Question by Tina: Should I send a query letter to major studios/production companies?
I have written some feature film scripts. I have no agent and no writing credits (apart from runner up positions in some major scriptwriting competitions). Should I send a query letter asking if they will read my script, to the studios and production companies? If so, what do I include in the letter. And, if asked to send it, should I register my script before sending it to them? I live in the UK, so who do I register it with and will that cover me for all companies all over the world (particularly the US)?
Answer by Earl D
It’s probably easier to get read in the UK
You might want to register it with the Writer’s Guild West.
Generally you write to the heads of production or indies.
The query letter is the best approach and if they are willing to read they send you a release/contract you have to sign.
You write people like Jerry Weintraub, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jon Peters and these days I’d approach Andrew Stevens, who is probably very approachable and could broker a script if he likes it.
It’s also good to approach producers with no projects but studio offices. They will consider anything.
Remember don’t give any story details.
Your runner up in script competitions IS a credit and I’d used it.
I’d also recomend you “student play” the scripts. Go to a college Theater Department and get a group of students to do the script and sit out there and watch it, maybe even video it and “see how it plays” and see where the problems are.
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