Friday, May 14, 2021

Breaking Into Screenwriting

While studying for a BA in film from The New School, Sawyer Petrick wrote a screenplay called Peace Be Upon You, which was accepted in the university’s 9th Annual Voice/Over Script Reading competition. After he graduated, he wrote the second episode of a web series called The Look. With a passion for writing feature films and sitcoms, Sawyer Petrick is intent on breaking into screenwriting.

Screenwriter and producer CJ Walley has some good advice for aspiring screenwriters. He points to how the traditional way of breaking into the industry has changed largely because of the technologies currently available.

Traditionally, a writer created a script and circulated the script to potential interested parties. Circulating the script meant calling producers on the phone and mailing them physical copies of the work.

In the traditional method, a screenwriter had enough level of familiarity with the industry to have a network of people to call and make offers. Having this network coupled with the manual work of sending the script formed a type of barrier to entry that limited the pool of screenwriters.

With the arrival of the internet and email, this barrier no longer exists. Through research over the internet, producers and other interested parties can be discovered, and work can be done in any part of the world and sent in remotely. This has resulted in an increase of script submissions, making it harder for an individual entry to get noticed.

In order to circumvent this situation, Walley recommends the creation of a strong social media presence. This means utilizing the internet through the creation of media to promote not only scripts but also the screenwriter.

Actual scripts should be available on the web for anyone to read. This will increase the chances of the right person reading a script and leading to an opportunity. Walley recommends this approach because it has worked for him - he has received writing assignments thanks to his social media presence.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Giants Fortify Their Coaching Staff

After Sawyer Petrick graduated from The New School with a bachelor’s degree in media studies with a concentration in screenwriting, he joined Whole Picture Films as a writer. A resident of New York City, Sawyer Petrick is an avid fan of the New York Giants, a professional football team that competes in the National Football League.

The Giants have fortified their coaching staff by adding three new assistant coaches. The team announced the hiring of Russ Callaway, Ryan Anderson and Carter Blount on April 8, 2021. They will help Giants head coach Joe Judge heading to the start of the 2021 NFL season opener in September.

Callaway will work with the Giants as offensive quality control coach. He started his coaching career working under Judge in 2011 as a defensive analyst at Alabama. He went on to spend two years with Murray State as recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach. Callaway also served as offensive coordinator for Samford University in Birmingham for five seasons, up until 2019. He was the senior offensive analyst with the LSU Tigers during the 2020 season before joining the Giants.

Anderson is the Giants’ new defensive quality control coach. He served as Vanderbilt’s defensive assistant from 2013 to 2015. He spent the next two years working as inside linebacker’s coach for East Carolina. In 2018, Anderson became the defensive coordinator of Hampton University before he joined Elon College in 2019 as safeties coach.

Blount will work alongside Anderson as defensive quality control coach. He also worked under Judge at Alabama as a special teams analyst in 2009. He was the special teams quality control analyst at University of Tennessee under then head coach Jeremy Pruitt, who is currently the Giants’ senior defensive assistant.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Screenwriting Tips


With experience writing an episode of a web series and consulting on a film script, Sawyer Petrick has a professional interest in the entertainment industry. Having graduated with a BA in film from The New School, Sawyer Petrick is particularly interested in screenwriting.

Screenwriting involves creating screenplays or scripts to be used as the basis of a story for a movie or TV show. Here are some tips for new screenwriters:

Know the characters well. Having deep knowledge of the characters of the screenplay - the protagonist, the antagonist, and the supporting characters - is a necessity. Viewers must be able to empathize with the hero or heroine in the sense of being able to relate to them. Each character’s actions must be believable when considered in light of their goals, personality, and values.

Read other scripts. The importance of familiarizing yourself with genre conventions cannot be overemphasized. Screenwriters who are focused on a particular genre should read screenplays in the genre in order to know how the most successful scripts were put together and why unsuccessful scripts didn’t work out.

Craft realistic dialogue. Dialogue gives life to the characters and provides valuable information about their personalities, values, and life experiences to the viewer. For example, dialogue can convey information like a character’s education level, where they grew up, and how outgoing they are, among other insights.

Breaking Into Screenwriting

While studying for a BA in film from The New School, Sawyer Petrick wrote a screenplay called Peace Be Upon You, which was accepted in the...