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Mmmmm.....chocolate ice cream. Scriptmag is one of my faves, too! Nice share, Vinnnnnnnnnn-cenzo!
Now I want ice cream...I blame Bill. Still, great share, Vince - especially for folks who are submitting to our Pitching services or Coverage!
I just went out and bought some Chocolate chip cookie dough - Bill you Bastard
I just had ice cream... and everything in Lucy's article is right on the money. Usually when you aren't getting requests to read your screenplay it's the concept. I always say "check your bait". If there are a million scripts in circulation, why does your concept make yours that one in a million? Then, once they ask to read it - the story and characters and writing have to make it that one in a million all over again. Plus - this is a business! That means your story has to be something that millions of people all over the world would pay to see. When I was doing pitch coaching at Sherwood Oaks College, I'd take the Sunday entertainment section of the LA Times and when someone had a problematic concept I'd ask them to find a similar movie in the entertainment section. Usually they couldn't - and that was the real problem. No one made movies like that because no one would pay to see them. This is easy to do (before you write the screenplay - it will save you wasted work) - take a look at the top 20 films for every year in the past decade on BoxOfficeMojo.com - what are the films like your screenplay? What was the path those stories took to get to the screen (if everything like your story began as a play, your path is to write it as as play. If the similar films began as novels, your path is to write it as a novel). This is a business, so start to think of it as a business. Hey, if you have to write some non-commercial script just to get it out of your head - write it! Just don't expect to get many reads or start a career with it. Yes, there are exceptions to everything - those are the hard way.
Thanks for the link, Vince. I just bookmarked it to read again and again when I'm ready to submit.