Every year thousands of movies are getting made, be it independent movies, low-budget films, or Hollywood blockbusters. A number of screenplays that get thrown into trash can is ten times more than the number of made movies.
Writing for screen is one tough thing, and one can never know for sure whether these “90 pages” will be of interest to a major studio or an independent producer.
Geoff Meed, an actor, stuntman and writer working in the film industry believes there is no definite answer to whether a particular script will gather enough interest to be turned into a movie that can make a profit.
“You really need to understand how the market works. What is interesting to you, might bore the rest of the population to tears,” Meed told BZFilm.
Meed himself wrote “Universal Soldiers” a really over-the-top cheesy “Universal Soldier” rip-off on his first attempt. The film got made, and Meed later wrote (and acted in) another film, this time a highly entertaining “I am Omega” with Mark Dacascos in 2007. Recently, he wrote a screenplay for a 2012 horror movie “Hold Your Breath”.
When asked whether selling first script can somehow help the starting screenwriter on his next assignment, Meed said the next one has to be even better.
“It definitely can help, if the first script is sold, but once you got something made, you have to work even harder to make sure the second one is good, if not better,” he said. “There is plenty of writers around that sold one good script, but then couldn’t produce another one of the same caliber.”
“Once you’ve sold your script, you’ve given up all say in it, usually. Not always, but often that is the case. Then you see what they’ve done to your script, and it doesn’t even look the same. This has killed some writers careers, unfortunately,” Meed said, adding that there are some little tricks of the trade that should be known in advance.
Further on, Meed shared with BZFilm a few details on how agents and Hollywood producers deal with scripts. As it turned out to be, sometimes these people are as picky as they’re described in various “screenwriting books”.
“There was this very successful studio movie producer i hung out with once,” Meed recalls. “If he got a script that had three braids in it, instead of two, he threw it in the trashcan!”.
Meed mentioned another literary agent, that would simply take a script and turn to the last page, even if it was a 120 page-script, without even reading it.
Writing a good script is tough, making selling it, or having a movie made on it is even harder.
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