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Old 02-02-2009, 07:34 PM   #1
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I queried BenderSpink and they requested my script. Since I sent it I have refined, refined and refined it again. It is head and shoulders above what I sent them. My question is should I contact them and ask if they want the newer and better script or should I leave well enough alone?
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:10 PM   #2
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Leave them alone. Hopefully they'll respond to the version you sent, but it's bad form to try and send them a new draft (even if they haven't read it yet).

Good luck.
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:24 PM   #3
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I queried BenderSpink and they requested my script. Since I sent it I have refined, refined and refined it again. It is head and shoulders above what I sent them. My question is should I contact them and ask if they want the newer and better script or should I leave well enough alone?
This is a huge lesson learned. Always, always, always have the best draft ready before sending it out. I swear, if there's one note I could share with every new writer it would be this one. So many poor drafts go out every day by itchy trigger fingers, it kills me. DO NOT query until you have the best possible draft you can write, in hand.
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:31 PM   #4
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Noooooooo!
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:03 PM   #5
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I queried BenderSpink and they requested my script. Since I sent it I have refined, refined and refined it again. It is head and shoulders above what I sent them. My question is should I contact them and ask if they want the newer and better script or should I leave well enough alone?
It depends on the company. The script is never really finished. I had a script out to four companies. A week later out of the blue I got notes back from another producer I sent the script to several months before. They were excellent so I made the changes, contacted to DD's at those production companies and explained the situation. Everyone of them requested the new version. True, you should always try to have the best script possible to send out, but if I can improve it after it's gone out, I do it.

I have another script out to a DD who is trying to package it. Twice I rewrote parts of the script to bring the budget down and tighten some scenes on my own. The DD had no problem with it. They want the best possible script.

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Old 02-02-2009, 10:34 PM   #6
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I'm one of these people that can't stop fidgeting with my scripts. I make sure my drafts are ready - don't get me wrong. But if I pass a script along (we're talking a long since finished draft) to someone and then 3 days later come up with a great idea for it, I'm not going to NOT add the idea. So I feel your pain and totally sympathize. But unless you and the contact are close, it shows weakness to send a new draft. Cause like Telly said, they're going to think, "Well why did you send me the other one if it wasn't ready yet?"
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:48 PM   #7
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I'm one of these people that can't stop fidgeting with my scripts. I make sure my drafts are ready - don't get me wrong. But if I pass a script along (we're talking a long since finished draft) to someone and then 3 days later come up with a great idea for it, I'm not going to NOT add the idea. So I feel your pain and totally sympathize. But unless you and the contact are close, it shows weakness to send a new draft. Cause like Telly said, they're going to think, "Well why did you send me the other one if it wasn't ready yet?"
I don't think it shows weakness at all. It depends on the circumstances. Both of my scripts received several excellent coverage reports. I found a way to take them to the next level so I did. To sit on a better version of the script and let a weaker one be read, is foolish. You might not get a second chance.
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:51 AM   #8
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well it kills me cuz you might think it's great, you might have had people tell you its great, but at some point you have to let the script be. tell yourself youve made it the best you can and hope that thats good enough. because at some point youll change and grow as a person so when you revisit the script, it will change as well -- and it will never stop. you have to stop then just let it ride.
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Old 02-03-2009, 01:30 AM   #9
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The only scripts that are finished are the ones that are filmed, or the ones that suck so bad that you don't want to bother with them any more.

All the others you'll find things to change for years and years.
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:14 AM   #10
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Yesterday I sent a revised script to the DD, just got a reply. He thanked me for sending the most recent version.

It's a crap shoot, you just never know.
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