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Old 12-04-2006, 04:52 PM   #1
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Default Tracking board question -- including for CE

Two independent producers are circulating my script pretty widely, to
A-list directors and talent, as well as a number of prodcos and potential financiers. They have done an amazing job of getting the script out in the past two weeks, but have bypassed agents by going directly to the prodcos and talent via their prodcos or third parties that can deliver the script personally after reading it.
At the same time, I do not yet have representation. I am waiting for poisitive feedback from potential buyers (and God willing, an offer) before making an aggressive push for an agent.
My question is whether the script will still end up on a tracking board(s), and if so, how? How soon?
Is there any way to learn if, in fact, it has?
What should they/I do to monitor how it tracks? Is that even possible?
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Old 12-04-2006, 04:55 PM   #2
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My question is whether the script will still end up on a tracking board(s), and if so, how? How soon?
Very highly unlikely.
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Old 12-04-2006, 04:59 PM   #3
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Very highly unlikely.
OK, I'll ask: what are these boards your're talking about?
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Old 12-04-2006, 05:12 PM   #4
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There should be some long contentious threads on here about tracking boards. A former DD'er and author wrote an article on the subject for Wired magazine. see what a search pulls up.
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Old 12-04-2006, 05:18 PM   #5
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Tracking boards are just groups of friends who exchange information on scripts and projects. (They share critiques on scripts, ask questions, exchange employment search info, get phone numbers, gossip about what CE is moving where or who's sleeping with whom.)

A tracking board is the Internet's answer to the old-fashion and more cumbersome use of telephones.

There are hundreds of tracking boards - some have many members, some have just a few. Most join by invite only.

They are used by buyers more than sellers.

There is a possibility that your script will end up on a board. If someone reads it and belongs to a particular group, he might exchange the information. But that doesn't mean it will be the talk of the town. That's usually reserved for more highly anticipated scripts - or scripts that get good buzz (which, I hope, is your case).

You don't have to monitor any board to see how the script tracks. You'll learn soon enough when you hear the word "pass" or the sound of cash.

Tracking boards are just a new way of swapping information. There's nothing magical, insidious or all that interesting about them.

Don't let them worry you.


Thanks very much. That's what I thought.
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Old 12-04-2006, 05:30 PM   #6
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As usual, I stand corrected.
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Old 12-04-2006, 05:44 PM   #7
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As always, I (and many others here) appreciate the amazing amount of time you take to help new writers.
I'm aware of the story of how David H. Steinberg's "Slackers" tracked and the fat payday ($700,000) Jewerl Ross got him at the end of a nerve-wracking roll of the dice (turning down early offers that were less than half that amount but still substantial for a first-timer).
I've also read the "Wired" article referenced by another poster. This is the link: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/1...lywood_pr.html.
Incredibly educational. And somewhat scary.
Needless to say, I'll post the results of my go-around with these producers here as soon as we have results. They are very hopeful. Then again, Hollywood is littered with the withered corpses of those who were once hopeful.
I have learned so much here at DD -- I'm grateful to everyone who has helped me, with many things. But especially to you, CE. Half of what I know I've learned from TwoAdverbs, one way or the other. The other half, I learned the hard way.
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Old 12-04-2006, 06:03 PM   #8
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i'll say it again - that article just isn't accurate. it's sensationalist. if on a scale of 1-10 - CE's credibility rates a ten, that article gets a zero.
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Old 12-04-2006, 06:27 PM   #9
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Just read the Wired article. Sure does make for a great story!
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Old 12-04-2006, 06:42 PM   #10
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Just read the Wired article. Sure does make for a great story!
If nothing else, he got the parties right. (One of advantages of being a reporter in LA.)
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