The person we are supposed to loathe. Many production companies don’t accept query letters; especially the big ones. It is more beneficial for those, who do not have any contacts in the business. As well, remember that even low concept scripts have to be pitched, so it’s even more important to write a strong logline for low concept projects, using active words, and conveying the essence of the story in an exciting way. Film & Television Production Companies for Screenwriters: If you're unsure how to approach a film or television production company when marketing your screenplay, please click on Get an Agent for some sound advice. “Well, uh… there’s this guy…” is not high concept. I read far too many loglines, that are two and three sentences, which describe in excruciating detail a character’s features, back-story and inner thoughts because the writer believes all of this is important, and it is to the film, just not the logline. Not one of the 1,500+ producers, agents, directors, managers, and actors who have posted with me has ever produced a script without first seeing a query letter. Home : 415-555-0000 Cell: 415-555-0000. Query letters are the backbone to screenwriting success, and our site is a testament to that. If you are blindly submitting your logline online to producers, chances are your script doesn’t fit their current needs. There’s also this: over the years I’ve pitched to countless producers and there’s this… glaze.. that descends over a producer’s eyes once she or he has decided that your story doesn’t interest them. If you are living that close to poverty (which most writers are) find another form of income in the meantime. You can use the same technique in your own query letters. Cedar Grove Agency Entertainment PO Box 1692 Issaquah WA 98027 How to contact: Send one-page synopsis; do not send email attachment or call; presently does not represent horror, erotic thrillers or period pieces Email address: Are you a retired cop and your story follows the life of two cops in the inner city? I have no idea if anyone ever wrote a query letter for the film. Here’s a quick test: if you can’t quickly recite your script’s logline smoothly and without any hesitation, in one sentence, and without any practice… your script may not be high concept. QUESTIONS I HAVE FIELDED OVER THE YEARS… & THE ANSWERS: Q: Should I start off with a catchy JOKE? 4) Use emotion to create a connection in your query letter (use emotionally powerful words—here’s a great list of emotionally powerful words you can use) One screenwriter I knew who was very successful at promoting his screenplays, used to create something called an open loop at the end of his query letters. Do you want to be able to write a query letter that is so good that it will leave a producer desperate to read your script? Write a general query letter. Sell Your Screenplay: Become A Movie Producer – The biggest reason I left my hometown for New York was so I could work in a production company. After all, you’ve done all this great work putting together you’re query letter, why not take some time to promote your work and give it the time it deserves. The above is a made-up query letter for the hit film Life is Beautiful. Will your hero lose the love of his/her life? When industry professionals post with us, they request a query letter first. Even a brilliant script like “Good Will Hunting,” which on the face of it is fairly high concept (A genius works as a janitor at MIT), depends almost totally on the execution, which was of course brilliant. They have to present your script to investors. What else should be listed? Ah, the query letter. The following articles an interviews are from our older blog. Now I’ve already talked about how to write a great query letter from a technical point of view and if you haven’t already read this popular post then you should definitely check it out. You "stack your deck" with the best of your best. You get a professional query letter written for your screenplay highlighting its most commercial elements.. Then we will help you select the best set of producers to market to from our extensive database of Hollywood Executives in which we track about 3000 companies and the execs and the people who work there. But it’s okay to tailor and edit your logline to fit a producer’s specific needs and request. Because, as I said in my last answer, the chances of making money as a screenwriter are incredibly small. If I had a nickel for every bad query I’ve read, I’d be a rich, rich, (did I say rich? Write several different versions. Read almost any post on Screenwriting Staffing and you will find that almost 100% of the producers ask to only see a logline and maybe a synopsis before they decide on reading a full screenplay. My conclusion? They are used as a pitching device when getting your script read, produced, and purchased. The best script to write, in terms of commerciality, is a well executed high concept script: “A marketing genius opens an amusement park featuring scientifically resurrected dinosaurs.” High concept, brilliantly executed, and thus one of the most successful films of all time. They want to make sure that your story matches their needs. A LOGLINE is a one to two sentence version of your 100+ page screenplay. So keep a couple backup loglines in your arsenal. Writers get excited to describe their story and so they go on and on about all the “cool” story elements and forget to tell just the simple story that makes the film compelling enough to first, want to read, and second, want to see. 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This will help jog their memory. Don’t waste the pro’s time if your script doesn’t fit their needs. Jennifer loves good movies, music and animals. 1) They help you, the writer, realize the true meaning and premise of your story in its simplest form. ), at a film festival, a private meeting, a screenwriting pitchfest, an introduction, or standing in line at a coffee shop. (note: loglines are NOT taglines, make sure you are familiar with the difference). Q: If I know someone the producer knows, is it acceptable to mention this? You should make the letter personable and professional. “A dishonest lawyer is magically forced to always tell the truth.” “A little boy wakes up in an adult’s body.” Quickly conveyed, easy to remember and repeat. Query letters are the backbone to screenwriting success, and our site is a testament to that. It literally could be the difference between having a producer read your script or having it languish on your computer’s hard drive. Your logline should resonate and reverberate in every single page of your screenplay. } 36 words. Ah, the query letter. What if you don’t have any credits or experience? There are many risks that come with neglecting your logline. Dear Director of Development; Q: When do I follow up on my query letter? I have surveyed/vetted thousands of initial e-mail submissions (screenplay query letters) over a very short period of time.