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Forum: Business Questions and Advice 04-21-2012, 11:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,080
Posted By magicman35
Re: Talking with Authors Before Adapting Their Novels

He's a writer. You're a writer. Presumably you landed the gig because you actually had some connection with the material. Behave accordingly and don't over think it. If I were you I would use it as...
Forum: Films 01-31-2011, 07:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,280
Posted By magicman35
Re: The King's Speech

I just emailed this link to David Seidler. I'm sure this is exactly what was in his head before he sat down to write TKS.

My favourite part: "Lionel gets a medal etc. Yada, yada, yada."
Forum: Films 11-17-2010, 01:59 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,619
Posted By magicman35
Re: Weak Oscar Season?

The King's Speech is odds-on favourite to win Best Picture and rightly so. As Joe said everything about it is top notch. I read it years ago in play form and let me tell you the story of how it...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 06-17-2009, 06:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,253
Posted By magicman35
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 06-09-2009, 12:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,528
Posted By magicman35
Re: The Script Department

Please tell me that's made up.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 05-21-2009, 11:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,735
Posted By magicman35
Re: UK Representation.

Do some more research. Darley Anderson reps authors not screenwriters - as do a few others on your list. You're missing all the main players - The Agency, Curtis Brown, United Agents, WME London,...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 05-19-2009, 09:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,275
Posted By magicman35
Re: The WMA Bloodbath

From my experience of working in a large organisation very often the people who are focused on doing their job well get caught in the cross-fire, while those who expend most of their energy covering...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 05-15-2009, 01:59 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 13,118
Posted By magicman35
Re: The current spec market

Cracking interview. Middle turn lanes? Hmmmm. So high concept that the writer landed a major studio gig.

Coming back to Boski's question, why don't scripts that sell out of the gate circulate widely...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 05-15-2009, 12:21 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 13,118
Posted By magicman35
Re: The current spec market

No collateral needed, there can only be damage. ;)
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 05-15-2009, 12:11 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 13,118
Posted By magicman35
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 05-15-2009, 11:51 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 9,469
Posted By magicman35
Re: Agent meeting-what to bring?

Surely if someone calls their agent/manager or an agent/manager they know and says you should check out this writer then the first thing the prospective rep asks for is some of that person's work to...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 05-15-2009, 11:46 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 13,118
Posted By magicman35
Re: The current spec market

If I can dredge it up I'll send you the spec that got me the agent and my my first TV gig. It was a contained thriller about a home-invasion robbery gone wrong and I wrote it ten years ago, so I kind...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 05-15-2009, 11:22 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 9,469
Posted By magicman35
Re: Agent meeting-what to bring?

Okay, so I can see how sliding a script across the desk works with a development exec, but under what circumstances would you be meeting with possible representation if they hadn't already read your...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 05-15-2009, 11:09 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 13,118
Posted By magicman35
Re: The current spec market

I have known champion pitbulls who give up easier than you do. ;)

Incidentally, what I have seen time and again are ideas that aren't that unique (what is?) but where the writer has executed them in...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 05-15-2009, 10:23 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 13,118
Posted By magicman35
Re: The current spec market

I've made my living as a writer for around ten years now, first as a TV writer and now as a novelist. Not quite paraphrasing Twain, but when I left film school I was convinced that I knew everything....
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 05-06-2009, 04:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,535
Posted By magicman35
Re: Who's coverage is most respected?

A huge part of the process is the ability to critically analyse your own work and make the appropriate changes before it sees the light of day. Unless you're very fortunate it takes a lot of time and...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 04-30-2009, 06:14 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,494
Posted By magicman35
Re: Possible Representation

@the OP

Signing papers isn't strictly called for. I signed with my literary agent because there was competition from several lit agents to rep my novel, so he was understandably keen to have it...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 04-20-2009, 08:29 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 12,157
Posted By magicman35
Re: Choosing Ideas To Write with Managers

This is more of a general point, but even if you have great representation, there is no one more interested in your career than you.

I think a lot of writers who get an agent or manager fall into...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 04-19-2009, 12:55 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 12,157
Posted By magicman35
Re: Choosing Ideas To Write with Managers

If the manager comes up with the idea and you then go off and develop a script based on that idea that will create a problem down the line with the chain of title. If you write a script based on an...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 04-15-2009, 11:35 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 11,297
Posted By magicman35
Re: What's the most tactful / respectful way to fire your representation?

Comedy genius! I'd love to see Farnsworth deliver this passage straight to camera and post it on Youtube.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 04-09-2009, 12:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,234
Posted By magicman35
Re: If a Manager disagrees creatively...but the relationship is ok

Never had a manager, and frankly, I don't see what purpose they serve, beyond someone else to take a percentage.

Surely, if you're writing at a certain standard, you should possess the necessary...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 04-03-2009, 03:13 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,183
Posted By magicman35
Re: From the trenches: Development professionals on the spec market

Very interesting post.

If they're paying a screenwriter to adapt it in any case, then the execution of the book is far less important.

Presumably there must be elements within the book which they...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 04-02-2009, 10:49 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 11,297
Posted By magicman35
Re: What's the most tactful / respectful way to fire your representation?

Very sorry to hear you're in this situation.

For all sorts of reasons, I think it's preferable to make a clean break before seeking new representation.

I would just be honest in your letter. You...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-26-2009, 07:33 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 14,460
Posted By magicman35
Re: Aspiring Writers: Worrying About What You Can Control

The day after my book went out on submission, I got an email from my agent asking for a photograph because an editor had read the MS overnight and wanted to know what I looked like. Thankfully, I...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-26-2009, 07:02 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 14,460
Posted By magicman35
Re: Aspiring Writers: Worrying About What You Can Control

Talent's what gets you in the door. After that, there's no question that other factors come into play.

And just to pick up a previous point about novelists not having to be good in a room, I'd say...
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