Scripts Wanted

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by scott burns, Jul 9, 2003.

  1. scott burns

    scott burns Guest

    Production company with feature films already on the market (Including
    a best selling film and other films in Blockbuster, etc) looking for a
    feature-length script for a very exact market:

    For a particular project we wish to have a script that will slot into
    a very Urban/ Inner-City audience. The script should be a story of
    guns, drugs, crime, etc with a fair amount of gangster type activity.
    To give a better idea, the film will probably have a gangster-rap type
    of soundtrack. The shooting schedule will be very tight, so we are
    looking for a script that is not too elaborate in locations. They
    should be mostly simple setups. We will be shooting in the NYC /
    Brooklyn area.

    Compensation to be discussed.

    PLEASE DO NOT SEND FULL SCRIPTS AT THIS TIME. A synopsis will
    suffice. No attachments. Please send synopsis in body of email.
     
    scott burns, Jul 9, 2003
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  2. scott burns

    MC Guest

    Why should anyone (with a brain) supply an anonymous entity with a bunch
    of story ideas for free?

    Who are you?

    What have you done?

    Are you WGA signatory?
     
    MC, Jul 9, 2003
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  3. scott burns

    Medwyn Guest

    These are two good questions.
    As for this - the odds are that this particular producer is not. Low-budget
    "Urban Drama" is often in the domain of ultra-low budget producers - such as
    the material distributed by Maverick, much of which is clearly shot on
    video. Also, I doubt that a signatory company would post notices for scripts
    here. (Just a guess, mind you)

    Not being signatory doesn't make them not legit. But you're not going to get
    paid a whole lot.

    There are writers who would jump at a chance like this. I'm not being
    sarcastic or anything - but how about Sentern? Is your script Urban Drama?

    As I said, however, your first two questions are quite valid - I would like
    to seem them answered. It would be nice to look up a companys' credits on
    IMDB and see that they've been around a bit. As it is "Scott Burns" comes up
    with 3 entries - two actors and a sound crew member. Not much to give you a
    lot of faith...
     
    Medwyn, Jul 9, 2003
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  4. scott burns

    MC Guest

    These are two good questions.[/QUOTE]

    Well actually I think they are *THREE* good questions. And the first is
    the most important.
    A conclusion I had reached before posting.

    But I think it's worth pointing out -- as you have -- that this is
    likely to be a cheapo affair that no member of the guild will be in a
    position to accept, leaving little or no doubt that:

    They are trolling for pitches. They may get several hundred or several
    thousand. And many will be quite good.

    So what happened here? Some guy with a DV-Cam and no ideas and no money
    got a *big* bunch of stories for free -- and he has no obligation to pay
    anyone for anything if he uses your synopsis. All he hast todo is use a
    good idea from thgis pitch and combine it with a good idea formthat
    pitch and he can claim it as his original work.

    So anyone who submits a pitch to these nameless faceless people with no
    money is essentially casting their bread upon the waters.

    If you have a story idea or a finished script, sooner or later you have
    to *expose* that idea or script. But you want to *control* the exposure.

    You may have spent the last 6 months working on it, and now you're going
    to *give* it away by sending it off to a huge slushpile?

    There's nothing so unwanted as a script that has been overexposed.
     
    MC, Jul 9, 2003
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  5. I have a story about some angry Irish farmboys who lose the lottery
    called "Red and Green: A fictional study of angry and envious young
    Irishmen."

    I gather you're more into "urban / inner-city" Black folks and
    their--what you call--"gangster type activiy," so give me a month and
    I get it into what you want.

    Scott "Got Milk?" Burns is a serious up-and-coming big-time
    screenwriter. The name's legit, but this doesn't feel like it came
    from a guy like that.
     
    Asbestos Jeff, Jul 9, 2003
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  6. scott burns

    Medwyn Guest

    Well actually I think they are *THREE* good questions. And the first is
    the most important.[/QUOTE]

    Definitely agreed on that matter.

    I'd say that overall we're on the same page here.
     
    Medwyn, Jul 9, 2003
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  7. Well actually I think they are *THREE* good questions. And the first is
    the most important.
    A conclusion I had reached before posting.

    But I think it's worth pointing out -- as you have -- that this is
    likely to be a cheapo affair that no member of the guild will be in a
    position to accept, leaving little or no doubt that:

    They are trolling for pitches. They may get several hundred or several
    thousand. And many will be quite good.

    So what happened here? Some guy with a DV-Cam and no ideas and no money
    got a *big* bunch of stories for free -- and he has no obligation to pay
    anyone for anything if he uses your synopsis. All he hast todo is use a
    good idea from thgis pitch and combine it with a good idea formthat
    pitch and he can claim it as his original work.

    So anyone who submits a pitch to these nameless faceless people with no
    money is essentially casting their bread upon the waters.

    If you have a story idea or a finished script, sooner or later you have
    to *expose* that idea or script. But you want to *control* the exposure.
    [/QUOTE]

    Very true! Especially if the script is not fully completed and has room for a few
    small improvements here and there.
     
    Social Americans, Jul 10, 2003
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