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Old 12-11-2019, 09:16 AM   #21
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Default Re: Looking for an agent

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True. Itís very much an identifiable story. But itís also a low budget crime film without US leads set in Ireland full of Irish colloquialisms and cultural references. Donít get me wrong I love it and Iím proud of it but my agents didnít sign me off it because it sounded commercial or original. My managers proffered it to them as they wanted a director client for it. They co-repped that director alongside the agency. So they gave it the agents to read. They didnít. Not at first. Firstly it was sent in for coverage. The coverage was well received and off of that a bunch of agents at the agency read the script and then wanted to talk with me. Turned out to be a good fit.

Point is, the OP has a project that may or may not appeal. They asked for advice on getting an agent not a critique on why their work wonít be read by one. Iím only speaking from my own experience as a working writer who is repped by a major agency and have been for years. And Iím sure there are others on here with differing experiences. A decent number of my so-called high concept scripts that were well liked by studios and producers (that afforded me plenty of other opportunities) didnít bag me an agent but a small Indy film with limited commercial appeal did.

Just one opinion but Iíd prefer to offer advice that allows the OP to discover this for themselves rather than tell them they wonít get anywhere with what they have. I think there is a tendency on these boards to speak in absolutes. Iíve no doubt done it myself in the past too. The advice given clearly came from a kind spirited POV but (and if Iíve misread I apologise) it wasnít what the OP was asking.
Thanks for sharing your experience Mintclub. I think you make some really good points - most important being that you never know what piece of writing someone will really respond to.

I think the only big difference that matters in Congoís situation is that your feature was sent by referral. It was definitely going to be read by someone at the agency (even if it was just, to your point, initially coverage from an assistant or a coord). Congo doesnít have that luxury right now since theyíre just shooting out blind queries which no one is obligated to read - which I think is why most of us are telling them they need a sexier pitch to hook in readers.
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Old 12-11-2019, 12:10 PM   #22
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True. Itís very much an identifiable story. But itís also a low budget crime film without US leads set in Ireland full of Irish colloquialisms and cultural references. Donít get me wrong I love it and Iím proud of it but my agents didnít sign me off it because it sounded commercial or original. My managers proffered it to them as they wanted a director client for it. They co-repped that director alongside the agency. So they gave it the agents to read. They didnít. Not at first. Firstly it was sent in for coverage. The coverage was well received and off of that a bunch of agents at the agency read the script and then wanted to talk with me. Turned out to be a good fit.

Point is, the OP has a project that may or may not appeal. They asked for advice on getting an agent not a critique on why their work wonít be read by one. Iím only speaking from my own experience as a working writer who is repped by a major agency and have been for years. And Iím sure there are others on here with differing experiences. A decent number of my so-called high concept scripts that were well liked by studios and producers (that afforded me plenty of other opportunities) didnít bag me an agent but a small Indy film with limited commercial appeal did.

Just one opinion but Iíd prefer to offer advice that allows the OP to discover this for themselves rather than tell them they wonít get anywhere with what they have. I think there is a tendency on these boards to speak in absolutes. Iíve no doubt done it myself in the past too. The advice given clearly came from a kind spirited POV but (and if Iíve misread I apologise) it wasnít what the OP was asking.
I agree. When a story is more situational loglines can be challenging to accurately represent the story the writer has executed. Being close to your material can place the writer at a disadvantage in identifying the strongest elements in the story. Virgin eyes can offer a distance that can potentially unlock information about the story that the writer might be overlooking.

This project is also not a feature but a TV pilot, so understanding the character's struggle is of utmost importance to communicate. That character has to be compelling enough to warrant an audience returning week after week for a very long time.

I would be completely remiss if I felt something wasn't interesting and didn't say so. As a writer, I might not be as objective as others are to my material.

The OP offered the logline and a story synopsis, so it seems logical that they were in effect "asking" for story consideration. Otherwise the OP's question would have simply been stated as, "I have a TV Drama I'd like to get in touch with an agent to take it it to the next level." Maybe I misunderstood what the writer was asking?

"A father trying to save his son," is easy to understand. The situational struggle of being trapped by your socioeconomic circumstance and trying to break free of that can be a lot more of a challenge to communicate. The point is to help the writer find the BEST way to effectively communicate the story in a way that will engage the recipient and encourage a read.

I can't tell if there's more to the story than has been surmised from the initial logline and synopsis-- perhaps it simply needs to be better revealed and clearly communicated what makes this story compelling enough to want to follow this person's struggle week after week.

The first and most important step is to have solid well executed material. Without that, it doesn't matter who reads it. There had to have been something "original" about your material and your unique execution that garnered the interest you received, Mintclub. BTW, having a story concept that is universally appealing to wide populations around the world, IS commercial. I think you're selling yourself short.

to the OP, if anything in my opinions have been offensive or seemed harsh, I extend my apologies. My opinions are offered simply to help if they are not helpful discard them.
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