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Old 12-21-2014, 06:39 AM   #21
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"I've got a person looking for low budget sci-fi, would you be interested in dashing one off on spec? If they like it, they will buy it. I should probably take co-writer credit, because this person doesn't know you..."
I'm not all a fan, but I can understand a dollar option for a spec that is already written if there is nothing going on with the script otherwise, and the producer is super enthusiastic. Please take no offense Paddleore, but the fact that writers take the above offer from anyone, and I mean ANYONE, just makes me sad. A writer should always receive a percentage of their guaranteed pay up front when writing for an indie producer, and writing credits are only for those who actually type into the script document.
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:04 PM   #22
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I also dealt with "producers" (sometimes "producers/directors") who said they were close to getting funding for a full slate of projects, even listing those projects on their websites with start dates, etc. Some of the projects even got listed on imdb, lingered there in limbo for years, then evaporated when no one was looking.
There's a "professional" writer on this board who's had a slew of projects listed on IMDB (some to great fanfare) that have disappeared again over the years. It must not be that hard to do.
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Old 12-24-2014, 05:17 PM   #23
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Speaking of Imdb, when these "beware of producers" that I worked with put my script up on it, (with my name of course) and then the option ended, but they of course thought it didn't end until I got an Ent. Lawyer or they fessed up that it expired and accused me of being an awful person to let it expire without at least telling them. ( I wanted it back), I asked them to take it down of Imdb and they didn't so I had to write letters and provide my wga registration and then Imdb took them down of the site.

They are quick to put it up, but it's writers responsibility to take it down if they won't. Future contracts are gonna have something about that on my end.

Another beware: if they are asking facebook users to click on their imdb link to increase their ratings and are upset with actors who have few small roles and have higher ratings than them . . . RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 01-06-2015, 06:08 PM   #24
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I just got an email from a producer I sent a query to via email. Was told my script sounded intriguing but because of how busy they are the only possible way they would look at it was if I used a specific coverage service that cost nearly $1000. I laughed when I read it because that's some funny stuff right there.

How desperate and stupid must you be to actually fall for this?
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Old 01-07-2015, 10:22 AM   #25
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I just got an email from a producer I sent a query to via email. Was told my script sounded intriguing but because of how busy they are the only possible way they would look at it was if I used a specific coverage service that cost nearly $1000. I laughed when I read it because that's some funny stuff right there.

How desperate and stupid must you be to actually fall for this?
Unfortunately far too many still fall for this, just as they do so-called Nigerian princes.
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Old 01-07-2015, 05:13 PM   #26
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IMDB is a highly inaccurate database that almost anybody can edit and the data needs a massive cleanse. It's a shame, because the concept of the site being a one-stop shop for film bio's is great. Use it like a map, not a bible.
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Old 01-09-2015, 03:30 AM   #27
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IMDB is a highly inaccurate database that almost anybody can edit and the data needs a massive cleanse. It's a shame, because the concept of the site being a one-stop shop for film bio's is great. Use it like a map, not a bible.
You can also look at imdb and pick out illegitimate data. Red flags are lots of films in development, but no films actually released (because they entered the data themselves). If all of the producers projects star no name talent and/or have no distribution, that's a red flag too. You can also look up the producers projects in google to see newspaper and other articles on them. Imdb is a great resource all you have to do is take the time to look at things with a critical eye.

If you do get a contract, take it to an agent and remember money comes to the writer, not the other way around (anyone asking for reading fees or anything else from the writer is a con artist or inept).
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:12 AM   #28
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You can also look at imdb and pick out illegitimate data. Red flags are lots of films in development, but no films actually released (because they entered the data themselves). If all of the producers projects star no name talent and/or have no distribution, that's a red flag too. You can also look up the producers projects in google to see newspaper and other articles on them. Imdb is a great resource all you have to do is take the time to look at things with a critical eye.

If you do get a contract, take it to an agent and remember money comes to the writer, not the other way around (anyone asking for reading fees or anything else from the writer is a con artist or inept).
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Old 01-09-2015, 03:30 PM   #29
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You can also look at imdb and pick out illegitimate data. Red flags are lots of films in development, but no films actually released (because they entered the data themselves). If all of the producers projects star no name talent and/or have no distribution, that's a red flag too. You can also look up the producers projects in google to see newspaper and other articles on them. Imdb is a great resource all you have to do is take the time to look at things with a critical eye.

If you do get a contract, take it to an agent and remember money comes to the writer, not the other way around (anyone asking for reading fees or anything else from the writer is a con artist or inept).
There's a "producer" on twitter, one under those "mystery" pseudonyms who always talks a big game, but when you check his Imdb profile... 10 projects in development, all listed with 25M, 50M, 100M budgets, which he's producing... and writing or developing the story/outline. It's cool to dream, but that's a little overboard.
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There's a "producer" on twitter, one under those "mystery" pseudonyms who always talks a big game, but when you check his Imdb profile... 10 projects in development, all listed with 25M, 50M, 100M budgets, which he's producing... and writing or developing the story/outline. It's cool to dream, but that's a little overboard.
And there are thousands more just like him, all around the world, sad to say.
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