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Old 12-30-2017, 01:25 PM   #1
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Will these screenplays be rejected?

I read that, if you're a beginner screenplay, you shouldn't write sci-fi screenplays, because they might be too expensive to make and they will be rejected. What is the truth about this idea? If someone submits a first screenplay and it's very "large"(eg: contains scenes on different planets, many weapons, futuristic buildings, lots of characters), will it be automatically rejected or does it depend on its quality, and if it's good, people will accept it?
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I read that, if you're a beginner screenplay, you shouldn't write sci-fi screenplays, because they might be too expensive to make and they will be rejected. What is the truth about this idea? If someone submits a first screenplay and it's very "large"(eg: contains scenes on different planets, many weapons, futuristic buildings, lots of characters), will it be automatically rejected or does it depend on its quality, and if it's good, people will accept it?
Well.... the went with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets... and that screenplay had issues. I liked the movie's world, the aliens and effects........the casting might be part of the blame.
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Old 12-30-2017, 01:45 PM   #3
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I think Valerian is an unclear example. Because "they" didn't go with it, the
movie was financed and made by the writer/director/producer who was not
a beginning writer. In that case there was not "they"; the script wasn't
submitted and they liked it enough to make it. That was the passion project
of an established writer, director and producer.
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I read that, if you're a beginner screenplay, you shouldn't write sci-fi screenplays, because they might be too expensive to make and they will be rejected. What is the truth about this idea? If someone submits a first screenplay and it's very "large"(eg: contains scenes on different planets, many weapons, futuristic buildings, lots of characters), will it be automatically rejected or does it depend on its quality, and if it's good, people will accept it?
In general this is correct. It is rare that a beginning writer has the connections
needed to get an expensive Sci-Fi script into the right hands. Most beginning
writers will write for low budget, independent filmmakers taking time to build
their reputation and their contacts.

That doesn't mean the script will be automatically rejected. It means it's a long
shot. If the screenplay is very good and very marketable and the beginning writer
can get it to the right people it will not be rejected just because the writer is a
beginner.

You've been working on this idea of a big Sci-Fi screenplay for a while, haven't
you? Is it finished?
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I wrote a few(most) of my screenplays in the Sci-Fi genre... I rewrote them a few times but never got feed-back, so I don't think they're that good...
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If you are willing to accept honest feedback then I'd be willing to read
your very best script.

Bouncing off of Feutus Lapdance's mention of Valerian; have you ever
seen Besson's first feature? He wrote a very inexpensive Sci-Fi script.
Not a perfect example because he produced and directed it but it shows
that a beginning writer CAN write low budget Sci-Fi. So it's not the genre
that holds back the potential sale, it's the expense of the project.

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THX for the correction.... wish it was a better movie... there was a lot of talent and love behind the wheel.
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If you are willing to accept honest feedback then I'd be willing to read
your very best script.

Bouncing off of Feutus Lapdance's mention of Valerian; have you ever
seen Besson's first feature? He wrote a very inexpensive Sci-Fi script.
Not a perfect example because he produced and directed it but it shows
that a beginning writer CAN write low budget Sci-Fi. So it's not the genre
that holds back the potential sale, it's the expense of the project.
Woow! Thank you for your most generous offer! I am just a beginner, so I don't think I have a best screenplay
Please let me know(private message) how to send it... Thank you again for this and for your helpful replies here!
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Nice offer!
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Woow! Thank you for your most generous offer! I am just a beginner, so I don't think I have a best screenplay
I want to read your best. Something you have passion for. Something
that shows your writing at its best. But only if you are ready for my
honest opinion.
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I want to read your best. Something you have passion for. Something
that shows your writing at its best. But only if you are ready for my
honest opinion.
I've send the screenplay to you, one of the that I am especially fond of. It's my latest screenplay(so it might be different than my first attempt- I deleted that one, it was that bad), but I don't consider myself an expert, so... I am passionate about writing, so there is joy and passion I feel everytime I write a screenplay...
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I read that, if you're a beginner screenplay, you shouldn't write sci-fi screenplays, because they might be too expensive to make and they will be rejected. What is the truth about this idea? If someone submits a first screenplay and it's very "large"(eg: contains scenes on different planets, many weapons, futuristic buildings, lots of characters), will it be automatically rejected or does it depend on its quality, and if it's good, people will accept it?
Tell that to Jorge Lucas...
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Tell that to Jorge Lucas...
THX 1138 was his first movie....it flopt....

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Another not so good example. THX 1138 was very low budget.

victortiti is asking about a big budget script. Anyone have any
examples of a beginning writer (one who hasn't sold a script)
whose first sale was a big budget (eg: contains scenes on
different planets, many weapons, futuristic buildings, lots of
characters) Sci-Fi script?
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Here's a good article on this subject.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/...n_1560954.html

"In Hollywood, he’d been pitching scripts for movies filled with special effects — the type that require “a $150 million budget,” he said. He was called presumptuous. So once he got home, he decided to go for something more bare-boned."
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