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I'm confused and small in an ocean full of much smarter fish. Some of them sound very hungry after reading these postings. Here's my simple thought...I went to PitchFest and pitched. Nobody seemed impressed with the scripts or me. Never asked to see them. Then I entered a few contest with (same meterial) and have placed in all of them. So, how much does the gate keepers really know? AND how bad I must be a pitching. I'm staying on the contest beat. At least somebody reads the scripts. Maybe I should just hire some clever, witty, good looking talking head to pitch my stuff. Because I'm terrible at it.
Give up the ghost on that one. You should be working on the next great story that only you can tell. Side-bar is waiting for the feedback from "READERS" that you trust. It's got to be constant motion. Story boarding one or two ideas while writing the next one and waiting for feedback to arrive from the first script. Never sit still. That's the formula for success at anything. Good luck.
Writing for free can be very expensive. And that's what we all do while dreaming the dream. DON'T give up the day job. Good luck!
Has anybody entered a contest called "get initiated"? I entered like two years ago and they still haven't finished reading the scripts. This seems like the strangest contest I've come across. Jeff.
I placed in several contests. I've paid small fortune to fly out to L.A. for pitch events. Nothing! I end up getting my script into preproduction by word of mouth and one brave producer who came looking for me.
LOOK at the movies they are making. Cartoons from the 70's. Remake after remake of the same stuff. Special effects are fantastic. But dress up a pig and it's still a pig. TRUTH, they seldom risk it on a real creative script...until somebody else does and then they rush to copy cat em. Keep trucking everybody. Jeff
I'm wondering if Sound Heritage is even still in business. I placed 3rd a few years back with my script 1040-Easy. They wanted to rep me. I was thrilled. Who wouldn't be? Pitched it three times to one company who couldn't decide. Just when it looked like something was clicking the writers strike happened. That killed the deal. After that I could never get in contact with them. Phone numbers changed or out of service. I figured they went belly up. No shame in that but they could of contacted me. Did they do this to other writers? Keep them on the list.
It's that age thing again. In L.A. if you're over thirty-five you're over. When you go to a pitch festivals think about the average age of the person you're pitching. They are young twenty somethings. In the end it is all about story...I think.
Along this subject line, I've been wondering how to leave my screenplays to my loved ones after my death. All of you who have finished a complete story have something of value (I think) just like stocks and CD's. It just might appreciate in value. So can we just add it to our will. Is it that simple with copy write laws and the WGA? Any thoughts?
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