Studio City, CA Canada (PressExposure) March 11, 2011 -- Fresh off his win of the 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture for his screenplay for Just Wright, a romantic comedy starring Queen Latifah, screenwriter Michael Elliot offers help to aspiring pro screenwriters through a variety of resources available on a new website, michaelelliotmedia.com.
Elliot's website, michaelelliotmedia.com is home to the writer's official bio, filmography and news on his upcoming projects, but most of michaelelliotmedia.com is devoted to providing aspiring professional screenwriters with renegade tactics to sell screenplays, helping aspiring screenwriters find screenplay agents, sharing his recipe on how to pitch movies and how to effectively pitch to sell screenplays, and educating aspiring professional screenwriters on the business of screenwriting.
"When I was trying to break in, getting help from writers who had already broke through Hollywood's barriers-to-entry was impossible," states Elliot, CEO of Michael Elliot Media. "I used to dream of the day when I would be in a position to reveal my secrets to success and that time is now."
Elliot's website michaelelliotmedia.com is the writer's latest effort at helping other writers achieve their dreams. In 2010, Elliot addressed aspiring pro screenwriters at Spelman College, USC, the Austin Film & Screenwriters Conference and the Merge Summit. In addition, Elliot established the Facebook group The Ladder: Aspiring Screenwriters Helping Aspiring Screenwriters. Today, over 2,000 screenwriters are members of The Ladder. Elliot's efforts also utilized the web. Over the past eight months, Elliot has hosted eight live webinars from his laptop. The webinars were accessible to any aspiring screenwriter with an Internet connection. Many of the webinars were recorded and are among the variety of writer resources available on michaelelliotmedia.com. For aspiring professional screenwriters aiming to sell screenplays and secure screenplay agents, or for writers who would like to learn how to pitch movies and how to effectively pitch to sell screenplays, Elliot hopes the resources available on michaelelliotmedia.com can be a difference-maker.
Twenty-five years ago, Michael Elliot was a high school dropout, surviving on the streets of Philadelphia, homeless. Today, with five produced film and television credits over the past decade, 44-year-old Elliot is one of the most accomplished African-American screenwriters in Hollywood. His story reads like an aspiring writer's fairytale. After relocating to Los Angeles in 1997, Elliot found himself unemployed. With no job prospects, Elliot had a tough decision to make: return to the East Coast and work for someone else again, or stay in Los Angeles and pursue a career in the world he had always loved: the movie business. Staring at the computer purchased by his former employer - Sean "Diddy" Combs - Elliot saw an opportunity to create his entrée into the film industry. Armed with Diddy's computer, a book on screenwriting, and a Blockbuster Card, Elliot began teaching himself to write screenplays. Approximately 13 months later - without the help of an agent or manager - Elliot sold his first screenplay to a major movie studio, 20th Century Fox. Over the next 13 years, Elliot would develop screenplays for some of Hollywood's most important movie studios and television/cable networks including Warner Bros. Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures, BET, Universal Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, VH1, Paramount Pictures, FOX, Showtime, New Line Cinema, and HBO.
Elliot's writing credits include the films MTV's Hip-Hopera: Carmen, the 2001 television musical that launched the film career of Beyonce Knowles; the family film Like Mike which starred rapper/actor, Bow Wow; the romantic comedy Brown Sugar which starred Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Mos Def and Queen Latifah; and Just Wright which stars Queen Latifah, Common and Paula Patton - released in theaters in May 2010. Combined, Elliot's films have generated worldwide box office revenue of over $115 million.