What are some good ways you know of, or heard of, to get your material optioned or sold?
I really don’t buy into the idea that ‘quality scripts don’t get made’… McKee always says ‘the films you see ARE the best out there and the likelihood that stored away in some attic is an Oscar winning script is rubbish’.. if it was quality.. it would be on the big screen.. and friend (script sales include Warners & GKFIlms) once told me.. agents are failed lawyers.. they didn’t feel like putting in the time and ended up in LA to try and get a piece of Hollywood.. but EVEN THEY would know a great script if they read it.. and the idea that great scripts are ‘missed’ is just preposterous.
I think the problem is what a writer’s perception of ‘quality’ really is. Film is NOT an art. It’s a business. If you are making films for art.. enjoy the 3 people in the audience that appreciate it and come to terms with the fact that you WILL NOT make money as a successful screenwriter. Film is a business.. black and white — your script either sells or it doesn’t. A studio will never invest money unless the foresee a return on investment. Period. That’s business. If your script is great.. if a script in a Contest is great.. the film will get made.. or at least the script will get bought.. it’s a tough thing to come to terms with for all of us.. if your scripts aren’t selling, the fact of the matter is that your just ‘not there yet’.. the key word being YET.
A great writer understands and can recognize his weaknesses.. we can say all we want about some terrible movie that we saw, but in the end.. it was one of the best 2,000 or so script of that year — how do we know? Because you watched the movie. How do we know ours aren’t one of the best 2,000 specs? Because it’s not a movie.
The best way to get your stuff out there.. is to write quality stuff.. not one script, not two.. if you haven’t written at least 4 or 5.. you’re not there yet. Again, it’s a tough pill to swallow.. but it’s a fact. I wrote my first script and had no doubts that it was an Oscar winner compared to the drill that was in theaters.. but the reality check –> it took me 6 more scripts to get a film made. And that being said.. I’m not Goyer, I’m not Kasdan.. but maybe in 6 more I could be.. that’s the attitude you need.. just keep writing.. keep getting better.. every script is an evolution in your talent.. not every DRAFT.. every SCRIPT..