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Filmmagician 06-26-2013 03:00 PM

An agent read my script, he said he'll reply with notes. Is he interested?
 
I queried an agent and he read my screenplay. He said he'll write me back soon with some notes. He's not my agent (yet) so should I be doing re-writes for this guy? Does this mean he's interested in the script/me? Have you guys ran into anything like this before?

Thanks!

Ronaldinho 06-26-2013 03:09 PM

Re: An agent read my script, he said he'll reply with notes. Is he interested?
 
Assuming the guy is legitimate:

It might mean he's interested. It might not. The simple truth is that you can not do a rewrite motivated entirely by the notion that this guy will rep you if you execute his notes.

The problem is that reading a script takes an hour of his time. Giving notes takes another hour. And then he can forget about it and move on - he hasn't committed anything. And you go spend months of your time on the notes and he reads it again but, meh, it's a little less thrilling (because everything is a little less thrilling the second time around) and maybe you didn't nail them.

"I loved it, let me give you notes," can be a trap.

When the guy gives you notes, you can certainly ask him questions like, "If we nail this, would you want to represent this script?" but remember he's not making any promises.

Spend some time with the notes. If they're good notes, execute them because they're good notes - not because of a vague hint about possible representation. If they're bad notes, don't execute them.

carcar 06-26-2013 03:31 PM

Re: An agent read my script, he said he'll reply with notes. Is he interested?
 
I agree with the above. I would wait until you actually get the notes before you even ask this question. If he actually sits down and writes up the notes, that's a step in the right direction.

A lot of people won't take that step.

Give it a couple weeks, and see if anything appears in your inbox. Drop a reminder note if time goes by and nothing has happened.

Should you keep querying, or keep it off the table until you get the notes? I don't know, people, what do you think? I'd wait a couple/three weeks and see if notes really arrived. Or at least I would have used to. Now I'd assume smoke is being blown and move on, cause the waiting makes me crazy and often doesn't pay off. Interested in hearing what the peanut gallery thinks.

wenonah 06-26-2013 03:42 PM

Re: An agent read my script, he said he'll reply with notes. Is he interested?
 
I had a manger call me after reading my script and say "grab a pen, I have some notes" I was then held on the phone for a half hour listening and jotting down notes I wasn't expecting and after he delivered them he said "Now that you have my notes, I don't want you taking the script to someone else." It was gross.

ATB 06-26-2013 03:48 PM

Re: An agent read my script, he said he'll reply with notes. Is he interested?
 
Execute the notes if you agree with them and believe they will improve your script. If you don't agree with the notes, don't execute them. Simple.

MJ Scribe 06-26-2013 03:52 PM

Re: An agent read my script, he said he'll reply with notes. Is he interested?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by carcar (Post 873075)
I agree with the above. I would wait until you actually get the notes before you even ask this question. If he actually sits down and writes up the notes, that's a step in the right direction.

A lot of people won't take that step.

Give it a couple weeks, and see if anything appears in your inbox. Drop a reminder note if time goes by and nothing has happened.

Should you keep querying, or keep it off the table until you get the notes? I don't know, people, what do you think? I'd wait a couple/three weeks and see if notes really arrived. Or at least I would have used to. Now I'd assume smoke is being blown and move on, cause the waiting makes me crazy and often doesn't pay off. Interested in hearing what the peanut gallery thinks.

As to your question Carcar,

I'd be thrilled he indicated he wishes to write some notes. But, I wouldn't hold off on querying further unless he specifically said he'd have them for you within a time certain. If he's truly interested and were to somehow learn you're still flipping it out there, I figure it might hasten his efforts.


If and once you receive any notes Filmmagician, I wonder if you shouldn't exercise some caution against adopting any of his changes until you work out an agreement on them or establish some form of working relationship first. Just my initial, offhand thoughts. Good luck!

cshel 06-26-2013 03:56 PM

Re: An agent read my script, he said he'll reply with notes. Is he interested?
 
Did he even say if he liked the script or not?

Madbandit 06-26-2013 03:57 PM

Re: An agent read my script, he said he'll reply with notes. Is he interested?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Filmmagician (Post 873064)
I queried an agent and he read my screenplay. He said he'll write me back soon with some notes. He's not my agent (yet) so should I be doing re-writes for this guy? Does this mean he's interested in the script/me? Have you guys ran into anything like this before?

Thanks!

No rewrites, until you sign a contract with the guy.

Bunker 06-26-2013 04:00 PM

Re: An agent read my script, he said he'll reply with notes. Is he interested?
 
I agree with everyone - it's hard to advise when you haven't even seen the depth of notes or felt the agent's excitement.

With that said, when people give notes on a cold-query script, the implication is: "Here's what it will take to make this script awesome... and I am in the business of working with awesome."

So in answer to your actual questions:

1. Do the rewrites if you agree with them and sense this guy is genuinely excited.

2. Yes, he is interested in the script, and by extension, you. Otherwise, he wouldn't waste the time.

3. Yes, this happens all the time. Sometimes it's a trap and you end up doing endless free rewrites. Sometimes it will move the needle from "intrigued" to "excited." And thus a career is born.

wenonah 06-26-2013 04:07 PM

Re: An agent read my script, he said he'll reply with notes. Is he interested?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MJ Scribe (Post 873080)


If and once you receive any notes Wenonah, I wonder if you shouldn't exercise some caution against adopting any of his changes until you work out an agreement on them or establish some form of working relationship first. Just my initial, offhand thoughts. Good luck!

Thanks, MJ I didn't like his notes at all, they were awful. I extricated myself from the tentative relationship. I agree though, he should have given me a little more foreplay.


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