If you think you can get past all the secretaries and assistants without a
Every day thousands of would-be scriptwriters are attracted by the bright lights and glitz and glitter of
Script Proofreading: Writing a script is completely different than writing a novel. Movie script format is limited and formulaic with a limited amount of words, characters, locations, and scenes. Novel writers DO NOT make good scriptwriters (movie scripts are NOT stories). You can’t evaluate your own work and a mentor knows exactly what the studio executives expect to see on the page. Mentors are worth every penny you pay them.
Script Formatting: Executives receive hundreds of scripts every week. If you want yours to be noticed and read then it has to be delivered and shine like a professional’s script. Software programs will do formatting for you, but only as a guideline. A mentor will fill in the missing elements to formatting for you and you will learn with the one-on-one guidance and feedback. A good mentor knows what the studio execs expect to see on the page.
Query letters: A good mentor can introduce you to an agent and can even manage you once you’ve finished (not completed – completing a script is NOT finishing a script) a great product (script) to sell so you won’t need query letters. If you’ve not used a good mentor and think you can go it alone then you should know – that if you don’t get help a good query letter is as difficult as writing a good movie script and agents can be brutal. Instead of spending money on stamps to send out your query letters save it up and get a mentor. The best agents receive hundreds of queries every week and the queries they do deem worthy are passed off to their assistants. A good mentor can open the door for a worthy scriptwriter. Working with a mentor shortens a scriptwriter’s learning curve. When the mentor works one-on-one with you and knows your work and knows you’ve got a winner (because they helped you) then they will be willing to go to bat for you, put their good name on the line, even manage you.
Pitch-proofing: A mentor can help you put together a pitch, teach you the ins and outs of how to handle yourself in
Source by Lena Banks