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Old 07-31-2007, 11:32 AM   #1
BiggMooch Entertainment
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Question Partially written scripts and ideas

Does anyone know who may buy partially written scripts. Or possibly who may buy an idea. Also does anyone have info on Bob Kosberg. I submitted a logline and synopsis to Benderspink. The script isn't finished though. It should be this week but I expect to do several rewrites.
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Old 07-31-2007, 02:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: Partially written scripts and ideas

The market for partially written scripts is probably up there with selling half-written recipes to bakers, and half-drawn plans to architects.

The question on the mind of the buyer would always be:

1. What use is this to me?

2. If the writer didn't the story is good enough to bother finishing, why should I buy it?

3. Or if the writer wasn't skilled enough in story-making to be able to finish it .. then why would I want to buy a story from them ?

Seriously - just finish the script.

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Old 08-03-2007, 07:21 AM   #3
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Default Re: Partially written scripts and ideas

I have a decent relationsip with BenderSpink. I've met JC Spink, pitched to him in person, met his friend/legal counsel, etc. There's some degree of mutual respect and appreciation there.

Even so, when I told them I have another script in the works, I was told, "Write it. Then we'll look at it."


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Old 08-03-2007, 09:55 AM   #4
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Bigg M - A+ list writers can sell an idea. But not an unproven, unknown writer, no way. You're putting the cart waaaay before the horse. I'm not sure if you're aware how competitive this screenwriting business really is. A half-finished script is a totally unprofessional, unacceptable piece of material to submit much less discuss - it ain't done yet. Benderspink is a famously difficult agency to get repped at - submitting a logline on a script that isn't quite done and is in early stages of its development is not going to turn out well for you. This is your chance to make an impression; the impression you'll make is that you were unprepared and unprofessional. Even if they PASS which they will, 90% of the time, you want them to have been left with the impression that you are a good writer, very professional and that they'd read something of yours again in the future. You don't want to become the "oh no, not him again" guy. This is a small town, you don't want to get a negative reputation so early in the game.

Wait until you're really ready with a solid body of work before submitting or querying. If you spend more time on DD you'll read all sorts of useful information and one thing that will begin to become quite evident is how competitive this business is. There are hundreds of scripts piled up at production companies waiting to be read - I know from personal experience - and while many people note how BAD most scripts are what they don't realize is that actually, the ones that make it to those reading stacks - are pretty damn good. So that's your competition. Hundreds of good scripts at any given company. Competition winners, good writers from all over are sending their scripts to Hollywood every day. And they work very hard on their craft and take this very seriously.

I'm sure you work very hard too and I bet you do have some great ideas. Get a leg up, be taken seriously, and if the ideas really excite you? Write the scripts. Work hard every day to become a better and better writer. Do your stretches, do windsprints, do jumping jacks - the competition is intense.

Julie Gray

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Old 08-03-2007, 12:25 PM   #5
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Default Re: Partially written scripts and ideas

Thanks for the replies guys. I knew better than to pitch an uncompleted script. I was just taking a chance someone would like my idea. I'll try again sometime in the near future. Thank You!
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