fox recently revealed the title to the 5th film in the Die Hard series: A Good Day to Die Hard.  It’s always good to see a sequel that doesn’t go for the easy way out and just slap a number at the end of the original title.  However, with the number of...
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This week in books!

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We have some exciting news for our faithful members and readers in addition to the latest books posted to our sister site  http://writetobreathe.com
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Writing romance – the guidelines

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Romance Writers of America, an organization for romance writers, notes that every romance should contain two basic elements, “a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending.” So whether you are writing a  novel or a screenplay, there are a few important guidelines you’ll should probably stick to. See Romance genre guidelines. A dash of character: Two...
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Write About Real Life Instead of Movie Cliches

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Nobody likes to see clichéd plots in movies.  After all, everybody and his brother has pointed out the tried and tired plot that Avatar used, which was similar to a slew of movies like Pocahontas, Dances with Wolves, and Fern Gully.  In fact, people hated it so much that Avatar made $2.75 billion worldwide. ...
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Plot Is Determined by Setting

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The plot of any story is driven by the choices its protagonist makes.  However, the other major factor that affects the plot is the setting–the time and location the story takes place.  Not much thought is given to setting of movies in general; if a movie uses a contemporary setting, then it’s obvious that...
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Indie publishing – the path of least resistance

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Indie Publishing, the Path of Least Resistance   Author of  Infatuation and Disappear, Love
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Friends in high places…

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Breaking into Hollywood isn’t hard to do, it’s practically impossible. We write our stories with the best intentions, embarking on journey that may well take years to accomplish. Writers carry out this monumental task with two goals in mind; completing the story first, and seeing our words come to fruition on screen. But it’s a rush many screenwriters will never...
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From novel to screenplay,from script to novel – making the transition

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    Wildly successful novelist Seth Grahame-Smith has three Hollywood adaptations in the works. His most buzzed about movie, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, will be released to theaters June 22, 2012 and stars Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia! and Captain America: The First Avenger)
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Do it yourself press kit

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Marketing Magic: A Do It Yourself Press Kit Can Help You Market Like The Pro’s. by James W. Layne, Jr. ©2006 The biggest challenge to any self publisher is marketing the product and the personality. No matter if you have published a book, recorded a music CD, or put together a photographic layout you...
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How to write a logline

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October 11, 2009 What is a logline? A logline is a brief, but captivating  one-liner used to advertise a  movie or screenplay. Generally, the more high concept your logline sounds should increase the odds  of the right people paying attention to it. For example, the Matrix advertised  “The fight  for the future begins” on its...
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Defending your art by Erica Hughes

Defending your art by Erica Hughes

Defending Your Art – by Erica Hughes February 8th, 2006 Writers, filmmakers, actors, and others in the media and entertainment industry, at some point in their careers will have to defend their art. But when the artist bows to public pressure and apologizes, or takes the opposite route and attempts to defend the indefensible,...
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The pros and cons of self-publishing a book by E. Hughes

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Remember the old days when vanity publishers charged writers thousands of  dollars to publish and distribute their own books?  I can smell a  vanity publisher a mile away. The goal of vanity publishing is to make money off  of the author and not the book. A vanity publisher will not edit or market  your...
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