WHO ELSE WANTS A SCREENPLAY MENTOR?
Chris Soth of MillionDollarScreenwriting.com
USC Graduate, WGA Member, and Million-Dollar Screenwriter
Laguna Niguel, CA.
I know it's a struggle. We toil away, serving our screenwriting, filmmaking dreams, cramming our writing into every spare minute of the day, after work, when the kids are asleep, on our lunch hour and giving up our precious weekends.
And Hollywood can seem VERY far away.
In most cases, if literally IS...VERY...FAR...AWAY.
Some of us live in Wisconsin, Chicago, New York. Many of us don't even live in the USA!
But we have this dream...and we love movies.
WE KNOW IN OUR HEARTS WE HAVE STORIES TO TELL...
Want help telling your story?
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PRE-PAY FOR THE YEAR
I was working as a cruise ship entertainer, sailing out of Miami, Florida. Between shows and late at night, often into the morning, I'd write screenplays, and read every book on the subject...I was obsessed, like you. When the ship touched shore every Friday, I'd race off to SEE movies...
...but after I finished my first screenplay...
I'd race to a pay phone (this was in the days before cell phones) and call every Literary Agency in Los Angeles, then I'd run to the post office and send the query letters to the names I'd gotten on those calls, or when I got lucky, I'd send out screenplays too.
And I even got a little interest...
...my screenplays were read, even at some of the top tier agencies.
Now, I was really OUT THERE....
...I couldn't even be reached by phone, except to my answering service, for six days every week. This was before email too. I led nothing like a normal life...I was out of the country most of the time...running to movie theaters when I was done with my query letters and phone calls.
I DIDN'T KNOW ANYONE IN HOLLYWOOD....OR EVEN IN LOS ANGELES...
...NOT EVEN IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA.
Let alone in "The Industry."
I knew it had to change. I applied to film school, the Graduate Screenwriting Program at The University of Southern California...
I didn't get in, but was wait-listed...
...and I didn't get in.
But was encouraged to reapply the next year...and I did.
AND I GOT IN!
You may have heard the rest of this story. I learned The Mini-Movie Method, the technique I teach from my other website, MillionDollarScreenwriting.com.
A year and a half later, the screenplay I wrote as my USC Thesis project, FIRESTORM, sold for $750,000, and was ultimately made into the film of the same title.
I had pulled it off! The education I received paid off (and now was paid FOR!)! I was in the WGA and going out on meetings every day...it had worked JUST the way I had hoped...
BUT THERE'S A MISSING PIECE I RARELY TALK ABOUT...
Do you know what it is? Yes, you can learn everything about screenwriting from books...especially now my book is available, downloadable from MillionDollarScreenwriting.com...and tapes, CDs, DVDs and other resources on the web...
...You can even market your screenplay on the web. Resources like Inktip.com, Scriptblaster, Scriptshark and a hundred others have opened up the market like NEVER before. You can network at Done Deal, or even my own resource, HollywoodByPhone.com...but there is one other thing you can do to increase your chances of success significantly.
Something that most of my colleagues in grad school failed to do -- even if they knew to do it, which I doubt.
So...what's the "missing piece"?
I FOUND A MENTOR!
Find Your Own Screenplay Mentor, Click Here:
You go to graduate school for two reasons:
1. To learn your craft...and...
2. MAKE CONNECTIONS. To rub shoulders with the people in your field, to apprentice to them, model on their success, and ultimately, become their colleague.
My mentor was a (several times) produced screenwriter. He was a producer. He had written and made movies just like the ones I wanted to write and make. Yes, he started out as simply my professor and instructor...
...but he became much more. My friend, guide and ultimately...my producer on FIRESTORM.
He guided me every step of the way:
-- selecting the right idea for the marketplace
-- honing the idea.
-- outlining the story.
-- crafting "the pitch".
-- writing the screenplay.
-- marketing the screenplay through agents and managers.
And yes, in my case, SELLING the screenplay, and his mentorship didn't stop till we were walking down the red carpet at the premiere of Firestorm at Mann's National Theatre in Westwood!
I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE THINKING...
"...that's great for YOU, Chris.
But you were finally in LA. You had money saved from years toiling away on cruise ships to pay for grad school and take two years off, you were young and unmarried with no kids...you could:
SPEND: $40,000 (it would be more like $60,000 today)
MOVE: thousands of miles away to California and --
TAKE: -- two years out of your life.
AND: You were lucky enough to FIND A MENTOR.
I don't have that kind of money, I can't take that kind of time, I have a job, a mortgage and family obligations and I live thousands of miles from Hollywood, LA, even California...or even: "I do live here...but I STILL FEEL a million miles away from my dream!"
You don't have to go it alone...
You Can Have a Mentor, too! Click Here:
"I CAN'T DO WHAT YOU DID!"
Or CAN you...?
Is it possible that you could:
-- Learn what I learned in the Master's Screenwriting Program at USC!
-- Practice and implement that knowledge in a safe, non-judging environment of one-on-one mentor "coaching" through the year -- just like I had in my second "thesis" year at USC -- all year long --
-- Pitching your ideas
-- Choosing your best
-- Honing its "log line"
-- "Breaking" the story
-- And now it's ready --
-- WRITE the best sceenplay of your life so far!
-- and MORE?
-- is it possible to model on my success the way I modeled on my mentor's?
YOU DON'T HAVE TO REINVENT THE WHEEL!
IT'S TIME FOR THE MILLION-DOLLAR SCREENWRITER TO "GIVE BACK"!
I WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO:
"THE MILLION-DOLLAR MENTOR"*
I've heard enough! Sign Me Up!
*This program is starting its THIRD Year!
You can pay monthly, or pre-pay for the year AND SAVE!!!
PRE-PAY FOR THE YEAR
Is this your screenplay dream?
I've always taught -- at my alma mater, USC, at the UCLA Extension, and when I realized what a thirst there was for this knowledge out there and that the best story methods (The Mini-Movie Method!) were not the educational or Industry Standard, I broadened my teaching to a "Worldwide" platform -- on the "World Wide Web" --
-- I have students all over the world.
And since the beginning, from the Netherlands to New York, many have asked for ONE THING...
And till now I haven't had time.
And now, one year into my program and dozens of mentees later...it's clear that this is something that writers really want and need to succeed...
The excitement out there made me realize I was on to something, and I want to give back MORE.
And in 2007, something happened that will allow me to do that. I became a producer. I attached to a project of my own that was optioned by a studio...the idea was mine, but the script wasn't...
...and in 2008, I did it again. Now in 2009 I'll find the time and energy to mentor and in some cases supervise ...as a producer.
I'M LOOKING FOR WRITERS!
I want to produce YOUR movie.
The screenplay you write in 2010. I want to help you achieve your dreams. I can help you every step of the way, do everything my mentor did for me.
I will provide access to the representation and connections to do it -- AND --
-- I'll provide the MENTORSHIP you need to write your best screenplay ever. I'm still a writer. A Writer-Producer.
I don't want just ANY screenplay. I want to be involved from the beginning...and I'm still a teacher...This way you've got options. Options that will give you the access and support you need.
So the mentorship program is a course…
I want this course!
A SCREENWRITING COURSE LIKE NONE THERE'S EVER BEEN!
A course exactly like working with a producer in Hollywood. Only a select number of writers will have this unique experience!
That reflects MY OWN experiences in the "real world". You'll work with an up-and-coming Hollywood Producer who's just optioned his first deal. You'll bring him your ideas, pick one, develop the best one, and under his guidance...
...develop, write, hone and rewrite that screenplay!
Yes, you've written screenplays before...but have you had luck getting read?
MODEL MY SUCCESS!
STOP WRITING IN THE DARK!
Most screenwriters spend months, sometimes YEARS, toiling away on a screenplay HOPING someone, anyone, in Hollywood will read it when they're done.
But the sad fact is, many agencies and managers have POLICIES IN PLACE against reading YOUR SCREENPLAY.
"NO UNSOLICITED MATERIAL"
"We're not looking for anything now."
"We only read on referral."
And when you're done with your screenplay, THAT'S what you hear when you query.
THAT'S DOING IT BACKWARDS!
Query first, THEN write!
Wouldn't you rather WRITE A SCREENPLAY A PRODUCER IS WAITING FOR?
I wouldn't DREAM of beginning a screenplay unless I was sure my representation was willing to push it to the max, with the studios, producers AND independent investors as well. I don't type FADE IN until I KNOW a producer is waiting...
AND NOW....YOU CAN DO THE SAME!
We'll put our heads together and "vet" your project...
I'm ready! This is my year!
But it gets better:
I have representation for our movie! It's your movie to do anything you want with including getting your own representation. Plus my own reps, who've agreed to read your finished script and looking to move forward on any projects I bring to them as a producer!
When was the last time you were writing a screenplay you KNEW reps in Hollywood would want to read?
It can happen in 2010! Yes, you have to deliver a good script, I have to like it, my representation has to like it, but if we work hand-in-hand this year, it can happen! If not, all rights revert to you!
Take a look at the quarterly program a FEW DOZEN LUCKY WRITERS will do this year:
The ONE-YEAR COURSE CURRICULUM*
THE MILLION-DOLLAR MENTOR
12 MONTHS – A HANDFUL OF COMMITTED WRITERS - ONE SCREENPLAY EACH!
Note: The course is designed to have a each participant complete a screenplay in one year. However, each writer must find a pace that works for his or her sensibilities, which the course is also designed to accommodate.
FIRST QUARTER: A WRITER PREPARES
FIRST MONTH: QUERY MONTH
You send me and my TA, Matt Reagan who is also a produced screenwriter, every query you've got, every log line you're thinking of writing. Together, via email and phone, we evaluate each one. Query us 200 times if you want to! We separate the wheat from the chaff and brainstorm in a series of meetings by phone.
Your First Month gift: The Million-Dollar Screenwriting DVD Set and Ebook. $200 value. You'll need this for us to speak the same language. Shipped to you the moment you sign up!
SECOND MONTH: MANAGEMENT MAYHEM
The ideas still on your list will be evaluated by my representation. They’ll tell you what the market is likely to be for the kind of project you’re talking about.
If your idea is the kind of thing they’re looking for, they'll assure us -- yes, this script will be read when you're done! With an eye toward representation for the screenplay with me attached as producer!
AND—we continue this process UNTIL YOU ARE COMPLETELY SATISFIED that you have found the project that is right for you, with the potential to achieve your goals as a writer!
Your Second Month gift: "YOUR MILLION-DOLLAR CAREER SEMINAR" delivered by conference call. $297 value! Or take the seminar anytime in 2009 -- a coupon comes with this course!
THIRD MONTH: STORY OUTLINES!
Now we take that idea and BREAK it into eight Mini-Movies -- you won't believe how you can see THE WHOLE PICTURE in just these 6-8 Mini-Movie steps...the whole movie...from FADE IN to FADE OUT.
Your Third Month gift: Story Break consultation, $350 value, three hours long, comes with treatment reading, critique and writing plan.
I am ready!
*Stop at any time! Ownership of the project stays WITH YOU! If we can't come up with an idea that we both LOVE, we part friends. Leave now, have your best idea ever, with a great outline ready to go -- or stay in the program, write it under our supervision -- read on:
SECOND QUARTER: THE FIRST ACT
In the next twelve weeks, you'll write the first half of your screenplay.
UNLIMITED PHONE AND EMAIL SUPPORT WHILE YOU WRITE!
FOURTH MONTH: MINI-MOVIE MADNESS!
Now the writing begins - ACT ONE -- at least a page every day! Use the strongest outline and best idea you've ever had to start your best screenplay!
And if you like, Matt will set deadlines with you and follow up on your progress to support you in getting it done!
Your Fourth Month gift: Million-Dollar Screenwriting: The Mini-Movie Method presented by teleseminar conference call. Join me and other students on four conference calls to master the method! Value: $297.
FIFTH MONTH: THE FOUNDATION
The first act is vital. We don't move on till it's really working. Phone, email and written support until WE GET IT RIGHT!
Your Fifth Month gift: I read and give notes on your screenplay's first act - $250 value.
SIXTH MONTH: PEER REVIEW
As you forge on into the second act, your colleagues read Act One. We make sure it's on track for keeping the reader turning pages. Rewrites if necessary!
Your Sixth Month gift: Office Hours with representation...talk to our managers specifically about how your story is unfolding…unprecedented value...it's NEVER BEEN OFFERED BEFORE! PRICELESS?
*Stop here or continue -- you own your screenplay and idea including all work we've done to break and outline the story and every word you've written till now!
Not going to procrastinate!
Only a few openings for new mentees!
THIRD QUARTER: SECOND ACT
The meat of the matter!
SEVENTH MONTH: ON TO THE MIDDLE
This is where screenplays go to die -- but not yours. We'll guide you with the Mini-Movie Method, one sequence per month. Read by your producer with full notes.
Your Seventh Month gift: Hollywood By Phone Year One archive...$329 value!
EIGHTH MONTH: STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU!
But we'll be unstuck soon. Two Mini-Movies this month! We're picking up speed!
Your Eighth Month gift: Hollywood By Phone: The First Year, set of six ebooks, value: $279
NINTH MONTH: SURPRISE --
-- the twist at the end of Act Two. Low point for the hero...high point for you!
Your Ninth Month gift: DID I MENTION? You'll be a member of Hollywood By Phone ALL YEAR LONG! 25, 30, 50 or more conference calls with working Hollywood? Work with a producer, write your best screenplay and build your rolodex of contacts ALL YEAR LONG! Value: $554!!!
I Want Representation!
*Again, you can stop or leave this program at the end of any quarter or any month! We part friends and all material reverts to you!
Rounding the corner, into --
FOURTH QUARTER: FINALE
-- headed for the finish line.
TENTH MONTH: THE VOTES COME IN!
THE SCREENPLAY IS DONE! If we've done our job right, you'll write the third act FAST!
Your Tenth Month gift: A FINISHED SCREENPLAY, YOUR BEST EVER!
ELEVENTH MONTH: MY PRESENT FOR YOU!
We continue our meetings by phone and ---
Your Eleventh Month gift: I read your screenplay and provide 10-15 pages of notes. Value: I usually charge $1000 for this and am raising my rates in 2009...but you get it included in your class fees!
TWELFTH MONTH: NEW YEAR'S "RESOLUTION"!
REWRITE MONTH -- take my notes and your own and create your FINAL DRAFT.
Your Twelfth Month gift! You made it to the end of the program! Congratulations! And assuming you wanted it, you get: YOUR SCRIPT READ by representation ---- value? You name it!
Consideration for representation and my attachment as producer!
Notes from my representation for further rewrites --
AND: ANOTHER STORY BREAK CONSULTATION for --
--THE SCRIPT YOU'LL WRITE IN THE NEXT YEAR! On the house: $350 VALUE!
SO, WHAT DOES ALL THIS COST?
What would you pay?
For the same hands on mentoring and guidance I enrolled in grad school and paid $40,000 for? The guidance that ended up MAKING me over a MILLION DOLLARS as a screenwriter?
By the way, we wrote MY script in 8 weeks!
The thesis course was only 8 months long!
I'm going 12 months -- and giving you MORE mentoring than the once weekly meetings of my USC thesis group!
NOT the $20,000 for the year I paid...
NOT the $40,000 you'd have to pay NOW...
It's ONLY $247 a month...*
Yes, I want my script and approach
to be REALLY professional!
Less than $2997 this year for --
-- your best screenplay ever!
-- a year-long development process!
-- 12 months of your Hollywood Mentor!
-- the support of a new Hollywood Producer!
-- possible representation for that screenplay!
-- FIFTY or MORE new contacts from HollywoodByPhone!
*You can stop the payments and program at any time -- just want to query me with your ideas and learn the Mini-Movie method? Stop after ONE payment! Just want that and my help breaking your story for 2009! Stop after three! You'll still get the Million-Dollar Career Seminar!
*OR -- hang on for the whole year and have your finished script, a producer attached, the possibility of representation; moving you into the marketplace!
Here's what enrolled students are ALREADY saying about Million-Dollar Mentoring:
"A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity -- The Mini-Movie Method ROCKS!"
- Anthony Strock, Writer
"UnbeF******LIEVABLE! You have to do this!"
- Adam Renfro - One Slack Martian's Screenwriting Blog
"...manna from the Gods! I've had more fun and guidance than ever before with your Story Break and Mini-Movie Classes! Ok! I'm IN!"
- Gary Weskrna, Screenwriter
AND YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE:
UNLIMITED EMAIL SUPPORT every step of the way! Special dedicated email address just for this project!
UNLIMITED PHONE SUPPORT -- you'll get my private cell phone number to call at any time -- and I'll program your number into the phone once you're enrolled!
DISCOUNTS, GIFTS, RECORDINGS AND MORE for any other coming MillionDollarScreenwriting.com and HollywoodByPhone.com products and events in ALL of 2009!
And yes, they're TOP SECRET now...but MORE fun is coming!
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
What a great opportunity!
You can pay monthly, or pre-pay for the year AND SAVE!!!
PRE-PAY FOR THE YEAR
HURRY! WHILE YOU'VE BEEN READING SPOTS MAY HAVE SOLD!
I'm so excited for you!
Whether this is your screenwriting New Year's Resolution or you've chosen something else, it's an exciting time for you and this industry. If not this program, I KNOW you'll do something to supercharge your screenwriting for the New Year. Promise me you will!
And if you do take part in this program...
...will we be back here, a year from now with a finished screenplay? An optioned screenplay? A movie in production with you as the writer? A movie I'M producing? Will you have your own representation? There's only one way to find out.
Of course, there are no guarantees. But I can guarantee it WON'T happen if you don't take action, NOW, this year, 2009!
Thanks "A Million",
HollywoodByPhone.com (It's OFF THE HOOK!)
PS. Questions? Move fast -- email email@example.com
PPS. Remember, you get FULL HollywoodByPhone.com benefits -- MP3s, LIVE participation every conference call with Agents, Managers, Producers, Screenwriters, Directors and MORE! Normally $47/month!
PPPS. That brings your course fee to $200, less than almost any online course or product from any competitor! And you get MORE!