What Makes Me Interested In Your Script? A Development Executive's Perspective

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Agustine Calderon

Webinar hosted by: Agustine Calderon

Development Executive at RatPac Entertainment

Agustine Calderon is a Development Executive in the feature film development department at RatPac Entertainment. Originally from Dallas, TX, Agustine moved to Los Angeles in 2005. Agustine started interning for RatPac in 2006 and has been with the company ever since, bringing in various projects for development at the company as well as being responsible for helping with the day to day operations of company. He has moved up the ranks in the company and is now a creative executive. Most recently, RatPac just secured a $150M credit line leaving them with $225M at their disposal to finance projects with. Read the article here! RatPac Entertaiment has a production deal with Warner Bros and is led by iconic producer/director Brett Ratner: The Revenant Truth Aloha X-Men Horrible Bosses Rush Hour Entourage Full Bio »

Agustine’s day-to-day role at RatPac is to help develop screenplays and projects. Whether it’s shaping the story of a script in order to attract a director or actor, breaking down a script in an effort to maximize its marketability, or simply working with the writer to ensure that the script has the best chance of success, Augustine is hands on in every step of the creative process.

But before Augustine, or any other creative executive, can get to work, he has to love and see the potential of the material. And that raises the question: What makes someone like Agustine interested in a script?

Understanding every aspect of how and why a film goes from the page to the screen is crucial to being a professional in the film industry. It truly can make the difference between a “Pass” or a “Yes”. If you are a writer looking to learn what exactly gets a Development Executive interested in your material or if you are a producer and want to understand the mindset of a Development Executive as it relates to developing your project, look no further – you will learn the entire truth straight from someone working in the trenches every single day. This is material designed to give you a competitive advantage in a crowded marketplace!

And as if that wasn’t enough, Agustine will hosted a Q&A session as well!


What You'll Learn:


  • How much material is actually out there?
  • How many screenplays does a Development Executive read daily?
  • How many movies actually get made?
  • What makes the script the best it can be?
  • What’s being bought or developed in the current marketplace?
  • What genres are hot, and which are dormant?

What Causes a Development Executive Like Me to Get Excited About Your Material?

  • What exactly does a Creative Executive do?
  • How does a Development Executive read and break down material?
  • The 2 things that Agustine asks himself when reading every single script that comes in.
  • Your voice and why your writing (not just your script) matters.
  • Why the material might be a “Pass”, but the writer might still be valued.
  • Why you should never be precious about your material.
  • How to accept notes.

What Causes Me to Pass?

  • 1 sure fire genre I will not consider.
  • Can I work with this writer?
  • Additional examples

Case Studies

  • High-level case study: The Revenant
  • Spec script case study: Stage 32 writer’s sci-fi comedy script
  • Spec script case study: Stage 32 comedy writer’s script
  • Spec script case study: dramedy about Ronald Reagan.

Live Q&A With Agustine!


About Your Instructor:

Agustine Calderon is a Development Executive in the feature film development department at RatPac Entertainment. Originally from Dallas, TX, Agustine moved to Los Angeles in 2005. Agustine started interning for RatPac in 2006 and has been with the company ever since, bringing in various projects for development at the company as well as being responsible for helping with the day to day operations of company. He has moved up the ranks in the company and is now a creative executive. Most recently, RatPac just secured a $150M credit line leaving them with $225M at their disposal to finance projects with. Read the article here! RatPac Entertaiment has a production deal with Warner Bros and is led by iconic producer/director Brett Ratner:

  • The Revenant
  • Truth
  • Aloha
  • X-Men
  • Horrible Bosses
  • Rush Hour
  • Entourage

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