Question by Victorlop: How do you submit a story-line to movie producers?
I have a story-line with basic ideas and characters, in which I wish to submit to any producer/director who’s willing to read and possibly consider giving some form of publication. Whether through movie, or show, or book, or anything else that involves public viewing.
I know my ambitions are a bit far-fetched but i would like to be recognized by some people.
If anyone can help, please leave specific sites, instructions, or details of any ways to show big-time producers and filmmakers what i’m capable of.
Answer by Dylan
Here’s how these things work:
1.) A script is written
2.) Script is sent to production company (Fox, WB, Sony, etc.)
3.) Script is read by lowest level
At this point, the script reader will almost certainly stamp ‘denied’ on the project. The reason being is this: If a script is passed up to the next level, and it’s not impressive, the script reader risks losing his job. I know past readers who didn’t approve a single script for months at a time. It’s not at all uncommon. Let’s go on.
4.) If a script is approved, it’s passed on to the next level up.
Same problem here, passing a script up is a dangerous thing. Think of this: Forrest Gump was denied MANY times. It went on to win the oscar for best picture. Why was it denied? Fear. Hollywood is very much a chopping block of an industry. Those who don’t impress, are fired.
5.) If a script is again approved, it can go up directly to the producer, or, depending on the size of a company, can go through a few more chains before reaching a producer who can green-light a project.
Now, consider this: Currently, the film industry has slowed to a screeching hault. There are very few films filming this year (in comparison to the past), and of those, most are reboots, re-makes, and sequels. All of the producers are playing it safe, and churning out predictable, boring films.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t try to pitch your idea, but please understand it’s a very depressing thing to do. Determination is key.
Also, it’s key that you get some kind of legal ‘ownership’ of the idea, in whatever form you have it. A copyright, something.
Hope that helps!
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