Best Practices For Beginning Screenwriters – Shannan E. Johnson

Writer/Instructor and Script Consultant Shannan E. Johnson (The Professional Pen): And if you want to be a professional writer then I think it’s a great balance to look at anything you write as a possible sample versus I have to sell it.

Film Courage: Are there any other best practices that’ll help someone get their start? 

Shannan: I think those first few of knowing who you are as a writer, what you like to write, what your end goal is and then honing in on that, then obviously figuring out the business. Figuring out the business is the hardest part because just like there’s no formal education on screenwriting, unless you’re in film school, there’s no formal education on the business. You can even go to film school and not learn the business. That part is going to be more trial and error but as far as those other things, those are kind of the best practices. Get out there, try and try again. In the beginning stages write…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

 

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About Shannan:

After grad school I became a junior creative executive at NBCUniversal at the Syfy Channel. I was there for the rebrand. Remember Sci Fi? Yeah, not really. Anywho, it was my job to help writers and producers take their ideas from pitch to production. I co-exec’d on Alphas, Being Human, Haven, Sanctuary, Warehouse 13, and more Syfy dramedies. This is how I honed my skill in all stages of the screenwriting process…(read more here).

 


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