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Writing for the Screen by Anna Weinstein

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Impressing the Development Executive

▶ By Trai Cartwright

Joining the ranks of paid screenwriters involves more than just mastering your craft. Familiarity and preparation for being involved in the film business are also crucial. There are methods to help you find the people who are looking for you—presenting yourself professionally in the marketplace and delivering a spectacular script that all of your new bosses can get excited about. Okay, maybe not all of them, but at least the majority.

Development executives are our own rare breed, not quite content creators and not quite producers. We are frontline media workers who need to know a bit of everything about the industry—storytelling, team leading, filmmaking, finance, marketing, and above ...

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