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Screenwriters dream of breaking into Hollywood, but having a successful career requires more than just honing the craft of writing - a writer must understand the business side of the industry. Screenwriter of the 'Final Destination' franchise, Jeffrey Reddick, shares his story of how he sold his first script.
Don't miss Jeffrey's webinar on Monday, February 3rd on Creating A Film Franchise In Today's Movie Market,
by Jeffrey Reddick
I’m a 20+ veteran of the entertainment industry. Like most people, I grew up seeing Hollywood as Oz – this magical place where dreams came easy and artists were treated like kings. At 19, I started interning at the coolest mini-major studio at the time… New Line Cinema. I sold them
when I was 26. I never went to film school. But I learned about the business in the most invaluable way. Instead of being caught up in my vision of Oz, I got to go behind the curtain of The Great and Powerful Oz and see how the business really worked. From development and marketing, to financing and distribution, I spent 11 years immersed in the business side of show business. And from page to screen, I got to see my first film turn into a profitable franchise.
But today I find myself sitting in my office (Starbucks) staring at a blank page, waiting for my muse to get off her ass and inspire me. And that’s when I hear a young guy sitting next to me say something… something I hear a lot in this hallowed coffee shop.
“I want to be a screenwriter.”
I look over and see that the young man is knee deep into a screenplay. I lean over and inform him that he’s writing a screenplay, so he is a screenwriter. He smiles at this simple encouragement, and we have a long discussion. We talk about art and commerce and what it takes to really be a professional screenwriter.
After this young writer and I finish talking, I start thinking about the nature of screenwriting, the business and the different types of screenwriters.
Most screenwriters I know fall into three categories. The first are natural born storytellers. These people seem to be born full of stories that they feel compelled to tell. As they grow older, this compulsion becomes a fire that can only be quenched by letting these stories out.
Writers want to connect with people and make them think. Or laugh. Or scream. And they usually take two paths in life. They go balls out… eschewing the cooperate world, and advice of parents and friends, and live the life of an “artist.” The take odd jobs to pay the bills but writing whenever they can. Or they take the path of least resistance. They quell this desire. Tell themselves it’s only a pipe dream. They either let the dream die. Or hibernate, until later in life, they realize they have to give writing a shot.
The second type of screenwriters are the people who have an idea for a story, but really only want to write, because they think it will bring them fame and millions of dollars. Most of these screenwriters don’t want to put in the time, or effort, to hone their craft. They either bang out a script after reading a screenwriting book, or try to find a writer to write their amazing idea, thinking it will give them the life of celebrity. These writers clutter the market, but usually quit when they realize success doesn’t happen overnight.
The third type, I like to call the accidental writer. They’re creative and artistic… but express it in some other form… like acting or directing. But over time, they find their creative instincts aren’t limited to one area.
I find myself in this latter category. While I have always loved writing, acting was my first love. I started in the early 90’s when non-traditional casting wasn’t in vogue. Frustrated by the lack of opportunity, I decided to give my second love a go. And I haven’t looked back.
Now one would think that working in a studio like New Line Cinema, would give me an instant in. But it didn’t.
Get full story of how Jeffrey Reddick broke into Hollywood
Monday February 3, 2014
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Creating A Film Franchise In Today's Movie Market
What You'll Learn:
The key elements to create an enduring franchise.Inside the studio decision-making process regarding franchises.The top genres for creating franchises.The new reality of movie franchises in Hollywood today.How to create your franchise in this new reality.