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Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 05-29-2012, 03:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,347
Posted By odriftwood
Re: For pros, do they offer more marketing input?

Yes, the reps should handle the heavy lifting but you can make their job easy by providing a strong logline/pitch. You could also give your reps a kind of "wish list" of who you see playing the...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 05-23-2012, 04:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,569
Posted By odriftwood
Re: White-Hot mega star attached

I'm a bit confused... You wrote a book with a hot star wants to star in if it becomes a movie? That's awesome. But your hook-up wants to write the script. Won't that preclude you from writing the...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 12-31-2011, 11:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,230
Posted By odriftwood
Re: Trading on Rejection

It's very dicey. If a production company takes a liking to the project, they are going to ask "Where has it been?" Then you'll have to say it was rejected by the studios. That's not going to win you...
Forum: Basics 12-01-2011, 08:19 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 13,112
Posted By odriftwood
Re: Scene Headings

Sure, you can do mini slug lines or take them out all together... it's all a matter of choice. In my experience, I find it easy to follow what's going on if I know the place where a scene is set. It...
Forum: Basics 11-30-2011, 11:18 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 13,112
Posted By odriftwood
Re: Scene Headings

Mayhaps. But it's a good habit to get into especially if the goal is to make it to a production draft. The more a spec writer can write professionally from a formatting stand point, the stronger...
Forum: Basics 11-30-2011, 04:34 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 13,112
Posted By odriftwood
Re: Scene Headings

It's great to make a flow like that but know this, in terms of a production script at some point every separate location will have to have its own slugline with a corresponding DAY or NIGHT...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 11-23-2011, 11:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,041
Posted By odriftwood
Re: CAA : Unprofessional or busy?

Because they opened the door, you are well within your rights to follow up without being annoying. Agencies and studios have no problem saying no and passing on a project. In fact, they would much...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-02-2011, 09:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,024
Posted By odriftwood
Re: Anyone do staged readings in LA?

Might want to check out this group: The Coronet Writer's Lab ( They do work in development staged readings every week!
Forum: Screenwriting 09-25-2010, 03:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,817
Posted By odriftwood
Re: Generalized scene description

I'm actually amazed at how many times I do coverage and when it comes to putting in LOCATION I have no idea because the writer made no mention of the setting. It's different for sci-fi stories but in...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-30-2010, 09:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,459
Posted By odriftwood
Re: "Stealing" stories

Actually, Tolstoy knocked it down to two:

1. A person goes on a journey.

2. A stranger comes to town.

Pretty much sums up everything :D
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-11-2010, 05:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,180
Posted By odriftwood
Re: Managing expectations...

Think of yourself as a plumber with thier own business. You hope people are going to call you to come fix their pipes. One job leads to the next job which leads to the next job. You're grateful for...
Forum: Screenwriting 07-11-2010, 05:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,228
Posted By odriftwood
Re: Inciting incident

This should make your head explode: I think the first inciting incident should be your Title....

Think about that one....
Forum: Screenwriting 06-26-2010, 08:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,083
Posted By odriftwood
Re: Epic Trilogies

Agreed with the others.... I say write the book(s)
Forum: Screenwriting 06-26-2010, 08:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,026
Posted By odriftwood
Re: Do scenes need a beginning, middle and end?

My favorite piece of scene writing advice: "come in late, leave early."
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 04-30-2010, 03:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,305
Posted By odriftwood
Re: Really Stupid Question

Hire an entertainment lawyer and let them walk it into MGM/his production company.

Short of that there is always joining the church.... :D
Forum: Basics 04-30-2010, 03:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,544
Posted By odriftwood
Re: Putting copyright info on title page?

Shall we discuss the "original screenplay" line on a title page? That always smacks novice to me.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 04-22-2010, 04:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,782
Posted By odriftwood
Re: AEI - Atchity Entertainment

Whew... good thing I was meeting about adapting a book :rolleyes:
Forum: Screenwriting 04-22-2010, 04:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,170
Posted By odriftwood
Re: Naming unknown characters

I've read some scripts where there is a MAN then a couple of scenes later there is a different MAN but they are still called MAN.... yeah, don't do that.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 04-21-2010, 03:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,782
Posted By odriftwood
Re: AEI - Atchity Entertainment

I've had great experience with them... in fact taking a meeting tomorrow!
Forum: Announcements, News, & Opportunities 04-20-2010, 09:43 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 443
Posted By odriftwood
Coronet Writer's Lab

For those in the Los Angeles area, this is a great way to work through your material. Check it out... Coronet Writer's Lab (

Any questions, feel free to PM me.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 04-20-2010, 03:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,065
Posted By odriftwood
Re: Taking notes

Yes and no. There are many times when I've read coverage, passed it big time and it still went on. Case in point the three drafts of DUKES OF HAZZARD I read. Each one met with an resounding pass but...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 04-19-2010, 07:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,065
Posted By odriftwood
Re: Taking notes

Fair enough but you are essentially already doing that with your list. Which among you inner circle has "sold a script themselves?"

One could make the argument that numbers 3, 4, 5, and maybe 6...
Forum: Screenwriting 03-12-2010, 01:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,841
Posted By odriftwood
Re: Too Much Dialogue


write needs precise :D
Forum: Screenwriting 03-09-2010, 04:15 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,173
Posted By odriftwood
Re: Reader Pet Peeves

Lately a lot of the scripts I've been reading have been suffering from over indulgence. Its as if the writer has created a great world that only they know what's going on. It's one thing to write...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 03-03-2010, 06:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,968
Posted By odriftwood
Re: Got recommended to an Agent and...

How come? Sooner or later you're going to have to deal with this agent. And if they think you're making an end run to set up a project, they'll kill it real quick. I've seen this happen plenty of...
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