Latest Script Coverage Testimonial from Keith Gillum, author of Sweet Warrior


My latest script coverage testimonial:

 

Howard was the fresh pair of eyes that my script needed. It’s clear that he has a passion for what he does, and a gift for it. Thanks to his notes and comments, I find myself re-energized, with a clear understanding of what needs to be done to take my story to the next level.

Keith Gillum, Sweet Warrior

For more information on my Script Consultation Services and even more testimonials: http://ow.ly/HPxKE

In addition, ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay? Check out my new e-book published on Amazon: Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader, including my series of essays, What I Learned Reading for Contests This Year, and my film reviews of 2013. Only $2.99. http://ow.ly/xN31r

 

SCRIPT CONSULTATION TESTIMONIAL FROM JOHN HӦRNSCHEMEYER


UntitledFirst, a word from our sponsors. Ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay? Check out my new e-book published on Amazon: Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader, including my series of essays, What I Learned Reading for Contests This Year, and my film reviews of 2013. Only $2.99. http://ow.ly/xN31r

 

My latest script consultation testimonial:

Howard’s coverage is everything that you would expect from an experienced writer and script reader, and then more. Not content with simply exposing the issues that undermine a story’s potential, his perspicacious feedback is both constructive and challenging, compelling the writer to reassess the quality and content of the script. In one word, professional.

John Hӧrnschemeyer, Baring All

 

For more information on my script consultation services, go to: http://ow.ly/EecLM

An up-to-date list of all the interviews and podcasts I’ve done so far for my book Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader


UntitledI thought I would take this opportunity to relist all the various interviews and podcasts that have occurred since the publication of my book Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader. In these various tête-á-tátes, I talk about the state of screenwriting today.

The book grew out of my experience as a screenplay reader and the issues that I often see arising. For those of you who are regularly submitting your screenplay to producers, agents, directors, and competitions, you might find it of interest.

And feel free to visit my blog at Howardcasner@wordpress.com for more information about myself and the various services I provide.

Let me know what you think:

With Jasper Cole on On the Set with Jasper Cole: http://ow.ly/B2r3k

With Ann Kimbrough on Screenwriters Beat: http://ow.ly/B2qjk

With Jesse Ikeman on Craft Truck: http://ow.ly/B2rj8

With Hilliard Guess and Lisa Bolekaja on Screenwriters Rant Room: http://ow.ly/B2qRd

And, of course, the book is available on Amazon at http://ow.ly/B2rCv

THIS IS MY INTERVIEW WITH HILLIARD GUESS and LISA BOLEKAJA on the podcast SCREENWRITERS RANT ROOM on my book Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader and various and sundry other topics


First, a word from our sponsors. Ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay? Check out my new e-book published on Amazon: Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader, including my series of essays, What I Learned Reading for Contests This Year, and my film reviews of 2013. Only $2.99. http://ow.ly/xN31r

screenwriters rant roomRecently, I did an interview on Screenwriters Rant Room with host (and writer/producer/director) Hilliard Guess and co-host and writer Lisa Bolekaja on my book Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader as well as other various and sundry topics.  It was a great interview and I had a lot of fun.  Please give a listen.  http://bit.ly/HOWARD16.

 

 

 

 

 

UntitledAnd remember to purchase my book Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader.

MY INTERVIEW ON CRAFT TRUCK with JESSE IKEMAN on my book RANTINGS AND RAVINGS OF A SCREENPLAY READER


First, a word from our sponsors. Ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay? Check out my new e-book published on Amazon: Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader, including my series of essays, What I Learned Reading for Contests This Year, and my film reviews of 2013. Only $2.99. http://ow.ly/xN31r

This is the interview I did on the podcast Craft Truck with Jesse Ikeman on my book Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader.  It was a great interview.  Thanks, Jesse.

http://ow.ly/AhUFA

craft truck

MY INTERVIEW FROM ON THE SET WITH JASPER COLE for my book RANTINGS AND RAVINGS OF A SCREENPLAY READER


First, a word from our sponsors. Ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay? Check out my new e-book published on Amazon: Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader, including my series of essays, What I Learned Reading for Contests This Year, and my film reviews of 2013. Only $2.99. http://ow.ly/xN31r

 

I did this interview July 20, 2014 for my book Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader with Jasper Cole and Ralph Cole, Jr.  It was a lot of fun and I’d go back anytime.

 

My portion of the interview starts around the 37.00 mark.  Enjoy and let me know what you think.

 

MY INTERVIEW WITH ANN KIMBROUGH ON HER YOUTUBE SHOW SCREENWRITERS BEAT


First, a word from our sponsors. Ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay? Check out my new e-book published on Amazon: Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader, including my series of essays, What I Learned Reading for Contests This Year, and my film reviews of 2013. Only $2.99. http://ow.ly/xN31r

On Saturday, July 26, I was interviewed by Ann Kimbrough on her YouTube show Screenwriters Beat.  It was a great interview and I had a lot of fun.  We covered such topics as my book (of course–see left), as well as some strategies for new screenwriters and what they can do to become better known and get their scripts more recognized.
Here it is.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

 

 

 

 

 

IS THERE A BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF SCREENPLAY COMPETITIONS: BONUS ROUND


UntitledFirst, a word from our sponsors. Ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay? Check out my new e-book published on Amazon: Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader, including my series of essays, What I Learned Reading for Contests This Year, and my film reviews of 2013. Only $2.99. http://ow.ly/xN31r

I really didn’t envision writing a fourth part to this series. I really thought I was done with it after my last entry. But my essay provoked a very intelligent and lengthy discussion on social media and I decided that perhaps there was indeed more to say.

 

FIRST, SOME HISTORY (OR AS WE SAY IN THE STATE OF THE ART: THE BACK STORY)
My original thesis is that the idea of saleability, commerciality and marketability (heretofore s/c/m) of a screenplay was creeping more and more into determining who would win or at least make their way to the forefront of screenplay competitions.

 

But since I wasn’t sure anymore that screenplays are always bought and sold and made into movies the way they once were, and that, in fact, new ways of financing and making films are appearing every day, it was my contention that screenplay competitions should reflect that change and not necessarily get caught up in choosing winners based on whether someone or some company or some something will buy them or not. Continue reading

RANTINGS AND RAVINGS OF A SCREENPLAY READER Now Available Through Amazon


UntitledEver wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks of your screenplay?  Maybe this will throw some light on the subject.
I am proud to announce the publication through Amazon of my book Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader. This is a culmination of many of my blog writings as well as my 2013 movie reviews.
“I got a Kindle addition of Rantings and Ravings about three days ago. I’m maybe a fifth or a quarter of the way into the book. And I see a lot of good things you are pointing out that are mistakes that writers are constantly making in screenplays, and some laughs at some of the unintentional things writers often do. Your book would be $3.00 well spent for 80 or 85% of the writers here…” Eli  Donaldson (for the complete review go to: http://ow.ly/CGqhQ )
“Not just a nice perspective of a contest reader but some helpful … hmm, tips is the wrong word … insights (that’s better) into the writing process–again, the wrong word — reading of the writing process. We write to be read. So how one’s screenplay is read is as important as how it was written. This book reminds us of the importance of the read as the read proceeds all the other steps that lead to a viewing.” Tim Lane
“Information that needs to be heard.” L.A. Sidsworth
“Don’t be fooled by the amusing title of this fascinating book. Howard never actually rants or raves, but instead provides a plethora of valuable insights into the art and business of screenwriting. If you’ve ever entered a screenplay contest and have wondered what goes on once your script is received, look no further. Howard pulls back the curtain to give us a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse at the judging process, and he’s not afraid to reveal the different factors that go into choosing the winners. (It’s not as cut and dry as you might think.) If you are just starting down the path of pursuing a screenwriting career, you’ll definitely want to check out the chapters on common mistakes, what works best and what to avoid. For the more seasoned cinephile, the book is also crammed full of thought provoking essays on the art and craft of cinema, as well as an eclectic assortment of movie reviews. Quite a lot of bang for just a few bucks. And best of all, Howard’s encyclopedic knowledge of cinema, combined with a keen sense of humor, makes for a very enlightening and entertaining read.” Jeremy Carr
To purchase the book, please go to http://ow.ly/xK2L0.  More reviews follow:

Continue reading


I recently sent a script to Howard for coverage and I had a short deadline. He responded with promptness and professionalism. I received the coverage in three days and he was spot with many of his notes. He provided ideas to improve the script all tidied up in an 8 page report. We also spoke by phone for about an hour. Very responsive. I am currently implementing 3 or 4 of those ideas and hope to submit the script in the next couple of days. I will use and recommend Howard for future coverage. Thanks Howard.
 Charles Pisaeno

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