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If your passion drives you to embark on this crazy adventure of a screenwriting career, you’ll need to prepare for survival in Hollywood’s trenches. Talent is important, but so is your professionalism and ability to endure criticism, rejection, and failure over the long haul. The odds may be stacked against you, but the way to standout in this very competitive business is to create a solid body of work and build a reputation as a team player and collaborator. The rest is just luck — a prepared screenwriter who meets with an opportunity and delivers the goods. "A Screenwriter's Journey to Success" will help you prepare for your own journey with the necessary, tips, tricks and tactics that I've developed over the past twenty years of working in the film industry. It's time to start living your dream as a screenwriter in Hollywood.
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Mark Sanderson (aka @Scriptcat) is a Los Angeles based screenwriter, author, script consultant and sometimes actor blessed to be living his childhood dream of making movies with over two-dozen screenplays written in genres ranging from comedy to drama — from his sketch comedy writing and performing as a founding member with The Amazing Onionheads and writing for MTV, to his spec sale and fifteen screenplay assignments with television premieres and worldwide distribution of his nine emotionally compelling films— the WWII indie feature “I’ll Remember April,” Lifetime Network's “An Accidental Christmas” and “Deck the Halls,” the stylish indie noir feature “Stingers,” and action-packed thrillers “USS Poseidon: Phantom Below” (aka HereTV's "Tides of War") and SyFy Network's "Sea Snakes" (aka Fox's “Silent Venom”), LMN's "Mother of All Lies" starring Franchesca Eastwood, Lifetime's highly rated thriller "Mommy's Little Girl," and his new movie "Fatal Mistakes" is in production.
Mark's films have premiered on Lifetime Network, LMN, SyFy, Fox, HereTV, HBO Canada, Christmas 24, and NBC/Universal and have been distributed globally. His films have been ecognized at festivals including a premiere and opening the Palm Springs Int. Film Festival, premieres at the Hawaii Int. Film Festival, St. Louis Int. Film Festival, The Rainbow Festival in Hawaii, Newport Beach Int. Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale Int. Festival, and nominated for the Starboy award at the Oulu Int. Children's Film Festival in Finland.
Mark’s long association with award winning Hollywood filmmakers dates back to his first produced screenplay and has since worked with Academy Award® winning producers Paul Colichman (Academy Award® winner "Gods & Monsters") and Mark R. Harris (Academy Award® winner "Crash"), veteran directors Brian Trenchard-Smith, Fred Olen Ray, George Mendeluk, and the late Bob Clark, and has written films starring Academy Award® acting nominees Seymour Cassel, the late Pat Morita, Haley Joel Osment, Tom Berenger, and Emmy® acting nominees Mark Harmon and James Hong.
Mark has five projects in development including among others the sci-fi TV series "Paranormal X" with director Dan Harris and producer Mark Harris (Crash), and the webseries "Tribulations" with director Joe Palese. Mark was the production consultant on the feature "Bitter Harvest" directed by George Mendeluk that stars Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Terence Stamp, and Barry Pepper released in February 2017. Mark's latest script to be produced, "Fatal Mistakes" is currently in production.
Mark's new book, "A Screenwriter’s Journey to Success" is now available on Amazon. He was also named one of Screencraft’s “25 People Screenwriters Should Follow on Twitter (@scriptcat). Check out his popular screenwriting blog MY BLANK PAGE, picked by Script Magazine as "Website of the Week," and he offers screenplay consulting/editing services, workshops and webinars on this website.
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