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Logline Contest: We Have A Winner! Nov 01

There were some great entries to the logline contest, but there can be only one winner. And that winner is PlucharC!

Here’s the winning logline:

One man finds out how far he will go to find his girlfriend’s cat that he traded on Craigslist for a case of what he insists is really good beer.

PlucharC even came up with a great title: “Even Trade”

I can picture Zach Galifianakis being tasked by his girlfriend to find a good home for their cat that they’re forced to give up, and making a stupid, yet inspired, decision. It’s funny, original and sounds like a premise that could actually work if executed correctly.

Zach Galifianakis

"No seriously, it's *really* good beer."

Congrats PlucharC. You’ll receive an autographed copy of Michele Wallerstein’s book: “MIND YOUR BUSINESS: A Hollywood Literary Agent’s Guide To Your Writing Career.” I’ll be in touch to collect your mailing information.

Thank you everyone for entering!

Logline Contest: Last Day to Enter Oct 31

That’s right. Today is the last day to enter the logline contest to win an autographed copy of Michele Wallerstein’s book, “MIND YOUR BUSINESS: A Hollywood Literary Agent’s Guide To Your Writing Career.”

All of you who’ve been holding off on entering while the competition plays their hand — now’s the time to submit your entry! Use that Halloween candy sugar high to crank out a funny logline for this free contest.

Click here for the full contest details and to enter.

Scriptwrecked Logline Contest Oct 25

Mind Your BusinessSo here’s something quick, fun and free — Scriptwrecked‘s first contest!

You can win an autographed copy of Michele Wallerstein’s great new book: “MIND YOUR BUSINESS: A Hollywood Literary Agent’s Guide To Your Writing Career.”

All you have to do is come up with a logline that uses the following three random-ish words:

go, cat, he

The words can appear on their own, or as part of another word (e.g. “placate” could be used for “cat”).

The criteria that Michele and I will use for judging the winner is simple. The logline must be funny, original and marketable. It needs to sound like something that you could actually picture playing at your local cineplex.

Whoever comes up with the best one, or comes closest to hitting the mark, will win the book. If you need to brush up on what I feel constitutes a good logline, check out my logline primer.

Please post your submissions in the comments section below before November 1st (i.e. by Halloween night). Enter as many times as you like, and most importantly, have fun with it!

The Writing Show Podcast with Michele Wallerstein Oct 22

Michele WallersteinAs readers of Scriptwrecked should already know, Michele Wallerstein is a Screenplay and Career Consultant with years of experience as a Hollywood literary agent. She’s recently released, “MIND YOUR BUSINESS: A Hollywood Literary Agent’s Guide To Your Writing Career” — which I reviewed here.

Recently Michele was interviewed by Paula Berinstein of The Writing Show, and the half hour podcast of their chat offers some terrific, hard-to-come-by information for aspiring screenwriters about the business of Hollywood.

Some items covered in the podcast:

  • How the book came about
  • Following the rules of Hollywood
  • The need to keep proving and improving yourself
  • What happens in a meeting with a producer
  • Deciding what to write
  • Studio vs. Indie films
  • Why new writers shouldn’t team up on specs
  • How to avoid shooting yourself in the foot
  • The realities of executive notes
  • What a writer’s career is really all about
  • Step deals, pay or play
  • Reinventing your career
  • Breaking in as an older writer
  • When to approach Hollywood

It’s definitely time well spent.

Click here for the direct link to the podcast.

Click here for the original article.

Guru Quote: Michele Wallerstein Oct 15

Mind Your Business“A big no-no is to spend your time and creative energy writing the same project in more than one medium. I’ve seen people write the same story in different mediums thinking that they will then have a better chance at a sale. It is much better to write each story idea in one format that you really love. When you do so you will write with more quality and it will show in your piece. You must always be moving forward to your next beloved project. I knew a successful writer who became too attached to one idea. He wrote his ‘story’ as a screenplay and a novel and when they didn’t sell, he also wrote it as a play. All of these efforts took their toll in time, thought, energy, and work. It was an enormous waste of all of that and it ended his career.

The simple answer is and always has been: Write what you love but remember that you are in the business of writing.”

Michele Wallerstein, Mind Your Business: A Hollywood Literary Agent’s Guide To Your Writing Career