Elliot’s foray into writing movies began in 1997 after he relocated to Los Angeles and found himself unemployed. Armed with a computer, a book on screenwriting (purchased at The Writers Store), and a Blockbuster Card, Elliot began teaching himself to write screenplays. Approximately 13 months later – without the help of an agent or manager – Elliot hatched an unorthodox submission strategy that landed his spec script on the desk of an executive at 20th Century Fox. Less than a week later, Elliot’s dream came true: Fox purchased his script, launching his screenwriting career.
Over the next 13 years, Elliot’s writing credits would include the films MTV’s Hip-Hopera: Carmen (MTV), which launched the film career of Beyonce Knowles, Like Mike (20th Century Fox), Brown Sugar (Fox Searchlight Pictures), and Just Wright (Fox Searchlight Pictures), which starred Queen Latifah, theatrically released in May 2010.
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The Unusual Suspects: How to Use Unconventional Industry Contacts to Launch Your Screenwriting Career
There’s a common misconception among new or ‘unrepresented’ screenwriters that only agents, managers, and producers can open Hollywood’s gates, and that without at least one of the three, it’s virtually impossible to sell a script or sidestep Hollywood’s frustrating barriers to entry. The truth is that representa... (read more)