What ONE piece of screenwriting or filmmaking advice has been the most useful to you in your career and why?
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I also hate being dishonest… I just read your first screenplay, and I’m going to have to pass.
Yes, you did your research. Yes, you worked really hard. And yes, you got the formatting down perfectly. But all that time and energy and attention to detail rarely add up to a great screenplay. The only thing that matters is story, and this one isn’t right for me..
It’s not that a writer’s first screenplay is rarely good (though if I’m still being honest, it rarely is). It’s that a writer’s first screenplay is rarely makeable. It takes experience to craft a truly makeable movie, and without that experience (and more importantly, a proven track record), you’ll be hard pressed to get a studio or financier to bankroll your first effort.
But don’t get discouraged. A first screenplay leads to a second, and a third, and if you keep on plugging away, a writing assignment from a producer who believes in your potential
Rite wright WRITE ‘til you get it right.
Jason Taylor is President of Production at Bad Hat Harry Productions. Full bio here http://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com/speakers/jason-taylor