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Forum: Announcements, News, & Opportunities 09-24-2019, 10:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 766
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: I've got a movie coming out this week!

So here's the story.

I wrote a spec called SOLO back in 2007, which was basically Blue Lagoon meets Misery. It was optioned a few times over the years and was a good sample for me (it's how I got...
Forum: Announcements, News, & Opportunities 09-23-2019, 03:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 766
Posted By ProfessorChomp
I've got a movie coming out this week!

Hi fellow DDers,
Years ago, I wrote a spec script called SOLO, which was optioned a few times, but largely collected dust for eight years until out of the blue, Blumhouse bought it and made it (and...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 09-05-2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 3,151
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: A Note about Notes

It depends on several factors: is it an original screenplay that's being rewritten, or an adaptation of something? If it's original, the rewriter must contribute 50% to share Written By with Writer...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-13-2019, 11:01 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,681
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Residuals???

I get residuals on a few things, and it's always a crap shoot. When that green envelope arrives, you think "What amount will this be? A mortgage payment? A car payment? A nice dinner out? A so-so...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 06-28-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,899
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: So here's the situation, or rather dilemma...

I disagree here. Based on how OP worded it, it sounds like it was a pleasant surprise to learn the producer had optioned the article rights, but that was also my first warning bell. Sorta feels like...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 06-17-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 661
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: How to identify managers within agency who could be a fit

To get a foot in the door at an agency, you need someone vouching for you, usually a development exec who likes your work. That exec will know whom at the agency to approach.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 05-30-2019, 04:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 626
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: How do you know itís time to fire your manager? (first manager)

Wait a couple of weeks and have a straightforward "Are you still interested in repping me?" conversation. I felt the same way about my first agent; things started off hot and then cooled, and after a...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 05-23-2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,010
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Opinions on idea of sending script to a top production company

You're way overestimating how much thought anyone at the company is going to give to this. It'll be received by some groggy assistant or receptionist who's gonna read that mouthful of history you...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 04-02-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,994
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Is not living in LA or NY a dealbreaker for managers & agents?

As others have said, TV pretty much means LA or NY.

For features, you can certainly get things started from another city, but it's a liability. 95% of my income originates in generals and pitching,...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-21-2019, 03:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 529
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Selling a public domain spec while another film is already in development?

There's certainly no shortage of competing projects in Hollywood. A lot depends on what the other project is.

If the other project is just some script that a prodco optioned and still hasn't gotten...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-19-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,162
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Credit

I've been through an arbitration, and ultimately it's subjective based on the panel of writers judging, although there are guidelines in place for them to follow. I thought I had a clear case for...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 02-28-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 596
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Manager Commission on Scripts & Novels

Traditionally, a film lit manager doesn't get a piece of novels. But it's not a bad idea to double-check that understanding between the two of you. Also, don't expect or ask him/her to do any work on...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 02-22-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 796
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: HELP Formal Offer?

Joe is correct. It's a manager's job to sift through the many scripts that come his/her client's way and weed out whatever doesn't already have money (or other solid attachments) in place. "Formal...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 02-19-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,516
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Amateur move?

It's not an amateur move, it's a smart move. Execs are hoping you'll do something like this. There's nothing they like more than IP, especially IP they already own. Go for it.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 02-06-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 859
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: What About The Others?

Don't reach out. It's great you got that meeting, but it won't mean much to the other places and might rub them the wrong way.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 01-24-2019, 02:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 911
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: What's in a "Bio"?

One short paragraph telling them who you are, where you're from and what projects you've set up before and who was involved.

"Iknonuffin is a screenwriter originally from Taiwan, now based in Los...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 01-24-2019, 02:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,378
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: "Is it Financed?"

I have zero problem with an agent asking if there's financing. Your rep does the same thing - if someone calls your rep with a writing opportunity, their first question is whether it's set up and...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 01-22-2019, 02:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 531
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: End Of Option

Unless your agreement is different from any I've ever had, you don't have to do anything. Let the date pass, you're free and clear*

(*except for any paid rewrite work based on the producer's notes...
Forum: Script Deals 01-14-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,592
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: My wife sold a pitch to Universal!

Thanks crew.

Articles always seem to focus on producers and stars when it's the screenwriter who goes in and sells the damn thing in person. Lori's the best.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 12-21-2018, 10:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 988
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Querying Management Companies

Sure, why not? There's really no downside.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 12-20-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 914
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Carrot and stick

There's nothing wrong with turning something down. No one takes it personally. As I mentioned, if anything it makes them want you more. It's definitely better than going after something you're not...
Forum: Script Deals 12-19-2018, 01:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,592
Posted By ProfessorChomp
My wife sold a pitch to Universal!

...with Ben Affleck attached to produce and star!

https://deadline.com/2018/12/ben-affleck-i-am-still-alive-movie-deal-kate-alice-marshall-universal-pictures-lori-evans-taylor-1202523056/
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 12-19-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,867
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: If your manager doesn't like a particular script...

That note almost always means bigger emotional stakes for the character, not budget.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 12-19-2018, 01:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 914
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Carrot and stick

If you have a rep, certainly don't turn down things yourself. That's their job. It's also their job to say "But what did you think about the book idea Travis brought you?"

If you don't have a rep,...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 12-14-2018, 11:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,297
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: I have a problem with a co-writer

You definitely don't owe the guy 700 bucks.

As for the 10k, you'll never owe that to him yourself. This was not a WGA sanctioned rewrite, and you're not a signatory, you're a writer. The only way...
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