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Code7Films 04-07-2009 05:31 PM

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I hit up every single production company I can get my hands on both in Europe and the U.S. It's a numbers game. If they pass or don't respond I hit them up again in 4-6 months. With high turnover and changing needs I usually have no problem getting them to request the second time around. Sometimes I will do a third round of queries with a new script name and logline. Everyone on this site is my competition so I need to be going 24/7.

zenplato 04-07-2009 05:39 PM

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Then there's that side of it as well.

Honestly, I see what they are saying, but I would think that would only work for just going out to market. I think once your stuff is out there, it's a numbers game indeed--granted you're getting positive coverage.

If the coverage is bad, repped or not repped, you're probably not going to get any traction.

I'm assuming you're getting considers and recommends? I think for an unrepped writer, that's prolly not going to be happening that often. But, I could be wrong.

umo 04-07-2009 05:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Code7Films (Post 517578)
I hit up every single production company I can get my hands on both in Europe and the U.S. It's a numbers game. If they pass or don't respond I hit them up again in 4-6 months. With high turnover and changing needs I usually have no problem getting them to request the second time around. Sometimes I will do a third round of queries with a new script name and logline. Everyone on this site is my competition so I need to be going 24/7.

I agree with Code, also. Sales is a numbers game. :)

landercello 04-08-2009 09:55 AM

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Originally Posted by zenplato (Post 517584)

I'm assuming you're getting considers and recommends? I think for an unrepped writer, that's prolly not going to be happening that often. But, I could be wrong.

That's kind of the boat I'm in. I have one producer reading my script, who I'm still waiting to hear back from, but loved the concept, and another former producer who read it and loved it. I'm trying to work that contact but she's hard to pin down. I've had some success in the past with another producer who nearly optioned another script. But that's what I was trying to figure out, if I just need to let a manager do the job for me as suggested. Or an agent. But I'm still feeling that out as well. Hopefully both sides will come together at some point. For now though, I think I'll put my energy into representation.

zenplato 04-08-2009 11:35 AM

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Originally Posted by landercello (Post 517899)
But that's what I was trying to figure out, if I just need to let a manager do the job for me as suggested. Or an agent.

Have you been querying reps or just prodco's and studios?

Code7Films 04-08-2009 12:36 PM

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My agent lets me query on my own as long as I let him know where it is going so he doesn't submit to the same people or get blindsided. The promblem sometimes is that he is very busy, a lot of clients, so my scripts don't always get the attention they should. Now, when I drum up A list interest, he jumps on it. I don't mind doing leg work. It keeps me in the game and sharp. Now, I'm not sure where my entertainment attorney is. Probably on the golf course... :)

25 O'Clock 04-08-2009 12:39 PM

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Just DO NOT go directly into a studio/buyer. Studios have coverage wh can "haunt you" for life. The steps should be --

#1 Try to find a manager.
#2 Try to find an agent (but if you can't find a manager, most likely, an agent will be less likely as finding an agent nowadays is NEARLY impossible sans sale)
#3 Try to find a producer (many established producers have lost their deals w studios due to cut-backs and may be a bit more open to working w newbies)
#4 Try Production Companies BUT this is really the job for a manager/agent, but hey, if you're a good sales-person, try it.
#5 Marry a rich person

Code7Films 04-08-2009 12:46 PM

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If you have a great script you don't have to worry about studio coverage. I submit to them all the time and have never been given poor coverage on any of my scripts.

landercello 04-09-2009 09:42 PM

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Originally Posted by zenplato (Post 517964)
Have you been querying reps or just prodco's and studios?

Both...although it was more producers then agents/managers. The producers that have read or plan to read the script where ones I met in person and queried later. Except for the one that was almost optioned. That was just a query.

landercello 04-09-2009 09:49 PM

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Originally Posted by 25 O'Clock (Post 518004)
Just DO NOT go directly into a studio/buyer. Studios have coverage wh can "haunt you" for life. The steps should be --

#1 Try to find a manager.
#2 Try to find an agent (but if you can't find a manager, most likely, an agent will be less likely as finding an agent nowadays is NEARLY impossible sans sale)
#3 Try to find a producer (many established producers have lost their deals w studios due to cut-backs and may be a bit more open to working w newbies)
#4 Try Production Companies BUT this is really the job for a manager/agent, but hey, if you're a good sales-person, try it.
#5 Marry a rich person

Thanks for the info...#5...hmm. I've flirted with Jamie Foxx, Julian McMahon and Josh Lucas...but it was always the wrong time wrong place. And no, it wasn't a dream...or a music video...just a really cool job :cool: No, not escorting either. (In case you're guessing, I worked on an entertainment show) But since I had to quit that job to pursue my writing in LA, all's fair now. :D Sadly, all those people, never any good connections (business), well any that panned out. But I did make connections that would pay off after I make it to the top...which feels like an oxymoron.


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