Get Considered! Evaluate Your Script So You Can Get Signed & Sold

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Nikki Levy

Webinar hosted by: Nikki Levy

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Nikki Levy served as Vice President of Wedge Works Worldwide at FOX where she oversaw the animated film Epic starring Beyoncé Knowles, and developed the movie Cardboard based on the graphic novel. She served as an executive on the Paramount release Monster Trucks. She is now head of scripted programming for DreamWorks TV.   Starting her career Nikki was the Director of Development at Imagine Entertainment where she oversaw numerous comedy projects, and the Academy Award-nominated Frost/Nixon. She was a Creative Executive at Gold Circle Films shepherding romantic comedies, and served as Story Editor at Di Novi Pictures. She is host and creator of the critically-acclaimed comedy event DON'T TELL MY MOTHER! where writers and performers share true stories they'd NEVER want their moms to know. The show plays in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, and hails from New York City. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Full Bio »

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So, you’re a writer with a great script. You want to get signed! You want to get it sold! Heck, you just want it to be read! This is where you learn what the studios/producers/agents look for in a script, so you can address those points before anyone even takes a look. You will be miles ahead of the screenwriting pack by knowing IN ADVANCE how they evaluate a script.

Or you’re a writer/producer. The #1 job of any producer is knowing how to identify material, and how to make that material BETTER. This is where you will learn how to break that script down, and build it back up.

Or you’re a director. It is your duty to look at a piece of material (yours or someone else’s) and know how to improve all aspects of it – from story to character to conflict.

Or, you’re an actor reading a screenplay. You like the part, but something’s missing. The story needs work. You want to shine, and it’s up to YOU to give notes on that character and that story. But you don’t know how to express to the director/producer what you innately feel. This is where you will learn how to analyze the script, and communicate what you think to make your role pop.

This workshop is for anyone looking to break into the industry, or anyone already deep into it who wants a better grasp of story. Story is king in entertainment – now and always – and knowing what makes a good story and how to improve upon one, is vital.

What You'll Learn

  • Scripts as currency
  • Who is manning the gate? Learn the pecking order of who reads your script and what each person’s role is (from readers to producers/executives/agents)
  • What is script coverage?
  • Mastering the studio format for script coverage and analysis:
    • What is a LOGLINE?
    • How to create a logline that sells
    • What is a SUMMARY?
      How to summarize your script in 5 sentences
    • The power of the COMP
      How to craft the perfect "comp” for your movie (i.e. JAWS meets NEIGHBORS) when pitching over the phone or in person
    • Story & Concept
      What is the difference, and why is it important?
    • Writing vs. Execution
      How to satisfy the “promise of the premise"
    • Dialogue
    • Tone
    • Structure
    • Structural Tension & Conflict
    • Characters
      How to make your script “castable”
      Are your characters compelling and "dimensional”?
  • What executives look for in a spec script
  • How NOT to get thrown in the slush pile
  • The Dos ad Don’ts of script submission
  • Recorded, in-depth Q&A Session with Nikki!

About Your Instructor

Nikki Levy served as Vice President of Wedge Works Worldwide at FOX where she oversaw the animated film Epic starring Beyoncé Knowles, and developed the movie Cardboard based on the graphic novel. She served as an executive on the Paramount release Monster Trucks. She is now head of scripted programming for DreamWorks TV.
 
Starting her career Nikki was the Director of Development at Imagine Entertainment where she oversaw numerous comedy projects, and the Academy Award-nominated Frost/Nixon. She was a Creative Executive at Gold Circle Films shepherding romantic comedies, and served as Story Editor at Di Novi Pictures. She is host and creator of the critically-acclaimed comedy event DON'T TELL MY MOTHER! where writers and performers share true stories they'd NEVER want their moms to know. The show plays in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, and hails from New York City. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

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