The Business

One director’s take on ‘write what you know’

Director Michael Haneke was interviewed in a recent issue of Paris Review. This is what he said when asked whether drawing on your own experience and background is good or necessary: “I’ve never seen good results from people trying to speak about things they don’t know firsthand. They will talk about Afghanistan, about children in […]

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Ten things NOT to put in your query letter to agents

It’s always entertaining to hear agents complaining about the bad query letters they receive, but could you be making one of the mistakes that annoy them? Here are ten things not to put in your query letter: 1. That your script is better than [name of most recent super-successful film] 2. That your family and […]

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Your log line: how to make us care what happens to your protagonist

A log line for a screenplay or a blurb for a book is one of the hardest thing to write. One of the constructions I see a lot that, in my opinion, doesn’t work very well includes this phrase: …not suspecting that his/her life is about to change forever. I’m sure you care if YOUR […]

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