Screenwriting : What to do now? by Molly Capobianco

Molly Capobianco

What to do now?

Now that I'm done with my script, how do I actually get it made? It seems like networking is the best option, but I'm new to the site. Who's the most important person to pair up with? A cinematographer?

Stephen Floyd

Not to sound corny, but you’re the most important person in this equation. If you’re starting from square one and are earnest about getting the movie made, you’ll likely be director, producer, cinematographer, editor, and so forth. There’s far more writers looking for collaborators than there are collaborators looking for writers, so chances are you’ll find the most success making the film yourself.

Molly Capobianco

Stephen Floyd That's what I've tried doing in the past, but it seems like these people are out there. It's just a matter of finding them. I'm not good at being a dp, and have almost no experience. But, I guess trial and error will be the name of the game. Thanks!

Kay Luke

You have to bring more to the table than a script these days.

There're a million people trying to sell a screenplay. Stand out from the crowd if you want to get noticed.

Molly Capobianco

Kay Luke I don't necessarily need to sell my script. I just want to make something, be creative. It doesn't need to be successful or anything. Just complete.

Phillip "No Parenthetical" Hardy

Is standing out from the crowd includes working your ass off, finding creative ways to market your material, looking for every opportunity to pitch your work to somebody, and making as many industry contacts as you can, then I agree with Kay.

CJ Walley

Look at writing short scripts and collaborating with filmmakers at that level. You can do that while you network like crazy with industry members you think will appreciate your material. Start low, think big, work your way up the system month-by-month year-by-year. It all adds up slowly and then suddenly starts to happen.

Molly Capobianco

CJ Walley I guess my problem is I don't know how to properly network. I want to collab desperately, but am having trouble finding people who are on my level (beginner).

Dan MaxXx

Move to a city with a large film & Tv community. Move if you got no big bills, no family worries, responsibilities tying you down. LA, NYC, ATL. You could hop into a Uber car and meet a filmmaker driving.

CJ Walley

That's okay. Networking is tough and can be really daunting. Are there any filmmaking groups in your local area? Start small and work your way in step by step. Or like Dan suggests, consider moving to where there's better opportunities.

Luciano Mello

I'm almost in the same step with my project, I have the DP and I want to direct but we need much more. I need to improve my pitching skills but this is the way I'm doing and is working for me so far. Talk to people you want to work, make sure there is that special chemistry and make them fell in love with your story.

Molly Capobianco

CJ Walley Luciano Mello Thanks guys. Starting small seems the way to go. I work in a video store so shouldn't be too hard to find people who are interested in making movies. I just have to put myself out there.

Henry Kana

The most important thing is finding the Money to make the film.

Earl Tom Devere

Henry is correct - find the money (ie the investor) as they are most important. BUT to get investors to invest, it is best to show them attachments, a pitch deck, and potential profit to get them to invest. (I am a new Producer but I worked as a stockbroker for three years.) You need to show investors something concrete or at least what they THINK is concrete that can make them money. So prep before you approach them.

Stephen Floyd

In my experience, the bulk of filmmakers looking for screenplays want low-budget horror. Most of the remainder want to work on their own stuff before reaching out to someone else.

Molly Capobianco

But I write horror lol!

Earl Tom Devere

Stephen Floyd The bulk of filmmakers do. I am a contrarian as an artist. Write or produce that which is not with the pack. Do something different. I am producing one of my scripts first, but if it is a success I will be working on two low budget scripts by other writers. So no, I like low budget that doesn't look low budget.

Sam Borowski

Molly, the most important person to pair up with is an experienced producer. You see, an experienced producer, may also direct or can help you find a director, if you are not directing your own script. If you are, they can guide you and ghost direct, if need be. They have connections with actors, cinematographers and money people. And, film festivals. And, distributors. Even if you are self-financing and asking an experienced producer to guide you, they can supplement your financing. They can get you skilled actors, a great cinematographer et al. You want an experienced producer - hands down -that has been through this process before. GOD BLESS and STAY FRESH! ;) (And, Break Legs! And, WELCOME ABOARD!) ;) ;)

Molly Capobianco

Sam Borowski Thank you, Sam. That's great advice!

Craig D Griffiths

I will assume that your script is perfect.

Because everyone will tell you (and I didn’t believe it either, when I heard this advice) that your first script is never good enough to be made, but you learnt heaps writing it.

So you have a perfect script. I would find directors that have made movies similar to your script. IMDBPRO is a good place to start. Reach out to these people and ask them if they would be willing to read a treatment/synopsis.

Directors bring actors, actors bring producers and budgets. Or approach a producer or production company.

You have to reach out to people. You could go the competition route and hope to be discovered. But it is probably better to be an active participant.

Earl Tom Devere

Sam Borowski So true. Terrific post. Good luck Molly on finding that experienced producer. And experienced does not have to be a big household name, it can just be someone that has been through the process several times already and jives with your artistic tastes (ideally).

William Martell

Networking: I have all kinds of ways to network in my Breaking In Blue Book, and I talked about some of them on ScriptChat a week ago. Here's the transcript:

William Martell

One element that you have to consider is that film is an expensive art form. You can write screenplay after screenplay at no physical cost - you don't even need to buy paper anymore. But to make a feature length film you need actors and crew and costumes and props and film and lighting equipment and... Well, the costs add up. So the idea of not caring whether the film made from your screenplay is financially successful doesn't make sense. Someone will be spending a lot of money to make the film, and they will want to make their money back, as well as a profit. So they will be looking at your script as a financial investment. And your script needs to be a good investment. Which means, to get your script made you need to care whether it will be successful.

Ramsey Anderson

Congrats! I would recommend having people review it and improve it as much as you can first. Then get it off to writing competitions.. Happy to volunteer to read if that helps

Sam Borowski


Earl Tom Devere

And Molly, you are networking right now... here on Stage 32 and can take advantage of it. It's a great site for it. But listen to Bill, you definitely do not want to ever say, 'I don;t care whether it will be financially successful' because you want to make more and more films and if you don't care, no one else will. Don't worry about it. Call it a learning lesson and drive on. You are all good. Cheers.

Ally Shina

The age old mystery that every screenwriter aims to solve every day of our lives... "how to get that screenplay made into a film". You'll get lots of advice, people will share their experiences, and they will tell you to network here and network there, but the honest truth is, it's a mystery that can only be solved by your own personal journey within the industry. Try it all, there is no one sure fire method, because if there was you'd only get the same response to your question.

Bob Eckhard

Hi Molly, Speaking as a writer who has self-produced and directed two stage plays this year (as well as a short film) my advice to you is to start thinking about developing the skills that facilitate you making your own films- albeit with others. Itell you this because the reality is (unless you make it yourself) the odds are very slim. I wised up a few years ago while attending a BBC Writersroom event - read about it here - you won't regret it!

ps most of my posts are now dedicated to helping writers become all round creatives!

Ionel Movila

Bob Eckhard i to have a script that i did not sell, i wold like to make the movie myself but i do not know how to start... my script it is for a short movie it is 30 pages long what to i need to do do i get the fond for it ....what do i need to to ....i wold like to add that i am from Romania ...

Molly Capobianco

Thanks for all your help guys! I've started reaching out to actors, and am trying to put something together now.

Phil Clarke

Wishing you all the best, Molly. Here if I can be of any help.

Bill Costantini

Hi Molly,

You have a lot of good advice here so far. If horror is the genre you love the most and can see yourself trying to be in, you should also immerse yourself in that whole world of resources and websites that specialize in horror. There are a ton of horror websites that run contests (from screenplays to shorts to features) and have a lot of other potentially helpful resources, too. There are many production companies that specialize in low-budget horror. The horror genre is probably the best genre that translates well world-wide. I think there are probably more niche distribution sites for horror films than any other niche, too.

Horror royalty like Sam Raimi, Dario Argento, and James Wan started with low-budget shorts that led to features that led to franchises. So did a lot of others, and a lot of those shorts can be found on Youtube and elsewhere (if you haven't already seen them).

That's cool that you're in the position that you're in, and I hope you "find your tribe" here and accomplish what you wish to accomplish from the most valuable resource that you have: your own imagination.

Best fortunes in your creative endeavors, Molly!

Stephen Floyd

Let us know how it goes.

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