Got a Movie Idea? Hollywood Screenplay Reader Reveals Secrets to Finding a Movie Idea That Doesn’t Suck
Former script reader shows newbie screenwriters how to come up with a marketable and unique movie idea in 7 days or less.
Former screenplay reader and optioned screenwriter Michael Rogan has some good news and bad news for aspiring writers of film.
“There’s NEVER been a better time for screenwriters to sell their script and break into Hollywood,” says Rogan.
Okay…so what’s the bad news?
“Most screenwriters have absolutely no idea what the hell to write about,” says Rogan.
Having taught groups as diverse as juvenile offenders in South London and retirement home residents in Palm Springs – as well as being the publisher of ScriptBully inbox magazine – Rogan has found over the years most would-be screenwriters are not wanting for talent.
They simply don’t know how to organize the bits of random creative impulses in their brain into a usable and structured idea.
“Most screenwriters don’t even know what an actual movie idea looks like,” says Rogan. “They’ve been taught that an idea is a what-if scenario or a theme? But these are just the ingredients of a story. They aren’t THE STORY.”
According to Rogan, the key to a successful and selling screenplay starts with a movie idea that’s unique, compelling and resonates with a writer’s emotional core.
“Writers think they need to write what they consider ‘marketable,’” says Rogan. “But the most marketable thing in this business is pain. And you don’t get that by rehashing some generic version of what’s already in the Wal-Mart DVD bin.
“You find it by tricking your brain just long enough to get to the scary parts of your experience that everyone can relate to.”
And that’s what Rogan hopes to help writers do in his new 7-day course “Movie Idea Creator: How to Uncover a Kick-Ass Movie Idea in 7 Days or Less"
Combining the latest findings on neuroscience, with a lot of nuts-and-bolt story work, this self-paced 7-day course takes writers of all experience levels from the blank page to a coherent and usable framework for their story.
And though Rogan doesn’t promise every writer will write a script that sells after taking his course – “if I could do that, I’d probably end up in jail” -- he does promise that writers following his blueprint for finding a kick-ass movie idea will find more inspiration and usable script concepts than they ever thought possible.
And that might be the best news of all.
Michael Rogan is an author, screenplay reader and writing coach based in Southern California. He is also the editor of the ScriptBully inbox magazine devoted to helping film scribes learn how to write well, get paid and achieve the career of their dreams.
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