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Old 03-25-2013, 02:34 PM   #1
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Anyone have dealings with Voltage -- they produce and finance films in the 15-40 million dollar range. Tons of movies but lots that seem to go straight to video.... They requested a script of mine which they found out about from my Nicholl placement (its a high budget script; I told them that and they still want to read it).

Is this a dead end if my script is straight up a studio "high" budget?
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:11 PM   #2
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Someone at Voltage just requested my script, and it's insanely high budget.

So maybe they're looking for a big tentpole project now?

And best of luck with your submission!
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:36 PM   #3
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Anyone have dealings with Voltage -- they produce and finance films in the 15-40 million dollar range. Tons of movies but lots that seem to go straight to video.... They requested a script of mine which they found out about from my Nicholl placement (its a high budget script; I told them that and they still want to read it).

Is this a dead end if my script is straight up a studio "high" budget?
What's the worst case outcome? They pass. Big deal. What's the best case outcome? They think they can get the movie made and they pay you.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:53 AM   #4
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What's the worst case outcome? They pass. Big deal. What's the best case outcome? They think they can get the movie made and they pay you.
Well, I suppose I'm thinking that the worst case would be they said yes, ripped everything cool about it out in order to get it to a low budget (locations, set pieces, plot points that are expensive) and give it a D-list cast that no one cares about -- because they don't have money to pay them, either.

And then, what could have been a great "studio" film with a good director and recognizable cast goes straight to video like 95 percent of their other films.

(it got an 8 on the Blacklist -- it's better than straight to video, imo. If I didn't feel it was a "studio" film I wouldn't care as much)

So I guess my question was more along the lines of -- Has anyone sold to this or a similar company and it turned out better than straight-to-video and actually helped start your career?
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:06 AM   #5
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Well, I suppose I'm thinking that the worst case would be they said yes, ripped everything cool about it out in order to get it to a low budget (locations, set pieces, plot points that are expensive) and give it a D-list cast that no one cares about -- because they don't have money to pay them, either.

And then, what could have been a great "studio" film with a good director and recognizable cast goes straight to video like 95 percent of their other films.

(it got an 8 on the Blacklist -- it's better than straight to video, imo. If I didn't feel it was a "studio" film I wouldn't care as much)

So I guess my question was more along the lines of -- Has anyone sold to this or a similar company and it turned out better than straight-to-video and actually helped start your career?
If you don't feel like it's a good fit, then don't sell it to them. Beyond that, Voltage is a solid company, unless your script is a 100m tentpole, and you may not be the best person to judge the budget unless you have physical production experience, they can probably get it done right.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:39 AM   #6
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Geoff is a better person to judge if memory serves, but I've had some dealings with them through HMB.

They used to be very much a D-2-DVD sort of company, then smashed with Hurt Locker. Since then I hear they focus on theatrical releases. Nothing huge tentpole, but mid-range budget features (and still the odd D-2-DVD).
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:29 PM   #7
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While it's currently in dev hell of sorts, I have a project with Voltage which will have a budget of $40m+. Recent events in the world are forcing some story changes, but last year they made a $5m offer to Chris Pine (he passed to do Star Trek and Jack Ryan).

Sure, they have a library stock full of crappy Straight-to-DVD stuff and handle sales of small films, but they also work on bigger projects with A-list actors.

Chartier has the access to money and talent, as much as any producer, and I've always found him (and their other execs) great to work with. I spent four days with the guy in Germany too. He's legit.

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