Test Your Screenwriting I.Q.: Pt 12

True or False

1. High-concept scripts sell for more money than non high-concept scripts.

True.

2. Bringing in a poster of your movie won’t help sell it.

False. When pitching, having your potential buyer visualize the movie poster can help in fostering a sale.

3.    Showcasing your short films on “YouTube” won’t help your screenwriting career.

False. Anything that gets your work and name out there can help.

4. Produced film and TV scripts can be purchased online.

That’s true.

5. Below-the-line refers to behind-the-scenes talent.

True.

6. There is a limit on how many writers can be brought in to rewrite a sold script.

False. The studio can bring in as many writers as they want.

7. Most new TV series begin with a proposal, a list of characters, and six storyline episodes.

True.

8. Associate Producer credit is essentially a throwaway credit.

True. It’s given out as a favor like to the director’s girlfriend or the producer’s brother-in-law.

9. The average film budget is 75 million these days.

False. It’s closer to 40-50 million.

10. A star who lends his or her name to a project is contractually bound to appear in the film should it get made.

That’s false. The star can back out before the deal closes.

3 thoughts on “Test Your Screenwriting I.Q.: Pt 12

  1. Susan Modregon

    It’s good to see that posting on web can get your script noticed and bought. I had posted a lot on writing.com but began to wonder if I was giving my work away. Would producers and publishers want to bother with something people already read for free? I recently had someone online tell me the benefits and that this wasn’t the case. But it is good to see it coming from someone successful in the field. It’s also good to see you were unrepresented. I haven’t a credit to my name; no valuable references or resume to speak of. Once I get my script ready what is the best way to start? Besides posting on youtube, what advice would you give a screen writer in finding the right producer and approaching them?

  2. Melissa Webster

    I am so glad you said that about posting your work on the Internet. I wrote a feature-length musical based on a hugely successful band’s music and was banging my head against brick walls trying to get the script to the band for consideration. And then a friend told me about a thread on the band’s official fan site that is specifically there for fans to post creative work that was inspired by their music. So I posted excerpts of my script on it. I doubt the band checks the site, but a lot of the fans read the script, so it doesn’t feel completely wasted, and who knows? Somebody, somewhere might read it and take a liking to my work, and help me get it to the band. And you’re right. It gets my name out there, which is good. But I was worried I may have screwed up or made myself vulnerable by putting it on the web. So thanks again for the reassurance. Now I know at least what I did can’t hurt anything.

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