J Gideon Sarantinos

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What Is A TV Series Bible?

A TV series bible is the prospectus writers use to sell a TV show to a producer or a broadcast or streaming network. It’s a marketing document aimed …

3 Things Screenwriters Must Consider When Writing Films For Global Audiences

The movie business is a speculative business. Screenwriters know this all too well. Given that anywhere from 50-78% of U.S. studio films rely on …

Breaking In Advice for Writers

The Breaking In Book<p>Read Lee’s latest book, which includes interviews with and insights from 40+ working writers, agents, managers and industry …

What To Consider When Writing Binge TV

It’s still the golden age of television. There are more TV content providers than ever and ostensibly more writing opportunities for us. Yay!! …

How To Seduce A Script Reader On The First Page Of Your Screenplay

Script readers are overworked. They read at least 2-5 screenplays per day in search of their next big hit. Statistically, around half the screenplays …

25 Ways To Raise The Stakes In Your Script Writing You Need To Know

The screenwriting journey for both your main characters and your audience should be filled with twists and turns; ups and downs. Screenwriters are …

Why Evil Characters Make Great Stories

The concept of good and evil is a mythological one that ultimately relates to morality. It’s especially prevalent in biblical works and resonates …

8 Tips To Make Your Thriller Screenplays More Thrilling

Thriller movies are a staple of our cinema screens. Let’s explore the most significant ways to write a screenplay in this exciting and popular genre. …

Are Your Characters Sleep Deprived?

The characters in your screenwriting become a whole lot more interesting when they’re placed in physical and emotional stress. One easy way to do …

Creating The Perfect Non-Traditional Network TV Show

Scripted TV is heading into edgy mainstream territory. Indie commercial. Conservative radical. As with every industry of the day, DISRUPTION is the …

What Should Screenwriters Expect From A Literary Agent Or Manager?

Many screenwriters have (or should have) heard the adage that since agents and managers collect 10-20% commission on a screenplay sale, they should …

6 Business Tips For Screenwriters

The majority of screenwriting courses focus on the craft, with very little focus on the business aspects of being an artist. Sure, you can read the …

Why Screenwriters Should Cozy Up With Their Film Editors

It has been argued that there are three stages to screenwriting; writing, shooting/directing and editing the final cut.<p>In fact, one of the Iron Man …

Why Backstory Is Critical To Your Screenplay

Ernest Hemingway is famously quoted as saying “people are like icebergs: only 10% is visible; 90% lies under the water”. It is essential that you …

Writing A Kick Ass Action Blockbuster Movie

Action is the most profitable genre for movies because it travels so well overseas. It isn’t as subject to cultural vagaries of other genres.<p>It can …

How To Write Fantastic Film Treatments That Work

Back in the days of yore, film treatments were a 2-20 page narrative account of your story. How things have changed! Modern treatments are more like …

What To Think About When Deciding On Your Story Universe

Ever wondered how to write a screenplay? Where do you begin? After the initial concept you need to start thinking about your story world.<p>There are …

How to Ace Your TV Spec Script

The requirements for TV writers to secure their next writing gig are generally either an original TV pilot or a spec script of an existing TV show. …

When Is Your Screenplay In Distress?

Ever started writing a screenplay and ended up in knots? Determined to quell your screenwriting demons you plowed through to write 100 pages of …

Legally Protecting Your Screenplay

For those screenwriters who mail your script to yourself thinking that the postmark date is legal evidence of when your work was created, it …

Why Your Secondary Characters Matter Just As Much As The Principals

The characters in films and TV shows fall into two main characters – MAIN CHARACTERS and SECONDARY CHARACTERS.<p>The main characters drive the story, …

I’m A Unique Screenwriter And I Write Whatever I Like… Not So Fast

You’ve decided you’re going to pursue a career as a screenwriter. You’re going to be a maverick, break all the rules and take Hollywood by storm. …

Explore Your Screenwriting Voice

Many screenwriters are often asked about their writing voice when trying to break in or look for their next gig. Every film and TV producer is …

Do You Really Need A Main Character?

It might seem like an obvious question. But do you really need them? The short answer is yes. But not always. Not having a main character may …

Types Of Change In Your Screenplay

In the global scheme of the universe, life is based on a transference of energy. Storytelling, which seeks to explain life, is about change. Nothing …

Why Is Fear So Important In Your Screenplays?

FEAR is a significant motivator of human behavior. It dictates what we do and what we don’t do. Therefore it’s important for screenwriters to …

Could The Locations In Your Screenplay Be Characters?

Good question. Screenwriters have typically thought of characters as human beings. After that, they can beasts such as King Kong and Godzilla, robots …

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What Are The Qualities Of Superheroes In Movies?

Superheroes are the subject of many of the highest grossing films on a global scale. They resonate so powerfully with movie audiences because they …

Powerful Characters To Make Your Screenwriting Shine

Characters with power relates to kings, queens, politicians, religious leaders, celebrities or other characters of prominence. These are usually the …

Find Your Story BEFORE Writing Your Screenplay

Humans have been writing stories to each other since time immemorial. They serve a deep psychological and sociological need.<p>I’ll examine a few key …