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Old 07-27-2004, 05:02 PM   #11
kklstef
 
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Default Re: A great topic...a question for CE

That's interesting. From the description of how this works, it seems to me more likely a writer "steal" an idea from a producer than the other way around. Since the screenwriter has already put time and effort into it, they may feel justified in writing the script and selling it elsewhere. Seems if a studio has a project with a really original concept, they'd have to be really careful who the writers are they bring in for meetings.
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Old 07-27-2004, 10:06 PM   #12
Gillyflower Cooms
 
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Default Re: A great topic...a question for CE

Thanks for sharing! :smokin
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Old 07-28-2004, 08:56 AM   #13
creativexec
 
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Default Re: A great topic...a question for CE

The "stealing" possibility is nothing to worry about.

As writers you want to get those meetings and
win over the execs and producers. Those with
less (or little) experience in the biz will have to
work much harder up front. Those with an
impressive resume can rely more on their body
of work.

Another factor to getting jobs is is being "good
in a room" - meaning the ability to "talk," and
respond, think quickly, excite and entertain.
"Being good in a room" (the "personality"
factor) is very important all the way around.

It's something that agents look for in new
clients - because being good in a room will
enable a writer to win more assignments.

Being comfortable and loose with execs and
producers shows confidence in craft and
professionalism.

Many writers juggle three, four or five
assignments at a time.

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Old 07-28-2004, 01:04 PM   #14
cromagnon
 
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I'd also like to add that ideas are important, but more important is the execution of that idea. Don't worry so much about the negative aspects of this industry. Trust and take chances. All worrying does is stifle you. Punto y se acabo.
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Old 09-01-2004, 10:41 AM   #15
Lady Elaine Fairchild
 
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Default Very informative!

A very good inside look here. Thank you, CE, for taking the time to share this with us!
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