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Old 12-18-2011, 12:53 AM   #1
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Default How Long Does It Take To Get Your Script Read?

I've been mailing and e-mailing my script to various companies and agents. Considering that they actually decide to read it, how long does it take for them to get to it? And on a side note, I've been mailing my script to agents at CAA. So far two have gotten returned and three have not been returned. Does that mean my unreturned scripts are going to be read or thrown away? Thanks.
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:39 AM   #2
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Never EVER mail or email your script to anyone unsolicited. That's not how the industry works. Send a query letter with logline by email.

CAA has definitely destroyed all copies of your script, or are sending them back to you with a legal letter. Others, probably the same. Suggest you explore this site in great detail to get a feel about how the industry works.
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:33 AM   #3
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RGF is correct. You should follow his advice.
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:10 AM   #4
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It is clear you've never read the Screenwriter's Bible nor the Writer's Market

Get yourself a copy of both and actually read them. BTW that's just step one, to get your feet wet, read posts on this board and get other books on it.

Everytime I'm hang out with my non actor friends and they judge an acting performance wether he/she is a 'good' actor or a 'bad' actor saying things like "I could have done that better", I say: "Would you ever walk into an operating room and operate on someone without going to medical school? No? OK, but everyone thinks they can act."
It's the same thing with screenwriting. Don't assume you can until you're learned as much as you can about it. Keep on writing, but don't stop learning.
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:16 PM   #5
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It is clear you've never read the Screenwriter's Bible nor the Writer's Market

Get yourself a copy of both and actually read them. BTW that's just step one, to get your feet wet, read posts on this board and get other books on it.

Everytime I'm hang out with my non actor friends and they judge an acting performance wether he/she is a 'good' actor or a 'bad' actor saying things like "I could have done that better", I say: "Would you ever walk into an operating room and operate on someone without going to medical school? No? OK, but everyone thinks they can act."
It's the same thing with screenwriting. Don't assume you can until you're learned as much as you can about it. Keep on writing, but don't stop learning.

I have indeed read the Screenwriters Bible and know David Trottier's rules about this. I simply went against the traditional rule because my entertainment attorney suggested it.

I'm trying to get a specific director attached for my film and he's repped at CAA. My attorney suggested I keep mailing my script to his agent until it gets read. After my first copy got returned with their traditional legal letter, I e-mailed the agent and told him who my attorney was and that I already had another script coming to him. Since then I haven't had any scripts returned or had a response from the agent. I don't know if I should take this as "waiting to be read" or "thrown away."

What is the trick to getting your scripts read at CAA anyway? Do you have to put a code on the outside of the package or does someone there always open them and check the cover letter to see if it looks like it was actually requested before it gets forwarded to the agent it was mailed to?
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:39 PM   #6
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I have indeed read the Screenwriters Bible and know David Trottier's rules about this. I simply went against the traditional rule because my entertainment attorney suggested it.

I'm trying to get a specific director attached for my film and he's repped at CAA. My attorney suggested I keep mailing my script to his agent until it gets read. After my first copy got returned with their traditional legal letter, I e-mailed the agent and told him who my attorney was and that I already had another script coming to him. Since then I haven't had any scripts returned or had a response from the agent. I don't know if I should take this as "waiting to be read" or "thrown away."

What is the trick to getting your scripts read at CAA anyway? Do you have to put a code on the outside of the package or does someone there always open them and check the cover letter to see if it looks like it was actually requested before it gets forwarded to the agent it was mailed to?
Who's your entertainment attorney? Jackie Chiles? Sounds like you're being a nuisance.
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:48 PM   #7
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Your attorney should submit it for you.
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:54 PM   #8
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I have indeed read the Screenwriters Bible and know David Trottier's rules about this. I simply went against the traditional rule because my entertainment attorney suggested it. I'm trying to get a specific director attached for my film and he's repped at CAA. My attorney suggested I keep mailing my script to his agent until it gets read.
I am shocked your ent. attorney suggested it, but I'll believe you and take your word for it even tough it's hard to believe, however, if you read the books you wouldn't have done it hun. The trick is to put your referral name into the subject, but don't lie if you were not referred.
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:57 PM   #9
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What is the trick to getting your scripts read at CAA anyway? Do you have to put a code on the outside of the package or does someone there always open them and check the cover letter to see if it looks like it was actually requested before it gets forwarded to the agent it was mailed to?
I think the fact that a hard copy showed up by USPS is a dead giveaway your script wasn't requested.
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:05 PM   #10
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What is the trick to getting your scripts read at CAA anyway?
Oh, well. We here at aspiring to be read dot.com all know of the trick to be read by the biggest talent agency in hollywood, we just choose not to employ it.

I'm gonna go out on a limp and question whether your story's ready for this director. Maybe keep going the "traditional" route before trying any more back doors. I'm not so sure you know which back door to look for at the moment. I mean in that in a supportive way.
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