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An actor said, "I don't care what you say about me, just talk about me."
In the message popourri, you came out a winner. I was not aware you were so talented. Wonder where you accrued all that expertise?
Writer friends: I entered four contests. Only one replied. One judge rated it on 1-5 basis with a two sentence comment. We meed Contest Police to visit each contest office and arrest the heartless readers. One of the conviction sentences could be to volunteer to cut out postage stamps from query letters mailed to the Screen Actor's Guild. They don't reply to mail! Cordially, Grover
Anyone know where there might be a market for 3-6 minute comedy sketches?
I have some that are just setting here, taking up rental space!
Thanks for your input. I sense some very savvy wisdom emananting from the etheric realm of your multi-faceted spirit.
Your pro based comments are helpful, at least, to me. I'm unsold, so what do I know?
Looking for a market for comedy sketches.
You're sincere and would like to help.
How about helping me by reading the first 18 pages of a comedy and a thriller? Any feedback would be gratefully accepted on these two scripts.
Grover (the preference was written in the 80s in response to political diatribes.) email@example.com
I wonder if we should skip most contests and spend the money for the marketing services of companies who have been persuading professionals to ask for scripts?
Writersscriptnetwork offers a service for $30 and $60. They claim to have numerous successes.
If only one judge evaluates your contest submission, do we conclude that, "that's all folks"? How much do the judges vary in their ratings?
In recent contests, out of four submissions, I only received one brief, two line comment. The others were silent.
Hi, Susan: You need get feedback from a pro. Story analysts are in that business. Who else would provide pro level coverage? When a producer passes, with no reason, how does that help us? My resources are limited and can't get all the support I need. Frustrating, no? Best wishes, GG
It's Marc, not Mark.
My two script submission has elicited zero response. Wow! Must be terrible scripts!
I just pick up my marbles and move on to the next game.
Grover P.S. Don't be annoyed by the preference, I plan to change it.
Hi, Harry: I respect your pro experience. Do you feel like looking at the first 18 pages of two scripts and provide a first impression, spur of the moment, feedback? You said something about wanting to be helpful. Cordially, Grover firstname.lastname@example.org
And the twelfth day of Christmas was December 37th.
Hi, Terry & et al: Et al is very famous. Always like your helpful comments. What about a situation where the agent/attorney asks us to mail ten scripts to such and such? It would be our expense, then, and not administrative costs for them. Not sending funds to anyone for copying/mailing scripts is a firm rule? Any exceptions? Cordially, Grover
Hi, Bryan: My opinion is that an entertainment lawyer in NY or LA, close to the business, would be the one to work with. Many will not answer letters. Perhaps phone calls might work. There's a list of script sales with agents and lawyers attached that have some of the same lawyers appearing many times. Forgot where I got that list. Scriptsales? Hlwdlitsales? Best of luck, GG
I love this site when we get back to screenwriting issues, the primary reason it exists. This info is helpful. Thanks.
Anyone have the credits for "Border Patrol" aired recently?
I'd like to query key people, if I can also find their addresses or agent's addresses.
Can you help me?
Hi, fast food lover-writers:
The strongest animals in the world are vegetarians!
Thanks for the tip. However, Border Patrol is too new to be listed with them. Cox Cable Company (Cox Communications) is slow and indifferent about answering my query. They obscured the credits with their ads! All we could see were blurry specks on dark b.g.
Not being WGA member, I wonder if they would help?
Don't know them.
Never heard of the companies you cited.
Your quality site is superb.
Lots of great people offer helpful tips on getting it right!
Happy Holidays and 2002, too.
What about treatments? Lew Hunter, UCLA, says that we unknown writers are not in the business of selling treatments.
A logline and query letter should be enough for them to determine if they want their reader to look at the script.
Can we get some experienced feedback on this well-known subject?
I recommend Chestefield be stricken from the list of contests allowed to post contest announcements on this web site. Hey, if they don't have respect for the sweating writers, why should we respect them? I suspect they've ignored a State law regarding the issuance of winners. "Law," they say! What do we care about laws!" Did you know that an eyewitness has stated that at Beverly Hills parties that cocaine is served with the horses derves? My take is that the rich are immune from the State and federal laws.
Ony associate with reputable contest who have a track record of respect for the writers.
Did I get any feedback from Scriptapalooza? No! Did I get any feedback from Dolphin Bay Films? No!
I'm a little speck in the desert to them and it doesn't matter if I never enter their contests, again.
I don't bear grudges. I shrug my shoulders and look for the next adventure in the world of submissions and contests.
I never did hear anything from Marc Hernandez about two scripts submitted!
"They're overwhelmed with material," they might scream. "I'm overwhelmed with script production," I scream back!
We writers know that the law of karma is powerful and cannot be avoided. Beware!
I don't have a clue. Any remote viewers answer that question? I'd like to take that interesting course.
I notice we don't have any friendly lawyers who contribute to this site.
Best Wishes, Grover
Where is Marc? How do we find out?
Or, should we?
What is his reputation?
I'll always remember you. You can't spell difficult!
No suppose about it. I've heard many eyewitness accounts of this strange creature.
Also, read many articles about the Yeti.
In Russia, a family of them captured a human and kept it captive for some time.
Why so elusive? My opinion is that their highly evolved ESP ability warns them of the approach of people.
Just like the Abos who sees pictures of people approaching from two hundred miles!
If a hunter shot and killed a Yeti, would he be charged with murder?
Good hunting. GG
Don't phone any of these profound writers because you may have to change your made up minds about them.
The internet is perfect for hiding character flaws.
Phone to face contact would dissipate many misconceptions.
I enjoy Terry's contributions. I've noticed they're always constructive and insightful.
No references? No script!
Wasting marketing money on unknowns who
are hiding behind the internet is futile.
Thanks for the tale.
The pros say with we must have many scripts to market. Rod Serling wrote a hundred tv scripts before making a sale.
As the experienced say, it's a very tough business. Easy if you can bring in the financing, the whole package.
Agents can't make a living with one script. They require a steady output from the writer they sign.
Some of the prods have said, doctor-screenwriter, lawyer-screenwriter, copywriter-screenwriter, etc., doesn't work for us. They demand full time.
If a writer is financially able to circulate, regularly, among the buyers, year in and year out, the quality scripts will find a home.
A copywriter has the edge because of knowing how to sell in loglines, queries and synopses.
In my humble opinion, the worst rejection is the dead silence from the staff of the pro buyers. No response,
no constructive words no phone call, no emails and no letters.
I keep a list of the buyers with the "drop dead" attitude and make sure they get no referrals or future query letters.
The readers and others in the indie producers office are all extremely jealous of all writers. If the script wasn't written by them, they will work overtime in trashing the works of unknown writers. The common response is who wrote this ----?
Quality, outstanding scripts will always be recognized by someone, somewhere. But, maybe not in this lifetime.
Cordially, Grover P.S. No shortage of egos, there's a surplus. I told a pharmacist, today, that his store, major market, was selling neuro toxins. "Oh, you can drinking too much water will harm you. "Oh, yeah? In the big war pows were given lots of water, since no medicines were available, and many diseases were cured." He's bigger, so I marched away.
I read that William Goldman wrote a large percentage of Good Will Hunting.
Celebrated Lew Hunter, UCLA, said that we aren't in the busy of selling treatments.
Great idea, Steven. Go get 'em.
Record her diatribe and vituperative
bile and then send multiple copies to
everyone who might enjoy the show.
Get some radio talk show host to air
the negativity and devilish prose.
When recording there must be the beep on the recording which tips her off to
watch her mouth.
Can you do it without encountering legal
problems? Interesting idea.
There's a life story option rights agreement contract in http://www.scriptsales.com
Other sample contracts are available.
Perhaps get close with the sample and then have a lawyer finalize it?
Hey, Brandon: Thanks for the six hole brads laugh. It's not easy to get a laugh from me even though I have a keen sense of humor. Why not pour wax over the six brads and seal them with your family's insignia ring? The reader's have unlimited number of ways to toss a script without reading it. A fly speck on page one; 120 pages instead of 110, etc. A pro wrote that 110 is in, 120 is out! The reader flips to the back to see page number before dunking her doughnut. Don't get mad at me for stating the following truth about MDs. If they are not integrating with alternative health doctors they cannot offer quality care! Do they care that there are 9,000 products containing a nerve poison? The FDA is an insult and all present and former executives should be investigated, put in jail and then have a fair trial. New subject: Kidnapping of Danielle. I suspect Westerfield went to the beach and deposited the poor girl in the ocean and then drove to the desert as a decoy. Stuck in the sand was a chance to have a witness, the tow truck driver, and leaving his leveling jacks for his motorhome was another false clue. Rumor, here, is that Mrs. Van Dam rejected his request to join the wife swapping club and to take revenge, he did the unthinkable. If the judge allows tv cameras in the court room, it'll be a circus ala OJ Simpson trial. I've rambled too much.\ Good luck. GG
Steven: I didn't read all the posts, here. The subject is a complete turnoff, for me. How about a Protestant church story about the self righteous Bible thumpers who criticize Hindus and Buddhists? Some of them worship Jesus more than any Catholic or Protestant reverend of church member. The criteria is: can they perform miracles in times of need or instructions and guidance for acolytes? Suma Ching Hai, designs clothes and jewelry in order to pay her way around the world with her spiritual message. On one program she was asked questions in Italian and she answered in English. Her Himalayan master, who initiated her, waited 45o years for her to appear. I don't know everything. Sounds right to me. An American told me his friend was following her, in a building, and she turned a corner and vanished! Fascinating world! Good luck. What happened to Deb Havener? She used to contribute some useful info on this site? GG travels the world
Check out screenwriting contest companies. Are there are pros in L.A. who will help check the reputation and experience of those starting or operating a contest? Many of them don't have any reports for the report card section. Will anyone at USC or UCLA help us save money by avoiding the scammers? Bob Zeidman, are you there? You said you helped write contracts. Does that infer you are a lawyer? Willl you look at a couple of loglines regarding my scripts? Did you ever work for a five percent finder's fee? Any tips? Sounds to me like you're in the film/tv business or close to it. Best regards, GG
Deb: You've been silent, too long.
You've helped us with a lot of constructive advice and tips. Don't be a stranger.
This site kicked me off when I tried to send a lengthy report about a pros sold screenplay. Too long, I would guess.
Good luck. GG
A percentage of these posts were constructive and helpful.
I keep rewriting the synopsis until I now have enough paper to ignite logs in a fireplace.
When is it finished?
One man's bad taste is another man's
Thanks two Steves and Craig.
On this synopsis, I'm trying to write it with an HB pencil, then blue ball point pen then black ink pen and then on the celebrated computer.
Result: Still incomplete. An agent has been waiting for a long time. Why can't they be satisfied with a logline and the script?
No. P.S. Should that be Five Diamonds Entertainment?
If he tells you, he has to .........
Boy, if I could do everything Steven and Miriam advise, I'd be getting option money every four months. It's frustrating not being able to do everything they recommend. I don't understand why these two creative and talented giants aren't getting the money they deserve! I'm delighted we have some pure and clean minds contributing to this splendid web site. GG
Sad to report that a puppy of some German shepherd lineage, ran out into
the road at the Pala Indian reservation and was run over by the NCTD bus,this AM.
They're philosophy here is quite loose. Let their dogs run all over the area with no collars and rarely leashed to anything.
The driver reported it was his third dog hit in 27 yrs of driving.
Reminder to all dog owners to babysit
I've been using them as follows.
FLASHBACK - UFO LANDS IN FRONT OF THE NEANDERTHAL'S CAVE - DAY.
Some pros say to use them skimpily and rarely. I've used them to show the reason for the character's mood/behavior.
Miriam: Congratulations! You're on your way. Your positive contributions on this board are always welcome and helpful. This success hasn't turned your head, at all. (Why do you keep looking behind you?) Wish I was in your writing club. If you can do it, anyone can do it. Right? I can feel the vibes churning as you shift into a higher level of creativity. Cordially, Grover (not jealous. Admire your spirit.)
I sent a requested script to Diversa
Films, San Diego, c/ofKarl Kozak, on
Dec. 5, 2001. Have heard nothing.
When Marc Hernandez was at Zide Productions sent a comedy and a thriller script. No response. Sent followup notes to Marc, while at Zide, and when he moved to his new company.
Do you suppose that they are hinting that they aren't interested? If so, why not?
Certainly wouldn't expect any coverage from those busy people.
I forgive my rejectors, but remember their names.
Hi, Steven C.
Thanks for your remarks. It would only
take him or his staff to inform us that
he is only interested in writers who have written eight scripts or more a few seconds on this board or email.
There are a few extremely wealthy people in the business who are polite, courteous and respectful.
I'd love to locate them.
It would be delightful if D.G. would take a long walk off a short pier.
I glance thru his posts to see what uselss diatribe is being expressed.
Regarding dark forces, we Christians should get together and start a network to counter the garbage, lies and coverups by the media, lobbyists and the government. In the long run, the dark forces lose and we believers WIN.
The value in this site is in the contructive interchange of helpful advice and sharing of experiences as we strive to sell our scripts.
I sent queries to six lawyers, Monday. Many lawyers, I have discovered, ignore queries. Maybe Divinity will wave Her hand and open a door.
It's a pity that I can't meet the quality people who contribute to this site. I admire the ones who contribute help and advice, especially Steven Karels. He's a fine gentleman, always ready to help.
A pro wrote that the best loglines can
be found at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. I haven't
the least idea how to get hold of some
of them to study. TV guide is the worst
place to study loglines.
When I submit mine to a marketing company, I'm going to ask them to choose one out of a bunch. Since, I don't know when it's ready. This tagline observation has driven me to drink a cold tea with lemon.
PIE . . . SEES.
We're the creative and spiritual geniuses.
Concierge of SKY CAP HEAVEN?
Alzheimers is caused by mercury outgassing from teeth fillings and some foods. A sniffer can measure the vapors after chewing gum for five minutes. Source: Dentist Dr. Kennedy, San Diego.
Title for script, "Death to all 'ings"
Not one of the many pros who read my scripts ever mentioned it. Earlier in
this thread Marcel was doing it. His
comments are always worth their weight in weapon grade plutonium.
I also have to go back and edit because
I've included the parasites.
Best of luck, Grover
Practicing meditation once or twice a day is a real way to open the doors to the unlimited creativity which extends from soul to universe.
There's Storyview software which asks you questions forcing one to think. Ouch. Who wants to do that?
Other software asks you to fill in the blanks as it moves the story along.
Also, friendly, supportive people have been a boost for me. Circulating, of course.
Best Wishes Grover
How about this one?
INSERT - NEWSPAPER HEADLINE "WORLD WAR THREE CANCELLED FOR LACK OF INTEREST."
Grover unknown writer
What about "Hook" and "Waterworld?"
What about foreign grosses and tv sales? How much do they recover, approximately?
They reject it before they even hear about it.
How does any script get sold?
Wow! What a talented writer. It's nice
to know there are gifted professionals
who help and advise for a fee.
I'm an unknown, so he's too elite, and
stratospheric for a humble,but talented
writer, like me, without the funds for
such superb and make-money script coverage service.
Steven Karels, come in to this thread with your excellent comments and advice, please.
How about having a stack of scripts based on the
most popular trends stacked on a shelf
ready to submit?
That way you've covered most saleable trends bases.
I agree we must write would we like and
are passionate about. There's a buyer, somewhere.
May I bring in a few words about dogs?
Thanks. I will do it.
An experienced dog trainer/groomer of twenty years experience believes that there are four dog breeds/species, that
should be exterminated because of their danger to the owners and the public.
Can you guess which ones he mentioned?
Rottweiler, Doberman, Pit Bull and "oh,shoot. I forget the fourth."
He's a fantastic, curing nutritionist, now. He gets results unavailable to the drug controlled MDs. I'll have to call him. Is there a story here?
Don't know if the following info will
help, but I found it. I have nothing
better to do!
July 6, 2002
Scot Abrahamson, Artists Ind. Mgmnt found Julie Wilson's "The Urban Harvesters" on our site (WSN) and is now managing her.
WSN is www.writersscriptnetwork.com, if
you didn't know. You're experienced so you probably did.
PS. How to I get my printer to print, again? "...error printing to LPT1 for the printer HP Deskjet 600 (color)."
It's really a HP 656c deskjet. Also, would not accept a scanned chart and print it. Preview shows chart, then symbols when it is opened with hundreds of pages! I only wanted to print one page of the horrible scope chart!
Got a crying towel?
Cordially, Grover print it
I appreciate and need the many nice people I've met via this site. It's a pity that some of us can't meet and share ideas and experiences in a workshop.
Another subject: what is your understanding of the "writer's voice?"
"The writer found his/her voice!"
"I like that writer's voice."
I know one thing, I lost my voice in
Thanks for helping us with that info.
We don't need to deal with people without portfolio.
I spent ten years in Hlwd., No. Hlwd, Van Nuys and Newbury Park. Haven't been
back since 1984. Your description sounds like some areas south of the border.
I was in T.J., Thursday, and the bus driver had a flag on the window and under it, in English, "Payback is so very sweet!" He only took me ten kilometers out of the way. Didn't pay going back. The return bus driver was sympathetic about not finding the dentist's office and didn't charge the
usual fifty cents, five pesos.
Someone looked on 8-26. Silence since then. If the synopsis was rejected, would the looker spread his/her opinion over the network? Or, would he/she keep silent?
Will a genuine Holy Man/Woman give them
Greed is one of the major character
flaws! What's the difference between
a nice profit and greedy profit?
Any references, at all?
Thanks for this latest info. We have enough filters without having to put up with a delivery delay or never delivery.
I'm searching for a brave scientist who will verify what I read in a throwaway sentence in a health newsletter, some time ago.
An off the shelf item will kill anthrax, it said. Since the government covers up and supports the drug industry, I'm suspect it is a fact. I don't want to gossip until I have several scientists who can verify it No way can we lay man test such a hypothesis.
Back to copyright, I think it makes more since to use US copyright then to use the four or five year script overage for the fees offered by WGA and other services.
Your comments are helpful and I appreciate them. I like WSN and will
try other scripts in the future. Marketing costs are high, as you know.
Just recently, more hits on the site.
Strangely, if the synopsis was read it wasn't logged. I only have logline and synopsis plus a treatment. I'm never convinced I have written the best of these. A creative writer keeps changing things, ad infinitum. When does one stop? It would be great to get some coverage from the experienced pros. There ought to be a foundation that would foot these bills, once they are convinced there's a molecule of talent floating in the writer's aura.
The local city street fair had a booth which offered "aura cleansing".
Amazing. The energy transmitted is strong. No phyical touching.
The have a group in Vista and Oceanside.
There I go, rambling again. Remind myself to keep focussed. That way I
may finish this overdue script.
Your IQ must be at least 135 to be able to complete collegiate work. That's great. I'm looking for the pill that will raise mine about 25 points! I don't mean toxic drugs. Any positive contribution is needed, on any of the writing sites. It's fun to help others when one knows what they're talking about. I'm looking for experienced writers, who have placed in contests or received option money, to scan my comedy or thriller. Inexperienced writers may mean well, but lack the pros touch.
I tried the 7284 and the 7293 links and they worked and were readable. I have Win 98. I wonder why they didn't appear in blue letters, active and ready to hyperlink, if that's the term. I notice other Web sites have URLs that can can be linked, or whatever the terms are. The computerese terminology is a huge pain!
God regrets his creation and starts to
DPT and MMR vaccine is causing autism at an epidemic level. Major lawsuits in the works. It's the mercury. The mercury in your fillings and in most fish. Vaccines have a horrible sounding mixture of compounds.
Also, Alheimers disease is caused by mercury.
Pass the diet coke, please. Aspartame will kill me at a much slower rate.
"Diet For A Poisoned Planet" recommends parsley as the only safe food. Green skin is okay. It's the color of money.
I get so disgusted that I can react by spoofing the whole subject.
Love the talent on this site.
I know your tale will be told. Changes by the scores, eh? Just think how it will differ from the original story. As you surf the creative tide you'll be observing and wondering where all those great ideas came from to supplement what the money-payers think they want. Getting that one completed and in the can will give you a great credit and an immense feeling of satisfaction for your years of slaving at it and relaxing with "it's done and over. Pass the strawberry shortcake, please."
I doubt if Gunsmoke or Banana would use propietor or proprietress.
I would say female store owner, female bartender, female entrepreneur. Can you imagine Chester exclaiming, "A female entre . .. pren ... ieer?"
It would be interesting to have all those scripts available for a find word command.
Should the language in the description be in the style of the dialogue?
A sync might be more harmonious to the reader.
Love your creative comments.
No script orders from WSN producers. Got a crying towel to spare?
We need a site hosted by hypnotherapists
and psychologists. Toss in a variety of religious leaders, Saints or other evolvement.
It would be fascinating to see their responses to the sincere, fact seeking query postings.
We're fortunate to have some quality writers helping out by sharing their hard-won experiences.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
This help should be free. Offer your service on a straight commission basis for every option check paid the writers.
What goes around,comes around. Karma.
Completing the scripts.
Maybe thirty WSN prod.cos looked at my logline/synopsis and not one asked for the script. I'm not sure it's a good idea to place a full script on the net. Advice? Thanks. Grover
Lew Hunter, legendary screenwriting
instructor at UCLA (was or is), told
me that we writers aren't in the busy
of selling treatments.
I suspect that after receiving an option check, then revisions or treatments may be requested.
A prod co., knows what kind of stories they like and if it will fit their budget.
Here's a budget question. WSN has a block where we check cost of production.
How would we know whether to check 1/2 a million, one million, five million, etc.?
Any guidelines available on estimating the costs?
Appreciate any tips on this subject.
Hi, Terry: Thanks for the revealing story. The way you wrote it I felt like I was the one who wasted the four hundred. I've been taken many times, in other subjects, that I'm more touchy about the show biz crowd. I certainly need the help of experienced story analysts with my work. The budget doesn't allow it, right now. Ergo, I'm losing valuable time, every day. You've got the tenacity to hang in there and that's what it takes to be a winner. Good luck. Grover email@example.com
Miriam: It's depressing to learn of your distresful family situation. I've found there's more healing truth in the protocols of D.C.s, L.acs, Homeopaths and Naturopaths than the AMA and the hostile drug companies. They, and the feds, are harming and persecuting doctors and health practitioners who are curing many diseases, including cancer. It's unbelievable that our government has been letting them get away with their lies and criminals acts for decades. Contact Reflex Analysis is a good way to check one's system for reaction to drugs, herbs and food. Another truth that the mass media will not air or print. The Creator will guide us in all matters, if we allow it to happen. Your influence and help is always appreciated. Best, always, Grover
Sorry to hear of your plight.
I have a invaluable suggestion.
Contact Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, Houston, Texas, and discuss your symptoms. He has cured hundreds of brain tumor cases using anti-neoplasteons. The FDA harassed him for 14 years, fourth try, they indicted him, went to trial, and he was cleared of 72 counts; no mail order fraud or insurance fraud.
HE WAS ONLY TREATING PATIENTS APPROVED BY THE FDA!
I've read that policeman, heavier users of cell phones, have had to have surgery. The RF energy from cell phones break up hemoglobin, damages the eyes and creates brain tumors.
Many metals cause ailments, such as Mercury (fish and tooth fillings) and other toxic substances permitted by our friendly loving government.
In addition, there's the gifted healers, Charles and Frances Hunter, Kingwood, Tx. 281-358-7575 or 1-800-683-4024, FAX: 281 358-4130. You don't know if these sources can help unless try and inquire.
The Creator is as close as your thoughts.
I care about people. I wish I had a producer who would care about me and read my scripts.
Cordially, Grover firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep up the good work.
Why do these writers ramble on and on about subjects that have nothing to do with improving our writing skills and developing our stories into saleable scripts?
Isn't therapy best expressed with a hypnotist or psychologist? Or, perhaps a religious leader with a proven track record of helping writers?
Are there any gifted psychics lurking around any of the internet sites? It would be interesting to see their take on all the rhetoric.
I always look for gems, on these sites, that will help my screenwriting talent.
I met a psychic who works for them and he said that you are right on, that's what they do with their latest state of the art chips from China.
If you stare at the monitor screen, you will see the psychic smiling at you.
Comments are fun to read. Helpful, too. Psychologists and hypnotherapist are interesting, but I don't need them for ideas. I have more ideas than I can put into scripts. Lots of partial scripts stacked up. Comedy sketches, too. They're quick and easy. But, try and find a market for them!
Give me two unusual characters in an offbeat location and I can start a comedy for you.
Some nice, helpful people on this site. It's my favorite writing "lurking" and sometimes tossing in a few pennies site.
Grover (a radio station in Pomona wanted me to change my name and I (dumbly) refused and was terminated!
He asked to see my thriller, "Shortcut
So, I slowly set down my Oscar, which likes to be polished often, and sent the script by the slowest method possible. Don't want to appear anxious, you know. Not good form, as the Brits say.
Where do I send my 57 pg comedy?
Your tips are always useful to a humble, unknown, perservering writer.
When do you have time to eat and sleep?
My comedy is proceeding slowly after terrible disruptions, like a lack of nutrition for this alleged brain. I found some banned alternative health solutions to annoying symptoms. Can't film it or tv it because of the tremendous, sometimes violent opposition by the European banks who own many pharmaceutical companies. I'll take a small load off your mind by writing some of your comedy scenes!
(Hit Parade theme song)
"So long for awhile, that's all the jokes for a while. So long to our hit jokester and the jokes that we like to hear.....so long and goodnight."
During my school years, at my part-time job, while alone,I used to try and imitate the most recent Bob Hope Show. Little bit embarrassed when the boss overheard me and encouraged me to continue.
We can follow his example by using our talents to the maximum.
Fun reading the mind to voice reasons to reject our scripts. One agent, whose asst. glanced at the title the first page and the last page, said she didn't know where to send the scripts.
She did pay for return postage for the slightly used scripts.
Only the Angels know if the assistant read any more than two pages. I know from the agent's friendly comments that she had no idea what the comedy and thriller were all about!
How do some of these agents survive?
Oh, my, so many ideas and so little time.
Do some of you have secretaries to do the routine stuff?
I doing a solo.
Your comments were appreciated.
That company that asked for short scripts wanted them in word document or PDF format.
So, being the overbooked genius that I am, I quickly electronic-it in RTF format. I don't know how to change RTF to PDF! The brain transplant left a few neurons in the other skull casing. Otherwise, I feel okay after the microcurrent frequency generator has wasted the irksome viruses and bacteria that have zero tolerance for creative writing souls with right-left brain synchonization.
What do with this knack for writing one to five minute comedy sketches? An English producer accepted 14 and has never been heard from since. The sleeping powders sprinkled on the submissions must have touched him.
This writer is signing off while sitting on the bench of life watching the crowds on the buses pass by.
Save all those great comments you're sharing with us "unknowns." It would make an interesting book when the pages reach to the ceiling!
I remember what Miriam said, "keep your scripts out there." As they float on the vapors of creative gas they will eventually nudge a producer/agent/manager who will instantly shout at what a great, commercially saleable script it is.
Dream it first and then watch it materialize!
Our great talents will always float to the top of the billowing clouds of temporary gloom.
Wanta share ideas on a short comedy script?
Naturally, every word uttered and written must be protected by a $30 US Copyright. So, 57 pages times thirty . . . . .
Throw the seed out and see what germinates!
Am I a blabber? Yes, but only a little "R" and lots of PG13.
Best wishes, always . . . Grover
I'll tickle their fancy with a query.
Lots of paper just setting here. Stacks of creative prose is crowding me, stacked to the roof, forcing me to step outside in order to change my mind.
There's a three unit class presented at UCLA that is only open to agents, managers and producers. It is a intensive class on the many ways to respond to writer's queries. Some of the lessons demonstrate the variety of techniques in the art of inserting writer's queries into cross-cut shredders. There's a hypnotic session in which key words and phrases are deleted upon reading them. Such words as queries, submission, loglines, experience of the writer are instantly cancelled and replaced with friendly phrases like, "Should I have fish or steak for dinner?" "Should I buy that new suit at Armanis?" At the final exam dinner, the students are taught the Japanese method of isolating, retreating and turning their backs on writers. It's called distancing.
Fortunately, a few writers have sold scripts to pros who have never taken that writer-unfriendly biased lectures.
It would be a boon to all if UCLA would cancel that "Art of War" against the writers.Don't call UCLA, they'll call you . . . when the phones no longer function.
Smile. That new dental work looks great!
You didn't respond to the last two major feature film length screenplays sent to you. Not even a "pass."
Each writer is not a faceless, vaporous
puff of smoke that somehow puts words on paper in such a sequence that some pros recognize their commerical value.
"I forgive my enemies, but remember their names."
I'm a professional who does not carry
resentments around like badges of honor.
As Trottier told me, "its a tough business."
Hip Hop, eh? Sounds like the story of an overweight rabbit.
Thanks, Terri,for the Colin has moved on, leaving our scripts ... where?
Origin should get back to us and tell us that another agent is fast scanning them or has shredded them if no postage enclosed. We're in quicksand until we have credits and prestige enough to be able to choose the pros we care to work with. I didn't call Origin or Colin. Is he qualified in experience and education to be able to recognize a saleable script? Has anyone been clued in to his b.g.?
Of course, we wannabes don't do much discriminating. We don't know where the next "recommend" will happen!
Hear the whistle and we come running to the script audition.
We will keep in mind, "Some will, some won't, who's next?'
Has anyone found Religious Science affirmations helpful in marketing scripts? When we say or think negatively about the acceptance of our scripts, does that energy impact the pros attitude?
Love your interjections while stirring the pot of healthy good with the other hand. You come right out and tell it the way it is. When the going gets tough, the tough get going1
My tv scripts were politely rejected as well as the hip pocket agent who made an effort to sell my tv series idea. zilch happened, not even deferrals to list as "credits?".
My comedy script is about, is about ... 100 pages long. Don't tell anyone, a sub is the center of action.
It's funny. Several indies didn't buy nor did they tell when and were they laughed, chuckled or smiled!
That's serious drawback for we writers. Can't see their reactions as the readers lay, ly, in bed and gobble See's chocolates at 11 p.m.
Your energy level is high enough to be a regular staff writer on any series.
Good luck, Grover
Kim: It's so rare to get me to laugh out loud, but you did it. Thanks a lot. I needed a good laugh. We all might say "will the real writers please stand up and send a fresh query?" I suggest he call all of us, who submitted scripts, with a brief hello and get a few words in writing! UCLA's Richard Walter called me, also Hunter called, a story analyst called, Dave Trottier called and and that, to me, means that "I have been called." Don't ask, "Called to do what?" Don't ask for whom the bell tolls, or the calls come, they toll, they call for you, the unknown word scrabbler. "Many are called, but few are frozen." Kim, can you sustain your humor for a 100 page screenplay? Cordially, Grover "I've been called many things, for I walk by night, I know the inner secrets and inner terrors of which the non-agented writer dare not speak."
I sent a comedy to about fifteen agents, mgrs and indies and there was never a mention of the need for a release form. Most of them sent brief letters of rejection.
I suspect we should have a reputable story analyst provide feedback before submitting the script.
I've heard their prices run from $100 to $1,000 for 110 to 120 page scripts.
I've had acquaintances read scripts and they have nothing to say when they return them. No help for me in that corner of the barn.
You can't have the second half of the script until after you've seen the tv commercials they will be sending.
After that, you'll get the last half.
Also, there will be a long questionnaire about what you liked and disliked about the product.
Waiting is good.
Anticipation is part of the pleasure.
It was Sydney Greenstreet.
Last year Howard Meibach offered to do a story analyst dance for $100. I have no idea what the value might be after reviewing his response.
A couple of years ago a referral from a pro magazine listed a lady whose fee was $75 for phone time. Her fee was $300 for a full length script. I haven't asked if the rate has increased. No point in identifying her since I've had no personal experience.
Hollywood ego and status can push a story analyst price upward to Mars.
I believe that quality story analysts are available, somewhere, for a modest fee. A famous ego with their $1,000 to $7,000 fees, doesn't mean that he/she can provide the kind of help we unknowns need.
I live in San Diego County and spent ten years in the Hollywood/Van Nuys area.
Everybody should believe in something. I believe I'll have another bottle of Palomar spring water.
Thanks a million for the helpful advice. I made a note.
Are you really drinking Diet Pepsis, Cokes, Dr. Pepper, etc.?
A friendly suggestion. That Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal, Natrataste, etc.) is a poison. At 85 degrees it converts to Methyl alcolhol, formic acid and formaldehyde. A doctor wrote "Aspartame, Nutraweet, is it safe?" He had lots of clinical experience with the brain injury, nerve injury, and etc. Michael Dell doesn't care about anyone's health. He and his investors have purchased to rights to Nutrasweet and are making thousands of tons of this crap in other countries. If you look at products in the markets you'll see hundreds if not thousands of items saturated with this toxin.
The FDA does not protect the public's health. What they do is as different as night and day. Thus said Dr. Ley, former FDA commissioner.
The messenger of unpopular news is always hated and criticized.
I dislike the FDA and their corrupt practices so much that I could "spoof them" to make some interesting points.
They should have been reformed, years ago.
I like humor. I apologize for any gloom this may have caused. I spew truths, every day.
It saddened me to learn of the loss of a great, outstanding talent such as John Ritter.
High blood pressure is nothing to ignore. A person feels normal and looks normal and bang, a swift transition to another dimension.
Many celebrities leave us at an early age. In some cases, they have ignored the alternative health practitioners and the tremendous results they achieve with their protocols.
MDs and pharmacists only have a small percentage of health truths.
It's a national tragedy that the mass media refuse to do regular stories about the amazing results of alternative health docs and practitioners. I suggested that Sixty Minutes do a piece on the subject and prod. Don Hewitt left a disrespectful and insulting message about my letter.
We writers have little power.
Corp. of Public Broadcasting began as donations only, no advertising and no funding from Congress.
They were forced to change. Our Congress voted funds for their programs. Certainly everyone would agree that they have aired many world class programs by the greatest talents available.
In my opinion, they have outlawed and banned one of the most important subjects, the successes of alternative health doctors with diseases called incurable by the drug companies.
Spoofing them would be an entertaining way to reveal the truth about this subject which is banned by the mass media.
After all, living is dangerous to your health. (l984, Warren Schuettler)
I missed seeing John in the film mentioned by Michelle.
I also missed seeing my credit on a TV show or feature film.
I miss a lot. But, my signs say that I'm going to hit and hit big!
We Pisces are loaded with creativity.
I've had CRA since Sept. and Rife since June 10th.
Long term success with D.Cs. But, they can't do all.
Yesterday, CRA detected that one of two tablets for B.P. were needed by this Arnold styled body. (my 157 lbs? I doubt it).
Strangely, the nutritionist's humor is limited no help when he read my comedy, "Sub's Gold." Still puzzled about my logline. It may be a tagline. I'm real fuzzy on the difference.
CRA is Contact Reflex Analysis. It's more accurate than A.K., applied kinesiology. I've experienced both.
Integration between M.D. and alt. health doctors are the keys to health.
Kaiser HMO refuses to integrate. As a consequence, a friend, is on life support at Kaiser Hospital. Since Feb. 2002, she's suffered with asthma, emphysema, pneumonia (several relapses) and recently, diverticulitis and blockage. And, yesterday, severe reaction to all the toxic drugs.
She Catholic,so she has the counselling and last rites from a priest.
Sadly, I was only able to persuade her to visit a nutritionist, one time. She did detect some improvement, but refused to follow up for additional visits complaining of cost. It was only fifty for one hour exam and fifty for the products.
Educate Yourself is a perpetual need for all of us sincere enough to want to learn and grow. Educate Yourself is the name of the political group.
I've had 1800 acupuncture needles caressing my tender skin with only minor results. Strange. No serious homeopathy education and some good data picked up from the writings of Naturopaths. They mention an off the shelf item that destroys Anthrax, plus 634 pathogens.
Spoof the drug companies or sue them, every day.
I've rambled too much. BTW, Meher Baba did not speak the last 20 years of his life. Used a slate board for communication. Witnesses report he was a miracle worker.
I need a miracle worker to sell my scripts.
Grover P.S. Bumped into a writer, staring at a Cobra sports car in a parking lot. Bottom line, he is a wheel designer and has written ten screenplays.Might be the start of a tiny writing group.
I noticed fifteen "lookie lous" for my thriller. No requests for a script.
Yesterday, I tried to print Inktips tips. The right margin was minus several words. Frustrating.
Maia, Inktip, suggested I copy and paste in Word. I did this. The printouts were still minus the words on the right margin. I used 75%, too. At 50%, I couldn't read the print.
My problem or theirs?
I suggested they narrow the left column and move the text to the right. The answer was to copy and paste.
I use V.O. for my hair.
"It's the hair you crave to caress."
Colleen, thank you.
I read the mag, but didn't know about the daily.
Disappointed with Newscape, again! I can't get my email because it is locked by .04 overlimit for 5 MB allowance. I can't send and can't receive. I'm switching email services. For a fee, Netscape will talk about my problem. No service. It's free, so why they do anything to solve this problem.
Thanks for listening (reading). Grover
Hi, Terri Dickey:
My win ticket on Smarty Jones is worthless since Birdstone (what a name) won and paid $74 for a two buck ticket. No fortune for me in that venue.
What about this thriller I'm marketing?
It takes place in the Nevada desert.
Can you suggest something?
We writers need access to an "ethics meter." Which people at which organization should we trust with the labors of the soul, our award winning script?
We need insights about companies and individuals that are respectful towards writers. Maybe we need a union of non-union writers with clout!
It only takes a few seconds to tell the writer that the script was received and writer will be notified in two months if there is any interest.
Dream on, eh?
Have a raisinet and smile!
You are one of the most important personalities in American history. Your energy is amazing. You keep pushing more good data on us and sharing your experiences that are genuinely helpful. A lot of lurkers are gifted and rarely share their knowledge with us, little knowns or unsold writers. This board is much better than it was several years ago when the acid of negativity corroded three of my computer monitors.
You read it first, here.
Most of the live phone calls I've received have been from pro story analysts who were informative and explained their fees within 1/2 an hour.
One man charges four dollars per script page. Another charges $75 an hour for phone discussions. Then there's one who wants $2 million to produce half the script. It's a serial that will resume in two years.
Not amusing? Okay, just kidding.
Keep the energy flying. You really stir things up. I heard a rumor you do good work. When are you going to start?
Every night, turn on CoasttoCoastAM radio for truth you won't find on the controlled tv-newspapers. Example: the officer who carried the briefcase with the nuclear codes chained to his wrist, was heard to say, "Hillary cursed everyone in sight, every day." Mass media won't tell the truth about her and others in power positions that affect every American.
I carry a shopping bag, chained to my wrist, filled with my scripts. When I find someone important to give me feedback, like a garage attendant, a pizza delivery man or a mail man, I offer to loan him/her the script. The garbage man was delighted to accept it . . . as long as it was bagged.
Rejection site: www.rejectioncollection.com.
Religious Science church wouldn't approve of this misery.
Happy options. Being happy is an option. I coined a phrase you may like when I did telemarketing at Sears in 1995. "Do good to others before they do good to you."
Thanks for your friendly words. I do have some comedy sketches, but no place to market them. That's assuming they're good enough. I tried a company in Great Britain and they looked at 14 and had no interest. Their sense of humor, quite often, is different from ours.
I was reading your fine message and a virus warning popped up. I don't know where it came from. I hit delete it and it may be gone.
I have a comedy "Airplane" in a submarine and a thriller that is available.
I suspect story analysts would be a big help, especially if they speak and read English.
When I master English, I'm going to write screenplays.
Hunt and peck is so slow for you. Take a typing class and you'll eliminate those forefingers. I use five fingers.
Hey, I have good news. The S.D. County Fair is great. I saw five goats. Glad they didn't see me first, I owe them money.
Today's sermon: Practice devotion and service to others, every day.
Wow, competition for my company, "Non-dedicated writers who are so gifted that they can't stand to look in the mirror."
Every writer should join my company,"Unlimited Success and Billions in Residuals for Qualified Writers, Inc."
We meet at hot dog stands at different locations to avoid the script stealers.
We flip Euros to see who buys lunch.
We act out each other's scenes in low rental locations, like the public parks.
We share techniques on how to borrow ideas and quotes from tombstones, at night, in the rain when lightning is hitting umbrellas.
More rules after you join. Sense of humor is a must and effective when YOU ARE SOBER!
Anyone want to look at a few short comedy sketches?
Don't worry about the facts, just write.
Thanks for the constructive comments. I always like to hear a few words from the professionals.
One lesson in metaphysics is that we should never find fault or criticize anyone. I'll add my view: just arrest them and jail them. But, don't find fault with them.
If you substitute federal employees in the right places, the subject would fit like a glove. How many times have you had a hassle in getting info or a reply from a fed agency?
Don't gripe, vote! Vote for good people. They can only be identified on night time radio programs.
An agency answered my query by asking to see the screenplay. IT WAS SEVEN MONTHS AFTER I QUERIED THEM! Did I bug them? No. Did I worry about their silence? No. Did they read the script? Maybe, who knows. Did they want to rep me? No.
I must improve the scripts to the point where they jump out of the mail truck and run into the producer's office and play a recording, "take me to your reader."
Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. Eternal writing results in a nice price for the script.
Wish two of you were in N. S.D. County so we could support each other.
I'm feeling blue. No sales.
I'd much rather feel orange or purple.
When I felt Red, she slapped my face.
I really love arcs. They're great.
The arc, of Rainbow colors, rises from my feet and then soars into the heavens to land at the pot of gold. However, when I move towards the arc's end, it moves away, teasing me with the sparkling pot of gold.
Following that high arc, is tough. There are rivers to swim, deserts to cross and mountain to climb before I rest at the site of the glistening gold coins.
There's been a change. The new clothes are now in tatters, the boots are scuffed and torn, the hat dirty and the body depleted of fat.
This title of this trek might be called "The Arc of Triumph."
Appreciate your constructive and thoughtful comments. When you mentioned the cure for cancer observation, it reminded me, once again, that the mass media beats the drum for the perpetual search for a cure. Big bucks for those searching, always searching and never finding.
Research at the sites of Dr. Lorraine Day and other doctors and alternative doctors will open your eyes to their victories over many so-called incurable diseases.
Politicians bow and grovel at the feet of anyone who will aid their campaigns.
Richard Gephardt was the informal chosen VP candidate for Kerry, untill John Edwards attended a Bilderberger meeting. These American and European elite interviewed Edwards and annointed him with the VP slot.
What right do Europeans have in meddling with our domestic affairs?
Look at Bush's advisors and cabinet members and then check their membership in the CFR, the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderbergers, et al.
Their goal is one world government and the shredding of our Constitution.
TV and most newspapers only feed the populace the propaganda that keeps the special interests in power.
Appreciate the interesting comments.
When Marc was with the other company, I had sent two scripts to him, a comedy and a thriller.
There was no response.
Followup queries were ignored. So, I was the insurance salesman, the siding salesman, the long distance phone telemarketer, etc., who is ignored.
I don't get a response and a letter from the State Lotto department thanking me for entering the lotto.
When I apply for a day-job, most of the time I get no response from the companies, not even a postcard, "we'll pass, or position was filled."
There ought to be a software template for the pros that, with the push of "enter" sends an email, "interesting script. We'll pass. Good luck."
I have saved some courteous letters from one entertainment lawyer, several managers and several agents who passed, but left the vault door ajar with, "Feel free to send us anything in the future," or words to that effect.
I made the mistake of giving up about fourteen loglines to a very cold, indifferent, unfriendly company. They not only asked for the script but for the ideas on which I was working and other completed scripts. That was before they examined my work to see if it was up to there standards.
Strangely, my sense of humor is sleeping, today.
Did Jeff Newman ever complete last year's contest? Or, was it this year's contest?
It's been so long, I wonder what happened to him?
I entered it and have heard zero.
Does that mean I didn't win? Are the win, place and show submitters kept secret?
Just because I wasn't notified doesn't mean I didn't win. I'm not paranoid just because I'm being followed day and night.
Anyone out there on this planet have any experiences, good or bad, with the highly touted Jeff?
I won't gossip about Jeff's obstacles, but he did explain why there has been a long delay. I'm confident that he will fulfill his promises.
I'd like to find a screenwriting course that is taught by a wealthy professional who offers free courses to writers who show potential.
Do we have enough expenses, these days?
Grover My face is blue. No luck in last contest.
I believe it is "over-the-shoulder" shot with hyphens. We can't add camera shots, anyway. Love your comments based on "in the trenches" experience. Love to collaborate on a comedy with someone out there in internet land. Who knows if Dr. Dyer's synchronicity will work in the movie business. Merry Christmas everyone. Don't take Christ out of Christmas like some of the department stores and schools. It's unbelievable that they are doing this insulting propagaganda. Grover Backwards it is Revorg.
It's okay to say Merry Christmas. It's okay to keep Christ in Christmas. It's okay to ignore the UN and the one world order freaks who stomp on the U.S. It's okay to ignore the schools and department stores and say "Merry Christmas" to friends, relatives and acquaintances, and especially to the middle eastern hateful fanatics. Michael Medvic said some nice things about keeping the real Christmas spirit and repeating it is okay to say, "Merry Christmas." "May the light shine on your path, may the wind fill your sails and may God protect you in the palm of His hand, forever." Cordially, Grover
I saved a funny cartoon.
It's a picture of Barry Goldwater approaching the Pearly Gates. Richard Nixon (with wings ...would you believe that?) is waiting to greet him. Barry speaks, "What the hell are you doing here?"
Grover Sorry, I couldn't vote for either expression on your request.
Learn a lot by reading about the real experiences of people who have lost more and suffered more than I. Lots of great story ideas in these tragedies. It's sad, but man has suffered for thousands of years by his own hands or natural disasters.
Equally important or more important is the loss of four hundred billion dollars in interest payments, per year, to the three U.S. banks and the eight European banks who collect these funds through the private Federal Reserve System Banks. The FRS banks have collected trillions of dollars in tax-free funds since the creation of the FRS in 1913. The Presidents and Congress have bowed to them and permitted them to control our U.S. Treasury. Is that treason? A full audit of the FRS is not allowed by the European banks. Congressmen have made an effort to audit this powerful organization and is unable to get a hearing on the subject.
We should be a creditor nation and a light to the world. We are still able to do much good in spite of dictators and officials keeping most of the money for their own accounts.
We need thousands of monitors and auditors to keep close watch over the charitable funds.
An experienced remote viewer said he believes another 9.0 quake will hit in Guinea in April, this year. I tried to find a fault line in that nation but couldn't locate it.
"Want more for others than you want for yourself." Dr. Dyer.
Barb's a big help to me. Spotted things that I had overlooked and suggested corrections.
When I cash the future option check, I shall be listed in her fan club directory.
Best to all, Grover
I have a lost and stranded bus with ten passengers in the hot desert.
When they move about, what do you suggest?
EXT. CAMP - DAY
In B's shady spot the . . .
EXT. CAMP - DAY
At c's place, shirts are hung on bushes for protection.
EXT. CAMP - DAY
Some time later, C comes to B's shady spot.
EXT. CAMP - DUSK OR NIGHT?
It is dusk when E meets C and they walk into the bushes.
IN THE BUSHES NEAR THE CAMP - NIGHT
Is it necessary to keep telling everyone that they are in the camp?
Your comments are appreciated.
Thanks Paula, Peter and Randy. You writers always have some creative and helpful remarks to contribute.
I will keep it simple. The director and actors will make a lot of changes. I keep thinking "how will they change these actions?"
But, I know that the writer's job is to give them quality plans from which to change and improve the story.
Thanks for your helpful and professional suggestions on how to improve as a potential screenwriter.
Skip Press writes that we should not call ourselves screenwriters until we have cashed an option check. So, we are unknown or unsold screenwriters. I'm not going to worry about that opinion. I'll have fun in any way I choose.
Terri, why don't you try Barb, sometime, and write your reaction?
I believe, Barb that you have a JAG tv writing credit One of my favorite shows.
Good luck I'll be in touch for some of your outstanding help.
Writers should receive some respect from the reader in c/o a producer. A brief "not interested" or not for us is sufficient for many of us. The biggest insult is ignoring the writer.
I guess you're not involved with FD and its updates and revisions.
My vs 6 is a big disappointment. It doesn't convert approximately formatted scripts to the FD version.
Also, it indented one space for the first line of dialogue and the first line of the description. To correct it, I have to go down the lines, one by one, angry and disgusted with every correction. All the "atta boys" are negated by the boring and tedious process of correcting each line.
On top of that, add a Trojan.gen (other) virus which destroyed my hard drive and I can't expect to be cheerful.
I was smart enough to take enough anti-biotics, natural herbs and vits, to repel this expensive virus. So, I'm living so I can find something else fo object about. Let's discuss the national destructive power of fractional reserve banking. You see it all started ...
I'm disappointed in FD vs. 6.
It indents the first line of dialogue and also the description line. I have to go down the page and correct each line.
FD 6 also will not convert a rough formatted script into FD format.
There were several correct things it did for me!
How about glancing at a calendar watch from time to time?
UCLA screenwriting instructor Lew Hunter informed me that we non-establshed writers are not in the business of selling "treatments."
My opinion is that we must query buyers to see if they have any interest in our logline and/or synopsis. My letters have resulted in occasional requests for scripts. Later, after some pros have, I hope, scanned the first twenty pages, a story analyst points out the need for some changes needed to improve the screenplay.
Which shows, once again, that we should have pro analysts provide feedback before we submit our scripts. Some of us try to bypass the advice of experienced pros and suffer for it.
The universe has an inexhaustible supply of story ideas.
Best Wishes, Grover
Wow! I wish I had that kind of help and environment when I was writing and trying to sell TV scripts! All I got from that experience was several friendly rejection letters from story editors and producers.
I had a brief, hip-pocket one-man agent who made a few contacts but found out the shows were staff written and therefore an instant barrier to my spec scripts. I even dared to "spoof" Get Smart comedy series.
After reading these creative messages, I must confess that I lost my focus in San Francisco. Or, was it my voice?
Voice, voice, hah! What is a writer's VOICE?
I'm always write-less after reading these inputs from these creataive and brilliant writers who have more completed scripts to submit than I.
My focus was shattered by distractions of computer problems and viruses, time after time and then some more time.
My momentum was demolished. I am trying to reinstate the productivity before the onslaught of Murphy's Laws. If I can find him, I'm going to ...
I entered their contest in 1999. My comedy was awarded Honorable Mention. About a dozen pros received the script typed at the Universal Studios secretarial service. The pros had responded to the query letter. They all passed.
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