Thanks to all who felt I was worth calling attention to… I am humbled.
I’ve been fortunate to get kind recognition from others whose opinions I respect and appreciate.
ScriptChat: February 2010
ScriptChat is a weekly virtual gathering of screenwriting aspirants and pros who meet on Twitter to discuss the challenges of the craft and the business. I was invited to participate on the panel How To Write for Indie Filmmaking: When to Take the Indie Path.
The American Panel includes Hue Rhodes (Saint John of Las Vegas), Jessica King and Julie Keck (Libidoland, Tilt), Phil Holbrook (Tilt), Gary King (New York Lately, What’s Up Lovely), and Chip Street (Rocket Summer, Grampa Was A Superhero, Faeries).
3am Screenwriter: Feb 2011
Justin Hedges is an uber-dedicated scriptsmith who writes the terrific blog The 3am Screenwriter. Justin wrote a great series of articles about screenwriters he’d been recommended to follow on Twitter. Besides myself, he interviewed Gary Sanders and Karen Quah. Here’s mine: The First Three: An Interview with Chip Street.
This the second of my three interviews with The First Three, three fellow screenwriters and BOSI mentoring students Marvin Acuna suggested I start Following on Twitter when I first got started in social media. Chip Street is a great screenwriter, blogger, and filmmaker. I’ve read one of his scripts, Faeries, and will put my reputation on the line in saying his name is gonna be around Hollywood and filmmaking in general for a very long time.
49th Films: May 2011
Matt Shields over at 49th Films interviewed myself and two other script readers in his Script Reader Q&A to get insight into what readers look for, and what makes them crazy. I was humbled to be in such great company as Synthian Sharp and Jeanne Marie Spicuzza.
Last post introduced the “script reader,” who can be an early hurdle on the screenwriter’s journey towards a script sale. Today, we have a Q&A with three of those gatekeepers, who each kindly gave their time to answer a few questions from the reader’s perspective.
Script Magazine: June 16 2011
In Jeanne Veillette Bowman’s article “Balls of Steel: Skin That Spec” she interviewed screenwriting and producing duo King Is A Fink (Julie Keck and Jessica King) about their use of social media to build their careers. The duo was kind enough to mention my influence on their efforts.
Julie and Jessica looked up some of their favorite non-produced screenwriters, starting with Chip Street, and found he had a website where he marketed not only his projects, but also himself as a writer … Screenwriters could actually market themselves? Bingo! And just like that, the girls drove Thelma and Louise-style off the cliff and into the waiting arms of a glorious filmmaking community…
BlueCat Screenplay Competition Newsletter: June 28 2011
Each month the BlueCat Newsletter features a blog posting they feel will be valuable for their wide readership of screenwriters. In 2011 they featured my article “10 Things To Think About When You Option Your Script“.
Today’s featured blog post is from Chip Street … Street has some experience with options … his insight could be of great help down the road, when you become faced with an option situation.
JokeAndBiagio: July 9 2011
Television and film producers Joke and Biagio, of Joke Productions, launched and ran a very successful KickStarter campaign for their film Dying To Do Letterman. Their article “14 Blog Posts That Helped Us Launch Our KickStarter Campaign” referenced my CineSpin.com article Crowdfunding: Think Like A Marketer and Increase Conversions.
…we thought we’d share the blog posts we studied along the way that gave us such a great start. We read and re-read these posts, and it seems that the advice is worth at least five figures.
#7: Chip Street — Crowdfunding — Think Like a Marketer and Increase Conversions
IndieWire: July 11 2011
Indiewire’s article “The 21 Secrets to the Success of the Kickstarter Oscar Campaign” referenced — and extensively quoted — my CineSpin.com article Can KickStarter Take This Doc To The Oscars.
Cinespin (a blog that analyzes emerging funding, marketing and distribution for independent filmmakers — and a new Indiewire must-read) breaks down what they’ve done right…
BlueCat Screenplay Competition Newsletter: January 31 2012
BlueCat Screenwriting Competition’s January newsletter was all about advice for its contestants… focused on how to best leverage reader feedback to build a better screenplay. In it they recommend readers look at my blog posting When To Listen To The Reader: Understanding Screenplay Feedback.
Beyond the shock of feedback, however, there’s immense value, and our friend Chip Street has some recommendations on how to interpret this information over at his screenwriting blog.
JohnAugust.com: June 2012
I wrote a blog posting detailing our experience with Amazon Studios’ new private screenplay submission model. Screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Go, The Nines) was kind enough to feature the posting on his highly respected website.
As Craig and I have discussed on the podcast, the new rules at Amazon Studios certainly seem like a step in the right direction. But if I were in Chip’s shoes, I’d have the same hesitation. If you’re interested in the vagaries of the new Amazon Studios, his post is a must-read, with lots of good links and insights.
Bleeding Cool: June 2012
The Amazon Studios post just keeps on giving… here’s a reference at the big-time big-deal comics website Bleeding Cool, in an article about Clive Barker’s involvement in the Amazon Studios property Zombies VS Gladiators:
Michael Weiss and Gregg Ostrin created the concept of Zombies vs. Gladiators as part of the Amazon Studios project, a controversial pseudo-studio founded by the e-tailer behemoth that has had some writers worried about the ownership of their scripts and the possibility of earning from them. You’ll find a pretty good explanation on the website of Chip Street.
NoFilmSchool: June 2012
Chris Boone over at NoFilmSchool.com wrote up an article highlighting my Amazon Studios postings… How Amazon Studios is Trying to Get Free Options to Privately Submitted Screenplays.
Chip’s two-part blog post on his initial reaction to Amazon Studios’ ‘Consider’ List offer and their FAQ follow-up are must-reads for screenwriters consideringSc submissions to Amazon.
Wikipedia: September 2012
Just learned today that my article on Amazon Studios is cited as a reference in the Wikipedia Amazon Studios entry. Kinda cool!
Scripts may be submitted with the option to allow other people to modify them. In addition there is a separate submission method for professional writers (Writers Guild of America members) with separate rules.
5. ^ a b Chip Street (June 1, 2012). “Amazon Studios New (Old) Deal for Screenplay Options“. Chip Street. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
ScriptTips: October 2012
Dan Bronzite over at Movie Outline asked if he could reprint my Screenplay Options articles in their ScriptTips newsletter. Of course, I said yes… it’s great to be able to get good information out to more people.
Screenwriter Chip Street discusses the common yet often complex matter of script optioning in “20 Things To Think About When You Option Your Screenplay – Part I”
Examiner.com: February 2013
D.B. Rhoomes did a great interview with me for her YA Lit series. We talked about my background, about both the Rocket Summer film and book projects, and about what’s next.
1. You have a very interesting background in the literary arts, tell me a little about yourself.
I wrote a lot of dramatic bad poetry as a kid, and drew incessantly. I did some cartooning for local newspapers, and was convinced that’s what I’d be doing for life. In high school I wrote a lot of short stories and more bad poetry, and illustrated my first books, a series of science texts.
KSCO AM 1080: August 2013
KSCO invited me to be a guest on the station’s morning program, to discuss my screenplay and novel Rocket Summer, and to talk about the indie filmmaking process in general. I talked about how the story came about, the challenges of novelizing the screenplay, and explained how screenplay options and sales work.
ScriptTips: November 2014
Movie Outline chose to republish another one of my blog posts, this one on writing screenplay description.
Why too much detail destroys screenplay description – and pisses readers off
SimplyScripts: January 16 2015
SimplyScripts chose to republish my article “10 Things To Think About When You Option Your Screenplay – Parts 1 & 2”
SimplyScripts: January 30 2015
SimplyScripts reprinted my article “How I Sold The Very First Screenplay I Ever Wrote – And How You Can Avoid The Same Fate”
SimplyScripts: February 2015
SimplyScripts republished my article “How The Crazy Lady At CVS Can Help You Write Character and Dialog“