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SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking

Nov 2019

Screenwriting To Get Your Film Shot with Steven Palmer Peterson

November 26, 2019

Screenwriting To Get Your Film Shot with Steven Palmer Peterson

SBP Podcast: The voice of mobile film™ 


Are you writing screenplays to make films or to sell? Our guest for episode 69 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is Steven Palmer Peterson. Steve wrote and directed a film and shot it with a smartphone but he also co-wrote a film with John Murlowski, Assimilate, now playing on Netflix.

In this episode, we have a fun and energized conversation about writing for the film industry, mobile filmmaking and a little bit about the red carpet experience at the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego. Steve begins with an interesting revelation on how to best begin writing a screenplay.


Steve's 3 top pointers for screenwriters:

  1. Write according to your assets and budget. 
  2. Focus on the structure. 
  3. Mobile films get shot, so get serious.


Steve says that if you are writing for a mobile film, then you know most likely, it’s going to get shot because of the budget. So get serious about writing counting on it to be shot…with a smartphone you can be the director, if you choose to be. We talked about the length of feature film you should write for today’s kind of distribution with online streaming as a main distribution format.


Steve shared some really cool tips and resources for screenwriters starting out, including some of the things he did to get to where he is today.


One of my own takes from my discussion with Steve is that if you write a screenplay that you really want to get shot, getting serious about writing it is a must because budget is not going to get in your way and what that means, is that you should focus not only on your assets but the fact that you are shooting with a smartphone camera. Invest in good sound. You can shoot in tighter spaces. You can achieve a look and aesthetic which can be a part of the angle to your story. 


SBP Podcast: The Voice of Mobile Film™ is for everyone who ever wanted to or is curious about making movies and videos using smartphones. 


Consensus Reality, Mobile Feature Film Trailer:


Red Carpet Extravaganza! with Steve Peterson and Oleg Loparev and family:


Assimilate is available on Netflix:

A group of friends making a web series about their hometown realize it isn’t as boring as they thought when their neighbors start behaving strangely. Starring: Joel Courtney, Calum Worthy, Andi Matichak

Rating: TV-14

Genre: Horror

Directed By: John Murlowski

Written By: John Murlowski, Steven Palmer Peterson


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