In a crowded field, a few bucks can make a huge difference.
So says a new book by writer and actor Josh Gad.
The book, “Get Your Script to a Director,” details the tricks of getting your script into the hands of the big guns.
Gad’s latest work, “Lion,” was released in September and is based on a script he wrote with a filmmaker and director from the film “Daredevil.”
The book is available in paperback and Kindle formats and it’s a must-read for aspiring filmmakers.
Gad, who is also a director, says he was initially hesitant about starting a project after “Dancing with the Stars” but he was impressed by the way the judges were able to tap into his writing and talent.
“The judges really took a chance,” he said.
“They saw my script and saw it’s something they wanted to be involved in and they wanted a part of.”
Here are Gad’s tips for getting your film to a screenwriter: Script your pitch for the first time.
Read the script and see how it fits the story.
“You have to have a story to your script,” Gad said.
Make sure you have a sense of urgency.
“Don’t put too much time into your script.
It doesn’t have to be that long.
Don’t go to your screenplay and say, ‘I’m writing a story for three months.’
That doesn’t really work,” he added.
“Write your screenplay as if you’re a fan of the film, and then just make sure it’s relevant to the story.”
Learn the story structure.
“I think one of the most important things is to know how your script fits into the story, so you don’t end up with a story where you just get a lot of little parts,” Gad explained.
“If your script has a lot going on, then it might be a little bit easier to work from the beginning of the story to the end.”
The trick to getting your story right is to understand what the main character is doing, Gad said, and also the main characters goals.
“A good story has a big overarching theme that it tells.
For example, a story like ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ has a strong central theme of survival,” he continued.
“So your story is about the survival of a man who fell to earth and he is fighting for survival.
Your story should tell you what his motivation is.”
Find a writer for your story.
When Gad started “Lions,” he had no idea how to get a script for the movie to get made.
“We were like, ‘Why are we doing this?
We’re not going to get paid.’
And we were like ‘This is not going anywhere,'” Gad said of his experience in the movie industry.
“It took a couple of years for the story and script to come together.
It was a huge learning curve for us and I’m proud of how it turned out.”
Find out who is a good fit for your script, Gad explained, and work on getting it on the page.
“Get it in front of your director, and that’s a really important thing,” he concluded.
“He’ll love it.
He’ll be like, I’ve got this, I want to write it and I can see it in a couple months.”
Check out the book to learn how to script your next film and find a script writer who is passionate about your film.
The script for “Laws” is available now.
For more from Gad, check out his Twitter account.