It’s always good to learn from industry professionals outside our direct area of writing. Today I discuss genre, loglines and getting a film deal with Charles Harris.
In the intro, I mention some VERY exciting news!
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I also mention the launch of Deviance, the 3rd in the London Psychic trilogy, in ebook and print formats. All 3 books are on special during the weeks of 27 July – 10 August.
Show notes for Charles Harris interview
- On starting as a screenwriter.
- The three essential elements of scripts that sell and stories that resonate.
- The importance of a strong and interesting premise in TV and film writing and the importance of characters in writing novels, TV or for the screen.
- How premise and pitch are aligned.
- The four elements, structure and theory behind a compelling story sentence. How emotion plays a role in creating a premise or story sentence.
- Writing the story sentence for a multi-book series and the importance of genre when describing your book or screenplay.
- Charles recommends Shooting People for opportunities in independent film
- An explanation of the ‘four quadrants’ of the film marketplace and the dangers when films fall in between two quadrants.
- The financial rewards (or not) of being optioned for the screen.
- The expected time authors can expect an optioned book to take to reach the screen.
- The differences Charles notices between writing novels and writing screenplays.