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Old 02-17-2010, 07:39 PM   #11
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Default Re: So, I got my first meeting with a producer tomorrow afternoon...

I think I know the producer that you're talking about.
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:48 PM   #12
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Two words, my friend: drink before.
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:32 PM   #13
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Any advice on what to expect, preparations to make etc. Would be greatly appreciated...

You got about 24 hours to lay it on me...
It's not make or break. Everybody thinks it is before going into their first meeting.

And then you realize that these meetings are basically just glad-handing. They meet you, you make small-talk, you make with the lulz, they say "So I really loved your script!", they talk about some terrible ideas they're developing internally, you pitch them your spec ideas, they tell you to email them if you come across any properties you think they'd like.

For what my advice is worth: take some deep breaths. Be personable. Have a little anecdote ready about where you're from, or what kind of work you do - something the guy can hang on you to remember you by. ("Oh yeah, he's that guy with the llama farm..."). Have a blurb ready for anything you want him to read. Not an epic poem. Just a quick sentence, "It's about this guy who discovers that he was abducted at birth and raised by aliens, it's a serious drama."

And don't dress up.

Good luck!
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:03 PM   #14
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Four words:

"Tonic with a twist"

Save the alcohol until the meeting is over.
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Old 02-18-2010, 10:45 AM   #15
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The thing you've got going for yourself is that you're a Michigan resident. Michigan is THE state to film in at the moment. If this producer ends up buying your script, he could end up with a rebate of as much as 42% on what he pays you. My second spec sale just completed filming in Michigan. I was on location for all four weeks of pre-production and four weeks of filming. I'm not a resident of Michigan, so the producer was not able to get a rebate on the purchase of the script. Something to keep in mind.
And the producer also might not be able to get paid his rebate.
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:26 AM   #16
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And the producer also might not be able to get paid his rebate.
I don't understand your response SB.
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Old 02-18-2010, 03:34 PM   #17
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Hope it's not to late to wish you luck!
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:37 PM   #18
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Let us know how it goes! We are rooting for you! Team Michigan!!!
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Old 02-19-2010, 06:54 AM   #19
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Alright, all in all things seemed to go well.

We sat down he had me pitch him the story, asked a few more in-depth questions in regards to the story, asked a few more in-depth questions on the hero of the script and if I had anyone in mind to play the lead.

After that he gave me a little bit of info on the company and its goals year per year, how many films they were looking to produce each year, budget range, etc....

When I left he was still willing to read it (at least that's what he told me), so I am assuming I didn't make a total ass of myself. Said to give them a week to review the script.

And that was that, all in all, I was there about 20 minutes.
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:24 AM   #20
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I don't understand your response SB.
The state of Michigan, from what I'm hearing, may be having trouble making good on its incentive program and may be overcommitted.
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