Screenwriting for Profit: Writing for the Global Marketplace

Screenwriting for Profit: Writing for the Global Marketplace

by Andrew Stevens


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This book teaches readers how global trends define the marketplace for saleable screenplays in key international territories as well as the domestic market. Veteran writer, producer, and director Andrew Stevens gives you the insider edge you need to write for the global marketplace, sharing his decades of experience producing and financing everything from micro-budget independent films to major studio releases. In leveraging Stevens’ comprehensive experience, you will learn how to determine specific subject matter, genre, and story elements to make the most of international sales trends, and harness the power of these insider strategies to craft a screenplay that is poised to sell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138950603
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/09/2017
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Andrew Stevens, author of Producing for Profit (Focal 2017), and the DVD/download film school series Foolproof Film School, has mastered almost every aspect of the entertainment business. From creative filmmaker, screenwriter, director, and producer, to corporate executive, leader in trade and union negotiations and collective bargaining, Stevens has guided the creative development and physical production of over 175 motion pictures, including the hit comedy The Whole Nine Yards and the cult classic Boondock Saints, and his films have generated over $1 billion in worldwide revenues. In his several successful motion picture companies, he has guided international film sales, domestic distribution, finance, publicity, and marketing. A former award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated actor, he continues to be active in the motion picture business as well as being an author, educator, motivational speaker, and industry consultant. He served for a decade on the board of directors of the International Film and Television Alliance (IFTA) and also served as chairman of the Independent Producers Association (IPA).

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Critical Criteria Before Determining Your Subject Matter

Chapter 2: The Independent Film and Television Alliance and the American Film Market: Services and Opportunities that Benefit Screenwriters

Chapter 3: The Cannes Film Market and Festival

Chapter 4: Writing for the Marketplace

Chapter 5: Building a Career – Everyone Starts Somewhere

Chapter 6: Historical Context of the Recent Evolution of Media Gives Writers Perspective

Chapter 7: Screenplay Structure and Components

Chapter 8: Inspiration, Sequels, Remakes and Re-boots

Chapter 9: Character Development from Actor’s Perspective

Chapter 10: Screenwriters Perspective

Chapter 11: A Director’s Perspective

Chapter 12: A Producer’s Perspective

Chapter 13: Writing for Cost Effective Budgets

Chapter 14: Financing

Chapter 15: Writing is a Team Sport

Chapter 16: Studio Due Diligence: How the Big Boys Cater to the Little Boys

Chapter 17: New Media – New Model – As Significant as the Majors

Chapter 18: Non-Union vs Union Writers

Chapter 19: Writers Protections

Chapter 20: Non-Disclosure, Non-Circumvention and Confidentiality Agreements

Chapter 21: Screenplay Submissions

Chapter 22: The Pitch

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