How to sell a screenplay to the studios

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I want to chime in here about the many requests for information that I receive about how to get a screenplay produced into a feature film. There is no person who can post a few words of advice on a Facebook post about how to be a successful screenplay writer. There are many college courses that you can take, learning about not only how to be a good screenplay writer, but also how to promote and market your screenplay. Writers are contracted for specific projects, through their literary agents. Generally speaking, you need to be a member of the Writers Guild of America (or equivalent union), and be signed with a reputable literary agency. Your agent submits your material for specific projects. It is a complicated process with many variables, but it starts from there. I will say that if you have the knowledge and education and skills, you can create a crowd funding campaign at sites such as IndieGoGo (https://www.indiegogo.com), and try to produce your screenplay into a short-film. If that short-film is successful at the short-film festival circuits, etc., you can then try to get the project produced as a full-length independent film or studio feature film. Be prepared for the long-haul, and take the necessary steps to be taken seriously.

-Alan Baltes
LA Acting Auditions Examiner

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In 2002, Alan became interested in working on committees at the Screen Actors Guild, and has served on the Background Actors Committee and the Native American Committee. On February 26, 2008, Alan Baltes became “A United Journey For Humanity’s Creative Innovators Advocating A Global Difference Honoree”. Alan Baltes founded his company, AB Media Publishing LLC in 2007, which publishes the “Actors Resource Guides” for actors among others. His company also publishes a network of casting calls and auditions information websites. Alan is also an IMDb Pro News Desk Partner. In 2014, Alan Baltes opened a PR Services division of his company, providing publicity services for entertainment industry professionals. Alan is also a film and television casting director, with credits ranging from extras to lead role actors. Alan Baltes is the proud parent of two amazing young daughters, and strives to educate young actors about the trials and tribulations of an entertainment industry career. You can follow Alan Baltes at his Verified Facebook Profile (https://www.facebook.com/alanbaltes) and his Verified Twitter Page (https://twitter.com/alanbaltes).

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