In this week’s episode I talk with former development executive and current screenwriter Dan Benamor about his years as an executive and how he made the transition to screenwriter.
There are many things that a screenwriter learns along the way—and most of them pertain to the rules of writing, and not necessarily the rules of the business. And let’s face it: the business of filmmaking is more confusing than ever. While it was never simple, it was at least seemingly straight forward. Not so much these days. Established writers have their own headaches–new platforms, distribution models, a top down approach from studios where release dates are announced before a script has even been written—and that’s just scratching the surface.
For the writer just starting out, trying to get a script sold on spec, there is a unique set of challenges that go beyond just trying to battle through the third act blues. Who do you show your script to? Do you need an agent? What market are you targeting? What happens when you finally sell your script? A writer trying to get his or her foot in the door needs to not only have a solid offering, but they need to know where to go and how to establish relationships once they get on solid footing. Because after all, the name of the game is not only getting one script sold and/or produced, but it’s to get consistent work.
And where exactly do you turn for advice? Along with all of those new platforms and distribution models, there is also now a myriad of voices telling you that they—and only they—are the ones that can get you to where you want to go. Just peruse Amazon and see how many books there are or just do a simple Google search and see what you come up with. Dan Benamor has been in the business on the development side and knows the pitfalls of the business and can help the budding writer navigate the murky waters how to sell your screenplay on spec.
You can also read a transcript of this episode.
- Dan Benamor on IMDb
- Dan Benamor’s Producer’s Notes
- SYS Select Newsletter to producers
- SYS Select Screenwriting Leads
- The SYS screenplay consultant service
- Our free guide, “How to Sell Your Screenplay in 5 Weeks!”
- Free Screenplays: Download Screenplays in PDF format
- How did screenwriters on the podcast break into the business? How To Become A Screenwriter
- Screenwriting Success Stories from using SYS Services