Screenwriting : What Is a Market Ready Spec? by Babz Bitela, President

Babz Bitela, President

What Is a Market Ready Spec?

Hey all! I was chatting with Mr. RB and he tells me 'start a convo on this' so here I am: what is market ready? "Dear ms or mr agent: I've rewritten and polished, I've spit shined and done table reads (for real, not my friends came over and drank beer and we messed around it with it but friends read, I took notes and we had beer LATER); I've dumped the clunkers and patched the cliches up with FRESH new takes on same (rewriting a cliché is beyond fun, try it), so then WHAT, mr or ms agent, must I do to make sure my script is MARKET READY?" Market ready to me means; material that has solid 'voice' (voice = wow I see this story happening) , narrative tug (wow I gotta see where this goes), and could be commercially successful ie will attract above the line eyes (wow if I shop this I am probably gonna hear 'I gotta try to shoot/star/produce) this.'”) There it is. Respectfully, BB Host of Babzbuzz SBA * WGA

Babz Bitela, President

Attracting above the line talent is hard; but actors still do LOI's (letter of intent) which excites prods and directors and all flavors in between. And while an LOI is not much it's something.

CJ Walley

Interesting stuff about LOI's, BB. I'd not read about those before.

Michael L. Burris

When recognizing and realizing that "voice" do you usually find it is resonating the "Pulse of America", trend setting or just from the aspect of a good story? I guess questioning or projecting commercial success in a way is the same as recognizing that "Pulse of America" or trend. I try to incorporate that aspect when writing a story or episode but it can be so hard keeping it and focusing on the story too. It's like evolving and staying the same to give familiarity in my eyes.

Babz Bitela, President

you know how you hear Cyndi Lauper and just KNOW it's her? truth is with voice it's a lot like porn; you can't really describe it but you know it when you see it. No reflection on CL btw. bb

Michael L. Burris

I was just going to ask with that "narrative tug" as you call it, if at times it just gives an instant familiarity and you know exactly where it is going and like it but you just answered that. You one of those mind readers? LOL

Babz Bitela, President

Well I did pick the 10-1 horse for the pick three, but didn't bet. Sigh. Here's an example of to me, narrative tug: FADE IN ON: Shadows, zebra-like on the walls of a room. The walls are white, antiseptic looking. The feeling is Gothic. Quiet. Tomb-like... Abruptly, the unmistakable chord sequence of “Layla” by Derek and the Dominoes EXPLODES OVER as we start the... OPENING CREDIT SEQUENCE: WE SEE...big, clunky Doc Martins...laces are tied in square knots, no socks, under frayed Levis. NOW THE FACE of an old woman, gray and pasty. Eyes closed. Hair, blue. Powder-puff pats around the forehead and eyes as fingers pinch the cheeks, then deftly apply eye-liner. The HANDS, masculine, cigar-stub fingers, move deftly with a grace you wouldn’t ascribe to a man. Every so often he stops, takes an “Air Guitar” break with some passage he particularly likes, then continues. On the desk, a BOOMBOX the size of Rhode Island blares away as we meet -- BOYD DENNING built like a fireplug, low 30’s, pleasant face, kind eyes and an ADHD kind of demeanor. He is making up A CORPSE! A woman laid out in her Sunday finest. (to me, that's narrative tug: from Dead Certain, Written by Craig Clyde.)

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