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Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-12-2020, 03:16 PM
Replies: 251
Views: 13,262
Posted By Bunker
Re: Effect of the Coronavirus

I think it's only a matter of time before all productions shut down. And by "matter of time" I'm thinking Monday, at the latest.

There are already lists circulating about the plans for agencies and...
Forum: Screenwriting 02-14-2020, 12:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,977
Posted By Bunker
Re: This Violates Screenplay Format -- SHOWING

The thing that strikes me is that you had TWO readers point it out. Were they working as a team, or did two different readers giving two different reads come to similar conclusions about the writing?...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 01-29-2020, 04:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,125
Posted By Bunker
Re: Even when you have reps...

My feature rep handles it like AnyOtherName says. He'll call and say "Hey, I'm sending you a short film/novel/old script that so-and-so wants to adapt/rewrite. Let me know if you spark to the idea...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-05-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 562
Posted By Bunker
Re: Start an LLC?

Oh no! Yikes. Good to know and thanks for chiming in.

I guess the caveat I should have added is that I make my living 1099, and did it as a sole proprietorship for many years before 2018. Sorry if I...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-04-2019, 06:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 562
Posted By Bunker
Re: Start an LLC?

(Disclaimer: I am not an accountant. You should talk to one. I find this whole part of the business as confusing as anyone.)

Whether or not you form an LLC depends on how much money you're making...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 10-28-2019, 05:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,639
Posted By Bunker
Re: Looking for an agent

There's not really a marketable "hook" in that logline. But the worlds of the story —*drugs, gangs, high school romance, race relations —*are VERY marketable.

If you have personal knowledge of the...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 10-09-2019, 12:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,020
Posted By Bunker
Re: Good Advice From Writers

(paraphrasing) "There are no rules in fiction. You can do anything you can get away with. But nobody has ever gotten away with much." - Flannery O'Connor
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 10-03-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 5,527
Posted By Bunker
Re: A Note about Notes

One big problem writers have when soliciting feedback is that they do it TOO LATE in the process.

They've spent months crafting this story and perfecting the script and only then ask for honest...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 09-20-2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,631
Posted By Bunker
Re: Opinion Needed About Querying Managers at the Same Company

As someone else on this board said long ago—

"Query 'em all and let God sort it out."
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 09-06-2019, 12:18 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,846
Posted By Bunker
Re: Should we all be writing books instead?

It was kinda both.

I went into meetings my reps set up, and people would ask what else I had. I mentioned these scripts and their reactions were:

Them: Sounds cool. Send it over.

Me: I should...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 09-06-2019, 11:55 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,591
Posted By Bunker
Re: What are you looking for?

It's important to clarify that voice and concept are not independent variables.

What you choose to write about is part of your voice. As are the decisions you make within that concept.

Young...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-24-2019, 01:10 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,846
Posted By Bunker
Re: Should we all be writing books instead?

I'll never say never, but I don't feel the need to right now. I've built a brand and a following. I'm not really in a rush to hand all that over to Harper-Collins along with a cut of the royalties....
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-23-2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,846
Posted By Bunker
Re: Should we all be writing books instead?

Several years ago, a producer got me to write a script for free. My reps were excited because it was based on a big optioned property with an up-and-coming director attached. It was the project that...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-17-2019, 03:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 804
Posted By Bunker
Re: 3 month option deal advice

I agree with what everyone is saying about accepting notes and being collaborative. But I want to add one caveat, at least with regards to how I approach this business.

A producer needs to PAY me...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-14-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,447
Posted By Bunker
Re: Doing well in too many contests is a red flag for reps?

The thing is, if someone asks "What else ya got?" then pitch them ONE completed script. Two max.

Then talk about the list of ideas you have that are so great that it's gonna blow the sample that...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 07-27-2019, 09:43 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,829
Posted By Bunker
Re: Synopsis -- Producer to Financiers

That makes more sense, regarding the question about being a producer.

As for the synopsis length, see if there are any subplots or extraneous characters you can cut. Try keeping things as narrowly...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 07-26-2019, 10:38 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,829
Posted By Bunker
Re: Synopsis -- Producer to Financiers

Writing a synopsis is a bit of its own art form. It takes a few drafts to truly make them sing, especially if it's a sales document and not just coverage. It's really easy for a reader's eyes to...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-24-2019, 04:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,401
Posted By Bunker
Re: Rejection/Passes...

We don't talk enough about the mental challenges of being a professional writer.

On the one hand, I love stories like this about Chris Nolan, believing in himself and powering through the rejection...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 07-24-2019, 12:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,260
Posted By Bunker
Re: Advice Pls - Producer Wants to Talk

Congrats on getting interest! No matter what comes of this, that's great news.

First of all, relax. It's never good to approach this career from a place of fear. You're not going to blow your...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-18-2019, 03:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,017
Posted By Bunker
Re: Pitch structure

Depends on what stage of your career you're at.

If you're still a relatively unknown quantity, then I disagree with your manager.

OWA pitches are won and lost on two criteria:

1. Vision
2....
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-18-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,017
Posted By Bunker
Re: Pitch structure

Are you pitching for an OWA or for your own project?

And are you pitching to a creative exec or the big boss?

It's too bad that the word "pitch" is such a broadly used term in the industry. It...
Forum: Screenwriting 07-04-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,880
Posted By Bunker
Re: How Tone and Voice = Writer's Style (attitude and personality)

I'm not quite sure what position you're arguing. I agree — a screenplay is fundamentally different than a novel or a poem. I don't see anyone disagreeing with that. Other posters are using examples...
Forum: Screenwriting 07-02-2019, 12:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,880
Posted By Bunker
Re: How Tone and Voice = Writer's Style (attitude and personality)

If you're intending to direct it yourself and you've lined up the financing, then I'd agree.

But if you're going through the traditional route of getting producers, execs, talent, and financers to...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 06-28-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,316
Posted By Bunker
Re: So here's the situation, or rather dilemma...

That actually makes things more confusing for me.

Story-wise, how intertwined is the script with the article?

Is the article the basis for the story in the script (e.g., ARGO)?

Or was the...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 12-13-2018, 02:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,524
Posted By Bunker
Re: I have a problem with a co-writer

Ugh. That sucks. What a mess.

Keeping in mind that I am NOT a copyright lawyer, here are my thoughts...

The answer to your problem is right here:



And he's right. You can't take his writing and...
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