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SubjectDate Asked
Constructing English Songs played in Movies and Plays from Poems.7/15/2016
  Q: Are there English songs constructed and played in English Movies and English Plays from English ...
  A: You're welcome. Thank you for the rating. If you use this poem for a movie or music, make sure you ...
pitching movie idea8/14/2015
  Q: Mr. Vasicek: Is there a good way to find out which film companies would be most interested in your ...
  A: Demetrius, The most effective way is to be in Hollywood and in the loop. If one is not in the ...
Favorite novel.12/18/2014
  Q: It is difficult to answer but still do you feel Romeo and Juliet is the best novel by Shakespeare ...
  A: All fiction is subjective. All human beings are different. That means that what one person ...
Screenplay credits7/11/2014
  Q: I recently wrote a screenplay with 2 other writers. One of them created the characters and wrote 60 ...
  A: Eric, I apologize for taking so long to respond to your question. I've been working on a film and ...
Copyright5/19/2014
  Q: I'm planning to give my script at Blue Cat Screenplay Contest. Should I must get copyright of it? ...
  A: Vps, It is always wise to get a copyright on your screenplay, although I'm sure it will be safe ...
tv in film screenplay; use of close up in spec script2/23/2014
  Q: I want to have television shown on screen and when two people watch and have conversation. Also want ...
  A: Mitch, If you're writing a spec script the format you've used works, although it can be improved ...
formatting hallucination in screenplay2/18/2014
  Q: Is this format for a hallucination sequence correct: INT. BICYCLE - DAY Jill rides her bicycle in ...
  A: John, In the slug line: INT. BICYCLE - DAY (HALLUCINATION) Jill rides her bicycle in the street. ...
PLEASE I NEED YOUR HELP12/27/2013
  Q: I am a writer and i have written a lot of articles but i have never written a screen play. Right now ...
  A: Christopher, Get Viki King's, "How to Write a Screenplay in 21 Days." This book will show and teach ...
agents11/24/2013
  Q: How do I find reputable agents who will take on first time screen writers? Is it customary to send a ...
  A: Mike, You find reputable agents by writing up a query letter and sending it to agents you can find ...
PLEASE I NEED YOUR HELP11/21/2013
  Q: Please, i have great ideas for story lines and for the big screen, but how do i get it out there? i ...
  A: Christopher, Get Vicki King's book, "How to Write a Movie in 21 Days." Read it. Follow the ...
Just a few questions...7/4/2013
  Q: I read many websites related to screenwriting and I've noticed they were contradictory about many ...
  A: 1. I met a woman while hiking in the Cloud Forest in Ecuador. She lived in a beautiful house built ...
question...4/26/2013
  Q: I wrote a few screenplays, and I was just wondering whether this is the only way. I mean, could you ...
  A: Daniel, The film business is subjective. What one person likes, another person might not like it. ...
Screenplays4/12/2013
  Q: As a fellow writer, I want to know in your opinion, what makes a good book. I have had some pretty ...
  A: Audrey, The questions you ask are penetrating and require some thought. It would take some time ...
Margins for dialogue, etc.4/1/2013
  Q: Donald, I am confused by the variability of specs for the margins for dialogue and other elements: ...
  A: Jerry, Think in terms of the tabs on your word processor rather than measuring from margins, etc. ...
Webseries3/21/2013
  Q: I`m working on a Web series. The problem i`m having trouble with is How do i create a Web series? ...
  A: Here is a link that can be helpful to you: http://makingwebshows.com/web-series-development-part-1/ ...
Sometime later3/14/2013
  Q: Assuming that we're are in a scene, but the screenwriter wants to indicate that we skip a period of ...
  A: Jerry, A rule of thumb to follow when writing time changes is that each time time changes, a new ...
Scene Heading or Slug Line3/5/2013
  Q: Then as you told, I shouldn't use CUT TO, DISSOLVE TO in my screenplay? In the slug line we always ...
  A: VPS, Yes, those are camera directions. Camera directions should be written in the shooting script ...
Inner thoughts2/15/2013
  Q: This is about showing the inner thoughts of a character in a screenplay. Assuming the character is ...
  A: Jerry, V.O. (use only for dialogue when someone is talking via an electronic device). O.S. (use ...
Courier New2/13/2013
  Q: I hear from some sources that the Courier New font is to be avoided in screenwriting. Only the plain ...
  A: Jerry, Producers, agents, directors, actors, production companies, etc. read many scripts ...
Scene headings2/9/2013
  Q: I have a great Bproblem in scene heading. First when do we use CUT TO and DISSOLVE TO? Second,when ...
  A: Only use CUT TO and DISSOLVE TO in shooting scripts. Shooting scripts are scripts that are turned ...
doctor and screenwriter2/5/2013
  Q: I want to be a doctor but i'm also passonate about screenwriting, so should i join film school or ...
  A: Vps, The more education one gets in any profession, the more they learn and the better they can ...
o.s. And v.o.1/21/2013
  Q: i want to know that what is the difference between the use of O.S(off screen or off camera) and ...
  A: O. S. means off screen. V. O. means an actor is talking through an electronic device of some kind. ...
My rights and copywriting an idea...1/16/2013
  Q: I entered into a verbal agreement with an author of a short story. Someone adapted his short story ...
  A: Darnell, I am not a lawyer so I can't give you legal advice here, and it is likely legal advice is ...
Emergency....9/10/2012
  Q: I am trying to write 3 paragraph of storytelling about Promise, Conflict and character can you give ...
  A: Andreas, All good stories must have conflict. Without conflict there is no drama. Without drama ...
script writing9/7/2012
  Q: I am currently a Psychology student, but I have recently decided that I want to be a script writer. ...
  A: Adam, You can copyright your work online with the Library of Congress and you can put it in the ...
beginning script writing3/8/2012
  Q: i have always been a good writer, but i want to take it to another level. i have what i believe to ...
  A: Read Viki King's "How to Write a Movie in 21 Days", and the Syd Field books. These books will give ...
Local film commission?1/30/2012
  Q: You replied to another person's question by saying: "Also, go to your local film commission. They ...
  A: Phil, Check with local and state government listings. I don't know where you live, so I am unable ...
Selling my Screenplays1/12/2012
  Q: Vasicek, Before I ask my question I would like to thank you beforehand for taking time away from ...
  A: Robert, I commend you for your diligence and hard work with respect to following your passion ...
Cartoon Series1/3/2012
  Q: Good Morning Mr. Vasicek, I've read your past article titled "Cartoon Series" on this topic, ...
  A: Jeremy, I have ever written an article titled, "Cartoon Series." To find an agent, go on the ...
Formatting a scene12/30/2011
  Q: In a script I'm writing, there is a scene where the main character is at a party. I want to write a ...
  A: Mike, This works: INT. FLASH FORWARD NIGHTCLUB/BAR - NIGHT Mike nudges a blonde female with a ...
GETTING INVOLVED12/28/2011
  Q: I am currently invoved with a play that is on a nation wide tour as a Stage Manager . There has been ...
  A: Mack, You should have an agent who can help you get involved in other productions. You should also ...
Trade Marking12/15/2011
  Q: I would like to know, how do you safe guard your play or script when you are self-producing? Is ...
  A: Kita, Go to the Library of Congress website. There, you will find a copyright application you can ...
Re:12/5/2011
  Q: To who is may concern, I thank you for your time, you have spent on this site and I am sure it ...
  A: Osie, Read Viki King's "How to Write a Movie in 21 Days". This book will give you all of the ...
"Quoting" an unproduced script11/2/2011
  Q: In the final "lap" of writing an ancient historical biopic, I have come upon the English translation ...
  A: Steve, Based on my experience, I can only say that you need to have an entertainment lawyer advise ...
Script Writing Contest Questions10/19/2011
  Q: I am an aspiring writer who recently came across a contest featured on my state's film office ...
  A: Ada, I am unable to answer your question about writing a pilot script, or not, since I do not know ...
epilofue8/2/2011
  Q: But I want to ask, how do I write or format EPIOGUE and PROLOGUE? 1. Is it after FADE OUT will I ...
  A: Mr. Emmanuel, You do not write epilogue or prologue in screenplays. Film is a visual medium. ...
script7/27/2011
  Q: I appreciate the replies I get from here. I just finish my feature film script. And I don’t know ...
  A: Rotimi, You can find agents online. Just type in literary/screenplay agents in your search engine ...
Royalties7/20/2011
  Q: I know you're not a lawyer but I was hoping you could give me some advice on royalties. I work for a ...
  A: Alex, I would stay with the 4% ticket sales and 4% to those who adapted it since you did adapt the ...
Question5/13/2011
  Q: I was wondering, can you get sewed for writitng a movie thats a little bit similar to another movie? ...
  A: Hector, I'm not a lawyer, so I'm unable to answer your question. Call the Writer's Guild of ...
How to Register5/5/2011
  Q: Don. My country of origin is Nigeria. Because I will like to work with agents, producers there in ...
  A: Mr. Roimi, I am not a lawyer so I am unable to answer your question. I can say that if I were ...
How to Register5/4/2011
  Q: I will love to know how to register your screenplay with WGA or copyright work or idea in U.S, if ...
  A: Rotimi, Go to the Library of Congress website. If your work was written after January of 1978 or ...
ScreenPlay4/30/2011
  Q: I'm aly and I'm currently in my last year at high school. I'm writing a script and I need some help ...
  A: Aly, Your story idea sounds good. When writing this story, or any story, be sure to have a ...
Screenplay Length4/24/2011
  Q: I've heard over and over again that the method of writing to determine length is 1 page = 1 min of ...
  A: Juan, The standard page length for spec screenplays is 90 to 110 pages. Anything over that, or ...
Pitching a Story with Potential3/27/2011
  Q: Vasicek, I have a friend in his 50's who enjoyed limited success many years ago (in the 1980's) for ...
  A: It was nice of you to inquire about your friend's work. The film business is very competitive, so ...
Writing Dialogue- What will they speak?3/4/2011
  Q: Do a screenwriter need to write a Dialogue in the exact way a chatacter would speak or do we have ...
  A: Paul, It is perceptive of you to be concerned about the appropriate way to write dialogue. Each ...
review of script2/28/2011
  Q: I wrote a movie script. As I have pondered it, the story would be more suited to television, but ...
  A: Bernard, Congratulations on writing a movie script. Not everyone can do that. You should be proud. ...
question2/6/2011
  Q: how What am I about to ask isn't much a question, but I really am looking forward to your opinion. I ...
  A: Hector, Your query letter is fair. It should be improved. Check out my article on query letters on ...
From film to stage1/10/2011
  Q: I'm looking to adapt the Disney animated film "Hercules" into a musical to perform at my college. We ...
  A: It is possible to adapt the script for a stage production. To get the rights to do this, you would ...
Photo Montage Scenes12/16/2010
  Q: I would like to do a photo montage scene in my script that shows pictures of how the character ...
  A: Diana, Montage's are usually created by directors when working with a screenwriter on the shooting ...
Selling a screenplay12/15/2010
  Q: My friend wrote an excellent screenplay which uses the Little Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) character. On ...
  A: Aszy, I'm not a lawyer, so I am unable to give you legal advice which your question requires. You ...
TV Live Action Sitcom Pitch12/14/2010
  Q: I wrote a pilot script for a live action sitcom and I was wondering a few things: Should I write ...
  A: Adam, All tv pitches, from animation to documentary science shows, should include a pitch bible. A ...
Images on Screen12/14/2010
  Q: I a am a writter from Spain and here the formating is different. I am trying to figure out how to ...
  A: Victoria, When your budget allows it, you should purchase "The Complete Guide to Standard Script ...
Contacting actor for screenplay12/7/2010
  Q: Please bare with me, for I have few questions: Q1. I finished my first screenplay and met a ...
  A: Meberate, Actually, you should not have changed anything in your screenplay for the producer ...
sending screeplays10/13/2010
  Q: I have written screenplays which I think are good. I live in Montreal, Canada which isn't exactly ...
  A: Ben, The appropriate way to approach agents and producers with respect to your screenplays is to ...
Novel or screenplay?10/6/2010
  Q: Don, I've just finished my first screenplay and have people reading it. I'm trying to get started ...
  A: Matt, You will get an agent by submitting a market ready screenplay or a novel. It makes no ...
Adapting film into play9/30/2010
  Q: I am wanting to adapt a film produced by American International Pictures in 1956 into a stage ...
  A: Mike, I'm not a lawyer, so I'm unable to give you legal advice. I can say that you should consult ...
Monologue9/28/2010
  Q: Ive been in the entertainment industry for some time managing musicians/producers. A friend of mine ...
  A: David, If the writer is a good monologue writer, there are always comedians who are seeking ...
How can I write an epic about my own generation when we're not old yet?9/21/2010
  Q: I live outside the United States and have this question. I'm having an idea about writing a ...
  A: Liam, Flashbacks written by new screenwriters are looked down upon by film producers. If they are ...
Comic Rights9/19/2010
  Q: So I have this idea for a comic book, however, it is set in the Mass Effect (video game) universe. ...
  A: Malachy, I'm not a lawyer so I am unable to answer your question. I can say, however, to first ...
Screenplay Rights9/17/2010
  Q: I've written screenplays for a pilot episode of a serial drama as well as the second episode. I ...
  A: Marcello, I am not a lawyer, so I am unable to answer your question. I can say that you should ...
Recent option... now what???8/16/2010
  Q: Don. Thanks for being here and answering questions! Well, I FINALLY optioned one of my scripts. ...
  A: Helyn, Congratulations on your successes! It's impressive. A priority should be to get an agent ...
Basics of screenwriting.7/30/2010
  Q: Good day sir. I am not particularly a screenwriter. I only write short stories and novels but I ...
  A: Hans, What you request will require some time to help you out with this. Since this is part of ...
Targeted productions7/28/2010
  Q: I've just discovered this website and am thrilled to be able to ask questions of people with such ...
  A: Brad, The first step you should take is to identify your brand. This means that since you're ...
newspapers in screenplay format7/15/2010
  Q: I can't seem to find any examples of how to format newspaper headlines and pictures in a screenplay. ...
  A: Todd, Here is the way to format newspaper headlines and pictures: INT. WHITE HOUSE/OVAL OFFICE - ...
Action Lines7/4/2010
  Q: I've been told by some writers (at screenwriting sites) I have a style that's easy to read. I've ...
  A: George, Keep this in mind at ALL TIMES when interacting with people in the film business. In one ...
Help6/24/2010
  Q: I have an outline for a horror movie I wanna write but I dont know how to start writing a script. ...
  A: Nick, Read Robert McKee's book, "Story". Read Vicki King's book, "How to Write a Movie in 21 ...
clunky action6/21/2010
  Q: I just had my script proofread and the guy said that my action sequences were written wrong, here's ...
  A: Todd, EXT. BEACH - DAY SHAWN TIGER, slender, 28, spits out a toothpick. Throws his look about to ...
Cartoon Series Assistance6/19/2010
  Q: Vasicek, I have written two episodes of a children's cartoon series I created. I established a ...
  A: Angela, Congratulations on your accomplishment. It is impressive. You need to draft a query ...
How long does it take to read a screenplay?5/28/2010
  Q: Pls forgive me if my question seems weird. As part of my process of learning screenwriting, I ...
  A: Tommy, There is no right answers to your questions. Everyone has their own style of reading ...
script wrtting help5/28/2010
  Q: I have a original idea about a movie which i believe worth attention,however i lack the necessary ...
  A: Chris, There are five questions I usually ask someone who has a story idea (need to know the story ...
Does a scriptwriter normally write for one genre only?5/26/2010
  Q: Does a scriptwriter normally write for one genre only? On average, does a scriptwriter normally ...
  A: Victor, For the average writer, I would recommend that he/she write screenplays in as many genres ...
co writer5/22/2010
  Q: co writer to write screenplay with and im undering how i can find one ? thanks for the help .
  A: Fredrik, Go to your search engine. Type in screenwriting forums. Go to those forums and post your ...
copyright protection5/21/2010
  Q: I have a script finished and since WGA won't reply, would like to know if to obtain copyright ...
  A: Todd, I am having difficulty in understanding why WGA won't reply. If you mean that you registered ...
Flash-Flash backs5/4/2010
  Q: I know the subject might sound confusing but I was wondering how to do a series of flashbacks. How ...
  A: Tyler, Flashbacks are usually "no, no's" for screenwriters who have not been produced, i. e., made ...
My Script - Slugline4/17/2010
  Q: You sound like the ideal person to ask. I've just begun writing a screenplay (only 4 pages so far, ...
  A: Joseph, Slug lines are always used for indicating a change of time and/or location. There are no ...
names4/10/2010
  Q: I am writing a story about a ransom making squirrel and am having trouble finding names for a ...
  A: Todd, I apologize for taking so long to reply. I've been in Arizona shooting a film. I'm not a ...
screenwriting question4/7/2010
  Q: so I'm writing a screenplay that has a couple parts in which the characters read a text message or ...
  A: Dan, It would work something like this: INT. WHITE HOUSE/OVAL OFFICE - DAY President Obama drops ...
Personal direction4/6/2010
  Q: I found an article about screenwriting and it says about Personal direction: ...Personal direction, ...
  A: Masih, First, be very careful "directing" when you write. Any direction you do write, should move ...
Finder's Fee3/21/2010
  Q: I noticed that a typical finders fee is 5%. But 5% of what? Here's my situation: Since I have ...
  A: Edward, I apologize for taking so long to respond to your question. I've been in Chicago and just ...
How much to charge?3/10/2010
  Q: I run a small theatre company and, in the past, have written a play and taken it out to the ...
  A: Kirsty, First, ask her what she kind of audience she has in mind. All writers should know this ...
screenwriting question3/8/2010
  Q: I am wondering something, I am working with someone who is willing to ghostwrite a script for a TV ...
  A: Darla, In order to most effective and persuasive with your story, you must first look at the costs. ...
copyright2/17/2010
  Q: I've got a speculative screenplay and would like to know, if either the director / producer, or I ...
  A: Todd, It would helpful if you talked with a copyright lawyer about what your team and/or you to ...
Business Plan2/4/2010
  Q: Don I was thinking about starting a production company and I was wondering if you have any ...
  A: Adam, I do have experience in writing business plans. I used to do it as part of my writing ...
My past Q.1/27/2010
  Q: i found an explanation about my past first Q. in Oscar website. would you please explain it more. ...
  A: Masih, "Front" means Ian McLellan Hunter's name was used in place of Dalton Trumbo's because Mr. ...
Where to submit?1/23/2010
  Q: I have a story idea,already in novel form,for a film such as seen on Hallmark or Lifetime. It is a ...
  A: Julie, I apologize for taking so long to answer your question. I've been in Atlanta on business. ...
Selling your Script in Australia1/20/2010
  Q: I am in film college and want to get a big brake in Hollywood as a director but I have decided it ...
  A: Oleg, First, you need to correct your spelling: (brake, buy). I'm unfamiliar with Australian ...
agents1/19/2010
  Q: Don, In July I contacted an agency, The Screenplay Agency, about representation for my script. ...
  A: Charles, Go to http://moviepals.org/blog/beware-of-the-screenplay-agency. This should give you a ...
Plot1/5/2010
  Q: I have been perusing the internet regarding plot ideas and came across an article by you which spoke ...
  A: Gina, There are numerous challenges that come up when one is writing and striving to break through ...
Genres12/10/2009
  Q: I have written 3 screenplays of different genres and am wondering which one I should try to get to ...
  A: Paul, If you check Mojo.com, it will give you statistics on movies and what they gross at the box ...
Billy Wilder's tips12/9/2009
  Q: what Billy Wilder's tip no. 10 mean? he says:"10. The third act must build, build, build in tempo ...
  A: Masih, I apologize for taking so long to answer your questions. I've been shooting a film and it ...
Getting my ideas out12/7/2009
  Q: i am 20 years old with a dream of making movies one day. I have been writing for a couple years now. ...
  A: David, You must make sure your scripts are market ready. Once you accomplish that, then, send out a ...
How. When. Where.12/5/2009
  Q: I'm 20 years old and have completed 3 scripts that I feel are screen worthy. Simply put, I have no ...
  A: Corey, No writer should show their work to anyone unless they know that their work is market ready. ...
Representation for a Writer11/25/2009
  Q: I am writing because I am a writer who is currently unrepresented. In the past, I have been ...
  A: Chin, I am well, thank you. Starting back with a lawyer is good. The film industry recognizes ...
Pitching a mini series11/20/2009
  Q: Mr. Vasicek, I am currently writing a mini series. I have finished the first episode and am well ...
  A: Steve, Keep this in mind, it is okay to shop your project around now, but many companies will ...
story Vs. script and screenplay10/31/2009
  Q: I have a story and would like to know what exactly the difference is between script and screenplay. ...
  A: Todd, I apologize for taking so long to answer your question. I've been out of town and just ...
New Musical needs exposure10/26/2009
  Q: For the past 5 years we have been developing a new musical for its road to Broadway. It has been ...
  A: Paul, I apologize for taking so long to answer your question. I've been shooting a film and just ...
Do you know of such an "animal"?10/26/2009
  Q: Is there anyone out there that has a service of providing knowledgeable directions to screenwriters ...
  A: One's script must be market ready before one should go to market with it. Once the script is ready ...
A Super Idea?10/23/2009
  Q: Mr Vasicek, I’m a college student and am extremely keen to do a script for the Superman film ...
  A: Abi, In order to get any attention by a studio, regardless of what you have, you're going to have a ...
PIP9/28/2009
  Q: The main characters of my screenplay are at the center of a huge media storm. I want to convey this ...
  A: Matt, This will work: INT. TV STUDIO - DAY JACK WORDS, 50, a slick-haired anchor spits words at ...
tips!9/14/2009
  Q: I have just finished reading Orwell's 1984 for the 2nd time and i am bursting withe filmic ideas i ...
  A: Josh, Do some research on similar films, including box office. This should answer your question. ...
formatting montage9/9/2009
  Q: I am writing a screenplay and want to use a montage. I am using a writing program but can't find an ...
  A: Richard, The montage line should be a slugline something like this: MONTAGE Car race starts. Red ...
Film rights to a persons life9/3/2009
  Q: In advance thank you for reading my question and I look forward to your response. I'm an aspiring ...
  A: Natalie, I apologize for taking so long to answer. I'm working on a film and just got back to my ...
Release forms8/26/2009
  Q: Segueing from Craig'sI understand it's common practice for production companies to insist on a ...
  A: "Don", The standard release form is generated by the production company to protect the production ...
Being Involved8/23/2009
  Q: I have just finished writing a spec script and have made sure its market ready. But Im wondering, if ...
  A: Craig, You would only be involved in the production of your film if you negotiate that into your ...
Movies8/18/2009
  Q: What is the choir that provides dramatic movie backgrounds? The songs without words, just dramatic ...
  A: A moviemaker selects choirs that their budgets will allow. This means that a variety of choirs can ...
Need an agent8/16/2009
  Q: Is there anyway for you to get me a screenplay agent. I feel that I am the best screenwriter since ...
  A: Brian, The only way I can help you get an agent is to read your screenplay to determine if it is ...
starting a new medical series7/25/2009
  Q: I'm a physician and planning to start a great new television series on traditional treatments.It's ...
  A: Kamelia, For most first time programs, most producers will want to see a pilot of the program ...
am going to write a movie7/25/2009
  Q: . am from Saudi Arabia..and i am going to write a movie but before i start writing i want to know , ...
  A: Ahmad, It is helpful to copyright your work before you let anyone see it. You can register it ...
Finders fees vs. back end points7/22/2009
  Q: We are in the middle of putting together a slate of films we have written and have come across a ...
  A: Bill, I'm not a lawyer, so I am unable to answer your question. I can say that if you make this ...
Query letter question7/11/2009
  Q: Good Day, I'm in the process of preparing to send out query letters to various creative ...
  A: Rick, The logline should serve to attract readers. The synopsis should serve to attract readers ...
Questions on finding a screenwriting software program7/4/2009
  Q: I'm an aspiring screenwriter. I have a screenwriter software program called, Movie Magic ...
  A: Julian, I apologize for taking so long to respond. I've been out of state and just returned. I ...
editing software6/17/2009
  Q: I have a story that need sto be edited and might move it into a screenplay... do you know of any ...
  A: Todd, I have no awareness of any software that takes care of editing a story. You might run an ...
Screenplay from a book6/16/2009
  Q: The book that I am interested in has been out of print for some time. The author, Edger Rice ...
  A: Michael, Without spending time researching, for which I would have to charge, I am unable to help ...
Help!6/16/2009
  Q: How do I go about getting my script to something like the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, The idea and ...
  A: Michael, I don't know if Sundance still has its screenwriting section. You might want to check it ...
copyrighting, publishing & marketing an original musical6/15/2009
  Q: I have written a complete musical based on the book Pilgrim's Progress. It has been performed by a ...
  A: Cynthia, The first step would be to check into the rights with the author/publisher for "Pilgrim's ...
so new at this, but so ambitious5/28/2009
  Q: I've read most of your answers to most of the questions. you always mention in at least more than ...
  A: Mary Ann, Getting a script market ready means that the script must contain elements in it to ...
Graphics5/24/2009
  Q: I am writing a screenplay in which the main character escapes from reality into a fantasy world ...
  A: Russ, Although your work is impressive and creative, I would caution you about the use of images, ...
Getting Started, Do I Stand A Chance5/20/2009
  Q: I am an 18 year old Art student and I have just written my first movie script. I spent several ...
  A: Craig, Your chances for getting your script produced is just as good as anyone else's. The key to ...
Finding a "match"5/14/2009
  Q: Have written several screenplays. The problem is... Finding a good match. Seems like I'm writing for ...
  A: Don, I apologize for taking so long to answer your question. I'm shooting a film, so it's difficult ...
turning a book into a film5/7/2009
  Q: I am wishing to turn a published series of books into 1 or more screenplays. I only want to write ...
  A: Shye, You should contact the author. If that fails, for whatever reason, contact the publisher. ...
story to final product5/5/2009
  Q: Vasicek, I am the mother of an 8 year old, with a lot of creative energy. He likes to develop ...
  A: Sprague, I'm unaware of forums for children to develop stories. You might want to do an Internet ...
Screenwriting Classes4/17/2009
  Q: Do you think Robert McKee's "Story" seminar is a good screnwriting class? Have you ever taken it? I ...
  A: Beverley, I've never taken Mr. McKee's screenwriting class, so I'm unable to say anything about ...
I'm writing a book and I want to make it a movie4/14/2009
  Q: I am completely new to this.But I want to make a movie.I have been in plays before.My stories in ...
  A: Taylor, You need to write down your movie idea. Then, write a log line for it. Then, write a ...
Author driven3/23/2009
  Q: Can you offer me any tips to keep a screenplay from being "author" driven rather than character ...
  A: Alan, Simply, study story-driven screenplays. Utilize the story to drive the main character. ...
Who owns the character?3/23/2009
  Q: If I write a screenplay based upon a character in a novel that I wrote before the screenplay, once ...
  A: Alan, When you sell the script, you can negotiate to retain rights to the character. All future ...
should I change the plot?3/21/2009
  Q: I have completed a draft of a drama period screenplay concerning a young man in a quest for his ...
  A: The late introduction would only work if you build up to it. Your main character, at this time in ...
FORMATTING OF SCREENPLAYS3/16/2009
  Q: I have a question about the correct/acceptable formatting for a screenplay. I was told by a college ...
  A: Ingrid, I will not put myself in a position any longer by recommending products. This business is ...
Outlines3/14/2009
  Q: I was wondering whether or not it is necessary to write an in depth outline before you begin writing ...
  A: Kyle, Each writer must develop their own style of writing. This includes writing, or not writing ...
Screenwriter Funding3/13/2009
  Q: Okay, I have a script, and it has stirred up some interest. I found a top-dog screenwriter who ...
  A: Sean, To raise capital, you might want to check out Go4Funding.com, My Capital.com, and Breadstreet ...
LA/Screenplays/Pitch3/9/2009
  Q: I am a 24 year old filmmaker based in UK with considerable experience. I am going to Los Angeles ...
  A: Gabriel, Unless you have had caused a studio, or studios to have a successful box office movie, ...
script format2/27/2009
  Q: my name is James and I have some great ideas for a new sitcom. The problem is all my scripts so far ...
  A: James, I am unaware of any free software. Do an Internet search. I'm sure you'll find some. ...
sitcom production2/27/2009
  Q: I have spent quite some time writing and developing an idea for a new sitcom. I have so far made 5 ...
  A: Zach, Go to "The Hollywood Creative Directory". It lists companies, contact information, and what ...
writing for tv etc.2/26/2009
  Q: my name is James, i'm 15 and an aspiring actor/writer. I really want to work as a writer for TV ...
  A: James, You're welcome. If you find a company that is interested, the first they will want to put ...
copyrights and stories2/19/2009
  Q: I've completed a story idea for a book that could be made into a movie, but I don't know who to ask ...
  A: Todd, Run an Internet search on Stan Lee. It should turn up some information for you so that you ...
Movie Trailer Design2/16/2009
  Q: Do you know of any good-quality companies that will design a movie trailer ("visual pitch") for ...
  A: Sean, There are a multitude of companies who will design a movie trailer. Just do an Internet ...
When should I pitch?2/16/2009
  Q: I'm an 18-year-old who is writing his very first screenplay. I have been writing books since age 12. ...
  A: Sean, Your "pitch" paragraph here on AllExperts is powerful. You are on the cusp of getting film ...
The next level2/15/2009
  Q: I am a 27 year old high school drop out who has traveled the world, worked many a boring and ...
  A: Judging someone's writing is usually subjective in nature. Anyone who writes, writes in the style in ...
Nonna..my grandma2/11/2009
  Q: Is there someone in Pittsburgh you can recommend to help me complete a screenplay about the most ...
  A: John, I'm in Colorado so I don't know anyone in Pittsburgh. Check with Pittsburgh's and/or ...
Royalties1/29/2009
  Q: I have a question concerning screenwriter royalties. I am putting a man's story into a screenplay ...
  A: Lauri, 10% royalties should be spelled out. What does he mean by royalties? It is good that you ...
Writing help1/27/2009
  Q: I like English, and it has always been my best subject. I'm trying to find which area of writing I ...
  A: Jeff, Reading books can be most helpful. Take time to figure out what kinds of books you like to ...
Compensation for sequels or future projects?1/23/2009
  Q: I believe I have a strong possibility of selling one of my scripts to a film financing and ...
  A: Joseph, Call the Writer's Guild of America. Ask to speak to someone in Contracts. Pose your ...
forwarding a question1/23/2009
  Q: I am also a participant in AllExperts.com, but my expertise is in broadcast journalism. I am ...
  A: Mark, The most effective way to sell the series is to write a treatment and shop it around. You can ...
Network with filmmakers/writers/actors1/10/2009
  Q: I have a website that I would like to promote and I believe a great way to establish our image is by ...
  A: William, Go to filmmakers/writers/actors forums and pose your question in those forums. You will ...
Moving to LA for Screenwriting1/9/2009
  Q: I am unemployed and living in northern Minnesota. I've written three screenplays. I've "lost" with ...
  A: Michael, I don't live in LA, just do business there, so I'm not that familiar with the city. Every ...
A pair of opposites, but no conflict.12/26/2008
  Q: Vasicek I am writing a short film in hopes of producing and shopping to festivals. I came up with ...
  A: Jason, I apologize for taking so long to respond. I've been out of town working on a film and just ...
an information commentry12/22/2008
  Q: I m screenplay writing newbie , onetime I has heard in tv from a well expert in movie criticism he ...
  A: AJ, I apologize for the time it took me to respond to your question. I have been out of town ...
Feedback and some guidance...12/18/2008
  Q: Mr. Vasicek... I'm 22 years old, live in Croatia (Europe) and have been writing stories since I ...
  A: I apologize for the time it has taken for me to respond to your request. I am shooting a film, so ...
Graduation to be a Screenwriter12/8/2008
  Q: I'm Waqar Ali from Pakistan. I'm 21 years old. I want to be a screenwriter. I want to know that, ...
  A: Waqar, I apologize for taking so long to respond to your question. I've been busy with making a ...
non-fiction means fact!12/2/2008
  Q: i have a really great book for which I want to obtain screenplay rights. Everything in this book is ...
  A: Cian, I'm not a lawyer, so I'm unable to clarify this for you. Find Lawyer for the Arts online. ...
Mini-Series Pitch11/17/2008
  Q: Mr. Vasicek, I am interested in working with an agent to assist me in pitching a mini-series I've ...
  A: Joanne, You can find the kind of agent you desire by doing some research on agents who represent ...
where to send the stories11/17/2008
  Q: I wrote a few stories and now I want to hand them over to someone that may make them into films, I ...
  A: Todd, If you to send them to writers, expect to pay for a writer, or writers to turn your stories ...
Biopic rights11/8/2008
  Q: I'm interested in writing a biopic about a very famous American artist who lived at the beginning of ...
  A: Inon, I'm not a lawyer, so I am unable to answer your question. I can say that since you're ...
Selling screenplay11/8/2008
  Q: I noticed you have a great deal of experience in the film industry. I have written a couple of ...
  A: Maxwell, Check "The Hollywood Creative Directory." Write a query letter. Send it to producers and ...
Producers interested in Gospel stage plays11/7/2008
  Q: I am writing to find out if you would know of any websites or anyone who is interested in producing ...
  A: Lowe, Congratulations on your book. Be sure and let me know when it comes out. As for websites ...
Legend Biographical-Musical. Modoc story of Greatest Elephant that ever lived.11/6/2008
  Q: Full subject: Title: Legend: Biographical-Musical. Modoc: The Story of The Greatest Elephant that ...
  A: Spencer, While I can relate to your passion for this story, I would have to charge you for any work ...
play writing10/29/2008
  Q: I've been writing a play but I'm lost as how to account for the length that a play runs, can you ...
  A: Mark, You should get at least one minute per page with stageplay format, and about one minute per ...
getting in the jungle10/28/2008
  Q: I have just written my first screenplays for short-films. I would like to put them in the right ...
  A: Luis, 1. The movie-maker will usually tell you what they want to read. If they don't, ask them. ...
historical figure10/23/2008
  Q: I am working on a screenplay that is based on a little known historical figure. You could say, a ...
  A: Kim, I'm not a lawyer, so I'm unable to answer your questions. I can say that you can ...
Hollywoood10/20/2008
  Q: Do you have to be in Hollywood, or go to Hollywood to sell your script? If not, if you are somewhere ...
  A: Demetrius, No, you don't have to in Hollywood to sell your script. You write a query letter ...
my scripts10/18/2008
  Q: my name is Shane. I am 13 years old. I have begun an interest in screenwriting and I am currently ...
  A: Shane, Send your scripts to me at dvasicek@earthlink.net. I'll read them and let you know what I ...
Adaptating a play to a movie10/16/2008
  Q: As a first year film student at Temple University, I'm interested in adapting Waiting For Godot for ...
  A: Kyle, I am not a lawyer, so I am unable to answer your question. I can say that you should track ...
Scriptwriting9/29/2008
  Q: How long, on average, should a film script be?
  A: Cal, It depends on the genre. Action, thriller, comedy are usually 90 pages to 110 pages. Dramas ...
Finding Management9/21/2008
  Q: I would love to know if you have any tips on the best way to find (good) literary management. My ...
  A: Maya, First, you must change your way of thinking if you are to succeed as a screenwriter, In ...
I need some more help9/17/2008
  Q: Ok i have been asking around and seraching on the web and i cant find what i need...I am in high ...
  A: Canaan, I'm not a lawyer so I'm unable to answer your question about using a celebrity's name in ...
copyright9/15/2008
  Q: Is there anyway I can check if my script is copyrighted yet? I sent my script and everything to the ...
  A: Luis, You should receive the copyright information in the mail. Since it's been this long, check ...
Submissions & Reviews9/14/2008
  Q: I've got a completed manuscript and novel, now the question arises, who can I send each to? A lot of ...
  A: Eric, I am unable to answer your question about the manuscript, since I do not know what is ...
need opinion9/7/2008
  Q: I had written 2 separated scenes as a sample to proving my abilities as new screenplay writer , I ...
  A: AJ, Format is awful. Sentences far too long. You need to learn how to write screenplays before ...
options9/1/2008
  Q: An agent wants to option one of my scripts for two years, for free. Does this sound right? I didn't ...
  A: Harrison, In my opinion, it is not that much of an opportunity if the agent wants to option your ...
royalties for song on show8/29/2008
  Q: if a TV show were to use a song you wrote, what is the minimum amount of money you can make? Is ...
  A: Luis, Call the Writer's Guild of America. They will give you the answers to your questions. I ...
writing songs for local shows8/23/2008
  Q: I have an idea for a musical and have started on a script for it, but i want to write my own songs, ...
  A: Elaine, You need to find a composer. I can recommend one, but he composes and records music for ...
SCREENWRITERS OUTSIDE U.S.A8/18/2008
  Q: I'm preparing a script (which can be translated to be a movie) based on a true story. It is a bout ...
  A: Bernard, You can find production companies, producer, studios, etc. in "The Hollywood Creative ...
Want to develop idea but also work a screenwriter8/6/2008
  Q: I consider myself a very creative person. Sometimes a song will come on the radio, and a story ...
  A: Kerrie, It appears like you have a visual mind. A screenwriter must be able to be visual since film ...
TV Drama8/3/2008
  Q: I have my story and characters developed and I am in the phase of plotting. Although I am confident ...
  A: Irene, I commend you for your accomplishment. It sounds like you are a serious writer with clarity ...
questions7/4/2008
  Q: whats your opinion about someone analyze all things around him , usually searching for trunth , ...
  A: Carlito, It appears like you have some of what it takes to be writer. However, I would have to read ...
New sitcom idea6/26/2008
  Q: I sent an e-mail to Curb Your Enthusiasm at HBO and asked how to go about doing this and received a ...
  A: Terri, I apologize for taking so long to answer your question. I just returned from a shoot. Call ...
First try at a screenplay6/17/2008
  Q: I am writing my first screenplay and have about 20 pages written so far, but just want to make sure ...
  A: Jeeje, A screenplay can be called a script, so I'm not sure what you mean by "script." Writing ...
WRITING6/16/2008
  Q: ALL MY LIFE I HAVE SPOKEN TO PEOPLE WITH UNSPOKEN WORDS THROUGH WRITING AND PEOPLE HAVE SAID THINGS ...
  A: Q, Writing of any form requires study and research. The strength of any type of writing resides ...
Release forms6/9/2008
  Q: I'm a standup comedian in NYC and through networking I have become acquainted with an established ...
  A: Amanda, I just returned from Europe, or I would've answered your question sooner. It is a ...
can screenwriting be a full time career6/7/2008
  Q: can screenwriting be a full time career? and also i have a 50 page screen play. could that be turned ...
  A: Jeff, Screenwriting can be a full time career. It takes hard study and work and can take several ...
question !6/1/2008
  Q: I wan to know whats the factors & standards must be put in film makers mind to let the movies ...
  A: ao, Factors and standards must be of the highest quality possible. This all begins with the ...
need to ask5/31/2008
  Q: because I want to improve my screen write with some shots & camera movement & angles so I required ...
  A: jc, If you are a screenwriter, then you must leave the camera angles up to the director. Most ...
inquiry: How to sell articles to magazines5/29/2008
  Q: Good day! I need information on the following questions. 1) What is the correct format in writing ...
  A: Amram, 1. Indent seven spaces. Write in paragraph form. 2. Double space. 3. Two. 4. Seven. 5. ...
how to sell?5/20/2008
  Q: I am a new screenwriter. I have have completed a screenplay and have gotten feedback and have have ...
  A: Kevin, Congratulations on completing your first screenplay. You are now amongst those who have had ...
question please5/18/2008
  Q: 1- when I screen play , how can I get a reference for my work to evaluate my work ? 2- whats the ...
  A: jap, 1. For a reference to evaluate your work, use your Internet search engine for script ...
When Dreams Turn to ScreenPlays...4/28/2008
  Q: Literally... yeah, I am a dreamer, but all of my screen play Ideas come from detailed dreams of ...
  A: Eric, Most screenwriters are dreamers. Why not dream? It's part of being human. Simply remember ...
how to obtain rights to someone's life story4/2/2008
  Q: I recently found out about an incredible woman whose life story would make a great movie. There's no ...
  A: Kate, I'm not a lawyer, so I'm unable to tell you how to obtain the legal rights to her life story. ...
getting my screenplays into the right hands3/11/2008
  Q: I have been writing most of my life. Mostly technical journals, self-help, construction, that sort ...
  A: The key to getting definite action on your scripts is to make sure they are market ready. Market ...
royalties2/21/2008
  Q: Don, For more than 10 years I have been wanting to write a Daphne Du Maurier book, Frenchman's ...
  A: Barbara, First, congratulations on your fine work. No easy task. I'd love to read it. I'm not a ...
best route to take2/18/2008
  Q: I have an epic proportioned screenplay that has garnered some interest in one company that didn't ...
  A: Joseph, Test the waters first with a slam dunk query letter and cold calling and pitching. If ...
Murder, I Write2/9/2008
  Q: I have two loosely related questions for you: 1.) If a bodyguard murders to protect his client, is ...
  A: Hamoudy, I am not a lawyer, so I'm unable to answer your questions. I can say that murder, is ...
New Novel AT ALL COST2/1/2008
  Q: I have written a novel which is to be on the shelves in approximately two months. My publisher is ...
  A: Congratulations on your upcoming publication. It is not that often one gets a book published. In ...
Concept for a Screenplay (Research Question)2/1/2008
  Q: I'm not sure if you are the right person to be asking this, but I am working on an episode that ...
  A: Harmoudy, A PI would definitely be helpful in identifying the thief, possibly even more helpful ...
idea for a sitcom1/19/2008
  Q: What do I do if I have an idea for a sitcom and am not a writer?
  A: Stacy, You can hire a writer to write it for you. You can contact production companies and pitch ...
Casting1/9/2008
  Q: A couple of scripts I'm working on are imagined with particular actors in mind (I'm sure we all do ...
  A: Kit, The etiquette of getting an outline or treatment directly to the actors you have in mind ...
Not haveing the idea stollen1/8/2008
  Q: Don: I read your response to one of the other posts about how to proceed in approaching a television ...
  A: Tim, If you fear this, then it is more likely to occur. It is unlikely since most producers ...
what to do now?1/6/2008
  Q: I am 24 years old and have studied film at my Uni in England. I have just finished writing a script ...
  A: Greg, Congratulations! By writing a script, you have accomplished something very few others have. ...
screenwriting question12/29/2007
  Q: I need to write a series of flashbacks. My character will be listening to someone speak and be ...
  A: Ellen, Just continue each flashback like you do the first one: INT. WHITE HOUSE - DAY XXXXXXXX ...
Based on a true story12/6/2007
  Q: I am interested in writing a script based on a true crime story, using many articles and a ...
  A: I'm not a lawyer, so technically, I'm unable to answer your question. However, based on personal ...
The Crown11/1/2007
  Q: I was an actress in the movie "The Crown" as Beth -Lew Temple's date :) I was also the Props Master ...
  A: Lori I apologize for taking so long to answer your question. I just received your question today. ...
Novel to screenplay conversion10/18/2007
  Q: I am an aspiring screenplay writer. I have several books I can envision going to the big screen and ...
  A: Wheaton, I apologize for taking so long to answer your question. I just received it today, so it ...
U.K. resident, trouble selling script in U.S.10/7/2007
  Q: I've written a script in the 'horror genre' and I was wondering if it is better to try and sell ...
  A: Craig, Even produced screenwriters have their screenplays read by someone else (someone knowledge ...
want to get my tv script read by a network. how do i do that?8/30/2007
  Q: ok i am a screen writer a unknown one and i have a idea for a tv show i have the pilot writen up and ...
  A: Jesse, Write a query letter. Write a small script to use over the phone. Get a copy of "The ...
published book to movie8/16/2007
  Q: I think my fiction novel, The Boy On The Side Of The Road, currently in paperback would make a ...
  A: Tammi, The appropriate and most effective way to initiate the contact of movie producers is to ...
where to get started7/15/2007
  Q: My friend and I are beginning to adapt a film into a stage play. How do we go about getting it ...
  A: Tammy, First, check with the movie company for rights. You'll need a lawyer to tell you how to ...
keep in touch7/12/2007
  Q: translation are - most of the times - a kind of crime respect of the original text. so, how can ...
  A: Alberto, The only way I can think of avoiding it is to be "there" when the translation is taking ...
Adaptation? Who to question for permission7/4/2007
  Q: I have a very detailed script idea for a sort of sequel to Mary Poppins, as in a story featuring the ...
  A: Susan, I am not a lawyer, so I am unable to answer your questions. I can suggest that you call the ...
sitcom6/27/2007
  Q: .i'm in the process of creating a "sitcom"..i guess the best comparison would be Seinfeld..my ...
  A: Moayad, Write up a query letter. Send it out to agents and producers. Finish writing the script. ...
obtaining rights6/10/2007
  Q: I am a professional singer, songwriter, author (yet to be published, but still an author) and I ...
  A: Marney, There is no use writing the play, performing it, and/or videoing taping it, unless you ...
legal question in my screenplay5/22/2007
  Q: I am writing a screenplay about a 16 year old girl who runs away from home. I am having trouble ...
  A: Darcy, I am not a lawyer, so I'm unable to answer your questions. I can say that if you do enough ...
Selling high concept movies ideas4/26/2007
  Q: I am not from the US and have many high concepts ideas for future movies. I am not a screenwriter ...
  A: You should do research to find out what companies are looking for the subject matter contained in ...
Permissions?4/12/2007
  Q: Vasicek, I am interested in writing a screenplay about a famous person's life/career/successs. ...
  A: Fox, Call the Writer's Guild of America, West ((323) 951-4000 (800) 548-45320). Ask them for the ...
play format2/28/2007
  Q: I'm looking for a basic, cheap screenplay formatting program. Or maybe a free program I can download ...
  A: Jim, If I mention one, and not any others, then I could get myself in trouble. So, if you conduct ...
Screenplay Need Financing2/7/2007
  Q: I have written several screenplays and am ready to get investors for the production of my ...
  A: Tina, You're creeping out of the area into development with your screenplay. Although my focus is ...
production costs1/19/2007
  Q: I have a question about production costs. Is it more expensive for television shows to film in Los ...
  A: Danielle, It all depends upon the kind of television project one wants to film, and for what ...
What to do with money1/15/2007
  Q: Many years ago I found a passion in film and theatre and perfroming arts. Like most others I ...
  A: Don, The first step you should take, if you haven't, is make sure you have a working knowledge of ...
copyright breach1/1/2007
  Q: I have written a screenplay but I am quite inspired by a song. In fact I have used some of the ...
  A: Cagri, I am not a lawyer, so I am unable to answer your question. Run a search via the Internet ...
new sitcom idea12/27/2006
  Q: Can you help me with a sitcom idea i have. I am totally new at this and have no connections or ...
  A: Mario, What do you want to do with your idea? Write a script? Pitch your idea to production ...
producers12/18/2006
  Q: I was wondering how do people become television and movie producers? Is the usual path to start out ...
  A: Danielle, If you were to interview each person who became a television or movie producer, I would ...
marketing a script12/12/2006
  Q: Do people "shop" around tv pilot scripts for sitcoms and children's cartoons the way they do movie ...
  A: Danielle, You are right on. Many times you will be told to submit through your agent. If you ...
screen play plot,ideas12/10/2006
  Q: I need help in trying to complete my screen paly I try to write but run short of ideas and loose my ...
  A: Maxwell, Go to donvasicek.com. Click on articles. There, you will see a series of articles that ...
storyline10/22/2006
  Q: How can I get someone to read my storyline? Why does everyone want money to read a 1 minute ...
  A: Dan, I've never heard of anyone wanting to be paid to read a 1-minute storyline, so I can't address ...
Multiple locations in Scene Heading10/16/2006
  Q: Don, I have a character that starts on a front porch at night and observes for a few seconds, then ...
  A: Chris, I apologize for taking so long to answer your question. I've been away shooting a film and ...
Production/Promotion10/9/2006
  Q: Mr. Vasicek, good morning. I have a completed screenplay and one in the works. I have had a very ...
  A: Good morning, MS. Darracq, Get a copy of "The Hollywood Creative Directory." It contains names, ...
2 format questions10/9/2006
  Q: A few of my scenes take place in an open convertible (car). Do I start those scene headings with ...
  A: Autumn, Use INT if the scene takes place "in" the convertible. If the scene takes place outside ...
Does school overshadow talent in writing?9/24/2006
  Q: I am an unproduced screenwriter, but I have done some work for small companies. I'm in the process ...
  A: Neal, If you are in the trenches in Hollywood, and are good are at networking, it makes little ...
Contacting a Director9/20/2006
  Q: Mr. Vasicek, I regularly work as a mechanic but recently decided to start working as a ...
  A: Brian, The first step you should take is to complete your script. The second step you should take ...
Writing for an established Movie Franchise9/4/2006
  Q: I am an amateur screenwriter and have future plans in developing a film in a previously established ...
  A: Eric, Until you're a produced screenwriter and have a reputation, it is wiser to have written your ...
Writers Guild and International Copyright8/10/2006
  Q: A friend of mine and I are creating a Television series and were wondering what the process for ...
  A: Jeremy, Go to the Library of Congress web site. There you will find instructions on how to get a ...
Series Arc8/10/2006
  Q: We are developing a Sitcom and we do not know what the format should be for writing the series arc. ...
  A: Manuel, Go to Google and type in television sitcom scripts. There, you should find a host of web ...
copyrighting a play7/29/2006
  Q: i have written many plays and would like to get them copyrited and then produced. what needs to be ...
  A: Ahsha, Although I'm listed as an expert on plays, I am not. Plays are coupled with screenwriting, ...
marketing a screenplay7/19/2006
  Q: as a fellow expert (homebuilding and construction) I feel it is time to try this service myself. I ...
  A: Bruce, Those who charge to read your screenplays should be screenplay consultants who are looking ...
Preliminary biopic questions7/5/2006
  Q: I have been researching a woman for an article I'm writing, and I think that her life would make for ...
  A: The questions you ask border on the need for legal expertise. Since I'm not a lawyer, I can only ...
Screenwriting Process4/28/2006
  Q: I am currently in the process of completing my first screenplay, I am now getting frustrated because ...
  A: Malik, I would suggest that you chalk up the purchase and failed use of the screenplay software to ...
Hollywood4/10/2006
  Q: Im 22 years old, and more than interested in becoming a screenwriter. the thought of things I have ...
  A: Dan, There is no problem with sending your script from your home. The way you would do this is to ...
submitting for production4/7/2006
  Q: I have a complete screenplay, not a treatment, ready to be looked at by potential producers. I have ...
  A: Augusto, You should immediately have your screenplay copyrighted (you can do this online on the ...
how to write4/7/2006
  Q: please sir i am a nigerian and i think i have some really great story ideas but i dont know how to ...
  A: Charles, Go to the Internet and look for screenwriting books. Viki King's "How To Write A Movie In ...
Screenwriting software program that creates outlines1/31/2006
  Q: I'm an aspiring writer, and I have intentions of writing short stories, novels, and screenplays. A ...
  A: Julian, I apologize for taking so long to answer your question. Links, etc. got mixed up and the ...
Ok. I need to write and film...12/22/2005
  Q: Ok. I need to write and film a short film with a relation to africa. I want to make a slightly ...
  A: Natasha, The plot should "show" your story with a beginning, a middle, and an end.  It should ...
Success Rate11/16/2005
  Q: Quick question, how rare is it that an ametuer that has no experience (like myself) actually gets a ...
  A: Eddie, Thank you giving me a rating. It is thoughtful and I appreciate it. Like they say in the ...
Script11/15/2005
  Q: I'm new here, so I'm still getting used to navigating and where to ask what question. Anyway, my ...
  A: Eddie, After you write a script for a film, write a query letter. Joan and Lydia Wilen's book, ...
Spacing11/2/2005
  Q: Hey there. I just finished a play, and the people I'm sending it into said the play needs to be ...
  A: Nick, Although I'm listed with plays on AllExperts, I have no experience writing plays. Plays are ...
potential movie script9/9/2005
  Q: ok, so i am writing this for myself as much as for you, this is an excuse to make myself do it. but ...
  A: Maggie, While I enjoyed reading your story and found it well-written and compelling, I want to tell ...
selling the screenplay9/9/2005
  Q: How do I go about selling my screenplay? Must I have an agent? May I contact the studios directly? ...
  A: Victoria, Go to Google. Type in "how do I go about selling my screenplay?" You will receive a ...
Writing a movie...8/10/2005
  Q: Hey I was wanting to make a somewhat short movie for the fun and accomplishment of it, I wanted ...
  A: Admiral N, It sounds like a story that Hollywood would like. You need to get it in script form. ...
Beginning----2 questions.7/11/2005
  Q: 1. Is there ever an oppurtunity to sell an idea and if so how much could I expect to sell it for. ...
  A: Randall, 1. In order to sell an idea you will have to contact Hollywood producers and production ...
Getting something onto broadway6/30/2005
  Q: I have a goal to get a musical on broadway by the time I'm 25 (I'm sixteen now, and am in the middle ...
  A: Drew, Since my specialty is screenwriting, I have little knowledge about how to network with the ...
General question about making pitches.6/24/2005
  Q: Basically, I'd like to know any tips you have for pitching screenplays. What should I tell or ...
  A: Hunter, Study newspaper, "TV Guide" loglines. Go to Google.com, type in "Screenplays How to ...
Reading Groups6/20/2005
  Q: I have just finished a script that I would like to start shopping. Unfortunately I do not know if it ...
  A: Mark, Go to Google.com. Type in: Screenwriting, Reading Groups. This should give you resources ...
Critiques6/2/2005
  Q: At a local library, I saw a notice posted on their bulletin board giving out a number to call for ...
  A: Augusto, I would ask this woman to send me her resume before I met with her, and before I paid her ...
properly citing quotations & proverbs5/27/2005
  Q: Vasicek--thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. I'm not hell-bent on going to ...
  A: I'm not a lawyer, so I'm unable to answer you questions. I can say that, in my own experience, I ...
writing plays4/29/2005
  Q: I WROTE THIS PLAY BUT IT WAS NOT THAT PROFESSIONAL, BUT IT HAS GOOD STORY THOUGH. I PLANNIN TO ...
  A: Jake, I'm listed as an expert about plays because screenwriting is also listed with writing plays. ...
Dialogue4/25/2005
  Q: Perhaps this seems very basic; I am new to this and doing it for fun. Do screenplays contain ...
  A: Noelle, Screenplays contain dialogue. You can go to Google.com, type in screenplays. It will give ...
What to do now?4/9/2005
  Q: My first screenplay scored in the top 15% in the Nichols contest, and I'm told that's pretty good. ...
  A: Amber, Sorry it took so long to respond. There was a glitch and I just found about your question ...
How to indicate a scene is B & W?4/8/2005
  Q: I'm sure you have a lot to read so I will get to the point. I am just beginning to try my hand at ...
  A: David, Simply indicate when the scene is B & W like this: INT. CHICAGO/BASEMENT - NIGHT Earl ...
practical?3/29/2005
  Q: I would just like to know how practical is it really to get into screenwriting? Will I be able to ...
  A: Ashley, Thank you for your questions. You are wise by asking questions before acting on your ...
Screenwriting books/how to3/5/2005
  Q: Vasicek, I have written several books and have come to the realization that I need to expand my ...
  A: Cary, For some 101 tuneup on how to write screenplays, you might want to check out a preview of ...
writing partner3/4/2005
  Q: How do i go aboout finding an experienced partner who can transform my ideas to treatment or screen ...
  A: Scott, Not to take away from your talent and ability to come up with ideas, but, as for ...
act lengths2/11/2005
  Q: But if a page = 1 min of screen time then that is only a 2 hr film,.. am I mistaken?if I'm adapting ...
  A: L. J., You are correct. 120 minutes, or two hours, is what the screenwriter needs to think in ...
Reading?1/28/2005
  Q: A friend and I have been asked to help an aspiring screenwriter. He is not well-versed in the ...
  A: Tom, Besides reading the books I am about to list, he should also study screenplays and movies that ...
Dialogue length1/4/2005
  Q: I am writing an action script but find that Act I is basically all dialogue, in order to establish ...
  A: Ben, Particularly with action scripts, writers should think in terms of action, not dialogue. ...
Is film school legit?12/30/2004
  Q: I'm thinking about going to film school in order to better myself as a screen writer, but is film ...
  A: John, Whatever education you acquire, is a step in the right direction. So, attending film school ...
Screenplay12/22/2004
  Q: I've been asked to write a screenplay with regard to a fairly good selling novel of 1999. While I've ...
  A: Dennis, or should I say, Fellow Expert, Congratulations regarding the screenplay assignment. At ...
writing/selling a script11/22/2004
  Q: I have several questions for you about my screenplays. This is my first time ever writing anything I ...
  A: Jamie, The limit on screenplay pages is usually between 90 and 120 pages for beginning writers. ...
When contacting potential representation11/11/2004
  Q: I am a "yet-to-be discovered" screenwriter who is striving to have a career as a writer/producer. I ...
  A: Rico, Agents are only in the position of superiority you mention because of the law of supply and ...
Format: Montage11/7/2004
  Q: First, are montages used in regular screenplays or should they just be used in a director's version? ...
  A: Curtis, Use of montages by screenwriters in spec scripts can cause these screenwriters to be ...
script agencies10/22/2004
  Q: If you need to actually know someone in the buisness to even get a foot in, then what can these ...
  A: john ramos, A quick check of SLG Productions (I was unable to find CSS) shows that you have to make ...
Screenplay packaging10/15/2004
  Q: Don: My writing partner and I were recently e-mailed by a Randy M. Hirsch (who claims to be a ...
  A: Brice, I had a person similar to Mr. Hirsch approach me in a similar way. This occurred 15 years ...
Golden Lion10/13/2004
  Q: What is the Golden Lion Award? Do you know?
  A: Sorry it took so long for me to answer your question. I've been out of town shooting a film. I ...
Scripts10/8/2004
  Q: I have never worked in the film industry so have no knowledge of how it works and what correct ...
  A: Paul Reeves, I apologize for not responding sooner. I just received your question this morning. ...
Screenplay9/27/2004
  Q: What is need to properly (through registration) protect a synopsis of a screenplay? How long should ...
  A: David, I'm not sure how you can protect your synopsis. Call the Writers Guild of America, west ...
what my protag does for a living?9/21/2004
  Q: I'm working on a screenplay but I'm having trouble with the protagonist's charactization. He works ...
  A: Daniel Ho, I just returned from shooting some footage for my latest film. Your e-mail came while I ...
Reaserch9/7/2004
  Q: Respected Sir I am going to write a science fiction / fantasy story about a man who can ...
  A: Anil, Type "Science" in the Google box and see where that leads you. Also try, "change of physical ...
Libel Laws8/26/2004
  Q: I have a legal question I hope you can answer. Do I need permission to use a character that is based ...
  A: Rachel, I'm not a lawyer, so I am unable to answer your question. I'm sorry. Check with Lawyers ...
4th v 5th draft - should we take a step back?8/23/2004
  Q: Unfortunately I have no way of paying you at the moment as I am currently working my way through ...
  A: Darrell, I'm pretty well tied up with a film project. I have deadlines and simply don't have the ...
screen adapation8/19/2004
  Q: I've written a novel that is being published this winter and I am preparing to write the screenplay ...
  A: Michele, Congratulations for the upcoming publication of your novel. Can you tell me the title so ...
basic things8/11/2004
  Q: FOR A SCREENPLAY: 1. what is INTERCUT? 2. what is CLOSE UP and CLOSE ON? 3. explain the position of ...
  A: Maria, Purchase the Cole/Haig book, "Standard Script Formats: Part 1 (Screenplays). It has been ...
a Character's thoughts8/10/2004
  Q: When a character is thinking something intended for the audience to hear, is this indicated by using ...
  A: Darrell, Use V.O. of character's voice: INT. WHITE HOUSE - DAY President Bush does wheelies on a ...
Filling it in7/29/2004
  Q: I am writing a screenplay and I've run into a bit of a problem, after 27 pages I'm almost done. Just ...
  A: I apologize for taking so long to answer your questions. I just returned from filming. Without ...
Montage format7/29/2004
  Q: In a script I'm writing, I have a montage scene where someone is watching hours of a particular ...
  A: Matthew Pella, Use an establishing shot slug line like: INT. JOHN KERRY'S HOUSE - DAY President ...
three acts structure in screenplays7/26/2004
  Q: Is it necessary to have your screenplay broken into the three act structure? I'm not sure where one ...
  A: Darrell, If you want to write screenplays that sell and get produced, you are going to have to ...
writing scripts7/22/2004
  Q: do you have any tips on writing action thriller movie scripts
  A: Scott Williams, Study action thriller movies. Outline them, scene-by-scene. Download action ...
Think Hollywood = Live Hollywood, given the chance?7/8/2004
  Q: First of all may I say that I am unsure as to whether I am violating some rule of etiquette in this ...
  A: If you want to be successful as a screenwriter, then truck to LA, and stay there, until you're ...
how do i go about wrting a movie?6/30/2004
  Q: i want ot write a romantic movie. how do i go about it? i wnat to know how to write the movie in the ...
  A: Tobenna, There are a multitude of ways you can write a movie. I'd suggest you start out with my ...
Flashbacks6/16/2004
  Q: When writing a "flashback" of a characters life into your screenplay,how is this formatted? Does it ...
  A: Darrell, INT. SAND CREEK MASSACRE SITE - DAY XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX FLASHBACK ...
$$6/4/2004
  Q: Hey; I am almost done with my first script and I want to sell it. It is an adapted romantic comedy. ...
  A: Check with the Writer's Guild of America. They will be very helpful to you. Don Vasicek "How To ...
Screenplays..6/4/2004
  Q: there. I have been reading a lot lately about screenplays for both TV and movies. I was wondering if ...
  A: Go to Google.com. Type in screenplay samples for screenplays. For television scripts, type in, ...
looking to find out5/26/2004
  Q: I am getting ready to rewrite a play I haven't writen since high school, now I am ...
  A: Bear in mind, I'm not a lawyer. You should check with one if you have doubts. There is a web site, ...
new screenwriter5/23/2004
  Q: i dont know where to start and i really feel like i am ready to start screenwriting. Do you have ...
  A: I'm not sure I understand it. Are you looking for something about which to write, or how to start? ...
CAPS4/24/2004
  Q: Should I use CAPS in my screenplay? I've heard that CAPS shouldn't be used in specs.
  A: Think in terms of having a pile of screenplays to read by Monday morning. What kind of screenplays ...
essay4/17/2004
  Q: i need a little help on an essay i have to write for a competiton. it is called *children--the ...
  A: Emma, Any kind of writing you do, should tell a story. It should have a beginning, a middle and an ...
Visual writing problem4/15/2004
  Q: Vasicek, Sir, I need help. -am having a tough time getting the ACTION and IMAGES on the page. I ...
  A: Doug Aarne, There should be a beginning, a middle and an ending when writing description. It ...
Starting a Screenplay4/12/2004
  Q: Vasicek. My name is Tylor Anderson, and I've got a problem about writing screenplays. I'm a very ...
  A: Tylor, To write a screenplay like Tarantino or Avary, simply study their screenplays. Outline ...
Adapting4/12/2004
  Q: -Hello Don, Thank you for your reply. By all means I understand the respect issue of ...
  A: Rico, What you might want to do is find an agent, a publicist, or marketing person who can help you ...
page length4/7/2004
  Q: When submitting a script to someone, is it in my best interests to make sure it's exactly 120 pages, ...
  A: Matthew Pella, The length of a spec screenplay should always range from about 100 pages to 120 ...
Drafts and Price4/1/2004
  Q: I want to know how many drafts do you have to write for a script before it is actually 'brought to ...
  A: Assma, One of my screenplays was brought to life after three drafts. Another took fifteen drafts. ...
Legalities3/22/2004
  Q: I would like to create a screenplay from a novel which was written over forty years ago (by someone ...
  A: Narth, I'm not a lawyer, so legally, I am unable to advise you. Check Volunteer Lawyers for the ...
screenwriting format3/9/2004
  Q: What sound effects should I capitalize? If someone CLAPS LOUDLY or LAUGHS, do I capitalize them or ...
  A: Matthew, If you're writing a new screenplay, you might want to ignore the utilization of sound ...
script2/25/2004
  Q: How would i start writing a script.I have a great idea but i just need it on paper.Can you help me.
  A: Tyson, Go to Google.com. Type in the search box that you need help to learn how to write a ...
Creative license2/20/2004
  Q: Don, I am writing a historical drama. The two main characters are fictional, but connected in a ...
  A: Mark, Your story and passion for it sound compelling. The advice you are asking for should come ...
Mentor Question2/14/2004
  Q: I have two questions: 1. Can you recommend a good online scriptwriting class? 2. I am adapting a ...
  A: Mary, For online screenwriting classes, go to Screenwriters Utopia. Contact Chris Wehner, the ...
help2/2/2004
  Q: There has to be something you can tell me to help. I have a major problem, My wife is pregnant, and ...
  A: west, First thing you should do is get a job so that you can take care of your wife and the baby. ...
I would like to use a story in my script but...6/25/2003
  Q: I have a screenplay I am working on and I would like to have a performance of "Cinderella" take ...
  A: Shaun Paikai, I'm not an attorney, but what I would do if I were in your position, I would first ...

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Utilizing The Zen of Writing, a writing concept I developed over 40 years of professional writing and filmmaking, I can take you from the inception of your idea to the market. This translates to if you have an idea for a movie or a book, I can guide you through the jungle of writing these tomes all the way to getting it to producers, agents, editors, and/or publishers.

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Writer/Consultant for MGM's "Warriors of Virtue"
Writer/Associate Producer for American Film Corporations' "The Lost Heart", "Born To Kill"
Writer/Director/Producer for Olympus Films+'s "Faces" and "Oh, The Places You Can Go..."
Writer/Director/Producer for Olympus Films+'s "The Sand Creek Massacre" Screenwriter for Incline Productions, Inc.'s "The Crown"
Author of "The Write Focus" and "How To Write, Sell, And Get Your Screenplays Produced"


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Screenwriters Utopia Simeon Halligan Oscar Technologies Writers Bloc Writing Movies Deeply Shallow EOTU British Screenwriting Institute Word Archive Fitness/Health How To Write A Screenplay Screenplace Furious Pen Self Help Guides Absolute Write Square One Publishers Hollywood Lit. Sales Screenwriters Forum Inkwell Newswatch Digital Cinema Report The Inkspotter KOLA ScriptzMotion Screenplayers.net Screenlabs eNews Events Quarterly The Denver Post Talent Online Management Eclectic Writer Writersblok Success Unlimited The Federated Church of Harvey Park Grit Fourth Estate Colorado Society of Poets Rocky Mountain Legal Assistants Association CALS COURIER National Poetry Press General Aviation News Aim Magazine National Society of Published Poets Wayside Press The Poet Adventures in Poetry Great Contemporary Poems An International Poetry Anthology The U. S. Department of Justice Rocky Mountain Writers Guild, Inc. RIverstone Money Talks Newsletter Master of Life Writers Digest Nevada Screenwriters Group Newsletter Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum The Chesterfield Film Company’s Writer’s Film Project Hollywood Scriptwriter Sundance Institute Screenwriter’s Lab Pool The Journal Aurora Sentinel Westwood The Screenwriter Accent Aurora The Journal of the Writer’s Guild of America Highlander The Write FocusHow To Write, Sell, and Get Your Screenplay Produced Contact Mimir American Poetry Press Colorado Society of Poets Yearbook of Modern Poetry Adventures in Poetry Pegasus Lyrical Voices, An International Poetry AnthologyWestern Fraternal Life Association Newsletter BOOKS: “The Write Focus”“Self-Help Guide to Screenwriting” Writer Consultant “Police-Community Relations” “Me Jane…Not You!” “When We Don’t Remember: A Book About Incest” Ghostwriter “Urban WakeUP”

Education/Credentials
Graduate, University of Colorado, B. A. in sociology. Graduate, Hollywood Film Institute, Certified as a writer, director, line producer, producer

Awards and Honors
Filmmaking: Best Film Philip S. Miller Library’s The Bull Theatre Film Project Best Documentary Short American Indian Film Festival Colorado Filmmaker’s Showcase Best Documentary Short The Indie Gathering Film Festival Featured Film Native American Film Festival Excellence Award Videographer’s of America Metro State College of Denver Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration Rhode Island College Multicultural/Unity Center Permanent Placement Screening Finalist Hayden Film Festival Award Winner PYXIX Global Media Network Competition Movie of the Week Tywman Creative Semi-Finalist Moondance International Film Festival Best Native American Film, Golden Drover Award Trail Dust Film Festival Archived, Heard Museum, Phoenix and Archived, The Billie Jean Baguley Library Writing: “Writer’s Digest” Scripts Competition Finalist “The Caller” “Writer’s Digest” Scripts Competition Finalist “The Crown” Houston International Film Festival Finalist “The Crown” Finalist The Chesterfield Film School Competition “The Crown” Rocky Mountain Writer’s Guild Writing Award Finalist, The Sundance Institute, “The Crown”

Past/Present Clients
MGM, American Pictures, Incline Productions, Inc. including over 250 writers, directors, producers, and production companies.

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