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Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 06-08-2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 6,466
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Franklin Leonard

I got repped off a query, but it was a million years ago.

But here's a post from early in the BL's existence:



Link to the post...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 05-26-2019, 02:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 888
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: What would you do here?

The whole thing is kind of odd.

NDA's are what writers sign when they're working with a studio on a high profile project. I had to sign them when I worked with Illumination on future projects.

It...
Forum: Writing TV 05-15-2019, 03:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 693
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: How do such bad shows get on TV?

That's not how packaging works, remotely. There's a lot of misinformation floating around from both sides, but briefly:

I've cast multiple pilots, and have never once had my choices limited to...
Forum: Writing TV 05-07-2019, 07:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 693
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: How do such bad shows get on TV?

I'm with you - the adjustment on Parks and Rec between seasons 1 and 2 was amazing... and to see that the best ratings were for season 1 just makes me shake my head.
Forum: Writing TV 05-06-2019, 09:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 693
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: How do such bad shows get on TV?

This is going to sound shocking, but different people have different tastes?

I love Parks and Rec. It's highest average ratings for a season was its first, when it got 6 million. After that, the...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-17-2019, 09:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,648
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Story Into Screenplay

If you really want to be a screenwriter, start by adapting your own short story.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 03-10-2019, 10:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,158
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: After read request, how long does it take?

Somewhere between a weekend and never. One or two polite "just checking in to see if you've had a chance to read" emails are fine. After that, move on.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 02-23-2019, 10:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,330
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: "Great Concept" Now What?

It seems like you're spending a lot of money on learning how to write, when you really should be saving your money and just writing. No set of notes will turn you into a great writer or make your...
Forum: Screenwriting 09-03-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,884
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Claimed Hollywood writer's script formatting notes (are they wrong??)

http://messageboard.donedealpro.com/boards/showpost.php?p=955999&postcount=24
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 09-03-2018, 06:02 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 13,060
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: What's The Point Of It All?

Congrats on the podcast, GhostWrite. I'm a true crime fan - please post the name of your show so we can all listen!

As to your larger point...

Look, I've been working for awhile, so I'm as...
Forum: Screenwriting 08-18-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,884
Posted By JeffLowell
Forum: Screenwriting 08-08-2018, 11:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,747
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Advice on character reaction description

That's bad advice. You don't have to "cross over into the director's role," but if you choose to and it makes the read better, there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing so.

Read a bunch of black...
Forum: Screenwriting 08-07-2018, 09:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,747
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Advice on character reaction description

Clarity is the key. Brevity is close behind. A lot of suggestions you've received are either unclear or overwritten, IMO.

There's nothing wrong with saying a character is shocked, if that's what...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 07-30-2018, 01:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,249
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Etiquette question: Meeting with a manager

It's a tough one. Bird in the hand... the others haven't gotten back yet...

Is there a big difference in the status of the people who are meeting with you/reading you?

I think at the very least...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-17-2018, 09:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,384
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Pitching as a Lottery

****, does that make me sad on about a dozen levels.

You should not be paying someone 300 bucks to read your script or 3k to submit it to 3 companies. Full stop.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 06-28-2018, 08:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 836
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: The "Double Query"

I think this is a good approach.
Forum: Basics 06-27-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 18,633
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: How important is voice in screenwriting?

Sometimes a script will have a great premise or plot turns or set pieces or whatever - something that makes a studio think there's a film there - but the execution isn't great. Those scripts can be...
Forum: Basics 06-24-2018, 09:10 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 18,633
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: How important is voice in screenwriting?

In selling an individual script, no. In getting hired as a writer on other projects, absolutely.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 06-21-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,386
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Reputable agents/managers charging a fee to read

If he really wanted to whittle down potential clients, he'd just move to a referrals only system. This feels like a guy trying to keep the lights on.
Forum: Films 06-18-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,509
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Ocean's 8 -- Here We Go Again

Can female critics appreciate films with male leads?
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 06-13-2018, 08:29 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,386
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Reputable agents/managers charging a fee to read

It probably goes without saying, but if a management company needs to chase reading fees to supplement its income, it's not successful. (Let alone - if a manager has *time* to provide coverage, he's...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 06-13-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,386
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Reputable agents/managers charging a fee to read

Actually against rules for agents to do this. Who are these companies, if you donít mind saying?
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 06-12-2018, 09:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,130
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Mysterious email. What would you do?

Someone wants to read your script. Send it. ;)
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 06-11-2018, 10:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,130
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Mysterious email. What would you do?

What's the downside of sending it?
Forum: Screenwriting 06-11-2018, 08:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,764
Posted By JeffLowell
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