What You Need To Know BEFORE Writing Your Feature Spec Script

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Matt Ember

Webinar hosted by: Matt Ember


Matt Ember is a writer/producer who has worked on over 20 feature films and television shows including THE CONNERS on ABC, THE WAR WITH GRANDPA with Robert Deniro, GET SMART with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway and FAILURE TO LAUNCH with Matthew McConaghey and Sarah Jessica Parker and many more.  Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

It’s an incredibly exciting time to be churning out fresh stories. But when you’re writing feature spec scripts, you’re the boss of the story and no studio executive is there to tell you what they need from a marketing and sales perspective. So how do you know if you’re writing a script that will sell?

There are a million ways to tell one story, but how do you tell your stories without spending hours of your precious creative juices only to be told that “It’s good, but I can’t do anything with it”?

Don’t worry. We have an incredibly successful writer/producer who is going to bring his years of experience writing hits to teach you what this common mistake is and how to make sure you never hear the words “It's not for me.”

Matt Ember is a writer/producer who has worked on over 20 feature films and television shows including THE CONNERS on ABC, THE WAR WITH GRANDPA with Robert Deniro, GET SMART with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway and FAILURE TO LAUNCH with Matthew McConaghey and Sarah Jessica Parker and many more. Matt has been involved with spec scripts over his storied career and he will be bringing his knowledge exclusively to Stage 32!

Matt will be teaching you the functions of a feature spec script, the pros and cons of being a “hired gun” vs. writing your own spec script, PLUS the 5 reasons you should write a spec script. Based on your reasons for choosing to write a spec script, he’ll talk to you about how you should write your script. He’ll also go over the 5 things a spec script is NOT, the spec script as a personal statement, thinking like a professional, and understanding the marketplace. He’ll use three successful spec scripts as examples to give you specific writing tips on character, structure, format, and the things you need to know before you start writing.

This is an exciting opportunity to learn from and ask a successful writer/producer all your questions and get direct guidance so you can deliver your best feature spec scripts!


PLUS! Matt will provide script downloads of 3 spec scripts you can learn from!


What You'll Learn

  • The Functions of a Spec Script
  • Being a Hired Gun vs. Writing Your Own Spec Script
    • Pros and cons of being a hired gun
    • Pros and cons of writing a spec script
  • The 5 Reasons to Write a Spec Script
    • Telling your story
    • Demonstrating your abilities
    • Writing something you want to direct
    • Selling your script
    • Trying new things
  • Can You Choose More than One Reason?
  • How You Should Write Your Script Based on the Reason(s) You Choose
  • The 5 Things a Spec Script Is NOT
  • The Spec Script as a Personal Statement
  • Thinking Like a Professional
  • Understanding the Marketplace
    • Finding your genre
    • Can you cross genres?
    • How to research
  • Specific Writing Tips When You
    • Character descriptions
    • Structure and format musts
  • Conclusion: The 4 Things You Ultimately Need to Know Before You Start Writing
  • Q&A with Matt

About Your Instructor

Matt Ember is a writer/producer who has worked on over 20 feature films and television shows including THE CONNERS on ABC, THE WAR WITH GRANDPA with Robert Deniro, GET SMART with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway and FAILURE TO LAUNCH with Matthew McConaghey and Sarah Jessica Parker and many more. 


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