Script [skript] noun. “A manuscript, or one of the various copies of the written text of a play, motion picture, radio or television broadcast.”
Cat [kat] noun. “A person, usually a male considered or thought to be cool; usually a talented artist who grooves like none other.” (Beat slang of the 1950’s-1960’s)
Who is the SCRIPTCAT?
Scriptcat is screenwriter, author, script doctor, and screenplay consultant Mark Sanderson — a writer blessed to be living his childhood dream of making movies with thirty-nine screenplays written in genres ranging from comedy to drama. His work ranges from his sketch comedy writing and performing as a founding member of The Amazing Onionheads , writing for MTV, his spec sale, two tv pilot assignments, and twenty-three feature assignments, to the television premieres and worldwide distribution of his fifteen produced films — the WWII indie feature “I’ll Remember April,” Lifetime Network’s “Deck the Halls” and “An Accidental Christmas,” the stylish indie noir feature “Stingers,” and action-packed thrillers “USS Poseidon: Phantom Below” (aka as HereTV’s “Tides of War”), SyFy Network’s “Sea Snakes” (aka Fox’s release as “Silent Venom”), the LMN thriller “Mother of All Lies” starring Franchesca Eastwood, Lifetime’s highly rated thriller “Mommy’s Little Murderer,” Lifetime’s “A Night to Regret,” LMN’s “One Small Indiscretion,” “A Wedding To Die For,” “Stalked by My Ex,” also “A Night to Regret,” “Family Vanished,” “Hidden Family Secrets,” and “Suburban Swingers Club.”
Mark’s films have premiered on SyFy, Lifetime, LMN, Here! TV, The Movie Network, Christmas 24, HBO Canada, Fox, and NBC/Universal and have been distributed globally. After graduating from UCLA Film School, Mark’s early screenplays garnered high placements in writing competitions including a semi-finalist nod placing in the top 1% of all entries worldwide in the Academy’s prestigious Nicholl Fellowship, a runner up in screenwriting guru John Truby’s Writers Studios Screenwriting Contest, and a top 50 finalist in the Paramount Pictures based Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project created by Steven Spielberg. Mark has gone on to write nineteen screenwriting assignments and his produced films have been recognized around the world at major festivals including premiering and opening the Palm Springs International Film Festival, premieres at the Hawaii Int. Film Festival, the St. Louis Int. Film Festival, the Rainbow Festival in Hawaii, the Newport Beach Int. Film Festival, the Fort Lauderdale Int. Film Festival, and nominated for the Starboy award at the Oulu International 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, George Mendeluk, Fred Olen Ray, and the late Bob Clark — and has written/consulted on 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 currently has six projects in development including the series Paranormal X with producer Mark Harris (Crash) and director Dan Harris, and the thrillers “HUNTED BY MY EX” and “KILLER ESCORT.”
Mark’s new book A Screenwriter’s Journey to Success: Tips, Tricks and Tactics to Survive as a Working Screenwriter in Hollywood is now available on Amazon. Named one of Screencraft’s “25 People Screenwriters Should Follow on Twitter,” you can follow him on Twitter @scriptcat and also on Periscope. Visit his official website at www.fiveoclockblue.net
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Check out his on-demand webinar “A Screenwriter’s Checklist: 10 Questions Every Screenwriter Must Answer to Stay in the Game.” Click on the icon below for the link to the website for the streaming rental.
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“Mark Sanderson gives fantastic advice on surviving Hollywood as a working writer.”—Script Magazine, “My Blank Page” was chosen as Website of the Week (May 2012)
“So you want to be a scriptwriter? Here’s your blog baby!”—actor/producer Greg Grunberg (The Client List, Big Ass Spider, Heroes, Alias, Felicity) (@greggrunberg)
“Thanks for all the valuable information. You are a wellspring of Hollywood knowledge.”—actor/standup comedian/director Rawle D. Lewis (K-Pax, Malcom & Eddie, Cool Runnings), (@rawletv)
“Scriptcat —No ego, no flagrant self-promotion; but heart and soul and a genuine commitment to helping other writers.”—author, screenwriter, filmmaker @LaFamiliaFilm
“You’re probably my largest inspiration! Thanks for everything you do with reaching out to writers via social media!”—screenwriter Collin Jones, @CollinJones15
“You’re a gent who’s helping to keep us all sane. Keep fighting the good fight. Cheers!”—screenwriter Tim Davis, @HandsomeTimmyD
“Highly recommended. Constructive, encouraging, and extremely helpful. Is available for follow-up questions.”—Rachel Redfern, @RachelRedfern5
“Highly recommend Mark Sanderson’s services – hired him three times in the last year, worked wonders with my #screenplay.” —Niraj Kapur, UK, @Nirajwriter
“@scriptcat is the best online source for real screenwriting advice, its like having a wise uncle giving you life advice. Thank you good sir!”—filmmaker Jordan Moore, @JordanKnowMoore
“You do a great job of inspiring/guiding. This maddening biz needs more generosity.”—screenwriter Bob DeRosa, (@themBob)
“Thanks, Mark, for spreading the news. You’re the best (& obviously hold down one of the best filmmaking spots on the web)!”—writer/director Edwin Adrian Nieves, @eanives — “A Bittersweet Life” blog.
“If you write scripts or want to learn and following the business, you MUST follow @Scriptcat—a knowledgeable screenwriting guru with great website content, webinars and frequent tweets.”—ScreenCraft website (@Screencrafting)
“Shout out to Scriptcat for the loads of great advice for screenwriters. You should be following him.“—screenwriter/producer/director Christine Conradt, (@Cconradt)
“Follow @scriptcat if you want to reach the top, cat.”—screenwriter/author Mark Dark, @MarkDarkStory
“My Blank Page—one of the top 25 screenwriting blogs to follow.“—Jason McKinnon, Screenwriting Spark (@writingspark)
“The Scriptcat really knows his stuff.”—actor Brad Grunberg (Grown Ups 2, That’s My Boy, Undercovers) (@bradgrunberg)
“Thanks, Mark! I think we filmmakers can agree that My Blank Page is a vault full of gold for filmmaking. My Blank Page is perfect.—director/writer Edwin Adrian Nieves, (@eanieves)
“Thank you for always offering up such wonderful advice! Your blog is amazingly helpful.“—screenwriter Heather Spencer, (@x_epic_story_x)
“If you’re working to become a screenwriter… Scriptcat will inspire you.”—Kev Quaid (@ThePaleWriter)
“@scriptcat just down loaded your app. Love the encouragement!”—Amanda Samaroo (@Abartlette)
“Very apt blog post you’ve done for me right now. Thanks – I always find something you blog about that helps when I need it.“—screenwriter Kristi Barnett, (@Pale_Jewel)
“Always enjoy reading and sharing your articles. You have wonderful insight for all writers.”—screenwriter/ filmmaker David Spies (@DavidSpies)
“Keep reading and follow Scriptcat—consistently good pragmatic stuff screenwriters can actually use.”—screenwriter Daniel Eckhart (@dmeckhart)
“Huge shout out to Scriptcat, a great source of screenwriting advice and insight! Make sure to follow!”—screenwriter/director Edwin Adrian Nieves (@eanives)
“You’re putting out great stuff on your feed and thanks for all the links.” —Shaula Evans (@TheBlackBoard)
“Want to read a terrific screenwriting blog? Scriptcat has the best posts!”—author/screenwriter/co-founder of #scriptchat Jamie Lee Scott (@AuthorJamie)
“Mark, I just want to say thank you. I’m hungry for knowledge and learn something new from you every day.”—Josh Lippert (@JVLippert)
“Love your blog & SILENT VENOM. Worked in a video store when that came out. Rented it a lot.”—screenwriter Richard Pierce, (@Rich_Pierce12)
“Scriptcat has great tips about the business of screenwriting.“—@Hollywood_Tweet
“Mark, I want you to know how much I’ve learned since I started following you. The info/advice on your blog is awesome. Thanks!”—writer Kristen Skeet (@castawayKristen)
“If you aren’t already doing it you should all go follow @scriptcat for quality information about #writing a screenplay #screenwriting”—screenwriter G.W.L. (@screenwritergav)
“And for more info @scriptcat is the person to follow for advice.“—author Victor Campbell (@writer2victor)