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Advice To A Screenwriter Who Doesn’t Have An Agent Or Manager by Mark Heidelberger
How to Get a Movie Script Produced
A Filmmaker reader recently emailed me with a simple question. The resulting project, I take it, is too big for his usual DIY methods. A tough question, not knowing the filmmaker very well and not having read the script. Get an agent! For those who want to be more proactive, here are 15 things that can be done starting now. Proofread your script. Do it yourself, and then have an eagle-eyed friend do it again.
Writing the next big Hollywood blockbuster is only half the battle. Getting your movie script produced is where the work really kicks in. Getting a screenplay turned into a movie requires more than simply submitting to a producer. There are exceptions to the rule, but for the most part, screenwriters need to follow a definite chain of command when submitting scripts for to production companies and agents for consideration. Write your movie, don't direct it. This means you need to submit a spec script as opposed to a shooting script. The spec script should have as few camera directions as possible.
There are more ways to break into Hollywood including the Indie market and sell a screenplay than there have ever been. Keep rewriting that script until it is a showpiece. The more you can establish a reputation of you being a professional, the better your chance of success. Remember, every page of your script either says you are an amateur or a Pro. So make them the best they can be. You may already have a great script…or a script that can become great. Good choices and a strong rewrite process are the keys to success here.
Produced playwright and fiction author Persephone Vandegrift tackles the age- old question that faces every new writer of how to get their material read by a.
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Here we pull five bullet points from the discussion and elaborate further to offer you some perspective and hopeful directions to take as you try to get your script read. There are many, many of those. - It can take up to four-six months for you to hear back from a producer.
Is your screenplay ready to go out to market? How many drafts have you done? It really has to be the best it can be. It also has to be meticulously presented. Standard industry format, with no typos whatsoever. No scene numbers. Before even considering sending out your script, practise writing loglines and synopses for it.