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ChrisBodily
Posted: April 10th, 2015, 7:12pm Report to Moderator
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Thanks for letting me know.

I just got an email from them yesterday, which reads as follows:


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Subject: Chupacabra

Dear Chris

I have recently reviewed your film script [Chupacabra][,] and as head of development for iFilm[/,] I am interested in acquiring your screenplay with a view to producing the film in the near future. iFilm is currently tasked to produce a number of films with our partners / investors. Please let me know if you would be interested in selling the rights and optioning your script?[Shouldn't this be a period?]

Best wishes,

James Cole
iFilm Group (iFilm Ltd)
info@ifilmgroup.com
http://www.ifilmgroup.com


I checked out their site to see if they were legit, but their slate of movies look like derivative, straight-to-video crap that would make Sharknado look like The Godfather. Their exorcism movie sounds kind of interesting (key words: "Kind of"), but seriously, how many fucking exorcism movies do we need? Can anything ever top The Exorcist, or even The Conjuring?

They even have a sequel to a movie I've never even heard of.

Another thing of note: I don't know how they could have seen my script or emailed me. I've never (publicly) put that info on my title page. I was a little suspicious.

Thanks again, Dogglebe.


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DS
Posted: April 11th, 2015, 3:35am Report to Moderator
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Quoted from ChrisBodily


Another thing of note: I don't know how they could have seen my script or emailed me. I've never (publicly) put that info on my title page. I was a little suspicious.



It's listed under your profile here, there's a send e-mail option right as you open it. You can hide it under board settings.

Out of curiosity, why not put an email on your title page? Wouldn't it be important for anyone that is interested in a script of yours/you as a writer to be able to get in contact with you easily?
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Is it wrong that my feelings are hurt when I did not get the email?

Bastards.


Indeed. I thought the same. Don't these people know who we are? For the love of Godot.


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I didn't get one either.  


And then I did get one.

I can only describe the feeling as like the empty numbness you get when you buy a another feckin' lottery ticket and check the numbers. Only to find you didn't win again. Not even close.

Or when you're expecting an important call. Then that Indian bloke rings telling you your windows isn't working. I asked him if it was because the curtains are closed. He seemed more concerned my router was sending out thousands of emails. I said I was amazed as it wasn't even plugged in at the time. It's in the garage beside the drill and the chisels.

I then started telling him about the terrible time I had down the shops. He rang off! But don't worry, I'll be sure to finish the story the next time he rings. I'm looking forward to it. I'll open the curtains, especially for him.

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Thanks for the heads up - as an American - I only want to be scammed by American companies. It's the patriot in me


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Ifilmgroup.com and bentlymarx.com are two of a number of domain names registered to a James Colbey aka James Hore aka James Cole of Mayfair, London.

They have send me a couple of emails asking me to remove this post. I have asked that they have their legal team contact me so I can make sure they are taking steps to ensure that notify their clients that SimplyScripts is in no way associated with nor endorses their service and that the mention of SimplyScripts.com in no way is to imply a relationship.

Don

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Dustin
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The Mayfair London thing is a fake address. You can rent office space by the day. They could be from anywhere in the UK... and the names are probably fake.


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dogglebe
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I was really hoping on seeing James Coles' response to my notes....


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Posted: April 12th, 2015, 6:18pm Report to Moderator
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Hoping the $65,000 check from James Cole goes through, as planned.  I'll let you guys know.


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I got contacted by them. Sad it's not real... . Just junked it
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I got the email too, though heck, they could have chosen a better script to claim they wanted. Here is a copy of their emails (start reading from the bottom):

Hi David

It's more like the first report in style. We simply know this as a script report or Film Ready Script Report. The purpose is to have an independent report to add additional weight to our recommendation when passing this up to our partners. Hope this clarifies things for you.

Best wishes,
James Cole
iFilm Group (iFilm Ltd)
info@ifilmgroup.com
http://www.ifilmgroup.com

Subject: Re:__Dee_Dee
From:
Date: Mon, April 13, 2015 9:37 am
To: "info@ifilmgroup.com"

Hi James,


Just a quick question. What is the purpose of the independent script report?


I can get one that assesses the artistic quality/storyline/formatting/style of the script, or a Script Clearance Report that analyses the legal difficulties inherent within the script (names/brands/places/defamatory references etc.). Let me know if you need a simple script assessment type of report.


Cheers,

XXXXXXXXXX


Sent from Windows Mail


From: info@ifilmgroup.com
Sent: ‎Monday‎, ‎13‎ ‎April‎ ‎2015 ‎9‎:‎20‎ ‎a.m.
To: XXX@XXX.XXX


Hi David

OK in that case we can escalate your script up to our partners but we would need an independent script report attached too. If you get this done by a script editor we will arrange Rights which are negotiable around ￿25K. If you￿re unfamiliar with script editors we can recommend some.


Best wishes,
James Cole
iFilm Group (iFilm Ltd)
info@ifilmgroup.com
http://www.ifilmgroup.com




-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re:_Dee_Dee
From:
Date: Sun, April 12, 2015 2:27 pm
To: "info@ifilmgroup.com"

Hello James,


Yes I am interested in selling the rights to the script.


I look forward to hearing from you.


Please note that my contact details have changed.


Regards,


XXXX XXXX


XXXXXXXXXXXX



Sent from Windows Mail


From: info@ifilmgroup.com
Sent: ‎Sunday‎, ‎12‎ ‎April‎ ‎2015 ‎11‎:‎57‎ ‎a.m.
To: XXX@XXX.XXX


Dear David
I have recently reviewed your film script as head of development for iFilm. I am now interested in acquiring your screenplay with a view to producing the film in the future. iFilm is currently tasked to acquire over 50 screenplays with our partners / investors. Please let me know if you would be interested in selling the rights to your script?

Best wishes,
James Cole
iFilm Group (iFilm Ltd)
info@ifilmgroup.com
http://www.ifilmgroup.com


Sadie : Sadie's life descends into a murderous hell. She's still not sure she did anything wrong.
Dee Dee : When desperate love destroys her life, only friendship can save her. Or can it?

Read about Kaden Brown's books


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Don
Posted: April 13th, 2015, 10:44am Report to Moderator
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Quoted from drnoblet
I got the email too, though heck, they could have chosen a better script to claim they wanted. Here is a copy of their emails (start reading from the bottom):

Hi David

It's more like the first report in style. We simply know this as a script report or Film Ready Script Report. The purpose is to have an independent report to add additional weight to our recommendation when passing this up to our partners. Hope this clarifies things for you.

Best wishes,
James Cole
iFilm Group (iFilm Ltd)
info@ifilmgroup.com
http://www.ifilmgroup.com

Subject: Re:__Dee_Dee
From:
Date: Mon, April 13, 2015 9:37 am
To: "info@ifilmgroup.com"

Hi James,


Just a quick question. What is the purpose of the independent script report?


I can get one that assesses the artistic quality/storyline/formatting/style of the script, or a Script Clearance Report that analyses the legal difficulties inherent within the script (names/brands/places/defamatory references etc.). Let me know if you need a simple script assessment type of report.


Cheers,

XXXXXXXXXX


Sent from Windows Mail


From: info@ifilmgroup.com
Sent: ‎Monday‎, ‎13‎ ‎April‎ ‎2015 ‎9‎:‎20‎ ‎a.m.
To: XXX@XXX.XXX


Hi David

OK in that case we can escalate your script up to our partners but we would need an independent script report attached too. If you get this done by a script editor we will arrange Rights which are negotiable around ￿25K. If you￿re unfamiliar with script editors we can recommend some.


Best wishes,
James Cole
iFilm Group (iFilm Ltd)
info@ifilmgroup.com
http://www.ifilmgroup.com




-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re:_Dee_Dee
From:
Date: Sun, April 12, 2015 2:27 pm
To: "info@ifilmgroup.com"

Hello James,


Yes I am interested in selling the rights to the script.


I look forward to hearing from you.


Please note that my contact details have changed.


Regards,


XXXX XXXX


XXXXXXXXXXXX



Sent from Windows Mail


From: info@ifilmgroup.com
Sent: ‎Sunday‎, ‎12‎ ‎April‎ ‎2015 ‎11‎:‎57‎ ‎a.m.
To: XXX@XXX.XXX


Dear David
I have recently reviewed your film script as head of development for iFilm. I am now interested in acquiring your screenplay with a view to producing the film in the future. iFilm is currently tasked to acquire over 50 screenplays with our partners / investors. Please let me know if you would be interested in selling the rights to your script?

Best wishes,
James Cole
iFilm Group (iFilm Ltd)
info@ifilmgroup.com
http://www.ifilmgroup.com


Which script editors did they recommend?

Don


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Hey Don,

They did not recommend any specific script reviewer, though Google search came up with another London-based business, Industrial Scripts, at the top of the results.

What got my doubts raised was the fact they wanted me to essentially tell them if the script was any good.

Heck, I could get a mate to do the script review and they would know no difference. Surely they have their own folk who can read? Seemed odd.


Sadie : Sadie's life descends into a murderous hell. She's still not sure she did anything wrong.
Dee Dee : When desperate love destroys her life, only friendship can save her. Or can it?

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Hey Don,

They did not recommend any specific script reviewer, though Google search came up with another London-based business, Industrial Scripts, at the top of the results.

What got my doubts raised was the fact they wanted me to essentially tell them if the script was any good.

Heck, I could get a mate to do the script review and they would know no difference. Surely they have their own folk who can read? Seemed odd.


Thanks,

That is odd.  Please keep me posted if you, for whatever reason, pursue working with these folks.

Don


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No, I do not think I will be following-up with this. The first thing I did was check out who they were, get an idea of their portfolio, average film budget, who's who. Very poor quality productions which immediately signalled that their budget would be under 1m, which has big impact on my fee. I wouldn't even bother referring them to an agent for what it would be worth to me.

You know what they say about if something seems too good to be true...

But I do think their company (iFilms) could do with a good screenwriter to help them out... hmm.


Sadie : Sadie's life descends into a murderous hell. She's still not sure she did anything wrong.
Dee Dee : When desperate love destroys her life, only friendship can save her. Or can it?

Read about Kaden Brown's books

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Dustin
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The biggest evidence against them is that both sites are operated by the same people and reside on the same server.

They may have changed tactics with the 'we can recommend one for you.' thing in the hope that the mark, so enamoured by their attention, automatically goes with their option. The marks that don't go into the bin pile.

A producer sent my script for a pro report once and organised it himself. I didn't pay a thing... and I got the report back afterwards. The real deal too, 2-3 pages.


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