How to Become a Writer in Hollywood, Part I

Emmy-nominated writer, Pamela Douglas reveals an insider's pespective on how to begin your career as a writer in part one of this engaging FilmTalk.

How to Become a Writer in Hollywood, Part I

Developed by Jason Tomaric, FilmSkills
ABOUT THIS LESSON
In the first part of this brilliant 2-part FilmTalk, Emmy-nominated writer Pamela Douglas walks you through each step of how to begin your Hollywood writing career.  Culminated from years of experience, Pamela's insights give you an insiders perspective on how to build a successful career.

 

  • 10:53 FilmTalk presentation
 
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
  • How to turn your ideas into a marketable script
  • How to prepare yourself as a writer
  • How to improve your craft
  • The merits of going to film school
  • How to get feedback on your script
  • What your portfolio should contain
ABOUT THE LESSON AUTHOR
Jason Tomaric

Jason Tomaric

Director, Cinematographer Los Angeles, California
Jason J. Tomaric is an Emmy, Telly, and CINE Award-winning director and cinematographer of four internationally-distributed feature films, dozens of national television commercials, music videos, and the largest film training content library in the world, published author of 8 books - used in many top universities, and creator of AccuSkills.com, an industry-changing learning management platform. 
 
Jason has worked in Los Angeles and around the world in over 20 countries. His clients include Disney, NBC/Universal, National Geographic, McDonald’s, Toyota, Scion, Microsoft, and Paul Mitchell, with narrative work screened at Sundance, Slamdance, and South by Southwest film festivals as well as on Netflix and on all broadcast networks.
 
Jason has taught and/or guest lectured at some of the nation's most prestigious film schools including UCLA, Columbia College, John Carroll University, Kent State University, San Francisco State, University of Notre Dame, and numerous film festivals.
 
Jason has written eight industry-defining books, all sold in bookstores, and used in film schools around the world. The American Society of Cinematographers hails Jason's books - "There are no wasted words in Tomaric's tome, which concisely summarizes each facet of the director's craft.  It's difficult to think of a step in the process that Tomaric fails to address." 
 
Jason’s DVD training series on Hollywood film production have trained filmmakers in over 40 countries, with distributors in Europe, Hong Kong, New York and Australia.
 
In 2010, Jason launched FilmSkills, which combines the world’s largest film training video library with his proprietary learning management system.  Adopted by 47 universities within the first year, FilmSkills is now the leading industry-standard training solution for motion picture and television production.
 
In 2015, Jason launched AccuSkills.com, an industry-changing learning management platform that bridges the gap between academia and industry.
THIS LESSON HAS BEEN UPDATED BY
Kingsley Benham

Kingsley Benham

West Hollywood, California FilmSkills
UPDATED ON 1/14/2016
CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS LESSON
Pamela Douglas

Pamela Douglas

Humanitas-winner, and Emmy-nominated award writer with numerous credits in television drama
Pamela Douglas is an award-winning writer with numerous credits in television drama.
 
Her book “Writing the TV Drama Series” (Third Edition, 2011) is considered the premiere source on the subject, and has been adopted by network mentoring programs and re-published internationally with translations in several languages.
 
She has been honored with the Humanitas Prize for ‘Between Mother and Daughter’ (CBS), an original drama that also won nomination for a Writers Guild Award. Multiple Emmy nominations and awards, and awards from American Women in Radio and Television went to other dramas she wrote. She was a creator of the series “Ghostwriter,” and on the writing staff of many shows including the Emmy-winning CBS series, “Frank's Place,” “A Year in the Life,” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” that was named one of the top 100 shows by the Writers Guild of America.
 
She has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, west.
 
At the School of Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California she is a tenured professor in the Division of Screen and Television Writing where she pioneered the television curriculum.
 
Her new book: “THE FUTURE OF TELEVISION: Your Guide to Creating TV in the New World” (MWP, Jan., 2015) has been met with outstanding reviews.