A selection of useful links for screenwriters. Updated frequently.
Go Into The Story
Screenwriter Scott Myers' blog on "screenwriting, movies, Hollywood, and the creative life"
The Inside Pitch blog
Chris Lockhart's blog (ended in April of 2007, but still available online)
Chris Lockhart's website contains a wealth of information for screenwriters.
Huge site packed with helpful advice and stories from Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott, the most successful screenwriting team in history.
Outstanding source of free online screenplays.
“Movie Scripts and Movie Screenplays in proper screen writing format. The Ultimate Screenwriters Resource.”
Coming Soon movie page
Simple listing of theatrical release dates, current year forward.
Want to know when a movie is coming out on DVD? This is the place.
Box Office Mojo
The place for free box office information.
An interesting site which claims to have grosses on most films from 1899 to the present. The front page lists the top-grossers of all time.
All-Time Worldwide Box Office (IMDb)
IMDb's list of the biggest-grossing films of all time (worldwide)those grossing over $200 million. There are currently 344 films on the list.
All-Time Worldwide Box Office Grosses (Box Office Mojo)
Box Office Mojo's list of films whose worldwide grosses exceed $200 million. There are currently 358 films on the list. Obviously, this is an imprecise science.
Life on the Bubble
Notes on the spec script market and the entertainment industry in general by manager/producer Jason Scoggins..
Done Deal Pro
This site tracks Hollywood script, book, treatment, and pitch sales and options. Some info is free; most isn't. A yearly subscription runs $23.95. Check their about us page for more info.
Excellent source for trailers.
Apple Movie Trailers
Another great source of online trailers.
The Edtorial Department
A reputable company whose services range from loglines and pitch sheets to development, doctoring, adapatationseven ghostwriting. Also handles book manuscripts.
Internet Movie Database
The most comprehensive source of free film info online; credits and much, much more.
Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood
Want to read what Hollywood's reading? Nikki Finke's blog is the place to be.
Good source of basic information on a variety of topics from entertainment and intellectual property attorney Ivan Hoffman.
The personal website of entertainment and intellectual property attorney Jodi L. Sax. Some good information here, though you may have to browse a while.
Mark Litwak's Entertainment Law Resources
Good source of basic information on a variety of topics from entertainment attorney and author Mark Litwak, a prominent name in the independent film world.
U.S. Copyright Office Circular 1, in .pdf format. If any government circular can be considered a classic, this is it. THe first stop for anyone new to copyright.
Frequently Asked Questions About Copyright
Copyright FAQ from the U.S. Copyright Office. Must reading for any questions not answered by Circular 1 (above).
Lawgirl's Copyright Basics
Just what the name implies; basic info on copyright from "Lawgirl"aka attorney Jodi L. Sax.
What Is Copyright Protection?
Nonprofit website with basic information on copyright protection.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Writers Guild of America, west
Sooner or laterif all goes wellyou'll be a member.
Writers Guild of America, east
Ditto for those back east.
For American-based writers, absolutely nothing takes the place of registration with the U.S. Copyright Office. Anyone can register their work; the instructions are simple, and no lawyer is required.
U.S. Copyright Office
Information about online and snail-mail registration of intellectual property. If you want bulletproof protection worldwide, this is the ticket.
WGAw Registration Page
Online registration, and information about mail-in registration. Note that Guild registration doesn't come close to the level of protection afforded by copyright registration.
WGAe Registration Page
Registration page of the WGAe. Note that Guild registration doesn't come close to the level of protection afforded by copyright registration.
Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
The single most prestigiousand therefore toughestscreenwriting competition on earth. Sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Deadline May 1.
Double-Cross at the WGA
Depressing LA Weekly article by Dennis McDougal, co-author of Fatal Subtraction.