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squidbros
Posted: July 8th, 2008, 7:07pm Report to Moderator
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Hi there,
I'm running a screenplay contest called The Movie Deal! The GRAND prize is that we are going to produce the winning script under the SAG Modified-low budget agreement. We're looking for an INDIE hit that could garner the attention of 'Napoleon Dynamite,' 'The Blair Witch Project,' or 'Open Water.' We're accepting script submissions in all genres!
Hope you'll join us!
Craig James Pietrowiak
http://www.TheMovieDeal.com

Simply Scripts Members can use Promo code: SI7078
ONLY $45.00 - You Save $15.00 on submission*

STUDENTS: Email me at TheMovieDeal@aol.com to pay only $35.00/entry

*Discount only good through our site.
*WOB only $5.00 off!


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Dreamlogic
Posted: July 9th, 2008, 7:11am Report to Moderator
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Will the winning writer also be payed for the production of their script?
This sounds like it could be a company trying to score a free screenplay.


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Posted: July 9th, 2008, 8:44am Report to Moderator
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The website says that the writer receives partial ownership of the film. I guess that means that the write would get points on the film.

I'm wondering if a short scripts are eligible for the grand prize.


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I just dont see what the difference is between entering a script in this competition  compared to sending a script to any other production company. Why dont we all just send our scripts to Miramax, Ghost House or any other company, I'm sure If they like our scripts they'll make them into movies aswell. The only differences are that were not charged extortionate entry fees and we'd be payed for our work.
All I see is a production company trying to save a lot of money.


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You can't just send scripts to production companies though mate. You have to go through the whole query letter/treatment part before you can send a script. If you just sent a script to a production company it would end up in the trash.

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Posted: July 9th, 2008, 10:37am Report to Moderator
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If you send an unsolicited script to a production company, it will be tosed in the trash (r returned to you) without opening it.


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Either way if this company wants to produce someones screenplay then there should be an upfront payment. Im sure everyone else involved in the production of the film will be payed.
The competition makes it sound like its the screenwriter whos getting the good end of the deal.
OK maybe its hard to get your script read by companies like Miramax, but theres plenty of production companies of 'Squidbros' size that will happily read your script.


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Posted: July 9th, 2008, 10:53am Report to Moderator
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You're not always guaranted upfront payment with your first script production. This is true whether you're entering a competition like this, or submiting to a production company.

Also, when first starting out, getting something produced is more important than money.


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I understand how important and exciting it is for a writer to get their work produced, but I still dont think that excuses the company from not having to make some sort of payment. They obviously have a reasonable sized budget so theres no reason why they shouldn't pay the writer, the same way they will pay everyone else.


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* See Contest Rules for details.  The Grand Prize winner is under no legal obligation to enter into the option or production agreement mentioned above.


That's from the contest website, so essentially, if you don't like the agreement, you don't have to accept it.  Kind of along the same lines as entering the contest.  If you don't like it, don't enter it.  It's that simple.

Anyone who is thinking of entering though, please keep this in mind.  A SAG modified low budget is no more than $625,000, with the potential to go as high as $937,500 if certain parameters are met.  Granted, this is probably subject to change with the new agreement coming up, but I'd strongly advise against submitting that epic or high budget action move you've got sitting around.


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Hey everyone and thanks for posting your comments.
The fact is that we're not Miramax but we are producing movies!  I'm trying to find another project worth shooting, and yes at less than a $1 million budget.  Some of the best movies have been made for approx. $400,000.00.  Not bad!
Anyway, I'd rather shoot a $400,000 movie than no movie at all.
Hope you'll join us!
Craig James
The Movie Deal!
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