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Dear Mr. Pearson, Well one thing is certain you have seen this question before. I have in idea for a movie that could also be used as a book plot. I have little interest in writing the book myself. I am more interested in writing the screenplay. I have never written a screenplay. I have begun to do some basic research into subject matter. Honestly, I really do not know where to begin. If you could just give me some information and ideas about how to take my idea from inception to the screen I would sincerely appreciate it. I have discussed my idea with some friends of mine, they all tell me that my idea is very original. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter

Sincerely,

John

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Hi John,

Writing a screenplay is very much different than Writing a book, or a stage play.

I recommend that your consider your motives.

Why do you want to write a screenplay?

Even I have stopped writing screenplays. I'm writing novels.

Are you aware that the odds of your newbie screenplay being turned into a movie is probably less than a million to one, since there are approximately a million unproduced screenplays circulating in Hollywood at any given time.

So, would there be any other reason? Yes, if you wanted to show people a sample of your completed feature screenplay, in the hope of breaking into television. If that's your motive, you first have to move to L.A. and get a real job to support yourself while you write your sample screenplay, which won't ever get produced.

Do you wish to see your work "out there" in the world? If that is your motivation, write a book. What do you think are the odds of you getting your book published?

One hundred percent! Why? Because you can publish it yourself on Amazon immediately after you type *The End.*

If you are bullheaded and still want to write a screenplay, e-mail me at barry@createyourscreenplay.com and I'll send you my $14.95 book *It's All About the Story* for free, because you'll need to save your money. At least your unproduceable screenplay will have a viable plot and story line if you apply the wisdom in said book. If you decide to write a novel, get my book anyway because the story structure applies to novels as well.

I really hate to rain on anybody's parade, but somebody has to tell the truth about the movie business.

I wish you success and happiness.
Barry  

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I`m a credited writer on nine feature films. My latest movie, IRON ROAD, which stars Peter O'Toole and Sam Neill, opened as feature, then aired as a four-hour miniseries on network television. Sun Li, the Chinese star, won the best actress award at the Roma Fiction Fest recently. www.ironroadthemovie.com) I’ve produced more than 300 episodes of television drama, including 13 episodes of Deepwater Black, and 106 episodes of Katts & Dog (Rin-Tin-Tin, K-9 Cop in the U.S.). I've answered over 1200 All Experts questions!

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I've been in the business of writing and producing feature films, television series, and MOW's for over 20 years. You can check me out at this URL http://www.createyourscreenplay.com/aboutbp.htm

Publications
You can find my books on Amazon. See DON'T LET ANYONE STEAL YOUR STORY (http://tinyurl.com/StoryStealers)which is a stripped-down readable summary of copyright, full of entertaining anecdotes and real-life examples. Read about the true horror stories that clearly show you what you need to do to avoid the misfortune of having your literary material stolen. Find out: * How to take simple inexpensive steps to protect yourself, before, during, and after you write your literary work. * How copyright law applies to writers of literary works. * How literary works enter public domain, and how you can use it to your advantage. * What aspects of literary works are protected by copyright, and what aspects are not protected. * How to create documentation that will prove your copyright entitlement in the event of an infringement on your rights. * How you can protect yourself if you are contracted to write for television. You’ll also get a FREE sample of an Option and Purchase Agreement, a contract used in the acquisition of rights in a literary property—a contract that you and your lawyer can customize for your property. Written by a writer, for writers, Don’t Let Anyone Steal Your Story will help you protect yourself against plagiarists and anyone else who might infringe your right of sole ownership. ------------- Also on Amazon, my book of four short stories, THE TWENTY-BUSHEL RACER. A man’s redemption from bitterness enables him to become a loving father. A teenager discovers the importance of his attachment to the people in his life and the place where he is growing up. A man, who has for years considered himself a coward and a betrayer of his comrades, musters the courage to stand up against a pair of would-be assassins. Two young men, who grew up in the same town, meet unexpectedly, reminisce about a girl they both loved when they were boys, and unveil a truth that changes both their lives.

Education/Credentials
Master of Arts degree (Drama)

Awards and Honors
Among my awards are Best Screenplay, Best Picture, at the International Film & Television Festival of New York for THE LIFE AND TIMES OF EDWIN ALONZO BOYD, Best Screenplay, Feature Film, at the 12th International Film Festival in Sitges, Spain for PLAGUE, and a Special Jury Award, Feature Film at the San Francisco International Film Festival for PLAGUE.

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