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Screenwriting : A Great Blog Entry by John August for the Newest of the Newbies by Regina Lee

Regina Lee

A Great Blog Entry by John August for the Newest of the Newbies

Worth your 2 minutes if you're very new or just curious!! John August responds to a reader question: When trying to sell a screenplay, does it have to be accompanied by a logline and/or a synopsis? Or will just handing someone a script suffice? And I would also like to know the general work hours of movie studios. I want to maybe personally hand my work to someone at a studio since I am uncertain of whether or not they read unsolicited work; however, I have a very unflexible work schedule, and I usually get off late. Are studios open on Saturdays? – Evelyn New York City http://johnaugust.com/2009/saturdays

Are studios open on Saturdays?
Are studios open on Saturdays?
And I would also like to know the general work hours of movie studios. I want to maybe personally hand my work to someone at a studio since I am uncertain of whether or not they read unsolicited work;…
Regina Lee

Someone on S32 asked me if studios physically posted their official submissions policy for everyone to see. No... Essentially, there's no centralized front door. John answers those types of questions and more.

Brian Walsh

Great article. Thanks for posting that Regina.

Boomer Murrhee

Thanks for the post, Regina. More importantly, thanks for your time and input. You are often the positive voice which rises above the negative noise. You're an asset to this community.

Shari D. Frost

This is great - thanks, Regina!

Gigi M. Green

Thanks for sharing!

Regina Lee

Adding to John's blog entry, I'd say roughly 60-70% of the time, when your agent/manager sends out your script, he won't include a logline in the email cover letter. That's because the agent/manager expects the exec to read the script he's sending you, regardless of the logline. You have a relationship, you each work with pros, and you give each other your time. Typically, the agent/manager would have emailed/called the exec ahead of sending out the script, pitched the premise (using the logline/blurb you've both come up with), and received permission to send it. (Why is permission needed? To prevent infringement. "Sorry I am already working on a similar idea, and I can't read it to prevent infringement.") Sometimes in my experience, when the agent/manager is sending out a spec, a writing sample, a book, etc., he will include a logline with the cover letter. That's where my experience differs from John August's. One reason is that it's easier for the exec to share that script and logline with her colleagues when a logline has already been provided.

Andre Dixon

Thank you for sharing this Regina!

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