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"Margaret E. Arnold" <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 10 Jun 1994 02:09:00 EDT
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In the real world of show biz, a talented writer full of ideas often do not get
his/her script read or sold.  "Catch 22" is very common.  You'd have to have an
agent, be a member of some union, have great contacts, etc., etc.  You can
never sit back and hope for the script to get picked up.  It is a hustle
business.  It's hard.  I've known the unfair game that the lousy writers gets
their scripts read while the bright ones don't have that lucky chance.  Other
reasons why the prods. don't get the script made into film is:  the writer
wrote the script for a certain actor and that actor didn't want it and hmm, it
goes to the garbage (I heard that a number of writers wrote a total of about
ninteen scripts for a certain young actress and her agent didn't agree with any
of them and so, result is...all scripts went straight to the garbage instead of
giving to any other actresses.  Sad but true in this biz.), or that actor will
be available some yrs later, or bids for the script wasn't satisfactorily meet
the agent's demands, or the budget asking was way over the limit, or 1001 other
reasons.  Show biz is like a political mess and it isn't what it used to be
where you can afford to be creative and toy around and money is plentiful and
where everyone volunteered to get it made.  No longer does a person have a
creative control over his/her what most people will find in this real
biz!  Any questions?
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