Show Business & Screenwriting Resources on the Net
 
(10/3/10)

Here are some links you may find useful and interesting, grouped into the following categories: Institutions, Reference, News, Writers & Filmmakers, Screenplays, Leads for Co-Ops & Internships, Competitions & Companies Looking for Scripts and Miscellaneous.

 

Institutions

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: the people who bring you the Oscars, among other things

The Writers Guild: the professional organization of screenwriters

Artistic New Directions Improv Retreat: This is a terrific, intensive, inexpensive, week-long course in improv techniques run every summer at a hotel in the Catskills. Strongly recommended for writers: you'll learn new ways to unleash your creativity.

International House: "Experience the world throughFilm @International House, including the best in international repertory cinema, independent premieres, avant-garde and pop films."

 

Reference

Scriptwriting Tips... You Hack: "These are nuts and bolts type tips that will guide the aspiring screenwriter through the minefield of possible mistakes lying in wait out there."

Best of the Web - Movies: "We talk about Movies from all over the world. Latest Movie News, Reviews, Previews,Trailers."

The Internet Movie Database: Exhaustive source for information about movies, old and new.

Box Office Mojo: Service that tracks rise and fall of films.

Baseline Hollywood.com: "The most accurate database serving the entertainment industry"

A.C. Neilsen: Cinema box office tracking company AC Nielson Entertainment Data International's website. Go here to check out how current films are doing.

Boxoffice Online

Boxofficemojo.com: Very authoritative, exhaustive source of film information

Ultimate TV: The title says it all. Good source for Neilsen ratings, even overnights

Movie-List: Seems to be primarily a fan site with some good discussions and lots of trailers and other goodies (thanks to Marlene Perez)

TeeVee: Ditto

Berkeley Media Resource Center: Large source for many kinds of information

Media References Sources: Subsection of Berkeley Media Resource Center, links to many databases and collections

 

News

New Movies by MTV

Entertainment News by MTV

Hollywood Reporter.com

Variety.com

(Discount student subscriptions to Daily or Weekly Variety, 13 weeks @ $40 or a full year for $129.50: Contact Marcus Guest, 201-784-0616, Marcusinc5@aol.com )

Los Angeles Times Calendar Section: Daily coverage of Hollywood and show business in general

Movie Page.Com: Mixed bag of news, sales, scripts and other stuff. Thanks to Kia Kenyetta Matthews for this link.

MyMovies.com: Compendium of film reviews.

ABC Entertainment News

MTV.com

TNT.com

E Online: "Entertainment's Home Page"

IFilm: The place for Internet film. Links to many entertaining video sites.

Hollywood.com: "Video clips, trailers, soundbites, photos, games, news, event coverage, box office charts, reviews"etc.

Studio Briefing at IMDB: Great source for news and trends in the industry

Fansites: Contacts for vast number of actors, writers, etc.

The Ulmer Scale: "Hollywood's most trusted and comprehensive guide to the global star power of actors and directors in independent and studio films."

 

Writers & Filmmakers

Writer Wrench: "# 1 Troubleshooting Toolbox for Screenwriters"

Go Into the Story: "Written by Scott Myers, a screenwriter himself, who also teaches at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and UCLA Extension, this website is a wonderful compendium of information. Not only does Mr. Myers scour the internet to cull information about what's happening in the business of screenwriting, he writes daily segments to highlight different aspects of the craft."

Life on the Bubble:This website focuses on the spec market in Hollywood."

Creative Screenwriting Magazine: "Inspiration / Information / Instruction"

Movie Bytes: "The newsletter for screenwriters"

James Stevens-Arce's Links for Writers: This one is so huge and extensive that it deserves a category of its own. Here's what you'll find: Agents | Articles | Beware | Contests | Contracts | Copyright | Dictionaries, English | Dictionaries, Spanish | Encyclopedias | Entertainment Law | History | Internet Hoaxes, Urban Legends and Computer Viruses | Journalist Groups | Maps | Markets, Online [Genre] | Markets, Online [Literary] | Markets, Listings | Markets, Print | Music | Names | Newsletters, Online (Free) | On Writing - Basics | On Writing - Manuscript Preparation | On Writing - Intermediate | On Writing - Advanced | Playwriting | Query Letters | Quotations | Science Fiction and Fantasy Databases | Screenplays Online | Screenwriting | Search Engines | Software | Space | Spam | Terminologies | TV Writing | Writers' Home Pages | Writers' Online Forums | Writers' Organizations | Writing Workshops

Done Deal: "Your daily Internet news resource for screenplay, pitch, treatment, and books sales in the film industry, in addition to interviews, software & book reviews, advice, agency & production company listings, contests, news, and more. "

ScriptShark.com: "Your connection to Hollywood agents, managers, studio and development executives currently searching for new talent and material."

Wordplayer: Extremely interesting site operated by screenwriters and Terry Rossio & Ted Allen

DV Video.com: site dedicated to making and reviewing DV videos.

 

Screenplays

ScriptShadow: "The site specializes in reviewing hot scripts in the Hollywood marketplace. That's right, he reviews actual scripts before they are turned into movies."

Drew's Script-o-Rama: Source for hundreds of TV and film scripts and transcripts

Script Dude: More film scripts, in Adobe Acrobat format, plus lots of software to buy or demo.

Not to mention the Drexel Screenwriting & Playwriting Program's own on-line script collection.

Leads for Co-Ops & Internships

Misc. companies looking for interns & assistants

The Philadelphia Film Office Hotline-- jobs in the Philly area

Marvel Comics: Student Tom Brennan had a very successful internship here in 2004. Contact Mr. Aubrey Sitterson, asitterson@marvel.com. You might also want to contact Tom himself for pointers.

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences: 30 paid eight-week internships every summer for college students.

Done Deal list of dozens of Hollywood production companies.

Bender Helper Impact, Public Relations firm with offices in Los Angeles and New York

The Hollywood Creative Directory Online: The Hollywood Creative Directories Online are updated every Friday and include: Over 5,500 agents and managers, over 1,500 talent & literary agencies & management companies nationwide, includes addresses, phone & fax numbers, staff & titles 

Glenn Rigberg of Rigberg Entertainment Group, specializing in personal management of actors, writers and directors

Cari-Esta Albert: Independent producer

Mark Sternberg: Independent producer

EntertainmentCareers.net: This site was found by John Reha, who used it to get leads to several plum co-op jobs. He writes, "A free or pay site that allows you to search hundreds of up-to-date listings from the entertainment world, mostly in LA and NY, but some elsewhere. Separate sections for internships/entry-level jobs and actual paying jobs in the industry."

Dramatists Play Service: Licenses plays for theatrical productions around the world. Probably excellent for anybody interested in the theater.

Bondesen-Graup: "Bondesen-Graup is a management production company that specializes in young, cutting-edge writers and directors. We are known for representing writers and directors interesting in working within the studio system, doing bigger budget Hollywood fare."

 

Competitions & Companies Looking for Scripts

Warning: in show business, it's very hard to tell what's for real and what's a scam. There is a huge industry dedicated to preying on the hopes of would-be writers. We have no reason to believe that any of these links aren't on the up-and-up, but you should still use your best judgment when dealing with them.

The Lionsgate Incubator: "an innovative initiative to fund and develop breakthrough feature film projects."

Big Break! International Screenwriting Contest:  "Big Break! is an annual, global screenwriting competition designed to support emerging creative talent. Big Break! rewards screenwriters with prize money and exposure to the entertainment industry, through meetings with industry professionals, studio executives and agents. Winning screenplays have been optioned and produced, finalists have garnered attention from recognizable production entities and literary agents."

The Great American Film Project: "The Great American Film Project Film Festival and Short-Screenplay Contest has been created as an additional outlet for student filmmakers and writers to showcase their work, and for them to have an opportunity to win some serious cash!"

P.A.C.3 Organization Announces its First Annual Screenplay Competition:  Winner gets produced

American Gem Short Screenplay Competition: Top 25 short scripts will be read by FOX. Winning Short Screenplay Produced! Guaranteed representation for the winner.

The Dead Zone: "If you are willing to write a full Dead Zone script, and you let us know that it is done and ready to be seen, I will arrange for it be read by a legitimate literary agent in Los Angeles."

TriggerStreet Screenplay Forum: "The TriggerStreet Screenplay Forum offers a unique opportunity to Screenwriters, regardless of your experience, expertise or location. Not only can you upload your work and have it reviewed by your peers-- but here's a once in a lifetime chance to become part of a global community devoted to screenwriting..."

Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Program: Run by the Kennedy Center. "The distinguished playwright and screenwriter Michael Kanin (1910-1993) arranged for a remarkable series of awards to be given to student writers whose plays are produced as part of the festival. The purpose of the program is to encourage college students to write for the stage by providing the opportunity for them to engage in the complete playwriting process."

Set in Philadelphia: Competition with special award for best screenplay by a writer under 21. (Definitely not a scam, despite the $45 entry fee)

Prism Generation NextGroup that encourages scripts dealing with substance abuse

Moviebytes.com: Comprehensive listing of screenwriting contests

The Writers Room of Bucks County Screenwriting Competition: $1,000 top prize, open to PA, NJ and DE residents.

Phobos Entertainment: "seeking science fiction and horror screenplays to be developed into TV & movie production and video game properties."

Scriptapalooza.com: $10,000 first prize, top 13 entrants are read by Scriptapalooza participants, including agents and production companies.

Project Greenlight: You know what this is. "Wanted: One full-length, live action feature screenplay, to be produced by LivePlanet and Miramax Films for $1 million."

 

Misc.

"The Lab": A Philadelphia based film workshop

Hollywood Creative Directory: A fee-based service that could be a source of co-op and entry-level job listings

Screenwriting Expo: A Los Angeles trade show for screenwriters that also features a pitch fest and a screenwriting contest.

Ritz Filmbill: Guide to what's playing at Philadelphia's leading chain of independent-film theaters

The Bridge Cinema de Luxe: Located at Walnut & 40th, just off the Penn Campus, this is the newest and nearest multiplex showing mainstream films.

Hollywood Shopping Network: Shopping site for videos, posters, promotional items, etc.

Hollywood Stock Exchange: bet on how films and actors will fare

Movies.com: Great source for upcoming trailers