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Script Partners: How to Succeed at Co-Writing for Film & TV, 2nd Edition by Claudia Johnson, Matt Stevens

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SixChoosing the Right Project

“You must choose. But choose wisely. For as the True Grail will bring you life—the False Grail will take it from you.”

—Grail Knight (Robert Eddison), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

You’ve found the right workplace and schedule, be they ever so humble or complicated. Now you have a much more important decision—which script idea will you choose to write? You may be a new team or a team that’s established. You may be writing spec scripts or the opposite of specs—assignments. Whatever your situation, you have to go through this process.

“Every once in a while we stop and say, ‘What do we want to do next?’” Matt Manfredi says. “Do we want to write something for ourselves to direct or a spec script or a pitch?” ...

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