So, all of us have been reading so many scripts that we now rate our dreams out of ten.
It’s not hard to get a response from hundreds of aspiring writers on mandy.com or over facebook, but it turns out there’s a reason most of these scripts are available to us. They are, ahem, not very impressive
We have been asking for just a synopsis initially, until something grabs our interest, but even so.
We’ve signed NDA agreements with paranoid writers, we’ve courted people who look promising based on their website pitches, we’ve approached generous literary agents and asked for the unread scripts on their shelves, we’ve milked our friends and previous colleagues…
To be fair, we have actually read some pretty great pieces. Not so great that we could use them to raise a few million, but with promising strengths. The problem is that we’re really looking for something very very specific:
A budget under a million, playing to our directors strengths, in a marketable genre, already completed and available without a steep writer’s fee.
For a moment there, we got so desperate we even considered Grampas Gay Vacation. It sure had a marketable title.
Now we have decided to slow this process down a little, as much as that’s a sad thing and I’m a little worried about momentum, it may be for the best. We’ve chatted to the directors and they have agreed that even their untrained writing skills could match our script shortlist.
So now we’re writing our own screenplays. A feature for each director – a children’s film for Matt and a psychological thriller for Ben.