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The Savvy Screenwriter: How to Sell Your Screenplay (and Yourself) Without Selling Out!

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The Savvy Screenwriter demystifies the film industry and reveals what aspiring screenwriters really want and need to know.  From finding and working with agents, to insights about story analysts and movie executives, to understanding option agreements, to providing samples for queries, synopses, treatments, loglines, and outlines, to pitching, Susan Kouguell knows what works and what doesnt, and gives practical advice on getting your screenplay sold.
Susan Kouguell is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, and associate producer.  As chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, she works as a screenplay and post-production consultant with a client base of more than 1,000 writers, filmmakers, production companies, agents, and studios including Miramax, Warner Bros., and Fine Line Features.  Kouguell teaches at Tufts University and Screenwriters Online, and presents screenwriting seminars nationwide.
The Savvy Screenwriter explains the film industry and reveals what aspiring screenwriters want and need to know.  From finding and working with agents, to insights about story analysts and movie executives, to understanding option agreements, to providing samples for queries, synopses, treatments, loglines, and outlines, to pitching, Susan Kouguell knows what works and what doesn't, and gives practical advice on getting your screenplay sold.
"A remarkably comprehensive, enjoyably irreverent, and practical guide to the realities of the film marketplace."—Jeremy Pikser, Academy Award® Nominee for Best Screenplay, Bullworth
 
"Kouguell's blunt and honest approach provides a sobering, insightful guide to the realities of the marketplace."—Scr(i)pt magazine
 
"A savvy book by a savvy writer and educator, written with clarity and wit, providing worthy insights into the diverse challenges confronting screenwriters . . . truly a worthy new contribution to the literature."—Richard Walter, UCLA Screenwriting Chairman
 
"With a sense of humor and intimate knowledge of how the system works, Kouguell explains a difficult and perplexing process in language writers can understand."—Screenwriter magazine
 
"The book is concise, well structured, objective—and a bit humbling."—MovieMaker magazine
 
"With a sense of humor and intimate knowledge of how the system works, Kouguell explains a difficult and perplexing process in language writers can understand."—New York Screenwriter Monthly
 
"Her thesis—that savvy screenwriters will do better than ignorant or misinformed ones—shines."—Creative Screenwriting Magazine

Synopsis:

The Savvy Screenwriter demystifies the film industry and reveals what aspiring screenwriters really want and need to know.  From finding and working with agents, to insights about story analysts and movie executives, to understanding option agreements, to providing samples for queries, synopses, treatments, loglines, and outlines, to pitching, Susan Kouguell knows what works and what doesn't, and gives practical advice on getting your screenplay sold.

About the Author

Susan Kouguell is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, and associate producer.  As chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, she works as a screenplay and post-production consultant with a client base of more than 1,000 writers, filmmakers, production companies, agents, and studios including Miramax, Warner Bros., and Fine Line Features.  Kouguell teaches at Tufts University and Screenwriters Online, and presents screenwriting seminars nationwide.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition: Empower Yourself
Acknowledgments
Introduction
 
Chapter 1: Your Questions--My Answers
 
Chapter 2: Story Analysts: Who Are They and What Are They Looking For?
 
Chapter 3: Coverage
 
Chapter 4: Is My Script Ready for Submission?
 
Chapter 5: The Quest for a Winning Query Letter
 
Chapter 6: Sharpening Your Synopsis
 
Chapter 7: All about Pitching
 
Chapter 8: The Red Carpet Treatment
 
Chapter 9: Okay, I Finally Finished My Script, Query, Synopsis, Pitch, and Treatment . . . Now What?
 
Chapter 10: Finding an Agent. And Hallelujah, I've Got an Agent! Now What?
 
Chapter 11: Entertainment Attorneys--A Different Kind of Advocate
 
Chapter 12: They Like Me! They Really Like Me! (Or at Least They Say They Do)
 
Chapter 13: Tips on Approaching Writing Assignments and Finding Harmonious Collaboration
 
Chapter 14: Your Screenwriting Mantras
 
Epilogue
 
Appendices
Savvy Lingo--Glossary of Screenplay and Film Terms
CineFile--Print and Online Resources
About the Author
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312355753
Author:
Kouguell, Susan
Publisher:
Griffin
Author:
Susan
Author:
Kouguell
Subject:
Marketing
Subject:
Film - Screenwriting
Subject:
Motion picture authorship
Subject:
Film & Video - Screenwriting
Subject:
Motion picture authorship -- Marketing.
Subject:
Film and Television-Screenwriting
Edition Description:
Revised and Updated
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.652 in

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