Writers Write!!!!

From: Carlo D.
Sent on: Monday, September 10, 2012 5:00 PM

 

Hey Everyone: Here is a nice email that was sent to me. Wanted to share it because Jeff makes some good points. Thanks for all your support. Carlo ********************************************************************************** Carlo,

Congratulations on your event with Rima Greer.  I've heard from a couple of your PSA members that it went very well.

I knew Rima for a short time in the mid 90's, when we were both at an agency in L.A. called Writers & Artists.  She's been around for a long time, and definitely knows her stuff.

Now that many of your members have been through a Pitch Class and Discussion, I wanted to give them three words of advice.

WRITE...YOUR...SCRIPTS!

It's important that I add something to what I'm sure Rima said during her presentation.

Writers need to be experts at pitching their ideas - because they will have to be able to pitch them to their own agent in order to get the agent interested in the project.

But here's what else your members need to know - and it's something I hope at least one of the people in attendance last night asked about.

Once a writer successfully pitches their idea to their agent, do you know the first thing their agent will say?

Great job, writer client!  NOW GIVE ME YOUR SCRIPT, AND I'LL READ IT!  AND IF THE SCRIPT IS AS GOOD AS THE PITCH, I'LL SEND IT OUT!

What that means, folks, is that it doesn't really matter how good your pitch is unless you have a completed, properly executed screenplay to follow it up.

That's why EVERY agent gives notes to their clients.  The agent hears your pitch, and if they like it, they read the script, and no matter how much they like it, they will still give you notes.

Get used to it.  Everyone gives notes.  But when it comes to pitching...

There are only TWO people in Hollywood who only have to know how to pitch the idea without writing the script.  (1)  A studio executive.  (2)  A producer.

That's why writers are called writers, and not pitchers.

To the best of my knowledge, your PSA members don't have agents in L.A. waiting to hear their pitches, or waiting to read their scripts.  But that isn't even the first hurdle to get over.

FIRST, you need to have a great screenplay.

The truth is, studios do NOT buy pitches from unknown, uncredited writers.  Period.  Without a reputable agent, how would they ever come across those ideas?

In other words, there are no shortcuts.  Sorry.

I'm encouraging everyone to learn as much as you can from these events, and then write, write, write, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite, etc.

I hope to see you guys on September 29th.  

Jeff Schimmel

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