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Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-08-2020, 03:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 183
Posted By docgonzo
Re: New Ideas

The short of it is, I don't wait around to be struck by an idea. I actively seek them out. Once I settle on one, I typically realize it's some topic or theme I've already been thinking about for...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 08-07-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 359
Posted By docgonzo
Re: A good time for new US reps?

This. Always be proactive in your career. Yes, sometimes things will fall into your lap, but that only seems to happen if you're actively chasing opportunities on your own.

Just curious, where is...
Forum: Script Deals 08-06-2020, 05:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 492
Posted By docgonzo
Re: Short story sells for 7 figures

If you don't mind sharing, what was the genre/basic idea? Been thinking of doing this, though my prose isn't on par with my screenwriting.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-06-2020, 03:51 PM
Replies: 390
Views: 8,291
Posted By docgonzo
Re: Picking Right Idea

This is about right. Only question, where do I get a poster of a topless Jeff Lowell?
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-05-2020, 09:03 PM
Replies: 390
Views: 8,291
Posted By docgonzo
Re: Picking Right Idea

Obviously post #344 didn't get through.

I blame Bono.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-05-2020, 11:03 AM
Replies: 390
Views: 8,291
Posted By docgonzo
Re: Picking Right Idea

This is part of the problem, and the point of the thread. If you don't know what ideas are mediocre (and that'll be a vast majority of them), you're dead in the water before you even write FADE IN.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-05-2020, 09:55 AM
Replies: 390
Views: 8,291
Posted By docgonzo
Re: Picking Right Idea

Didn't know there was a history. Good to know!
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-05-2020, 09:02 AM
Replies: 390
Views: 8,291
Posted By docgonzo
Re: Picking Right Idea

Man, what is your beef with Jeff? Your resentment and passive aggressiveness are on full display.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-03-2020, 07:29 PM
Replies: 390
Views: 8,291
Posted By docgonzo
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-24-2020, 06:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 764
Posted By docgonzo
Re: Sending FD doc without contract

Very confused by all this.

The producer wants the FD version to do a production breakdown? They want to shoot it?

And s/he wants story by credit for... doing what? Did they develop it?

I have no...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 06-30-2020, 04:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,160
Posted By docgonzo
Re: WeScreenplay Full Coverage package

I did the same as well. We had a group that stayed together for years. Lots of people went on to work on shows (or were working on one at the time). Can't recommend UCLA enough.
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 06-29-2020, 09:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,160
Posted By docgonzo
Re: WeScreenplay Full Coverage package

Join a writers group. They're free (unless you're renting space) and invaluable, as long as you find the right people. If you can't find one, start your own.

No one should pay for services like this...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 06-25-2020, 10:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 495
Posted By docgonzo
Re: StoryRocket

I've never been a believer in getting notes from consultants, no matter how much they cost or how good their reputation. It's silly to me to spend $200 every time you need a read. It's MUCH better to...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 06-22-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 378
Posted By docgonzo
Re: Attachments to project

This is true. Going through this as we speak.

As for features (mentioned above), the reason directors come back faster is because you can go to multiple directors at once. Actors want the script...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 06-21-2020, 06:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 495
Posted By docgonzo
Re: StoryRocket

All this.

The key tell here is they have no track record of any kind of success. Most of these guys at least try to tout something. Not sure why this one isn't.

Anyway, I found an interview with...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 06-15-2020, 05:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,454
Posted By docgonzo
Re: Not responding back after reading script

Welcome to the business. That's just how it is, like it or not. No use getting upset or confused by this. Just keep writing and sending your stuff out, and eventually something will hit.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 05-17-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,188
Posted By docgonzo
Re: LA Area Code...

I totally would've taken the 666 number. Missed opportunity there!
Forum: Films 05-17-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,201
Posted By docgonzo
Re: Random film thread...

Just rewatched Hamburger Hill for the first time in many years. I've only seen it once before and had zero recollection of it, so it was like watching it for the first time. I had no idea Don Cheadle...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 05-11-2020, 11:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 943
Posted By docgonzo
Re: Need manager/agent suggestions for an opportunity

Assuming this guy is on the level (and you never know, because people like to puff themselves up), there's probably a better way to approach this.

Let's start with your work: which one is your...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 05-04-2020, 12:41 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,361
Posted By docgonzo
Re: Can I do anything with a high placement in a screenwriting competition?

In case anyone's wondering, Kailey Marsh, founder of the Blood List, is now a manager at Brillstein. Think this just happened recently.

As for the Black List, it's definitely true that reps push for...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 05-01-2020, 10:27 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,361
Posted By docgonzo
Re: Can I do anything with a high placement in a screenwriting competition?

I was an Austin finalist in 2017, but it was in the TV drama spec category. Which means I had a free producers badge, a 1 in 3 chance of winning an award (and the potential of making a speech in...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 04-11-2020, 09:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,341
Posted By docgonzo
Re: Brandon Blake, www.filmtvlaw.com

This is patently false, as I've had two attorneys (including current one), have signed no paying deals, and they both have done work for free on the promise that I would indeed sell something and pay...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 04-08-2020, 11:35 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 17,105
Posted By docgonzo
Re: Effect of the Coronavirus

He doesn't read anything because he's a moron and doesn't give a sh!t.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 04-08-2020, 05:57 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 17,105
Posted By docgonzo
Re: Effect of the Coronavirus

I'm having no issues finding the usual stuff. Except for the Mandarin orange chicken at Trader Joe's. I can't ever find it now!
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 04-07-2020, 08:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,188
Posted By docgonzo
Re: LA Area Code...

Just so we're clear, Manhattan Beach is NOT an hour from LA. More like 15 mins from the westside (if traffic's okay, lol). I used to work in El Segundo, which is just north of MB, and the commute for...
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