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Old 06-27-2014, 07:44 PM   #11
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Yeah be very careful with this. I once had a situation like this with a producer -- a reputable one with some big credits. He said he liked my script but would like to see some notes/changes applied to it before they option it. He gave me a ton of notes on it, and since the notes made sense, I made the changes according to his notes in what amounted to a very big rewrite. And then, of course, in the end, they didn't end up optioning it because of financial commitments to another project, or his partner, or something -- can't remember the reason. Moral of the story, don't ever do it expecting it to result in an option and only do it if the notes make sense to you. The good news was my script became way stronger because of the rewrite and I was able to go on to get a major director attached to it.
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Old 06-28-2014, 03:44 AM   #12
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The bottom line is, if they were REALLY excited about your script, they would option and then have you rewrite it per their notes.
Yeah, that crossed my mind as well. What do you think this means? I suppose there's always a possibility that they'll like the rewrite and, in a perfect world, choose to option the script... but I mean, they wouldn't just waste my time and their time (mostly my time) by leading me on, right?
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Old 06-28-2014, 03:56 AM   #13
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Yeah be very careful with this. I once had a situation like this with a producer -- a reputable one with some big credits. He said he liked my script but would like to see some notes/changes applied to it before they option it. He gave me a ton of notes on it, and since the notes made sense, I made the changes according to his notes in what amounted to a very big rewrite. And then, of course, in the end, they didn't end up optioning it because of financial commitments to another project, or his partner, or something -- can't remember the reason. Moral of the story, don't ever do it expecting it to result in an option and only do it if the notes make sense to you. The good news was my script became way stronger because of the rewrite and I was able to go on to get a major director attached to it.
Well, I guess I'd better bring my hopes down a notch (or several)! Thanks for sharing your experience in a similar situation. Luckily the notes I received make sense to me too and I feel that a rewrite will definitely make the script stronger. I guess all I can do is keep my fingers crossed and see what happens. Thanks for looking out and glad to hear of your success!
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Old 06-28-2014, 05:24 PM   #14
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Well, I guess I'd better bring my hopes down a notch (or several)! Thanks for sharing your experience in a similar situation. Luckily the notes I received make sense to me too and I feel that a rewrite will definitely make the script stronger. I guess all I can do is keep my fingers crossed and see what happens. Thanks for looking out and glad to hear of your success!
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:29 PM   #15
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... but I mean, they wouldn't just waste my time and their time (mostly my time) by leading me on, right?
Takes them 2 hours to read 90 pages roughly (less than that if they don't like it) and you about 2 weeks or 2 months.
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:54 PM   #16
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Takes them 2 hours to read 90 pages roughly (less than that if they don't like it) and you about 2 weeks or 2 months.

+1. It's easy for a negligent producer to "invest time" in a script.
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