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Adapt a Screenplay to a Novel

How to Adapt a Screenplay to a Novel

We often hear about adapting a novel to a screenplay, but what if you wanted to flip the adaptation process on its head? Adapting a screenplay into a novel is a roundabout way to attract producers or make money from your original story without having to sell the original screenplay. In the past, writers have written original books, optioned them to a production company, and then wrote a movie script based on the novel. Today, some writers take their original idea for a spec script, turn it into a book, option it, and then rewrite or sell the original script. And you can, too. Some might argue that it's easier this way! ... Continue reading
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What is the Nicholl Fellowship, and Why Is It So Popular?

What is the Nicholl Fellowship, and Why Is It So Popular?

Like many screenwriters, you've probably heard of the Nicholl Fellowship. What exactly is the Nicholl Fellowship, and why is it so popular? The Academy Nicholl Fellowship is an international screenwriting competition hosted by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to "identify and encourage talented writers." It is arguably one of the most popular screenwriting fellowships in the world. Keep reading to learn more about the Nicholl Fellowship and why you may want to consider entering this prestigious competition. Why is the Nicholl Fellowship So Popular? The Nicholl Fellowship is popular because ... Continue reading
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Announcing SoCreate Connect, a No-Pressure Way to Meet More Writers!

When we’re dreaming up new ways to help writers, we always think of the essentials: What do writers really need? We’ve tackled the challenge of a steady paycheck (“So, Write Your Bills Away!” and “Screenwriter Stimulus” challenges), quick wins (“SoCreate One-Page Screenplay” contest), and accountability (“Club Motivate with SoCreate”). We write tons of helpful content that’s published weekly to our blog. Next on our to-do list? Networking. Professional writers and just about any other person with a career in the film and television business will tell you that you won’t go far without connected friends ... Continue reading
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Internship Opportunities
For Screenwriters

Screenwriting Internships

Internship Alert! There are SO many more remote opportunities for film industry internships than ever before. Are you looking for internships this fall? If you can earn college credit, there may be an opportunity here for you. SoCreate is not affiliated with the following internship opportunities. Please direct all questions to the email address provided for each internship listing. Do you want to list an internship opportunity? Comment below with your listing and we'll add it to our page with the next update! Continue reading
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How to Find a Producer for Your Film

One of the most important steps you’ll take and important decisions you’ll make during your filmmaking journey is finding your lead producer. The lead producer will be your film’s champion and will help you pull together all (or most) of the pieces to put a film together. Learning how to find a lead producer for your film is step one. Tiffany Boyle, President of Packaging and Sales at Ramo Law, helps clients package their films to include writers, producers, directors, talent, financing, and more. She has some poignant advice for screenwriters who are ready to take the next step in their filmmaking journey by finding ... Continue reading
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Creative Writing Prompts

Creative Writing Prompts

Sometimes writers get stuck, and that’s okay! As long as you know how to pull yourself out of a slump, feeling stuck can be considered just part of the creative writing process. Luckily, creative writing prompts can help. Creative writing prompts are also nice to have on hand as a warmup, just like you’d perform before a workout in everyday life. Prompts get your ideas flowing, challenge you to work your brain in new ways, and can provide sparks of inspiration to set you off on a successful writing session. Below, learn more about the best creative writing prompts, what to look for in a good prompt, and how to use ... Continue reading
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On this day in history


  • Born on this day

This Month in Filmmaking History – August 2022 Roundup

Sam Mendes, Born August 1, 1965: Happy birthday, Sir Samuel Mendes! Mendes is perhaps best known for his directorial accomplishments, but he’s also a talented producer and screenwriter. He first directed plays before moving on to directing mega-hit films, including “American Beauty,” “Skyfall,” “Spectre,” and the latest Oscar-nominated film for best screenplay, “1917,” which he also co-wrote with screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns. In the Heat of the Night, August 2, 1967: Stirling Silliphant wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for "In the Heat of the Night," which premiered on this day in history in 1967. The story ... Continue reading
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Screenplay NFTs
What You Need to Know

Screenplay NFTs (What You Need to Know)

You've heard the acronym, but what the heck are NFTs? Don't worry if you feel like the last person left who doesn't understand what a nonfungible token means. You're not alone! Even if you are familiar with NFTs, you may not know how this blockchain technology applies to screenwriting. NFTs are booming, and the film industry is already beginning to explore their possible applications to screenplays. In this blog, I'll do my best to explain what you need to know about screenplay NFTS and how this tech might apply to your screenwriting situation. An NFT or a non-fungible token is a one-of-a-kind digital asset ... Continue reading
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President of Packaging and Sales Tiffany Boyle over a graphic that reads "How to Find a Sales Agent for Screenwriters"

How to Find a Sales Agent for Screenwriters

If you’re looking for a way to take your screenplay into the world yourself, you’ve come to the right place. Screenwriters can package their scripts and sell those packages without needing a middle man, except for the sales agent. To find a sales agent, screenwriters should: Educate yourself on the process; Know where to network; Find a producer; Mind the film budget. We brought in an expert on packaging and sales to help break down the sales process for you. Tiffany Boyle, President of Packaging and Sales at Ramo Law, represents filmmaking clients in building compelling film packages that move projects from ... Continue reading
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Use the Howard Hawks Screenwriting Method

How to Use the Howard Hawks Screenwriting Method

The Howard Hawks screenwriting method focuses on talking drafts, snappy, interruptive dialogue, action over dialogue, and character over plot. The result is a quick-reading script (and later, film) that keeps audiences engaged no matter how thin the storyline. In this blog, learn how to employ the Howard Hawks screenwriting method to improve your screenplays, plus more storytelling fundamentals from the early filmmaker. The Howard Hawks screenwriting method is composed of several different styles of writing processes – from how he got words down on the page to how he simplified storytelling by always ... Continue reading
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