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UCLA Extension - Screenwriting 1 L. Saber FINISHING YOUR SCREENPLAY (Week 10 Lecture) First I’d like to say that I’m very pleased with the progress all of you have made over the last 10 weeks. I hope you feel just as confident as I do that you’ll be able to continue on this journey and not only finish your screenplay, but enjoy fulfilling writing adventures in the years to come. I’d like to take this time and address some general thoughts on the business of writing as I’m sure many of you have lots of questions about the subject matter. The question I get from aspiring writers all the time is – “How do I get an agent?” The answer to that question is simple, but first I’d like to tell you about other avenues available to you to get your work read and even produced without an agent. The independent film industry is getting wider and wider as technology improves. Since the boom of independent films about 20 years ago, the technology has enabled filmmakers to produce their own films for less money. You can easily rent or even buy your own high definition camera which will produce great picture quality and sound. You can approach your local university’s film or television department and recruit just about every crew member to work on your project. Find an aspiring editor with their own Final Cut Pro or equivalent software and before you know it, you’ll have the essential elements of producing your
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UCLA Extension - Screenwriting 1 L. Saber own film. Once you’re in pre-production, approach your local news media and try to enlist the help of an entertainment reporter who believes in your project. See if you can get periodic articles or news segments about your production and you can invite the news team to your set. On slow news days, human interest stories especially about local, struggling filmmakers will make nice fillers for the station and it will give you publicity and recognition. If the task seems too daunting, perhaps you want to write and produce a local play. It’s another way of building your resume, by writing and pitching your play idea to your local theater company or acting school you can have
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