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Old 02-21-2011, 08:54 PM   #1
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Default The Concept Seller

Pop quiz.

You have a choice. You can either be:

WRITER A: Just sold a BIG IDEA spec for TWO MILLION DOLLARS, but the writing is bad. You're just not very good. The movie is getting made. You will get sole credit, but you will be massively rewritten.


WRITER B: Just went out with a spec that was incredibly well-written. Unfortunately, the subject matter pretty much ensures that it's not going to be a hit movie. You sell it for $80,000. People think the writing is incredible. There's a near 100% chance the movie will never get made.

Now, decide which you should be, but here's the twist. You're in debt for one million dollars.

Make your choice, and show your work.

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Old 02-21-2011, 09:01 PM   #2
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May I make a suggestion?

Originally Posted by Craig Mazin View Post

... Make your choice, and show your work. Grasshopper.

There. Now maybe you won't get as much backlash. Maybe.

I'd choose B. Let the creditors wait.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:03 PM   #3
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A. So much so that I'd say A+.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:03 PM   #4
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This is essentially "Do I want to be the writing team that wrote ZOOKEEPER or the writer who wrote KILLING ON CARNIVAL ROW."
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:04 PM   #5
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I want to write the next Terminator.

Is there an App for that?
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:15 PM   #6
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We don't get to choose. We're either one or the other, whether we like it or not.

But I'll play, cos I'm that kind of girl...


Then B. Because after the mega-hit, I get to make one brilliant but quiet one before I lose all my cred.

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Old 02-21-2011, 09:29 PM   #7
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@c.: B.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:34 PM   #8
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newbie question -- can you get sole credit if you're massively rewritten?

-b- i'd use the 80,000 as a downpayment on the million dollars to stave off creditors, and ride the buzz wave to an assignment. if i get the writing credibility, then i can parlay that 2 million dollar big idea into 3 and tell the creditors to kiss my a--.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:45 PM   #9
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C. The script with a great high concept that also gets me meetings because people like the writing. One doesn't exclude the other.

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Old 02-21-2011, 09:46 PM   #10
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I'm in debt for a million?

Easy. B and declare bankruptcy.

A's taking nothing home and will likely get a few assignments down the line, but they'll peter out.

B is also taking nothing home, but by the time his credit rating clears up he'll be pulling in steady, growing work.
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