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Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-14-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,967
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: 1,818
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: 1,818
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: 10
Views: 473
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: 209
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: 598
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
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-18-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 598
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: 57
Views: 2,273
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: 57
Views: 2,273
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: 1,606
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: 1,179
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...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-26-2018, 08:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,985
Posted By Bunker
Re: Pilot vs Novel and the Author's Rights

Wow. So much disdain for self-publishing in this thread!

Here's my story:

When my agent found out I was writing a novel, he tried to hook me up with a book agent at the NY branch of his company....
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 11-19-2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,822
Posted By Bunker
Re: Very unique situation - how to query manager/agent?

Yep. That's fine. Do it.

It's hard to give anything more than general advice without knowing the franchise or seeing the articles so that I can gauge the actual heat.

But I disagree with some of...
Forum: Screenwriting 10-24-2018, 03:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,306
Posted By Bunker
Re: Pleasing the Lead

It's kind of impossible for me to give much advice without reading the actual script. But I do think you should examine Terminator 2 for inspiration.

There's all sorts of action and excitement in...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 10-03-2018, 06:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,933
Posted By Bunker
Re: Trapped down on the Spec-Farm

How many meetings has he set up for you?
How many contacts have you made because of this guy?
What kind of TANGIBLE positive impact has this guy had on your career?

Or is he paying you entirely in...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-17-2018, 05:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,456
Posted By Bunker
Re: How much to charge if a producer is interested?

Is he BUYING the script for $1000?

Or is he optioning it?
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 08-17-2018, 03:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,897
Posted By Bunker
Re: Daniela Garcia-Brcek - Circle of Confusion

She read something of mine once. She was super excited about it, said it was great. She was going to pass it around to some other people at Circle and then bring me in to meet the team.

Some time...
Forum: Films 08-17-2018, 02:32 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,856
Posted By Bunker
Re: BlacKKKlansman

To bring this back around to the review on Page 1...

Has anyone who's defending it actually read it?

The review in question is not a "different opinion" on the film. I'm not convinced the...
Forum: Screenwriting 08-10-2018, 12:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,407
Posted By Bunker
Re: Voice-Over

In CASINO, Pesci and DeNiro narrate EVERYTHING. Their VO runs over their own scenes, the boss's scenes, Ginger's scenes, the FBI's scenes. They even narrate each other's scenes. It's not even...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 08-08-2018, 01:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,526
Posted By Bunker
Re: John Zaozirny (Bellevue Productions)

Most production companies (and management companies that produce) generate a lot of ideas internally, and then try to find writers to turn the ideas into completed scripts "on spec."

Even at major...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 08-03-2018, 11:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,228
Posted By Bunker
Re: When manager only likes one script?

It's a tough place to be in, that's for sure.

When you're unrepped, every script in your catalogue feels like it has a chance. Every no is bringing you closer to the coveted yes.

But suddenly,...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-18-2018, 06:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,509
Posted By Bunker
Re: Pitching as a Lottery

I find this sort of rationalization exceptionally DANGEROUS, and hope that any lurkers reading this thread ignore catcon's line of thinking.

There is one crucial, glaring difference between...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 07-12-2018, 05:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,020
Posted By Bunker
Re: Query Letter Success Stories

I got an agent at a major agency off a cold query.

I sent him just the logline and a note that I was a Nicholl semifinalist. He asked for the script and then passed it to his assistant. At that...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-12-2018, 12:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,165
Posted By Bunker
Re: Querying In The Summer Months

I wouldn't overthink it. Querying is such a crap shoot that it's impossible to accurately time it.

Sure, some of your emails will vanish into the ether because people are out of town. But you never...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-10-2018, 02:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 840
Posted By Bunker
Re: Option Agreement for Short

9 times out of 10, I agree. Most likely, no ill will come of this.

But, then again, contracts are really only necessary for that 1-5% of the time that things get messy down the road.

I know a...
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