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WAY TO GO PATRICIA! Use the status. I was a finalist 2 years ago and have it on my resume and mention it whenever I talk to agents or producers and it still carries some clout and gets their attention. I am currently working for the Fifi Oscard Agency in NYC and they love when a writer enters contests, they feel it is a sign of confidence. Tom Cavanaugh PS Fifi Oscard is a lit agency, but handles a few playwrights, very few screen writers and lots of book authors. SO save your query letters. TC
Just remember a lot of web posting people looking for scripts often do so under an ALIAS... (can you imagine someone on the web not telling the truth???) but I know for a fact that someone else I mailed to posted on this site turned out to be an alias for someone at ZIDE-PERRY so... this might be a big fish.... OR.... a desperate writer looking for scripts to steal!
Don't sweat it Edgar. I've been called worse on other bulletin boards. I just mailed to a manager and she replied back with good feedback and then told me to get a script consultant. It also just so happens that she does script consulting work for $375 a pop and at first I was taken back, but... I got some good feedback for free and I can work with it, but I'm still looking for a good consultant. Tom Cavanaugh PS you have Mark Hernandez vouching for you and I have talked with him on the phone... that's a solid referal!
Did anyone hear anything from this contest? I received an email saying I was a finalist and the winner was to be announced on Sept 1. I haven't heard anything since. Any info would help. Thanks Tom Cavanaugh
TOM CAVANAUGH has been trying to contact you, but we have the wrong email address. Yes he is the same 3rd place winner of the TuCan Films Competition that you saw on Moviebytes. Leave a post with the right email. He is in Los Angeles for another week and then will be back in NYC. Thanks.
Amyone out there know of any good writers groups in LA. Somewhere to socialize and talk shop? Thanks Tom Cavanaugh
I've entered comedies in contests and had my head handed to my in the reviews, but when read by pros the script does really well and is being considered by CAA. I think the contests are always looking for something that we will never figure out. Look at Project Greenlight... the first year they have Kid based flick that did not do that well. The next year... boom... they pick a teen based dramedy that didn't do that well either. Just write what you want... we'll never figure out a reader.
I entered. I have a sitcom that I wrote just for the fun of it and it looks good. I also live in North Hollywood, am single and have a job that is flexible... sooooooooo... the packet is in the mail.
When a producer is interested in your pitch and he reads the script and gives you notes... NOTES that don't make sense and does nothing for the story??? What do you do with all the critiques that don't make sense???
Thanks for the semifinal letter! Though it was a rejection...WOW. Good luck to all the others!
TYPO!!! I thoughT it was a rejection... felt good to be wrong!
I am a lucky guy, I get to work with co-writer Bobby Moresco at the Actors Gym when he is in town. I also have worked with most of the supporting players from the film. Dado the Russian Chop Shop Guy, Sean Cory the Motorcycle Cop in the first scene, Jay Lund the Security Guard, Ken Garito the Assistant to Bendan Fraser and others including the Voice Over guys on that fart on the radio.... It all started at the Actors Gym and all those people have read my work or been in my productions here in Los Angeles. Sean Cory was in my first preview pilot and Jay & Sean were in my first one act productions for a month on Sunset Blvd. Bobby Moresco is the best and has given me some of the best critiques on my writing... one of the first things he critiqued me on is my first option by a production company. I have been here 18 mos now and am the luckiest guy in the world!
I have been a member of moviebytes for sometime now and it has been a big help. I have used it as a constant reference to the industry. I moved to L.A. 18 mos and when living in NJ I used moviebytes. I have been produced 3 times in L.A. including a 30 minute preview pilot that is in POST at Renmar Studios. One of my screenplays has been optioned by a production and commanding a high end 5 figure number. I'm glad to use this site.
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