What Screenwriters Should Know About The Black List – Christian Elder

Film Courage: For a writer who’s never submitted to The Black List, how does it work?

Christian Elder, Screenwriter: The Black List I think it’s important to point out is you upload a screenplay to their website. The website more or less is a collection of screenplays that are written by anybody. Anybody can upload a screenplay or a tv pilot to The Black List. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are in the world. You can go ahead and do so and those scripts are evaluated. Now the one thing is though you’re going to be paying a monthly fee and that is I think the monthly fee is $30.00 for that script to be hosted on the site and for each evaluation you must pay a $75.00 fee. Now if you have the money to do that (which for some that can be a little tight to afford) but if you have the money to do that, it’s very much worth the while because The Black List is probably the main, it’s the central access that you will have to the the the film industry on these days specifically if you’re not in Hollywood and you don’t have an agent or some kind of representation that can submit your work and get you meetings if you don’t have access to representation, an agent or a manager that can submit your scripts or get you meetings, it’s worthwhile to post your script on The Black List. The other thing that’s really wonderful about The Black List is that the readers there provide coverage for your scripts…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).



Christian Elder is a screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. He has been a finalist for Tribeca All Access, a semi-finalist for the International Thomas Wolfe Playwriting Award, a quarterfinalist for the ScreenCraft Play contest and a quarterfinalist for the Academy Awards Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. His work written for the stage has been recently developed at the Billie Holiday Theatre through the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop and Urban Stages, both in New York. He has written and directed two short films and is the creator and executive producer of the new crime fiction anthology podcast Hell, California. Elder’s Hell, California, is a hardboiled crime fiction podcast anthology series (co-produced by Jeremy Foley). It takes place in a mysterious, mythical California border town called Hell. Each episode is an original standalone noir story, often about greed, lust and murder. In March 2020, Elder, Foley and a team of six writers formed an online TV writers’ room during the pandemic, resulting in this series. 






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