Be prepared...

“Always be prepared.” This is the motto of the Boy Scouts. It should also be the motto of screenwriters everywhere. On a previous blog, I discuss how necessary it is to have more than just one or two scripts in your repertoire. If a producer or agent passes on one script, you need to have another available, and another, etc. If you want to have any real credibility as a screenwriter in Hollywood, you must have product. Yesterday an actor friend took me out for a post-birthday lunch. We got to talking about a couple of projects he’s trying to get off the ground (as a producer). He told me how he was looking for something for an actress he knows. He proceeded to explain the parameters of what it was he wanted to do. I told him, “I have the perfect script!” Then I pitched it to him. He thought it sounded like the right fit. When he dropped me at home, I ran inside and got a copy of the script (which, by the way, I wrote many years ago). Three hours later he calls and says, “It’s really good!” Anyway, he’s already put a call in to this actress. If she likes the script, he’ll take it to his money people. What happens after that is anybody’s guess. I’ll keep you posted on any progress.

1 comment:

Pog said...

Jim--I don't know how you do it, you lazy lizard. Nice web-page, nice to see a 'working screenwriter' listing some current comments. Also working here---and working, and working. Just completed a 27,000-word syllabus on screenwriting for beginners (on assignment). You know, it's the cost of making films that cuts so many writers out---but with these low-budget techniques and first-timers going for their Kevin Smith-shot at glory, writers can pass through those doors a lot easier than the ones with a lot of dollar signs. Those guys need scripts too, and you can score a few grand on a clear day. I'll be checking out your site to see what you have to say, but if you get a big sale before I do, our friendship is over and I won't wash your car anymore. Check out http://www.tcsn.net/kuma for all-about-me. Peace.