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is there any point actually writing it, since it's never going to get made?
have you seen the kind of shit that gets made into films?
But I'm thinking more in terms of how you would actually go about getting it made. The writing part is easy...well, not easy, but it's simple in terms of steps: Have idea, work out idea, write film, print off (assuming you don't get writer's block or just give up or something).
It's just the actual process of getting it made...it's more luck than talent, innit? I'm the kind who would fold like a common deckchair if he got rejected.
a good treatment is what's needed...
you can even sell that to others
Have you dealt with them? What are they like if you have?
I went to a few workshops after meeting gurinda chadha who told me to fuck off and go to them.
I had one promising start when I submitted a treatment for this channel 4 thing for young black writers but Iwas starting my MA not expecting them to take it on so I didn't follow up after they contacted me.
From then on I got too involved at uni and yeh...I didn;t bother again.
Was the Channel 4 thing completely off your own back or did they call you and ask for the treatment?
they contacted me beginning of term for my MA to develop the script and I just didn't have the time
You've been very patient. Thanks for the information and advice. Having a look on the 4Talent thing now. Scriptfactory too. Both look really interesting.
you'd have to know people already in the film biz (which I don't), they always want people who have experience (which I don't), you have to deal with a great many cunty media types (which I would not be good at), and you'd have to have something wanky like an agent or "contacts", right?
Then there's the fact that even if you wrote the greatest film ever, suppose it contained an hilarious joke about abortion or something and the person reading it had recently had one/had a partner who had one...that one joke could mean your Citizen Kane gets thrown in the bin immediately. Eugh.
if you really have a good script. Your last paragraph is compete rubbish.
what you are talking about is if you want to work in the film industry as a writer...that's a different thing from having an idea and wanting to develop that script.
You can contact people who just finished production courses and link up.
Or you can sign up to mailing lists of uk prod companies or channel 4 talent thingy and hand in script for their competitions.
to work on...
jsut don;t make it a star wars epic..
something small, maybe located in a number of easily accessible locations...that means more smaller prod teams might be interested
some kind of amateur production maybe?
or turn the idea into fiction which is easier to self publish
same format as a script almost
You'd need to be prepared for many rejections before it happens though. Not necessarily a reflection of the work, just the way it is eh. There's plenty of grant schemes and the like that you can apply for to potentially get it made.
Have you done it? How did you find it?
I studied tv production for a few years though so I've looked in to it a lot and know plenty of people who have done it. Obviously it's pretty demoralizing at times, but if you're confidence in your script then you'll manage. Like people have said, try hooking up with people who are studying or just finished who will be keen to work on anything they can. Once you have an actual script then you can apply for grants etc. If you have a look on the bbc writers room site as well they regularly update it with stuff new writers can apply for, could be a good place to get some experience.
There's always folk looking for writers on there. Mostly for low-no pay, bt again will be good experience.
Feel much more enlightened as a result. I knew the good people of DiS wouldn't fail me.