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Old 08-10-2015, 04:27 PM   #1
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Hi all. A producer read my script, "likes" it, and wants to meet later this week to discuss the work. He says he wants to help me move this forward. What can I reasonably expect from this meeting? I just want to know what's "normal" (if there is such a thing), and if there is anything I should beware of. I do have an attorney lined up should I need one.

What are your experiences? First time doing this and I am nervous...
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Old 08-10-2015, 05:35 PM   #2
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First, do your homework. Is he the real deal? Does he have reasonable credits which you can confirm?

If so, then great, sit down with him. He will tell you what he likes about the script, he will tell you why he is awesome and can get the movie made and he may tell you what he doesn't like about the script and wants to change, i.e., he will give you notes.

If you agree with his notes, go ahead and spitball with him and let him know you agree. If you don't agree with his notes, let him know you'd have to think about those and you might have some questions. Then let it percolate for a bit and get back to him later on.

He may suggest optioning the script. You can tell him you have an attorney and you can give him the contact so that he can send any offer to your lawyer.

He might want to not do that and keep it between the two of you. Tell him fine, send it to you and cc the lawyer, and you'll get back to him.
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I'd be curious as to how many scripts you have seen optioned actually go into production. And out of that number how many actually hit the screen or VOD, etc ?
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First, do your homework. Is he the real deal? Does he have reasonable credits which you can confirm?

If so, then great, sit down with him. He will tell you what he likes about the script, he will tell you why he is awesome and can get the movie made and he may tell you what he doesn't like about the script and wants to change, i.e., he will give you notes.

If you agree with his notes, go ahead and spitball with him and let him know you agree. If you don't agree with his notes, let him know you'd have to think about those and you might have some questions. Then let it percolate for a bit and get back to him later on.

He may suggest optioning the script. You can tell him you have an attorney and you can give him the contact so that he can send any offer to your lawyer.

He might want to not do that and keep it between the two of you. Tell him fine, send it to you and cc the lawyer, and you'll get back to him.
Thanks for this. Feel calmer now.
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Old 08-10-2015, 11:23 PM   #5
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Please tell me I'm not the only one who has anxieties when it comes to dealing with new people...even if they do have good reviews...
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Please tell me I'm not the only one who has anxieties when it comes to dealing with new people...even if they do have good reviews...
Totally natural--just remember, you are there because they like your work. That being said, ninety percent or more of these meetings lead to nothing in the short term. It's a long view game and you need to play it that way, IMO.
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Old 08-11-2015, 09:52 AM   #7
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Geoff-

I'd be curious as to how many scripts you have seen optioned actually go into production. And out of that number how many actually hit the screen or VOD, etc ?
Honestly no idea as scripts are optioned all over the place all the time.

But, I think it's reasonable to assume that the ratio is extremely low, I don't know, one in a hundred? Look at how many movies companies have in development and then how many movies they actually make...
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Honestly no idea as scripts are optioned all over the place all the time.

But, I think it's reasonable to assume that the ratio is extremely low, I don't know, one in a hundred? Look at how many movies companies have in development and then how many movies they actually make...
The vast majority of "sales" you read about in the trades are actually options. So with that in mind, a lot of "optioned" scripts get put into production. Probably more than we all realize.
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Totally natural--just remember, you are there because they like your work. That being said, ninety percent or more of these meetings lead to nothing in the short term. It's a long view game and you need to play it that way, IMO.
Thank you. Even though I research every person I deal with before the fact, I still have this fear of getting involved with the wrong person. It's scary. It's a lot like dating a person who is sweet and nice at first, then suddenly turns evil after the honeymoon is over. I know that being careful in this profession is a good thing, but I don't want to be so guarded that I wind up blowing an opportunity with someone who is good and helpful.

Anyhow, enough about my trust issues. For better or worse, I'll update as we roll along.
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Old 08-24-2015, 05:58 PM   #10
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That being said, ninety percent or more of these meetings lead to nothing in the short term. It's a long view game and you need to play it that way, IMO.
Totally see what you mean now. Thanks...this advice was bang-on.
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