How Does A Beginning Screenwriter Get Their Scripts Read? by Justin Warren

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Film Courage: …This next one is from (the Youtube viewer) FlowerPower.

“My question is how do you get producers to read your script? I don’t have any money or connections. How do I approach this? Just try to get lucky?”

Justin Warren, Writer/Director:  That’s a really good question. I’m still trying to figure that out.  But the one thing that I have learned is Hollywood is incredibly relational in the sense of…well it’s really bad because I used to always think Okay, well why does this writer make it and this one doesn’t? What’s the difference? Why does this director not…why does this one not?

And the reality is, it’s not fair. Life is not fair. Hollywood in particular is definitely not fair and I don’t mean that to knock it but what I mean is basically when I began to realize that there are no rules then it sort of opened up for me.

For instance, I literally heard this story the other day…I know this producer friend who got a movie made literally because he knew the stuntman that worked on the movie with that actor and he asked for him to pass the script over.

And somehow, it seems like in theory that should not work. But somehow it worked and he was able to attach an actor to his script and boom it got made basically it was like a horror film or something.

It seems like in my limited experience, I’ve only been out here a total of seven years but three of that I was in film school. So I’m about four-ish years I’ve been trying to crack this thing called Hollywood.

I’m very introverted so it’s difficult for me a lot of times for me to get out and meet people.

I’ve notice though that when I start becoming more relational with people, things start to happen…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here). 

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JUSTIN WARREN was born in Little, Rock Arkansas in 1987. He started making movies at the age of eight, making his own stop-motion animated Star Wars films. He graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Dance, where he took the lead in numerous stage plays and won awards for his bold playwriting. In 2008, Justin and his family were featured in the 2008 CNN documentary “Black in America” with Soledad O’Brien which was broadcast globally. In 2014, Justin graduated from the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts with an M.F.A. in Film and Television Production. In addition to writing, directing, and co-editing his own films, Justin has also written, performed, arranged, and engineered three albums of original music. In 2018, his first comedy feature film, Then There Was Joe, made its World Premiere at Jeff Nichol’s (Mud, Midnight Special, Loving) Arkansas Cinema Society to sold out crowds. The film is currently screening around the country on the festival circuit and received a glowing review in the L.A. Times, which declared Justin as having a “bright future” in Hollywood. You can visit him online at




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