How to Get Representation as a Screenwriter or Director

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Antonio D'Intino

Webinar hosted by: Antonio D'Intino

Literary Manager at Circle of Confusion

Antonio is a manager representing screenwriters and filmmakers at Circle of Confusion in Los Angeles. Antonio’s clients work across film and television, selling shows to Apple, Universal TV, eOne among others and their films have been recognized by numerous organizations and festivals including The Nicholl Fellowship, Cannes, Sundance and SXSW. Prior to joining Circle of Confusion he worked with Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment and Principato-Young Entertainment. He landed at APA in the feature literary department working with clients like Mike Flanagan and John Carpenter which continued to solidify his love of genre filmmakers. After APA he joined Jeremy Platt as he launched Plattform. Assembling a roster with a focus on the unique and left-of-center, he also assisted in the development of studio projects like DEATH NOTE and the TV series HAP & LEONARD. He helped manage Plattform’s first look deal with Amazon Studios. Antonio was born and raised in rural Ohio (Amish country to be specific) and attended Columbia College Chicago. Full Bio »

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For most writers and directors, securing representation represents a huge step forward in legitimizing the pursuit of their dreams. The right rep can help you make a living doing what you love - whether it's seeing actors speak your words on screen or managing a cast and crew and yelling "Action!" on set. It's a step that can get you one step closer to quitting your day job and concentrating on your creative career full time. Finding the right manager and/or agent will help you give you a member of your team responsible for helping you develop your creative voice or your distinguished eye, get you in the right doors to connect with the right opportunities, and to help you begin to get paid for your talent and effort.

So, how and where do you find the right managers and agents? And, what makes you stand out among the thousands of creatives reaching out and vying for the attention of these representatives on a daily basis? For starters, there are many questions you need to ask yourself to make sure that you're prepared to be representation ready. Further, beyond putting the work into your craft, you need to do your research to assure you have the right knowledge to give you the best shot to stand out in an effort to secure a rep meeting. There's much work that needs to go into being a professional creative before you get your foot in the door. And, once you bust that door open and get the attention of a quality rep, there's an art to making sure that you are asking the right questions to assure that this rep is right for you and your career so that you can start working and keep working. 

Antonio D'Intinio is one of the hardest working managers in the industry that represents screenwriters and directors at Circle of Confusion. He began his career at the agency APA before joining Jeremy Platt at Plattform, where you helped manage Plattform's first look deal with Amazon Studios. Antonio’s clients work across film and television, selling shows to Apple, Universal TV, eOne among others and their films have been recognized by numerous organizations and festivals including The Nicholl Fellowship, Cannes, Sundance and SXSW. He strives for excellence in his clients, and that is mutually reciprocated making it a successful client-manager relationship. 

Antonio will teach you the best strategies to obtain representation as a screenwriter or director. You will learn what you need before you approach representation, how best to reach out to representation and most importantly what to do once you’ve obtained representation. Antonio will get down in the weeds to teach you what you must look for in terms of communication from your rep. What questions to ask to make sure you're making the right decision. What expectations your rep will likely put on you from time management to deadlines to the ability to receive and apply notes. You will learn how to achieve the ultimate goal with your rep, mutual respect and expectations. Antonio will demystify the representation landscape and give you the tools to have the confidence to approach potential reps with a clear understanding of what you're looking for, while understanding fully what they want in a client.

 

No matter what stage of your career you're in - whether you're unrepped or looking to change representation - you will benefit from the INSIDER INSIGHTS Antionio shares in this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level webinar! 

 

 

"Antonio really took us behind the curtain with a no B.S. approach. A straight shooter that tells it like it is. Eyes wide open for me now." 

-Michael K.

 

My goal was always to be repped. And I got my wish. And it went terrible. We weren't on the same page. I didn't know what to do. After watching Antonio's presentation, my last rep and I parted ways and I was able to secure a new manager. The change has been night and day. We work together for a common goal. Thank you, Antonio!

- Steven L.

 

What You'll Learn

Representation Crash Course

  • Agents - Who’s Who and What They Do
  • List of Major, Mid-Size and Boutique Agencies
  • Managers - Who's Who and What They Do
  • List of Major, Mid-Size and Boutique Management Companies
  • Agents vs. Managers

Are You Ready for Representation?

  • What You Need Before You Approach Reps
  • The Three "W"s

You're Ready, Now What? How Do You Approach Reps and Get Noticed?

  • Queries - Where to Send Them, When, and How Many to Send
  • Cold Calls - When to Make Them?
  • Festivals and Fellowships
    • Which Ones Are Worth the Time and Money?
    • Wen to Move On From Fests

Sealing the Deal

  • How to Get Reps Excited to Sign You
  • When Do Should You Follow Up?
  • How Hard Should You Push?
  • When to Walk Away

You're Repped, What’s Next?

  • What is the Process Like Once You've Been Signed?
  • What Should You Be Prepared to Do?
  • The Life of a Working Writer or Director
  • General Meetings
  • How to Generate Income From Being Represented
  • Pitch Meetings

Long Term Plan

  • What Do You Want to Accomplish Incrementally and Long Term?
  • Questions You Need to Really Ask Yourself

What Can You Do For Your Rep? 

  • What Questions Should You Ask your Agent or Manager?
  • How Can You Help Them Help You?  
  • How Can You Keep Your Rep In Check?
  • Open Communication - How to Have the Hard Conversations

Q&A with Antonio

 

About Your Instructor

Antonio is a manager representing screenwriters and filmmakers at Circle of Confusion in Los Angeles. Antonio’s clients work across film and television, selling shows to Apple, Universal TV, eOne among others and their films have been recognized by numerous organizations and festivals including The Nicholl Fellowship, Cannes, Sundance and SXSW.

Prior to joining Circle of Confusion he worked with Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment and Principato-Young Entertainment. He landed at APA in the feature literary department working with clients like Mike Flanagan and John Carpenter which continued to solidify his love of genre filmmakers. After APA he joined Jeremy Platt as he launched Plattform. Assembling a roster with a focus on the unique and left-of-center, he also assisted in the development of studio projects like DEATH NOTE and the TV series HAP & LEONARD. He helped manage Plattform’s first look deal with Amazon Studios.

Antonio was born and raised in rural Ohio (Amish country to be specific) and attended Columbia College Chicago.

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Reviews Average Rating: 5 out of 5

  • Excellent Webinar. While the path he paved points to 'marathon", Antonio removed the intimidation factor and focused on the practical realities of becoming a working writer.
  • Antonio presented a concise overview of the world of agenting and managing, explaining the differences between these companies. He dug into the details of becoming a working, that is a transactional, writer in this industry. Especially appreciated was his observations on the pros and cons of cold calls and email queries, and how much work the writer should expect to do to make his manager's life easier for them both.
  • Very inspiring Webinar. It helped me a lot. Thank you.
  • The lowdown you've been waiting for. Great insights!

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