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Message Date Posted: 01/04/2014 4:28 AM (27 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic Scams Postings

I'll have to clear Fadeinonline, after they contacted me, told me the whole story, and got on the phone with my credit card company in an attempt to correct this error.

So, I must now remove their name from the scam list.

Others feel free to consider Fadeinoline. I know I will.


Message Date Posted: 01/04/2014 4:22 AM (26 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic copy writing career

I worked as a copy writer, and I didn't need any of that at Saatchi & Saatchi, the top ad agency. It was years ago, though, I must add.

What you do need is a good portfolio of real or fake ads you've created. If it's strong, it's all you need, as long as you consistently produce at that level.

You can start out as an intern or work you way up the ladder at a smaller agency.

The one requirement that seems consistent is that you have a college degree and can write, good grammar, creative, and etc.


Message Date Posted: 12/16/2013 3:18 AM (25 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic Scams Postings

I think there should be a thread about scams to alert all. Now, I will start with Fadeinonline, because I got charged twice for a hotel room, by the actual hotel and Fadeionline.

... so, did a lot of people, and both parties are pointing fingers at the other.

In the meantime, I got cheated out of $418!


Message Date Posted: 08/14/2013 4:36 AM (24 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic Too Damn Quiet! Sooooo...

Paul, the Hollywood Pitch Festival doesn't pay their insiders, and it's the biggest Pitch fest.

Anyway, this August was the first time I attended it (HPF), and I did really well. I got a lot of requests, so I am now trying to polish the scripts, before I send them off to the people that requested them.

What I don't get is this whole thing with one-sheets. I mean what happens when you send them it? How long is the wait? I hear between 6 to 8 weeks. I rather have the script request than to wait for that to develop.

I mean it seems to be the thing that the Insiders were asking for, even though HPF said you don't need anything but your pitch.

Overall, I got three script requests and nine one-sheets requests. It wasn't easy selling your product, but I beat my record of only getting three requests and NEVER following through, except with one. (Chalk it off to being young/naive and more fascinated with the request that turned into a rewrite/possible option)

In summary, one should consider what the pitchfest offers before they plump down their money. To me, Inktip seems to offer Insiders who are looking to produce low budget films, and if you have that in your inventory, then you should by all means go.

However, if you have higher budget scripts, then you need to go to a festival that will bring the individuals that are in the market for those types of films.

Another thing I learned by going to the HPT and talking to the producers is that the "big budget" isn't so big anymore. They are really looking for something mid-range. I think 50-75 million tops, which means mid-range is the new big budget. As a result, I am going to write my next script keeping that in mind.

I guess if you go to Inktip, you will have more opportunities for producers to say yes to your pitch, because there is less of a financial risk.


Message Date Posted: 08/14/2013 3:55 AM (23 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic Is Amazon Studios worth a shot?

How many scripts come out of Amazon, just one?


Message Date Posted: 06/27/2013 4:48 AM (22 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic Thanks to Irin

Thanks, Bill.


Message Date Posted: 06/23/2013 5:20 AM (21 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic Thanks to Irin

Curious, how much does this reader charges?


Message Date Posted: 05/03/2013 1:32 AM (20 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic Nicholl Question that needs to be answered

Thanks, Greg for the information.

Evidently, I didn't read my reject letter to the bitter end, then, but it was good to know I made a dent of some sort.

Funny thing is I started reworking that story, got a production company asking for a rewrite during that time, did it, and put it on ice, thinking it was getting cold.

I guess the moral of the story is that you if you have bait, a hungry fish will come around eventually.






Message Date Posted: 05/01/2013 12:54 AM (19 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic Nicholl Question that needs to be answered

Okay, I haven't entered in two years, but as I logged in, I noticed that I had placed in the top 20%.

I was totally shocked, because I never received any kind of notice. It would have a great moral booster, let me tell you.

Anyway, I go run off and try to find my name on their list of semi/quarter finalists, but no such thing. It's just when I log in on their website that I see this notation.

Can someone explain, please?


Message Date Posted: 04/04/2013 3:42 AM (18 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic Dramatica Pro

I always wondered about it, but on a whim I decided to purchase Plot Control.


Message Date Posted: 03/03/2013 3:54 AM (17 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic Replacing my manager!!!

"Maybe it's wrong of me to compare but I see a few other writers who got their first scripts optioned long after me, yet they already have agents, are out in LA taking generals, and doing assignment work, etc."

In terms of your script, that doesn't mean anything. It's all about how marketable your script is and if it's something they want to make. Plus, having a manager doesn't mean anything either; you have to do a lot of the leg work. It just helps to have someone on your team, when the deals come to the door.

"Despite my manager working hard on the script that I have optioned, I feel everything else is moving too slowly and I have a few managers elsewhere who I know are interested in managing me (and they are higher up the food chain so to speak).

The problem is the option. If I was going nowhere fast, I would easily walk away. But the fact that I am toward the end of an option on a script that my manager has, admittedly, worked hard on, makes my decision to leave feel unethical."

If the option runs out, which happens, then everyone invested in this project stands to lose. That is the nature of the game. If you have other managers interested in you, then tell your manager that, maybe that will set a fire in him, not to say that he is not working for you. At the very least, give him the curtsey of knowing that you are entertaining the thought of getting a new manager.

If you think your manager is good, offers good feedback, and direction, then you continue to build your inventory of scripts and tell him not to sugarcoat his critiques.

"I was thinking of leaving my manager, yet giving him somewhere between a 5-10% fee of the scripts purchase price(if the script is purchased that is). I feel he would at least deserve something from this one particular script. It would seem heartless of me to have him do all the hard work he has done, and then leave him at the last minute before he made any money of it himself, if you see what I mean."

Usually, an option is a year or two, that is one to two years your script is off the market to others. I don't think you owe your manager a thing, but I do think you should be nice to him. Since, you will never know who you might meet later down the road. However, nice does not mean giving him a cut of your script.

His job is mainly to sell or starve. He knows that.


Message Date Posted: 02/24/2013 1:49 AM (16 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic The New Black List

Wait, you have to get your script critique by them?

You can't just upload it and pay the cost for it.


Message Date Posted: 02/16/2013 3:57 AM (15 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic Big Bear Festival

I have never attended, however, I know some good people who are involved with it.

Their contest is one of the few that I will enter.


Message Date Posted: 02/12/2013 2:43 AM (14 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic SOUNDS in action lines.

All CAPS, as usual.


Message Date Posted: 02/03/2013 3:14 AM (13 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic The New Black List

That's so true, Robert.

Frank, I might give Black List a spin, since my promise to myself is to market the heck out of my scripts.

I will check out the donedeal link too, thanks, Frank.


Message Date Posted: 01/31/2013 2:08 AM (12 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic The New Black List

"The types of commercial films I like: say, Witness or Chocolat or The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel or The King’s Speech… these are films that found a large audience though they’re not in the key demographic. (Not sayin’ my scripts are at this level, just giving an example of my taste.)"

Marg, Chocolat, Best Exotic, and King's Speech were indies that expanded out to the masses. If your scripts are more like the movies you listed, have you considered trying out Inktip?

I hear that's the place to be for indies. I'm not saying not to write a novel; I think that's a smart thing to do. However, since you wrote these scripts, maybe you should change your marketing strategy.

If you already considered Inktip, how was that experience? I'm asking because I'm seeking an avenue to market, since I fall short in this area. Personally, I might have only one or two scripts that might be suitable to Inktip, but they're not the best.


Message Date Posted: 01/30/2013 3:17 AM (11 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic The New Black List

"That's it in a nutshell, and what I learned in my screenwriting class. In fact, we were encouraged to choose high concept stories."

That's writing material that appeals to the masses for those that are not in the know.

It's totally a different way of looking at things. One thing we had to do in the class was to come up with ideas (high concept ones) and test them on people. After that, we wrote the script that had the highest score among the people.

I threw caution to the wind and allowed myself to go with the process. Moreover, I learn the business side of Hollywood, and it all has to do with mass appeal, meaning what can get investors, increase our odds of filling seats, and make a profit. Plus, what will attract A-list actors.

After I started thinking this way, I don't know if I'll ever write a script the old way I used to do things. I guess we'll have to write that novel if we want to have a bit more freedom with our expression.




Message Date Posted: 01/30/2013 3:08 AM (10 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic The New Black List

" It’s likely the majority of these people are male and attracted to the type of material they feel is easiest to sell: material that appeals to teenage males. Because of this, I think material that might appeal to other groups may not be able to rise to the top here."

That's it in a nutshell, and what I learned in my screenwriting class. In fact, we were encourage to choose high concept stories.

"Sorry for this long post"

Don't be. I like when a poster is giving information.

In regards to writing your novel, that's a good thing, but don't give up with screenwriting. I suggest you write a novel of your script, and maybe you'll see it up on the screen.

By the way, thanks for sharing your experience.


Message Date Posted: 01/28/2013 2:32 AM (9 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic The New Black List

How's it going, Marjory?


Message Date Posted: 01/28/2013 2:25 AM (8 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic The Black LIst

Scroll down on this site. There was one poster, who used the service. It would be great to get an update.


Message Date Posted: 01/28/2013 2:25 AM (7 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic The Black LIst

Scroll down on this site. There was one poster, who used the service. It would be great to get an update.


Message Date Posted: 01/20/2013 3:24 AM (6 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic We've all done it...

Thanks, Robert for the information. I already had Cinestoy as one of the few contests I will enter. Moreover, it's good to have knowledge about their seminar.


Message Date Posted: 01/18/2013 1:44 AM (5 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic We've all done it...

Robert, how much was the retreat?


Message Date Posted: 01/17/2013 1:30 AM (4 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic We've all done it...

Athena, I would have a few people read it before I would invest the money into another contest.

Then, after that, I would consider their thoughts and rework the script.

There is no sense in doing the same thing (only your eyes on the script) without changing it up a bit. I think that's the only way to get a fresh perspective.


Message Date Posted: 12/16/2012 1:54 AM (3 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic Terminology to use when there is multiple lines of indecipherable dialogue

Your post is a bit confusing. How can you have indecipherable dialogue? You either have it or you say it's inaudible.

If it's indecipherable, that reads there is a mystery behind it that needs to be solved. As a writer, you would still write it as is.

Now, I will take a stab at what I think you're trying to say but somehow it got loss in translation.

"What terminology is used when there are multiple lines of dialogue that aren't wholly coherent."

I would write it this way:

Jim: The cat jumped over the . . . (inaudible). Couldn't put him back together.



"I have an audio flashback scene in my main character's mind in which several key phrases of dialogue come flooding back to him all at once. Thanks for your help. "

Hmmm.. an audio flashback...

That's hard to do. How would the viewer know whether it is a flashback or whether the character is hallucinating?

Here's how I would write an "AUDIO FLASHBACK".

INT. Kitchen

Jim stop and stares.

UNKNOWN VOICE IN HIS HEAD FROM THE PAST The cat jumped over the . . . (inaudible). Couldn't put him back together.

Yet screenwriting is a visual format, and this is how I would choose to write it.

FLASHBACK TO:

EXT. Playground - Day (15 Years ago) The Punchers are unseen as Jim takes hit after hit from more than one of them. Jim's eyes are swollen shut. Total darkness.

Puncher #1 (OS) You big dummy!

Puncher #2 (OS) Lights out!

Hope this helps.


Message Date Posted: 12/03/2012 3:23 AM (2 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic The New Black List

Thanks for the update, Marjory.

The Blacklist seems promising, and a month is too soon to tell, but if things have dropped off. . .

have you ever considered a pitch festival? It seems you might have better luck.

I don't hear much on this board about them, but there are fabulous, if only I had my material ready to go.


Message Date Posted: 12/01/2012 3:34 AM (1 of 27)

Poetist Soul View This Topic The New Black List

Hmmm.. no update?

If you were to entered more than one script, this sounds a bit interesting and a bit expensive.

I want to take on a more aggressive marketing scheme for my work, so I wonder whether or not the jury is in, Marjory?