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Old 07-07-2016, 06:54 PM   #1
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Question Self-producing action movies vs submitting scripts to companies?

There seems to be a limited amount of companies focused of R-rated action for theatrical release. Europacorp and Millennium Films seem to be the main ones. Is it worth submitting scripts to them or trying to raise the money independently. Don't they go through the same processes of raising finance? Do producers still do pre-sales, tax relief and deferred deals? How could I do it?
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Old 07-08-2016, 07:59 AM   #2
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Default Re: Self-producing action movies vs submitting scripts to companies?

I may be completely in the wrong to say this, so feel free to ignore me if that's the case.

I feel you're trying to do everything in five minutes. In one thread a few days ago you were asking about cheap screenwriting courses so you could learn to write a screenplay and now you're going to produce an action film?

Not a short, not gathering friends together and raising a few bucks, but a real feature film? With R-rated style intense action set-pieces, no less? That somehow will be released in theaters? As in, find a distribution deal and be released theatrically?

Ambition is great. Fortitude is great. But you've also got to be realistic.

The companies you mention have entire teams put together that do nothing but handle their financing aspects. They have a track record of proven profit and money-making abilities in order to gain such financing to begin with. It's not a matter of simply meeting a few people and someone is going to hand you money -- especially if your actual place in the industry right at the moment is still at the stage of figuring out how to write a viable script.

If you want to write, concentrate on writing. It takes more than one script to learn to write. This is a marathon not a sprint.
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Old 07-08-2016, 11:00 AM   #3
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Default Re: Self-producing action movies vs submitting scripts to companies?

I can't lie, producing is my ultimate goal, but there are no producing forums as informative as this is on screenwriting. And this forum is useful for understanding what producers want from screenwriters.

I don't mind working on concepts and treatments, and I would love to be able to develop them to the point that I can hire a screenwriter to write the script. I can't write the scripts myself as I don't have the skill or patience, and seeing as so many scripts are rejected, I'd rather try and get myself into a higher position being able write the stories, commission the script and produce them.
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Old 07-08-2016, 11:10 AM   #4
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Default Re: Self-producing action movies vs submitting scripts to companies?

filmspecific.com is not a bad resource for someone trying to do what you describe.
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Old 07-08-2016, 08:21 PM   #5
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Default Re: Self-producing action movies vs submitting scripts to companies?

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I can't lie, producing is my ultimate goal, but there are no producing forums as informative as this is on screenwriting.
You may want to also try reducer.net and dvxuser.com. The Red forum can get a bit intense and the people who participate there are usually really into their craft. There are also several ASC members who regularly post. So maybe instead of posting you can first learn a great deal by just reading through the threads.

Just a bit of a warning: People there tend to get annoyed when someone starts asking lazy questions that imply zero research or effort, like "I want to be an astronaut, what do I do?" Im not saying your question is lazy, but it does come off as a bit un-researched and unrealistic (given your other questions on this forum).

I'm not trying to judge, but I'm not exactly sure what your ultimate goal is by asking about pre-sales and tax incentives (very complex topics that don't apply to first-time filmmakers) when you are also asking about basic screenplay formatting. How about tackling one thing at a time?
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