Surviving As A Working Screenwriter In Hollywood by Mark Sanderson

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Mark Sanderson, screenwriter/author:  There are times when you’re staring into a dark abyss and you go I’m going to take the leap.

Sure, out of film school I thought they were going to hand out our diploma and the three picture deal, which is the joke where you’d just be like Of course I’ll be working.

When the writing gets difficult (which it does), it’s the easiest time to run away from it and I found that even when you sit with it, I think Raymond Chandler said he sat at his desk every day at the same time if anything happened or it didn’t. It’s that constant repetition which writing is, it’s not Oh, I’m waiting for my muse.

 

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How amazing is it to be a writer! You’re like it is…but as a writer, take the Hollywood element out, it’s a grind. You’ve got to write, you’ve got to come up with stuff. 35 scripts, I think about it and go How did I channel that many stories through this body into these thing? And then I go There won’t be any others in the well, how could there be? That’s your job as a writer, right? To come up with another story, I mean that’s the beautiful part about going back to the well and having it be full of stuff. That’s where your living comes into play, your experiences and living an authentic life where you’re always observing and doing things because it’s your homework as a screenwriter to do that. Because you don’t want to go back to your well and have it be empty.


In this 2 hour speaker series (that will include Q&A), screenwriter Mark Sanderson (aka @scriptcat) will take us through his journey – tickets are available via Eventbrite for this special night with Mark, Tuesday September 25th from 7-9 pm in North Hollywood. Sorry, no tickets at the door.


 

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A lot of people don’t enjoy their day job, I mean it’s okay but they’re working for the weekend or they’re working for something else. I always saw my father not enjoy his job and I said I want to do something that I want to get paid to do and it may not make millions of dollars but to wake up and sit down and create for a living I still kind of get a kick out of it. Oh my gosh. I’m living my childhood dream. As an 11-year-old kid making films to be able to see my name on the large or small screen and be on the set and see the actors say the lines or do rewrites on the set and interact with other creative people, it’s just a dream.

It has to start with you, you have to care about what you’re writing first and foremost and that will show through. If you’re inauthentic where you’re trying to cheat and write something for money or write something that you’re trying to follow a trend and copy something else, it will show through and that’s why I think…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

 

Mark has written 36 screenplays in genres ranging from comedy to drama. Early on, his spec sale, the WWII indie feature “I’ll Remember April” premiered at the Palm Springs Int. Film Festival, and has since had twenty screenplay assignments that include Lifetime Network’s “An Accidental Christmas” and “Deck the Halls,” the stylish indie noir feature “Stingers,” action-packed thrillers “USS Poseidon: Phantom Below” (aka HereTV’s “Tides of War”) and SyFy Network’s “Sea Snakes” (aka Fox’s “Silent Venom”), Lifetime Network’s highly rated thrillers “Mommy’s Little Girl,” and “A Night to Regret,” and the LMN Network premieres “Mother of All Lies,” “A Wedding to Die For,” “One Small Indiscretion,”“Hunted by My Ex,” “Family Vanished,” and the upcoming thriller “My Daughter Vanished.”

In addition to his screenwriting work, Mark is also a script doctor, screenplay consultant, and author of the book, A Screenwriter’s Journey to Success: Tips, tricks and tactics to survive as a working screenwriter in Hollywood published last year on Amazon.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 25th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

WHERE: 5628 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91601

COST: $25.00

Tickets ONLY sold online here. Limited seating available. NO tickets at the door. 


Watch the video interview on Youtube here

 

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About Mark Sanderson:

Mark Sanderson (aka @scriptcat) is a Los Angeles based screenwriter, author, script consultant and sometimes actor blessed to be living his childhood dream of making movies with thirty-six screenplays written in genres ranging from comedy to drama. His work ranges from his sketch comedy writing and performing as a founding member with The Amazing Onionheads, writing for MTV, to his spec sale, and twenty screenplay assignments with television premieres and worldwide distribution of his fourteen emotionally compelling films— the WWII indie feature “I’ll Remember April,” Lifetime Network’s “An Accidental Christmas” and “Deck the Halls,” the stylish indie noir feature “Stingers,” action-packed thrillers “USS Poseidon: Phantom Below” (aka HereTV’s “Tides of War”) and SyFy Network’s “Sea Snakes” (aka Fox’s “Silent Venom”), Lifetime Network’s highly rated thrillers “Mommy’s Little Girl,” and “A Night to Regret,” and the LMN Network premieres “Mother of All Lies,” “A Wedding to Die For,” “One Small Indiscretion,”“Hunted by My Ex,” “Family Vanished,” and the upcoming thriller “My Daughter Vanished.”

Mark’s films have premiered on Lifetime Network, LMN, SyFy, Fox, HereTV, HBO Canada, Christmas 24, NBC/Universal, The Movie Network, and have been distributed globally. His films have been recognized at festivals including a premiere and opening the Palm Springs Int. Film Festival, premieres at the Hawaii Int. Film Festival, St. Louis Int. Film Festival, The Rainbow Festival in Hawaii, Newport Beach Int. Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale Int. Festival, and nominated for the Starboy award at the Oulu Int. Children’s Film Festival in Finland.

Mark’s long association with award winning Hollywood filmmakers dates back to his first produced screenplay and has since worked with Academy Award® winning producers, veteran directors, and has written films starring Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and Emmy® acting nominees and winners. Mark is also a screenplay consultant and his new book, “A Screenwriter’s Journey to Success” is now available on Amazon…(Read more here).

 

 

 

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How does a screenwriter break into the business? Is it all about who you know? How much networking, hustle, and craft does it take? Once you break in, how do you survive and sustain a career? In this 2 hour speaker series(that will include Q&A), screenwriter Mark Sanderson (aka @scriptcat) will take us through his journey of graduating from UCLA and how he balanced various odd jobs with his writing for years until he reached the point where screenwriting became his career. It wasn’t fast and it wasn’t easy. His story shows us it’s possible and in this talk Mark is going to share the particulars of how he did it.