It’s been a few
weeks months between posts mainly due to, I happily report, that I spent the summer months finishing my spec script #BreakingthePlane. Thanks mostly in part to timely and powerful feedback from the Unknown Screenwriter . It has been incredibly motivating to NOT be told I suck. But all of that is no excuse not to be posting here.
I started this blog as a means to hold myself accountable regardless if anyone ever reads it or not. Only two posts in I haven’t been doing a very good job. It’s not all bad though as I mentioned above I have been writing. I put the final touches on my spec back in August and then spent most of September sending out query letters to producers and agents. I’m currently up to 160 queries sent. Out of those I’ve gotten about dozen or so “no thanks” or “we don’t accept unsolicited” or the ever motivating, “this sounds great, but I’m not taking on any new projects/clients right now. Best of luck!”
The highlight of this journey so far has been the one single read request from a producer from NuImage/Millennium Films. She requested to read my first thirty pages. So I waited a day, registered my full script with the WGA, took another pass over the first thirty pages, and sent them to her. Another week went by, I grew evermore anxious, but then I received the following reply:
Thank you for your submission. I read this and think it would make a great movie but discussed with my colleagues and they passed stating that this would be a hard sell to the foreign market. As you know, we are an international distributor and must pre sell our films to the foreign market. American Football wouldn’t be of interest to our foreign buyers therefore, we must pass.
Best of luck with your project.
DID YOU HEAR THAT?! She thinks it would make a great movie! Now, I am not so naive to not consider this could just be her being nice. But you know what? I’m gonna hang my hat on it. I don’t suck. This has been my number one concern all this time. I read scripts, I see movies, I study structure and character development…but is what I’m actually putting on paper good? I’m beginning to think it is.
I strongly encourage you to leave me a note, a message, an email or whatever letting me know your thoughts. In my next few posts I will continue to update on my current projects, a short that I am finishing up for The Bluecat Screenwriting Contest. I won a free short entry last spring. I will also be entering my feature spec #BreakingthePlane as well. Deadline is next Wednesday the 15th. No holding back now. No more excuses not to enter. I’ve started another spec as well that I’ll talk more about next post. Until next time…
Thanks and have a great day!