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RightsLine.com is currently offering FREE uploads and registration for scriptwriters.
The response to RightsLine.com's Creator's Clearinghouse has been phenomenal. We are excited to tell you that we are getting more and more agents signing on to read the scripts. In addition, these agents have asked to see more scripts. So, for a limited time only you may submit your scripts for FREE. In order to keep our agents happy we are providing free script uploads for a limited time.
So please take full advantage of this offer and tell your friends. This offer won't last. Go to http://www.RightsLine.com and click on Creator's Clearinghouse.
Enjoy RightsLine.com's Creator's Clearinghouse, and we look forward to seeing your script online!
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Has anyone taken a look at the Agreement? It surely raised a few questions from me. I've emailed for clarification, but if anyone out there is as educated as an attorney, can you post the simple version for us?
I'm no lawyer, but my layman's interpretation brings up some conflicts between the user agreement and the member details.
Hmm... what is this "transaction fee" mentioned in the UA? An interested buyer can't even try to contact the Artist until the Artist pays a transaction fee. So how does this work? I can register my script for free, but if somebody reads it and likes it and wants to proceed further, I have to shell out X amount of money just so they can contact me.
Maybe I need to re-read the TOS again, but here's what I got out of it: The transaction fee acts just like an agent's fee. 7.5 % is taken from scripts generating up to $100,000. (Less percentage for scripts generating more $$).
If you have an agent, this won't prove to be lucrative - you'll end up paying your agent the 10% fee as well as the 7.5 % fee for the rightsline service. (So, 17.5 % deducted from your sale.)
However, if you're not repped, this sounds like it could be a great deal. Normally, an agent asks 10%. Rightsline has a smaller percentage fee.
There are some drawbacks. With so many scriptwriting programs out there (ScriptThing, Movie Magic), is there a guarantee your format will be downloaded properly for viewing? We all know what happens w/ scripts that have wanky formats.
Also, we can't be guaranteed that VP's, Producers and Development people with legitimate deals to major companies or financial backing will ever visit the rightsline site. (I write this having not fully explored the rightsline site - other than the TOS. I may have to retract a statement or two if I find out otherwise.)
Has anyone registered yet - and what does your agent think about this? I'd love to hear.
I originally posted 3 scripts on the site at a cost of $29.95 per script. The scripts are shown for a month. After that, I have to pay $9.95 a month per script to continue having them shown. I hope I'm not being ripped off again. Sam
I don't know anything about this service first hand, but my advice is - don't pay them to post your scripts. From what I've heard there are enough sites that will do this for free. You wouldn't pay an agent to rep you (except through the commissions on any SALE that they make). $30 per script sounds really high.
I hope it works out for you, though, and that you get your money's worth.
I've received an email from Rightsline. It said that my inquiry was forwarded to their legal dept. I probably won't hear anything for a few days.
The main concern that I expressed was in regard to our relinquishing the rights of any material within the "Communities" to Rightsline, with no compensation to the Artist.
The term "Communities" had a broad and somewhat vague definition.
Sam (and others),
I haven't tried the Zoetrope site, but I have some students who have. As I understand it, you post your script for free - on the condition you read and comment on four other scripts. (In essence, you would be acting as a reader for Zoetrope.)
The comments are all forwarded to the development personnel at Zoetrope. They pick and choose from there what they would like to consider.
I've heard good and bad. The good is that it's a free opportunity (unless you count time - as most people do - as $$).
The drawbacks: You have a group of other writers reading your work. These may be writers who know their format, elements, inciting incidents, etc. On the other hand, you could get a true beginner who doesn't have an understanding of scriptwriting, etc. Worse, they may not appreciate the genre you write in (war/historical, drama, thriller, comedy, romance?). A good reader may not have sci-fi scripts high up on his/her list of favorite genres, but he'd be be able to tell a well-written script from a poorly-written one.
Again, it's free - but you'll have to consider the possible drawbacks.
Also try pitching at inzide.com or checking out the HCD. If you can't afford the HCD, check out celluloidjungle.com. They list a directory of production companies.
Good luck. (And remember to network with us if you strike up a deal!)
Just to add a bit to the drawbacks of AZ's site, you also have to take into consideration that there are writers who lack ethics and integrity. On occasion, it does happen where one writer purposely bashes another writer's script, as a means to better their own scores, or with a malicious intent, which is on a more personal level.
Take the negative feedback with a grain of salt, when it sticks out like a sore thumb, compared to your other reviewers' comments. And don't walk into the forum expecting to make a sale to American Zoetrope. To date, they've not optioned a single script from the site.
I posted the Free Uploads at AZ. It caused quite a controversy. It seems like this old geezer never learns. I was taken for almost $5k by a WGA agent and two other agents a few years ago.
What is your e-mail address? I can be reached at HavenerJR@aol.com. I'd like to discuss some things re: WGA, agents, etc., with you -- unless you prefer we keep it a public forum and start a new topic on this board.
I have a feeling you've already been versed in what to look for in an agent just from reading these boards. (Yes?)
(I'm agented and have a manager in L.A. and thought I might be able to shed some light. Just drop me some e anytime.)
I simply can't take this RightsLine site seriously. There are too many contradictions in the agreement, and too many things that are downright scary. For example, this "transaction fee". Why must a writer agree to it in order to be told who is interested in their script? Wouldn't it make more sense to make uploading your script contingent upon agreeing to this transaction fee? In order to upload, you have to agree you will pay them a transaction fee if you sell your script through their site. But they don't do it this way. They wait until someone is interested in your script, *then* they say, "Agree to pay us or we won't let the buyer contact you." This smacks of extortion. They wait until you're in a position where you can't refuse to pay, because refusing means you can't even get in touch with the interested buyer. And what exactly do you agree to when you agree to this transaction fee? How can you possibly know in advance, before the interested buyer can contact you, what amount your script is going to be optioned for, or if it will be optioned at all?
This site makes me very uncomfortable. And it makes a lot of other screenwriters uncomfortable too, judging from what I've seen on other boards and on onelist.
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