What do I do with just a script?

(Blair Hunter) #1

I’ve been busting my butt trying to finish a web series but it always falls apart at some point- three times now!! IT’s just so hard with no money and barely anyone on board. So I have all these scripts but don’t really know what to do with them… I want to see them made but I might not have what I need right not to make them and it feels like a waste to keep writing and saving things and then doing nothing with them.

So… what can ya do with a web series script? Or several?

(Bri Castellini) #2

I’m gonna be real honest… I have no idea. For me, I store them away until I meet the right combo of people and haven’t asked for a favor in a while haha. When it comes to pitching, :woman_shrugging: I think @Monica_West is answering your question about brands in another thread, but @Alex_LeMay can offer sage advice re:pitching (and has already at #Film-School:lemay-makes-a-series!)

(Ghetto Nerd Girl) #3

@Blair I know the feeling. What is within your skillset? Could you do a graphic novel or a sizzle reel to create buzz? I have some web series scripts I’d like to develop but don’t have the funds and I plan to do 1 of those 2 things with it.

(Jonathan Hardesty) #4

Goodness, I have a bunch of those that can’t get made for some reason or another. I’m always trying to adapt the broad ideas into a different format. One example of this is that a few of my stories I can’t get made have been fused into a D&D campaign I run. It’s not a show or anything, but it’s technically for an audience and it is a form of storytelling. I can always come back to them later or re-purpose them as I see fit.

Frankly, I think having a giant pool of stuff you’ve created is great because you can always frankenstein them into new things.

(Meg Carroway) #5

Keep them for your portfolio! Or better yet… submit to contests and film festivals with screenplay sections! Sometimes you’ll get cash to help you make the thing, sometimes you’ll get connected with people who would want to make it with/for you. DEFINITELY submit them if you think they’re good!

(Bri Castellini) #6

This!! Actually, when I wrote my short film, I had no hopes of producing it, but on a whim (and because I had a discount) I submitted it to a random film festival, and it was selected as one of the best short film scripts! After I posted that on social media, there was immediate interest in helping me make it, even for free. So getting some credibility for your scripts before pre-production might be a great way to generate interest in making it! Something to think about

(Phillip Lewis ) #7

This is kind of why I choose animation for a webseries medium. Over 75% of the work in can do myself. I really wanted Planet X to be a live action. However when I factored in the cost of green screen work, locations and trying to get people to work for a small budget it seemed more frustrating. Especially since I don’t live in Los Angeles.

(Chris Hadley) #8

Which contests accept web series scripts? Which would you recommend?

(Herman Wang) #9

As an example, Miami Web Fest has a Script category - for 2019 there are 18 selected scripts.

It’s a fun festival and takes place right near South Beach.

(Phillip Lewis ) #10

I might enter this myself even when the animation is complete :grinning:

(Steven Bucky Butler) #11

I agree with the contests and film festivals, but do your homework because some of them might be a scam. Film Freeway is a good place to look for festivals in your area. I also agree with the graphic novel idea but again that’s a whole other can of worms in and of itself to get done.

Also if you feel it’s good enough script, write a query letter to an agency to ask them to take a look at it. You can find a list of agencies at the WGA or Writer’s Guild of America website.

Lastly if you want more create feedback on a script and if you have a Facebook account, maybe join a screenwriters group because that could build connections. I happen to run a screenwriters group on Facebook called Writers In Waiting. LinkedIn is also a good place to build screenwriting connections as well, I’m a member of some screenwriting groups on LinkedIn.

Otherwise, I have a lot of scripts too, but money is tight on my end to actually produce them, I might submit a script into my local film festival next year.

Anyway I wish you luck and hopefully your script can actually be produced but again it’s a long shot.

(Alex Barbag) #12

I only write stuff that I can execute myself. I think that’s the Duplass brother’s MO, as well. Not that this helps your current situation.

(Chris Hackett) #13

I wondered alot about screenplay contests but have read so many horror stories and even the one I submitted to I barely got more than just the confirmation that they got my money.

But I have tons of scripts right outside my self funding area that I’d just like more eyeballs on that I’ll give them another shot.

How communicative should I be with the contact people for these things? Creative work being so wild west personality wise I don’t want to be annoying.

(Bri Castellini) #14

It certainly depends on the contest- I always go through FilmFreeway so usually you have an understanding of when you’re supposed to hear from them and can reach out around then. You can also then ask FilmFreeway to ask up on things on your behalf.