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Old 07-12-2011, 10:35 PM   #31
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I haven't heard much on this. How exactly does it work?

Do you just call assistant and immediately spew forth the pitch before they can say goodbye? Kinda like a telemarketer?

"Hi there, I'm a screenwriter looking for representation on my genre spec titled X. It's about blah blah blah. Do you think [insert agent/manager's name] would be interested in a read?"
say this:
"skypolynomial calling for ______ {whoever}"
they will either connect you right away... b/c you sound professional or say this person is not available. then you go with the flow. when will he be available? and she will ask what it's concerning. then you say you have a great script. then she'll tell you.... whatever... who and how to send your query or they won't take unsolicited or that person doesn't work here any more.
the bigger the company the less likely you'll get anywhere but sometimes you do. and have your pitch ready just in case.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:43 AM   #32
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Someone said it best VVC earlier when they made the comment "you're not ready to be doing queries"... and that's ok. If you were a first year mechanic... you wouldn't working on a Porche. Maybe someone's schleppy Mazda 3. It takes time.

I've finished 4 scripts, have 2 more started and I haven't even farted a query - nor have i spent alot of time figuring them out. When my writing says it's time, then it's time. Right now - it's not your time.
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:18 AM   #33
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@Skypolynomial:

I found some agencies/companies who explicitly said on their website, "no phone pitches". Check that first!
As for me, phone calls are not that a good option, because I sit on the other half of the globe, and *sigh* I'm no native speaker.

@asjah8/NikeeGoddess:

I understand what you meant. I do take personal experiences and weave them into my work... however, not exactly. For instance, I know how it feels when the world you was raised in ceases to exist or when you lose your faith in God and people - I extrapolate this and put it onto people in similar situations, as for instance this ex-terrorist I wrote about last. Of course I have never been a terrorist, but I know how it feels if you realize one day 'o **** I followed the wrong ideas', on a smaller scale.
This little list is very cool!

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I want to say something about the whole "give up/do not give up-thing", too, but I want to leave this topic for it and post it elsewhere. Something to cheer up... I hope.
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Old 07-13-2011, 05:13 AM   #34
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Why don't you write in your native language and try to break in in your native countrys film market. Its going to be easier than in hollywood
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:06 AM   #35
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I don't think so. I spoke with 2 pros here and they basically said the same thing:1. it's even harder than in the US; 2. only 1 or 2 of the companies here would be able to do something in the budget range (of my first script).

Further reasons: I've chosen 'international themes' (I mean, I got the ideas for this or that, and it happened to be that way).

So far, these words have been confirmed. I got zero response from the companies I queried here, but at least some interest in the US.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:43 AM   #36
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I don't think so. I spoke with 2 pros here and they basically said the same thing:1. it's even harder than in the US; 2. only 1 or 2 of the companies here would be able to do something in the budget range (of my first script).

Further reasons: I've chosen 'international themes' (I mean, I got the ideas for this or that, and it happened to be that way).

So far, these words have been confirmed. I got zero response from the companies I queried here, but at least some interest in the US.
I find the same problem, and I'm only in Canada, which you think would be a near-mirror image of most things Yankee.

But if the idea doesn't contain enough "Canadian content" (story/location/above- or below-the-line talent components) to qualify for a government grant, or if it doesn't fit some politically correct ideals, it's a tough sell.

Meanwhile, more and more, Hollywood seems to be looking outward, internationally, for their opportunities and to broaden their horizons -- like good free-enterprisers ought to.
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Old 07-26-2011, 03:14 AM   #37
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I'm going to take my chances with "Virtual Pitch Fest". Took a look at the website, and it looks good (to me,LOL). Prices seem to be ok. And there's the prodcomps list with given "seeking for".. I was searching ALL THE TIME.
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:30 AM   #38
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But temper your ambitions. I've had 4 of 10 pitches generate reads, and others have done better than that. But my last batch resulted in a pitiable 1 of 13. HOWEVER! That 1 was a good one (still under evaluation). Good luck!

Oh, but be careful of some of the releases they send you. The bigger companies seem to be more reasonable. I still think the VPF proprietor should make all the agents/managers/prodcos sign one common release, like they do in live pitch fests. One of my 13 last time generated a read, but the release was so ridiculous I couldn't sign it. VPF didn't give me a refund, either.
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Old 07-26-2011, 09:23 AM   #39
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thank you, I'll try to be careful with the releases. And: good luck with your submissions!
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:00 PM   #40
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VVC, if you've only written 2 specs, heed the previous advice - don't worry about querying, pitching, any of that! It's waaaay too soon.

As others have pointed out, it's a long, arduous journey. Would you study ballet for 2 years then audition for the top troupe in the world? Paint for 2 years then get all depressed you can't get into the Louvre? That's what Hollywood studios deal with, the best of the best. It'll take years - if ever - to get to that level. Make your peace with that, then go as you may. In any case, fare thee well.
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