Are you an unknown screenwriter looking to draw interest in your work? Then chances are, whether you knew it or not, you’ve written your share of spec scripts — those written under speculation that they will someday be sold. They’re your own original concepts that you choose to write in hopes of selling or using as calling cards for representation and writing assignment consideration. When you write on spec, you’re not writing for a niche or grand audience — you’re writing for the script reader. So how does this alter your approach? Or does it at all? Our guest, Ken Miyamoto, has worked in the film industry for nearly two decades, and he pokes his head into our virtual event space to share with us the elements that can help every spec script get noticed. If you’re looking to break into the industry as a writer, this is one talk you don’t want to miss!
ABOUT KEN MIYAMOTO
Ken Miyamoto has worked in the film industry for nearly two decades, most notably as a studio liaison for Sony Studios and then as a script reader and story analyst for Sony Pictures.
He has many studio meetings under his belt as a produced screenwriter, meeting with the likes of Sony, Dreamworks, Universal, Disney, Warner Brothers, as well as many production and management companies. He has had a previous development deal with Lionsgate, as well as multiple writing assignments, including the produced miniseries Blackout, starring Anne Heche, Sean Patrick Flanery, Billy Zane, James Brolin, Haylie Duff, Brian Bloom, Eric La Salle, and Bruce Boxleitner, and the feature thriller Hunter’s Creed starring Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, Wesley Truman Daniel, Mickey O’Sullivan, John Victor Allen, and James Errico. He’s sold three suspense thriller scripts to Lifetime in 2021 alone, with two having been producing and awaiting release, and one in the works.
Follow Ken on Twitter @KenMovies.
Also follow his Quora space The Tao of Screenwriting/Movies/TV.
SCREEN TIME is a bi-monthly(ish), online hour-long series presented by the Chicago Screenwriters Network that features guests from all across the screenwriting and filmmaking industry. Join us from anywhere in the world for presentations, discussions, and interviews with industry professionals. It’s free for annual members, but anyone can RSVP with a pay-what-you-can donation!
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HOW DO I JOIN THE EVENT?
Guests will receive an invitation email with a URL link to the virtual event space. The link will go live roughly 10 minutes before the start of the talk. Be sure to join us promptly at or before the start time. You can use Zoom on your phone or tablet (download via Apple or Android store), or your computer via Zoom.us. You do not have to activate your webcam or microphone to RSVP. Everyone uses different devices, different platforms and different providers. While we can’t diagnose your technical difficulties, we can offer a pair of links [here and here] of helpful tips when using Zoom.