newbie screenwriter asked on a Facebook group
I run about how to find a producer
for their scripts.
you must seek out honest critiques of your work. Asking your friends
or family is an absolute NO NO! They won’t tell you what you need
to hear. Read this
useful take on Criticism.
initial advice would be to get some professional coverage on what you
think is your best script. Buy coverage from an experienced script
editor who will give you an honest opinion. The best ones are
expensive. Find out about them. Ask on forums who is good. Do they
have the experience and connections you need?
writers if they will read your script in exchange for you reading
theirs and giving notes etc. Read Lucy Hays excellent blog
which is good for opportunities and
links to good lists etc.
There are literally hundreds of
thousands of writers and scripts out there. Put yourself in the mind
of a time poor producer - many of whom are 1 or 2 person bands. Why
should they read your script rather than anyone else? What makes
yours stand out?
Placing in a competition or talent scheme
might. Find a reputable screenwriting contest. BBC
lists many competitions and opportunities. Consider
writing for the stage as well. Fleabag started as an Edinburgh fringe
act. There is a lot of crossover of writers from stage to screen and
back. Winning or placing in a competition might help you get
representation by a literary agent or manager.
coverage from a reputable reader or editor with industry connections
might get you noticed too. Without this you are just one of many
voices wanting to be heard - so very difficult to sort the wheat from
the chaff from a producer point of view.
strongly suggest that you go to the London
in London where you will learn a
lot and make a lot of contacts. ScriptAngel
- which has a good mailing list - usually releases a discount code for this. The on-site accommodation
is good value.
can also join Shooting
. Their mailing list for screenwriters, filmmakers etc are
useful places to learn and ask questions.
other piece of advice is find some cast, crew and locations and make
your own film. It will give you an invaluable understanding of the
process etc. That’s how I started.
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