Greg DePaul Does the Austin Film Festival

by Greg DePaul (@GregDePaul) I just returned from the Austin Film Festival (the best event for screenwriters in, well, anywhere) where I spoke on panels and chatted up screenwriters both veteran and aspiring. It was a script-tastic whirlwind! If you haven’t done the AFF, it’s totally worthwhile and puts you in great screenwriting company. You… Continue Reading →

The Big R: Facing Rejection as a Writer

by Greg DePaul (@GregDePaul) Remember Rocky Balboa, when Rocky gives that awesome, inspirational speech to his son? Winning isn’t about how hard you can hit, Rocky tells him. It’s about “how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” That’s a message we screenwriters need to hear. After all, we desperately hope to break… Continue Reading →

Why Playwrights Rule TV and Film

by Greg DePaul (@GregDePaul) If you want to make a living as a screenwriter, stop what you’re doing … and start writing plays! Sounds silly, huh? After all, why would you sidetrack your screenwriting career by writing for the stage when it pays, basically, nothing? And when most Americans go to a play about every…… Continue Reading →

So You Wanna Go to Film School…

by Greg DePaul (@GregDePaul) This fall thousands, or I dunno, maybe tens or even hundreds of thousands of aspiring filmmakers will go to film schools across America. Why do they do it? Because they think it’s the path to success in the entertainment industry. And, according to statistics I’ve painstakingly compiled, two of them will… Continue Reading →

Why You Should Join a Writers Group

by Greg DePaul (@GregDePaul) Before you pay some script consultant (including me) a bunch of money to read your latest spec script and give you notes… and before you take that sexy new writing class at the school of professional studies of your choice (Write an Oscar-winning Screenplay in 8 days!)… and before you buy… Continue Reading →

5 Things Screenwriters Should Stop Worrying About

by Greg DePaul (@GregDePaul) Screenwriting is hard work. To break in, you’ve got to be super-talented, keep your butt in the seat for longer than the competition, and be seriously lucky. Only when all three elements converge do you stand more than a tiny chance of battling past the gatekeepers and entering Hollywood’s magical dominion… Continue Reading →

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