I wrote a script several years ago. I thought I did most, if not all of the right things. It was reviewed by script consultants. I was on blacklist and even got several evaluations from them, but when I found out that a script that featured a woman sexually connected to her dog was featured, well, I figured out that blacklist was just another scam, not to mention two wildly different scores and levels of competent assist. My biggest credit? Received a Nellis award in the animation to live-action category. Big frigging whoopee.
I tried on Amazon movies. And a few more steps. Results... zip. I sent out literally at least 100 query letters to agents, as Warner Bros. has a patent to one of the names and series that I would like to use, and being an unrepresented nobody, I was lucky if I had received a reply, and some of those were kinda weird in my opinion. Please do not suggest, or suggest it if you must, that I enter a screenwriting contest, it is just that my idea that for my entry fee I get, as the top prize, a half-hour "consultation", usually with some Hollywood has-been who cannot further my script in any way, shape or form, except give me drivel and waste both of our time.
Disillusioned? You bet I am.
Ok, here is my idea. My REAL script involves big-budget and I mean A REALLY BIG BUDGET. It involves transforming a couple of cartoon figures from a series back mostly in the 60's to LIVE ACTION, like so many movies in the last decade based on either cartoon or tv series, cartoon or otherwise. Think Transformers, Ironman, and about a dozen or so others. Remember, cartoon to live action. Or 60's tv series. Heck, even Fred Flintstone had his own live-action movie for crying out lout and most of the others have had like 5-10 sequels. As you all well know, if a movie made over a dime in profits, there will be a sequel. My script involves the FIRST cartoon to fully LIVE ACTION movie for my subjects. And I just get the door slammed in my face on what I think is a terrific idea. Well, here THAT one is:
(and yes, I know about the mis-spelled name in the title... I DO have to think about violating any possible Trademark issues. I would rather not have some lawyer send me a desist order if possible before it even gets off the ground, if ever. What really irritates me is that I discovered that Warner Bros. was finally going to make a movie about (one) of my characters. The problem is that the movie IS STILL A CARTOON! Just friggin great.
Well, forget all of that.
It is my intent to produce or other make in whatever position I might finance a low-budget ($75,000 - $100,000?), one hour indie film, using my own money, or mostly my own money. It would be made partly in the USA, with the other 90% of it made in a specific foreign country which is economically depressed, so I do not think that I would be overpaying for experts. Some of my characters in the USA would be used in the foreign country. I do have some contacts, and I am sure there would be film type people over there who would love the work. Of course, I would need a stunningly beautiful woman to play a major lead. And I do mean stunningly... at least after make-up hahaha. Keeps the guys interested. The movie itself would be largely distributed in this specific country initially. If people think that the film is worth going beyond the borders, well great. I am uninterested in a big, or any profit if it came down to it. What I am interested is having the best film crew that I can afford.
Then, with that under my widening belt, I would use that film as a "credit" for the big IMB page. Maybe It will help. Maybe it won't. The way I figure it, if the Blair Witch can do it, if I can do a hundreth of good as that film, I would consider myself extremely lucky.
What would speed the whole thing forward is some sort of crowd-sourcing or whatever it is called for people who would like to contribute a dollar or three to the project, no matter how it turns out. Does anybody have any ideas or sources for that? Spelled out more specifically... money. And if the movie turns out to be a dog (it won"t be tho), I can only accept money from those who do not view the project as some sort of investment that they are certain to get a return off of in profits. Keep in mind that I am prepared to use my life savings for this and am not depending on a cent from anyone else but of course it would be better if I can receive many cents. The outcome on this depends whether the project is made in 2020 (with many donated cents) or 2010 (no donated cents).
My son and only heir? Well, he would just have to understand and I would have to make sure that the grass over my grave is piss-proof. I could try the old "I have cancer" thing on go-fund-me, but I am pretty sure that one has already been used, plus I do not relish time in prison for fraud.
No, not exactly the first version of "The Producers" type of concept on this one. Gawd, I loved that movie. My favorite scenes is the producers waiting in a nearby bar for patrons of their movie to come in bitching about how lousy their play was, and the Nazi writer who was incensed with his story having being butchered. And a musical at that. How could it not have bombed? No, it is not some kind of "Springtime For Hitler" thing.
Or, maybe some of you "real" accomplished pros might have an idea or two, regarding anything? Or does my idea just plain SUCK? If so, it takes a big man to admit that he is wrong... I am not a big man. And spare me any talk about contests as I am in denial about many things and that one tops the list.