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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Chris C writes in:
"Maybe we should post the script on [a] blog and get people to tell us what they think."
Well, aside from the likelihood that someone might steal your idea and write it up better than you (you can copyright your script, but not the idea behind it), the problem is that most people are not qualified to read a script. Hell, most people in the industry don't know how to read a script. And you're going to revise your script based on the last guy to read your blog?

I do suggest that if you don't know anyone in the biz who can read your TV spec, you find the most intelligent person on the relevant Television Without Pity forum and ask him or her if they'd be willing to read it for you. But then you've at least established that they know what they're talking about.

All feedback is useful, if you know how to use it. If someone has a problem, there is probably something wrong with your script, though it's not always what they think is the problem. But most people's suggestions on how to fix your script are crap. Most people do not know how to write or edit a script. Sorry, but it requires years of application to your craft, and a bit of talent too. And most of the people who have both talent and craft are too busy writing and story editing for money to chip in their $2,000 worth of advice for free on the Net.

That's why I wouldn't be interested in "open source filmmaking."

But hey, if it's fun, why not? And I could be wrong.




Revise a script based on what people post on a blog.


have even MORE hands involved in the process?


That's officially the worst idea I think I've ever heard.

After Intelligent Design, I mean.

By Blogger DMc, at 6:15 PM  

Ack, that was NOT me, I was merely POINTING to it. WORST IDEA EVER, imho.

Besides you really have to sit down and talk over the story and hash out the big picture, as without an full assessment as to what the 'big shot' wants, imparting my vision on someone else's vision is a ticket to nowhere.

By Blogger Christopher Coulter, at 10:22 PM  

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