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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Friend o' the Blog Kody Chamberlain writes:
I just sold my first film to Paramount without a script, or a comic.

I had pitched a high concept story idea to Ross Richie at Boom Studios (comic publisher who also sold TAG to Universal, the freelance gig I did with Keith Giffen) with the intention of doing a graphic novel or miniseries of the story. I worked my ass off to build a strong hook and rough direction for the story and dropped it in his email box.

He loved the premise and the concept and insisted we pitch it as a TV series instead, and we could still do the comic whenever. So I said sure thing and he sent it around to a few contacts and got some strong early hits. Ross had a few meetings set up with film studios about various other projects and dropped the concept for my project idea in a few of the meetings. Before I knew it, Paramount made us a pretty strong offer. Cut to a few meetings later and we closed the deal.

So there's proof of the power of a strong hook, and I thank you, sir, for offering up the advice on building a strong hook and insisting that it deserved more attention than most people give it.
See the Variety article about it.

Way to go, Kody.

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3 Comments:

I'd like to get that kind of e-mail myself, only addressed to me from the studio in the form a paycheck with Brad Grey's signature on the bottom.

By Blogger Julie Goes To Hollywood, at 3:34 PM  

Hey Alex,

Long time fan first time commenter here...

I see in Variety where William Hutt died. He played Charles on the most recent season of Slings and Arrows.

You turned me on to Slings and Arrows and for that I thank you. What great television.

And nobody could have played Charles better. His scenes of the rehersals where he was nailing Lear as Charles, followed by him shooting up, were so full of life. I cried at the table reading scene, fer crissake.

So thank you and RIP William Hutt.

By Blogger Michael, at 10:34 PM  

:D

Watching the process in action for the first time is quite exciting.

Now, who do I blackmail to get it into production?

By Blogger Kody Chamberlain, at 9:42 AM  

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