If you have a script idea or a completed script that you
would like to discuss with a certain producer or studio,
the best method is by calling the producers production
office. Chances are you will probably speak with a member
of the producers staff. Normally a secretary or production
The producers staff is very important. Think producers
assistants are not important and/or a waste of your time?
Think again. They are very important. The Producers
staff are always looking for a reason to barge into their
bosses office with – “Boy, have I found a good story for
you!” Producers’ assistants are always looking for ways
to impress the boss, why not give them one.
When you have a member of the producers staff on the
phone, remember not to sound over anxious. You don’t
want to sound like you will just die if you can not land an
interview or that your next meal depends on the sale of
your story. You want to sound as professional as possible.
Keep your call brief and to the point. Do sound excited,
but not overly. Also, if a member of the producers staff
asks you to give a brief summary of what your script is
about, you should tell them without hesitation. If you
display one ounce of doubt in revealing your story idea,
or if you show the slightest concern that you are afraid
to disclose your story idea out of fear that your creation
will be stolen – then you are dead in the water.
The stealing of scripts in
producers is almost non existent. In
where million dollar deals are common place – nobody
in their right mind needs to go around stealing scripts.
It’s just not going to happen. And, anyone who shows
concern about their script being stolen, is usually looked
down upon by industry professionals.
In-Other-Words, if you go around displaying fear that
your script may be stolen – then a little red warning flag
“why is this guy so afraid? What does he think were going to
do, steal his script? Sheeesh, he hasn’t even made his first
sale yet, a real No-Namer, and he’s anticipating were going
to rip off his script!”
The last thing YOU want to do is make
feel uncomfortable. Especially about working with you. When
you start displaying fear about whether your story idea or
script will be safe under their care, in a way, that’s very
insulting, and clearly displays how much trust you have. You
then have “I AM an OUTSIDER” written all over your face.
many times fearful of doing business outside of their secure
environment. They often make deals over the phone and many
times at lunch. If you want to fit in, you must make them
feel at ease. Your chances of survival in
much greater if you come off looking like an INSIDER rather
than an OUTSIDER.
If you come from the old school, where you think talent alone
should be sufficient enough, then you are very sadly mistaken.
Talent is a major factor, yes – sometimes, but not always.
But, being a good game player can many times eclipse the
fact that you lack talent. Personally, I feel making
make a scene.
lunch, they love that. Call a production office and take a
producers assistant to lunch too. And, don’t forget to make
make them feel important.
Call anyone and everyone you can in
it an event.
game! Dare to be outlandish. SELL! If you want it – want it so
bad you can taste it – you can make it happen!
Source by Parisa Anderson