Why Filmmakers and Screenwriters Fail

I was sitting around contemplating the careers of so many of my friends and acquaintances, when I had a moment of clarity:

Why not write up the mistakes and pitfalls so many filmmakers and screenwriters fall into? I know I am going to get into a lot of trouble here. You might not like or agree with me - and that is totally fine. I might even offend you. That is not fine, and I am apologising in advance.
Perhaps you'd rather not read Why Filmmakers and Screenwriters Fail.

Things Screenwriters Need To Know About Filmmaking

Screenwriting and script development are the two basic building blocks of the film industry, and unfortunately, the least considered.

At a recent open forum at the BFI, the leading literary agent Julian Friedman stated publicly that, as far as he could tell, scripts in general have not been getting any better over the past 20 years that Raindance has been running.

Can this be true? That scriptwriting and script development are still the least funded in the industry? That script training is woefully inadequate?

Let me try and focus on some basic issues I have determined and see if there can be some sort of debate on this, with the intention of improving the quality of screenplays.

5 Things Screenwriters Need To Know About Filmmaking

A Screenplay in 55 Words

Here's a challenge:

Write a script in 55 words:

Here's one:

"Careful honey, it's loaded," he said ,re-entering the bedroom.

Her back rested against the headboard. "This for your wife?"
"No. Too chancy. I'm hiring a professional."
"How about me?"

He smirked. "Cute. But who'd be dumb enough to hire a lady hit man?"

She wet her lips, sighting along the barrel.
"Your wife."

16 Things Film Festivals Hate About Filmmakers

I reckon that there are about 49 other people in the world qualified to write about this since Variety Magazine called Raidnacne one of the top 50 film festivals in the world.

Variety Magazine's endorsement of Raindance is significant, becausue there are over 3,000 film festivals in the world and because Variety is the Number One trade paper.

Read : 16 Things Film Festivals Hate About Filmmakers