Constructing Your Screenwriting Career: A Breakdown Of Breaking In

Taught by Lee Jessup

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Who Should Attend:

Any writers looking to break into the working industry space, or to make the most of a current opportunity. Including:

  • Entry level screenwriters eager to understand the paths that are available to them
  • Moderate to advanced screenwriters looking to reinvigorate relationships and momentum
  • Screenwriters who have had contest wins and trying to figure out next steps
  • Authors looking to transition into screenwriting
  • Producers looking to understand opportunities for scripts

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Class hosted by: Lee Jessup

Script Consultant

A recent invited speaker at the WGA and London Screenwriting Festival, author of the best selling book Getting It Write: An Insider's Guide To A Screenwriting Career Lee Jessup is a career coach for professional and emerging screenwriters, with an exclusive focus on the screenwriter's professional development. Her clients include television writing program fellows (Humanitas, CBS, WB Television Writers Program), WGA members, Golden Globe and Emmy nominated screenwriters, writers who sold screenplays and pitches to major studios, contest winners, and many more. Lee spent 6+ years as director of ScriptShark.com. During her time with ScriptShark, Lee introduced hundreds of screenplays to entertainment industry professionals, and spearheaded a national Business of Screenwriting seminar series launched in partnership with Final Draft and sponsored by The New York Times Company. An invited speaker at screenwriting conferences and festivals both in the US and Europe, Lee is a regular contributor to Script Magazines and was the interview subject for a number of film-centric television and web programs. To learn more about Lee and her services, visit www.leejessup.com. Full Bio »

Summary

Most screenwriters who have been at it for any length of time know the mechanics of writing a screenplay. But not everyone knows the specific steps one must take to go from screenwriter hitting the keys in off hours to become a working screenwriter working within the industry structure. Utilizing knowledge gathered over years in the industry working both in development and directly with emerging and professional writing clients, as well as insights from countless industry sources, during this 3-week session we will set correct expectations for the construction of a screenwriting career, and identify the various paths and opportunities available to writers eager to break into film or television.

What You'll Learn

Week 1: Preparing yourself for the industry

  • Reverse engineering your path
  • Brand
  • Primary materials - screenplays, pilots
  • Supplementary materials - essays, short stories, one act plays
  • Webseries & shorts
  • Writing partnerships
  • Representation

Week 2: Breaking into Film

  • Contests - TrackingB, Tracking Board, PAGE, Nicholl, Script Pipeline, Final Draft, Austin
  • Feature writing fellowships Universal Emerging Writers, Sundance, Film Independent
  • The prestige lists The Blood List, The Hit LIst, The Young & Hungry List, The Black List
  • Selling a spec
  • General meetings
  • Landing a writing assignment

Week 3: Breaking into TV

  • Television writing programs - Humanitas, Sundance, NBC, ABC, WB, CBS, CAPE, NHMC
  • The assistant route
  • Getting staffed
  • Selling a pilot
  • The hierarchy of the room
  • Television development deals

About Your Instructor

A recent invited speaker at the WGA and London Screenwriting Festival, author of the best selling book Getting It Write: An Insider's Guide To A Screenwriting Career Lee Jessup is a career coach for professional and emerging screenwriters, with an exclusive focus on the screenwriter's professional development. Her clients include television writing program fellows (Humanitas, CBS, WB Television Writers Program), WGA members, Golden Globe and Emmy nominated screenwriters, writers who sold screenplays and pitches to major studios, contest winners, and many more. Lee spent 6+ years as director of ScriptShark.com. During her time with ScriptShark, Lee introduced hundreds of screenplays to entertainment industry professionals, and spearheaded a national Business of Screenwriting seminar series launched in partnership with Final Draft and sponsored by The New York Times Company. An invited speaker at screenwriting conferences and festivals both in the US and Europe, Lee is a regular contributor to Script Magazines and was the interview subject for a number of film-centric television and web programs. To learn more about Lee and her services, visit www.leejessup.com.

FAQs

Q: What is the format of a webinar?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Webinars are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar.

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the webinar software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
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Q: What if I cannot attend the live webinar?
A: If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar. If you cannot attend a live webinar and purchase an On-Demand webinar, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.

Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand webinar, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!

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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • Found a lot of great information. I just wish I could have seen a bigger video of her, not just the slides which pretty much detailed what she was saying. I felt as if I was paying attention to the Power Point presentation and not her and her expertise.
  • If you are 1) evaluating where you are on your writing journey and/or 2) trying to figure out how to position yourself given where you are, this webinar will help you assess your options so you can begin the process of creating a more strategic path for yourself and your writing goals. Lee is wildly informed and experienced in providing direction. Highly recommend!
  • Up to the minute industry context and process. Invaluable!

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