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Old 04-01-2015, 01:01 PM   #1
wsaunders
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Default Submitting a new draft after follow up?

Soooo I was a little overzealous and sent my script out too soon through Virtual Pitch Fest and got a read from a major prodco, hadn't heard anything back in several weeks so I sent a follow up. turns out they haven't read it(which is better than a pass!) and they want me to sign a release.

I was wondering if I could send an updated draft with the release? Or do you think that would anchor in how green I am? Should I just stick with the draft that's in there, for better or worse?

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Also, do you have an agent or manager yet?
I don't, but I'm afraid this question might have significance in the way I answer, is there a strategic way to answer this question? Like

"I am unrepped at the moment, but have taken some meetings" etc
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Old 04-01-2015, 01:32 PM   #2
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Default Re: Submitting a new draft after follow up?

If your script has significantly improved since you sent it to them, I don't think there's any harm in attaching the latest draft with your release. I wouldn't make a big deal out of it and just say "please find attached the latest draft".
If the revisions are minor, I would leave it as is.

As for your second question, I would just say "I'm currently unrepped". The fact that you've taken meetings doesn't have much to do with their question.

Good luck!
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:43 PM   #3
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Soooo I was a little overzealous and sent my script out too soon through Virtual Pitch Fest and got a read from a major prodco, hadn't heard anything back in several weeks so I sent a follow up. turns out they haven't read it(which is better than a pass!) and they want me to sign a release.

I was wondering if I could send an updated draft with the release? Or do you think that would anchor in how green I am? Should I just stick with the draft that's in there, for better or worse?

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I don't, but I'm afraid this question might have significance in the way I answer, is there a strategic way to answer this question? Like

"I am unrepped at the moment, but have taken some meetings" etc
I've been there before. I got a read from a management company, and a few weeks later I rewrote the script and asked them if I could send them the new copy. They were cool with it.

But I've been thinking about trying out the Virtual Pitch Fest. Glad to here you got a read from a major. Good luck!
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Old 04-02-2015, 01:40 AM   #4
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Default Re: Submitting a new draft after follow up?

Yeah, out of maybe 20 submissions, I got 3 reads. A prodco, and 2 manager/producers. Haven't tried querying the old fashioned way, yet, as I'm working on the script again, but the Prodco was a big name, and the lady I'm talking to is the VP of Development, she's very nice and casual.

I emailed the two managers to follow up haven't heard back from them, : / one of them is on this forum actually I learned after submitting, so it's quite possible he's seen my posts which might have dissuaded him from reading it.
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Old 04-02-2015, 04:08 AM   #5
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one of them is on this forum actually I learned after submitting, so it's quite possible he's seen my posts which might have dissuaded him from reading it.
I hope that's not the case.

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Yeah, out of maybe 20 submissions, I got 3 reads. A prodco, and 2 manager/producers. Haven't tried querying the old fashioned way, yet, as I'm working on the script again, but the Prodco was a big name, and the lady I'm talking to is the VP of Development, she's very nice and casual.
I been querying the old fashioned way, and it's hard to even get one read, so three isn't bad. Hope something good comes out of it.
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Old 04-02-2015, 12:02 PM   #6
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Yeah if you have the money, I'd recommend VPF, get the big package because you get free submissions. There are only so many names though, after 20 people I pretty much ran out of people to submit to through there based on my script's genre and budget.
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Old 04-02-2015, 01:54 PM   #7
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Default Re: Submitting a new draft after follow up?

I like VPF and have had some excellent reads through that service from producers who had ignored my queries in the past. It opens doors.

What I especially like is the ability to target my queries. Do your homework and research the companies beyond the blurbs that they provide regarding what they're seeking.

Definitely okay in my opinion to submit the updated draft of your screenplay with the release form.

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