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Old 04-14-2018, 10:36 AM   #16
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Cart. Horse.

What is this industrial standards thing? Getting an agent means you are now on the same level as pro screenwriters in the industry? Um nope. You get on that level by writing a killer screenplay and hustling until it is noticed via sale, option, production, etc. and keep at it.
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Old 04-14-2018, 10:57 AM   #17
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Start by producing your own films or finding people in your area that need scripts for their projects. Post the films online. Enter fests. If the script is good, people will pay attention.
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Old 04-14-2018, 12:02 PM   #18
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sfoster said after you get to industrial standards then you get an agent. So I was merely asking him what does he consider industrial standards.
I was merely asking YOU what you mean by "industrial standards".
It's quite a circle you have going here. I don't understand why you
are resistant to answering my question and circle back to sfoster.

Well...

I tried.
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Old 04-14-2018, 01:55 PM   #19
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Lol, I guess it means following what pro writers do in Hollywood. Doing what they do.
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Old 04-14-2018, 03:14 PM   #20
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How do you write well enough to win a writing contest
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Old 04-14-2018, 03:16 PM   #21
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Passing the criteria,
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Old 04-14-2018, 03:29 PM   #22
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I've never entered a writing contest but I've won a lot of other tournaments.
Some people had more natural talent than me but I was willing to work harder.

I created software to analyze my performance and practiced for hours on end.
After years of persistence I finally won the state championships. It wasn't easy or quick.

I didn't ask anyone else how to become the best. Instead I assessed MYSELF, practiced and then measured improvement by my own assessment.
I invented my own practice mechanisms, learned how to use power tools to build it.

Make your path. No one else is going to make it for you.

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Old 04-14-2018, 04:53 PM   #23
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Lol, I guess it means following what pro writers do in Hollywood. Doing what they do.
Coke and hookers?
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Coke and hookers?
Lol. No that comes after you've made it.
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Old 04-15-2018, 04:23 PM   #26
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Passing the criteria,
Passing criteria never made anyone win. It only lets someone pass.
It is like graduating by passing criteria vs graduating summa cum laude.

You have to surpass the criteria and leave the jury in awe. That is the way to win.
It can mean only 20% difference in the script, but it will probably be 80% of the effort to get to that level.

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Old 05-07-2018, 02:51 AM   #27
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It's not just "what you know" it's "who you know". And in LA it means go to every party, every conference, every seminar. It means TALK (and listen) to every agent there, and don't be afraid to pitch them on the fly. YOU have to sell yourself, because nobody else will. I used to go to one friend's house (wonderful man named Lew Hunter), he was the Chair of the UCLA Film School and he had parties every other month for students, former students, and associates (I knew him from a writer's workshop at KNBC studios). And there were always agents there to meet "the bright new writers"... if you were good enough to sell yourself. I was never "quite" bright and new enough, but I sure had fun along the way. Go to the Edgar Awards dinners, the Beverly Hilton, Starbucks on Sunset across from the Comedy Store (Obviously, being in Boston puts you at a disadvantage, but you get the idea). I found and signed one agent (I nicknamed her "Psycho-bitch) at a lunch at the Grove Ballroom at the old Ambassador Hotel. You CLAIM that you're already a screenwriter, get your ass OUT THERE where the agents are and MEET them! If you can pitch a good story, it's almost scary how receptive they are when they're away from the office.
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Do I have to go to LA, can't I do it from Boston?
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Do I have to go to LA, can't I do it from Boston?
No, you don't have to go to LA. Yes, you can do it from Boston.
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But LA is where everything is.
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