What does the screenwriter in your life really want? Probably a two million dollar script sale, but you most likely can’t give them that. What can you give them? Unconditional love, a lifetime of moral support, and one of the presents below. These gifts for screenwriters cover a wide range of script writing wants and needs. You can totally go old school with a Moleskin and fancy pens, maybe a Starbucks gift card, but consider these in addition (or instead). You’re going to find something perfect!
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I love the way the Passion Planner walks you through your 3 year plan. Don’t worry! It’s not overwhelming. The planner makes you think about what you truly want (your passion!) and helps you break it down into actionable steps. It’s a traditional calendar combined with reflective questions. You can get a dated or undated design. If you’re getting it as a gift, throw in some highlighters, washi tape, and colorful pens to boot.
Rather than a traditional calendar planner, the Productivity Planner tracks your daily priorities. Organization is the key to combatting stress and making sure fear doesn’t render you immobile. It’s undated too, so you aren’t restricted by a calendar and the fear of not using it before the dates run out.
The 5-Minute Journal
The Five-Minute Journal is my favorite daily motivational tool. I use it every morning. It tracks your gratitude, focuses in on what you want out of your day, and recaps at night. I found that once I started using it, I was not only happier, but I got more out of my time by adding intention. Plus, it really only takes 5 minutes a day.
Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook
Do you or your giftee like the feeling of putting pen to paper? Sometimes it’s so much more refreshing than typing. The Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook lets you hand write, draw character sketches, and so much more while saving your doodles to the cloud.
WriterDuet is the up-and-comer in terms of screenwriting software. It allows for two writers to simultaneously work on a script, which is great for writing partners who don’t live in the same place. The Pro version is a little more advanced. It does things like let you work offline.
Subscription to THE Tracking Board
The Tracking Board is a well of industry information. It’s useful for tracking industry news and spec sales as well as job searching.
Outlining & using index cards to plot scenes is a widely regarded process in screenwriting. For those who don’t want to actually handle a physical cork board and index cards, Scrivener is an online app to do the exact same thing. It’s very Hollywood.
Gifts for writers ready to “Research”
Subscription to Netflix
Stranger Things, The Crown, House of Cards… Netflix is on point. If you want to get a gift for a screenwriter, this is definitely a recommendation.
Subscription to HBO
Sure, everyone shares their parents’ HBO password with their friends, but giving the gift of an HBO subscription would be kind of amazing. No one wants to miss a new episode of Game of Thrones, Westworld, Silicon Valley, etc…
Subscription to Amazon Prime
Amazon also has their own TV shows like Man in the High Castle. Plus, Prime is generally awesome. It gives you access to a ton of shows and movies as well as free 2-day shipping.
Save the Cat
One of the best screenwriting books ever written, Save the Cat makes plotting and structure easy and accessible. It’s a great gift for a screenwriter (if they haven’t read it already).
Writing Movies for Fun and Profit
This book breaks down what it takes to be a screenwriter without holding back the punches. The authors are frank about the business in a fun and funny way. AND they are the writers behind The State, Reno 911, and Wet Hot American Summer.
Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting
Syd Field masters modern day movie structure. The Foundations of Screenwriting trends as one of the top screenwriting books of all time.
Writing Television Sitcoms
Writing Television Sitcoms goes over what it takes to be funny in television. It’s clear, well-written, and smart.
Gifts for Writers on the Job Hunt
Subscription to Entertainment Careers
The job hunt in Los Angeles can be difficult. Entertainment Careers manages to be both cheap and effective. Many of my peers and Hollywood assistants found there first gig here (no, not to be a screenwriter, but to get an entry-level position in the biz). The paid membership means that you get the postings before they go public. This makes a HUGE difference since resumes fly in the moment the posting goes live.
Kate Lupo’s Course
Trying to land a job in the biz? Kate Lupo is a career coach with a high success rate of helping her students find positions within the entertainment industry. Check her out here:
Hollywood Resumes’ resume service
Hollywood Resumes helps with everything from resumes to mock interviews. They truly know what their doing when it comes to getting you prepared to land a job.
Gifts for screenwriters in Los Angeles
Membership to the Junior Hollywood Radio and Television Society
If you or your giftee is working in the entertainment industry, JHRTS provides so many different levels of support. It’s a great organization to join for young Hollywood assistants.
Membership to Women in Film
WIF offers a community, panels, and events to bring women together in the film and television arena.
Membership to Film Independent
Film Independent is for film lovers and filmmakers. They are a non-profit organization in charge of the LA Film Festival and the Spirit Awards.
Gift Card to the ArcLight
The ArcLight is one of the nicest theaters in Los Angeles. The movie quality is amazing. You reserve your seat ahead of time. And, they have a great selection of movies including blockbusters and indies alike. It’s also just a tad more expensive, but totally worth it!
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