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Old 02-08-2012, 05:05 AM   #1
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Default I have a script at Paramount...so why am I hoping it fails?

This is the weirdest thing. After 12 years of pitching around Hollywood, grinding it everywhere...I finally have a script a big studio SEEMS very interested in. And yet, I lie awake in bed at night hoping they don't buy it. Hoping that they call with that typical "We love it, it's really well written, but it's not for us" crap.

I have no idea why I feel this way. They seemed really excited about the project. I SHOULD be. Maybe I'm tired of this whole script-pitching-failing nonsense. Maybe its less painful to expect a rejection after so many, maybe I'm just numb to hope? Eesh...

Am I nuts? Does anyone else feel this way? Why am I not excited?
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:53 AM   #2
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fear of success
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:28 AM   #3
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maybe it means you're ready.


Good luck anyway with it Beer.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:48 AM   #4
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fear of success
1. See above
2. You're afraid of getting your hopes up, only to have the deal collapse.
3. You're jaded from grinding so long. The twelve years of query passes/rejections pissed you off. You don't like how Hollywood works and you're subconciously angry for becoming part of the very system you despised.

Then again, that's just the writer in me coming up w/ creative responses.

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Old 02-08-2012, 10:05 AM   #5
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This is the weirdest thing. After 12 years of pitching around Hollywood, grinding it everywhere...I finally have a script a big studio SEEMS very interested in. And yet, I lie awake in bed at night hoping they don't buy it. Hoping that they call with that typical "We love it, it's really well written, but it's not for us" crap.

I have no idea why I feel this way. They seemed really excited about the project. I SHOULD be. Maybe I'm tired of this whole script-pitching-failing nonsense. Maybe its less painful to expect a rejection after so many, maybe I'm just numb to hope? Eesh...

Am I nuts? Does anyone else feel this way? Why am I not excited?
I don't know what to say, other than that I think your honesty is refreshing. So many writers seem to feel like they have to project appropriate levels of enthusiasm and drive at all times; that they can't let their guard down for even a second -- which, given the environment we operate in, is understandable. I wouldn't presume to play psychologist, but one might suggest that you may be subconsciously trying to prepare yourself for another letdown, seeking comfort in the familiarity of that negative but expected outcome. Perhaps after 12 years of struggling at this, a part of you also wonders whether you're really good enough, or if an offer from Paramount would merely set you up for some larger, more spectacular failure. My hunch: you ARE good enough, and when you finally break through -- either at Paramount, or somewhere else -- you'll be plenty excited about it, and you'll remember all the reasons you started doing this in the first place.

Good luck.
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:24 AM   #6
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Nicely said, Aspirant! Just enjoyed the ride. We wish you nothing but success!!
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:14 PM   #7
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Completion anxiety? Internalized self-loathing?
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:15 PM   #8
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1. See above
2. You're afraid of getting your hopes up, only to have the deal collapse.
3. You're jaded from grinding so long. The twelve years of query passes/rejections pissed you off. You don't like how Hollywood works and you're subconciously angry for becoming part of the very system you despised.

Then again, that's just the writer in me coming up w/ creative responses.

Good luck

This, too.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:26 PM   #9
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Could also be the knowledge that the real work starts when the studios/prodcos jump on board!

Oh, yeah! That's the fun times. That's the point when you have a script you were convinced is perfect, but someone has notes.

And a lot of the time the notes improve the script, but that doesn't make it any easier to carve into what you thought was finished.

I only say this, because I go through the same thing. A big player enters the ring and my enthusiasm and excitement is tempered by the inevitability that somewhere along the line, a rewrite is about to smack me between the eyes.

But, hey, that could just be me. In any case, It never would effect me enough not to want the studio/actor/prodco on board. Should never be afraid of hard work. If you are, you're in the wrong job
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:52 PM   #10
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Well, I'm hoping it succeeds. Congrats!
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