How to Write a Spec That Sells & Lands You Your Next Job

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Matt Duffett

Webinar hosted by: Matt Duffett

Screenwriter ('Gunsmith', Sylvester Stallone 'Crash Unit', NY Times' adaptation 'The Destroyers')

Matt Duffett is an LA-based screenwriter who recently completed writing CRASH UNIT for Sylvester Stallone to star in and direct. He has been hired to adapt New York Times' Book of the Summer THE DESTROYERS for Star Thrower Entertainment (THE POST). Meanwhile, his Boston crime thriller THE GUNSMITH has Tommy Wirkola (HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, WHAT HAPPENED MONDAY) attached to direct. His sci-fi spec script FLASHBACK was on the Blacklist and his first comic, COLD ZERO, is also headed to print this year. Matt's scripts have received several awards, including the 2017 HOT LIST for Best Screenplays of the Year, the 2017 YOUNG & HUNGRY Breakout Writers list, Best Screenplay at the 2017 LA FILM AWARDS, and two BLACK LIST Shortlist nominations. He is represented by United Talent Agency and Circle of Confusion. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

The spec market is alive and well and with new players like Netflix and Amazon as well as other studios, the appetite for content is at an all-time high right now. We’re excited to bring in screenwriter Matt Duffett who has capitalized on these opportunities to teach you what makes a stand out spec.

Matt’s scripts have been shortlisted on the BlackList and have been on the Hot List and the Young and Hungry List. As a result he’s now penned a script for Sylvester Stallone to star in and direct, he’s penned a feature script that attached Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters director and he’s now adapting a New York Times’ Book of the Summer.

Throughout the journey he’s mastered the art of getting in the room, winning the job and delivering the goods. In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar he’ll go over how you can make your spec stand out and how it can help you land your next job!

What You'll Learn

ACT 1: Getting into the Room

  • The Sample - what you should be thinking about before writing your next spec script
  • What your unique background has to do with nailing your spec
  • Your writing brand – What is it? How do you define it?
  • Understanding the marketplace – what you need to know
  • What do stand-up comedy and screenplay writing have in common?

 

ACT 2: Winning the Job

  • Outline – we’ll go over elements you need and how to knock it out of the park.
  • Nailing your scenes – what you need to know
  • What scenes always work
  • What scenes never work
  • How to write characters that stars want to play
  • Who is most important in the process when you need to deliver a script
  • How do you put the finishing touches on your new spec
  • How to use your new spec to land a manager and agent
  • What’s next?

 

ACT 3: Delivering the Goods

  • How to work with your reps to find that next paying gig
  • The ABC's of Hollywood
  • What is the #1 thing that sells in pitch meetings
  • How to tell your unique story in the room
  • How to prepare your pitch
  • What NOT to do in your pitch
  • What TO do in your pitch
  • What to leave the people in the room with
  • How to handle notes

 

Case Studies

  • CRASH UNIT (Sylvester Stallone)
  • THE GUNSMITH (Tommy Wirkola, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters)
  • THE DESTROYERS (NY Times Book of the Summer)
  • FLASHBACK

 

Q&A with Matt

 

About Your Instructor

Matt Duffett is an LA-based screenwriter who recently completed writing CRASH UNIT for Sylvester Stallone to star in and direct. He has been hired to adapt New York Times' Book of the Summer THE DESTROYERS for Star Thrower Entertainment (THE POST). Meanwhile, his Boston crime thriller THE GUNSMITH has Tommy Wirkola (HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, WHAT HAPPENED MONDAY) attached to direct. His sci-fi spec script FLASHBACK was on the Blacklist and his first comic, COLD ZERO, is also headed to print this year.

Matt's scripts have received several awards, including the 2017 HOT LIST for Best Screenplays of the Year, the 2017 YOUNG & HUNGRY Breakout Writers list, Best Screenplay at the 2017 LA FILM AWARDS, and two BLACK LIST Shortlist nominations. He is represented by United Talent Agency and Circle of Confusion.

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