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I remember saying on the other thread that I thought it would be best to re-write someone else's idea to a better level.
That seems like a way of potentially winning without losing any of your babies.
However, I think a lot depends on what kind of writer you are. If you are someone who can come up with lots of ideas and has a whole stable of them AND is someone who can knock scripts out relatively easily...then go for it.
I still wouldn't put your "passion" script up there, but there's some money involved and there's more exposure there than most anywhere else.
Just thought I'd post Marty Weiss' comments after winning $100 000 at Amazon Studios. I'm starting to get intrigued by this. Anyone else thought of giving Amazon Studios a shot?
"Marty Weiss says: When The Alchemist Agenda won the first best script award, I was stoked. What an honor. I received many compliments and critiques through reviews, message boards, and studiomail – some helpful, some not-so-much. I also had many inquiries about whether or not I got paid, if I was introduced to Warner Brothers, and if I thought the Amazon Studios was some kind of scam.
I’m well aware of the cynics on the forums, and elsewhere. When you combine the anonymity of the web with a new approach to an old methodology, you’re subject to a lot of ridicule. The bitching will subside, I suspect, once Amazon Studios starts producing movies. And they will. Amazon didn’t start this program to throw money at unworthy screenplays just for kicks. They have equity, access, and potentially a significant distribution venue, which puts them in a better position than the few producers still standing with studio deals and discretionary funds.
But since their development process is unique and evolving, it’s caused a lot of panic. Admittedly, when I saw the incentives they announced for test movies, table reads, and storyboards, I was perplexed. It seemed like they were offering a lot of money for a lot less work than it takes to write a well-developed screenplay. And I wasn’t sure what value it would add to the process. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a whirl.
I made a test movie for The Alchemist Agenda with my friend Zaki. We split the workload up with the intention of making the February 28 deadline. We found a cast, recruited our nearest and dearest to crew, borrowed a stage and a camera, cut the narration down to a bare minimum so we wouldn’t bore the audience to death, searched endlessly for rights-free photos, got a composer to give us permission to use his music, learned Final Cut and After Effects on a crappy computer… Did I say it was less work than a screenplay? Nonetheless, we made the deadline, barely, and had a great time along the way. And I think we accomplished what we set out to do: set the mood and tone of the movie.
But I got much more out of it than I had anticipated and I think that’s the point of Amazon Studios’ development concept. As I heard my screenplay being read, and as I watched to the story unfold, I could see the strengths and weaknesses in a very different way than it originally played in my head when I sat alone at my keyboard.
So once we uploaded our movie, I immediately delved into a rewrite. And I’m glad I did. I did a pass that I believe made it much stronger, a rewrite that I couldn’t have done by just receiving “notes.” I’m uploading it today and I hope some of you will take a look and it will inspire you to try this with your projects.
Amazon Studios offers a community to collaborate or develop your projects any way you want, as much as you want. I know tying up a script for eighteen months seems unbearable to some people, but no one’s twisting anybody’s arm. The odds of getting a movie made are slimmer than ever, so this is a real opportunity, folks."