Posts tagged ‘spec sales’

June 27, 2013

Loglines for Specs that Sold in 2012 (& What You Can Learn From Them)

The year-end market scorecard is out over at The Scoggins Report, and 132 spec scripts were sold in 2012. While this number feels depressingly low, it actually matches the 15-year high of 2011. Erik Bork has analysed the common features of the sold scripts in a great new article on ScriptMag:

The point of this post is not to discourage you – as you consider how many tens of thousands of scripts did not sell, so that these 132 could. My point is to offer a few observations about those scripts that sold, and especially about their content – as evidenced by the logline and genre information the “Scorecard” includes.

I think reading these loglines can be incredibly helpful for aspiring professional screenwriters, to get a sense of what makes a marketable concept. It’s one thing to hear that “a great logline is important, and the first thing to focus on.” Which is true. It’s another to read the actual loglines of scripts that actually sold, in the last year.

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January 17, 2012

Writing Assignments Versus Spec Sales

John Buchanan of Script Magazine has written an article about opportunities often overlooked by novice screenwriters: writing assignments. Buchanan quotes Jeff Morris saying, ““The total amount of money paid out for assignment work versus specs is much bigger… That’s where the work is. It dwarfs spec sales by about 1,000 to one, probably.”

Buchanan writes:

When most aspiring screenwriters imagine their successful against-all-odds assault on Hollywood, they think in terms of a big spec sale that changes their lives overnight. But there is also a less glamorous, more realistic way to break into the industry—and that’s a first writing assignment that sets them on a path to becoming a genuine working writer.

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October 27, 2011

Screenwriter Profile: Shane Black

Every screenwriter should read scripts, watch movies, write, write, rewrite, and write.

But there’s an often overlooked task that up-and-coming screenwriters should add to that to-do list: Learn about other screenwriters. Knowing who the players are, who the legends are, who wrote your favorite films, who has had the most commercial success — it’s all valuable information that will help us writers move forward in our own careers.

So let’s start this series off with one of the fathers of the action genre, Shane Black.

The Writer:

Shane Black is known for his sparse writing style and his prowess in the action/adventure genre. He sold the script for Lethal Weapon in 1987 at the age of 22. Black holds the record for the largest sum paid for a spec script — $4 million for The Long Kiss Goodnight.

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