Writers from Mudville – There’s Hope for Us, Yet

Gideon’s Screenwriting Tips just became my new favorite blog. Why? Because of this post they published earlier today:

Selling Screenplays from Outside LA

It seems that the Social Networking Age has finally reached the movie business.

Oh, sure, there have been miracles like Diablo Cody, but we can’t all be stripper bloggers from Minnesota, and until recently, nobody really believed that you could actually break into the entertainment industry without living in Los Angeles.I’ve been to the Austin Film Festival enough times to know.

There are still some who don’t believe it, but it seems that their numbers are dwindling, and just like with anything, it depends more on how each individual chooses to do business than the industry as a whole. Some producers need their writers on site, because they work best with face-to-face meetings, brainstorming sessions, etc. Fair enough. Others don’t give a crap, as long as you can write a good story, they can talk to you over the phone or over Skype.

To use the words of Ernest Thayer:

“Then from five thousand throats and more there rose a lusty yell;
It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;
It knocked upon the mountain and recoiled upon the flat,
For Casey, might Casey, was advancing to the bat.”

Of course, we all know how that one ended.

A guy who strikes out two thirds of the time is considered a damn good batter, but he still fails more often then not. So now that Flynn and Jimmy Blake have made it on base, we have the real work cut out for us.


3 Responses to Writers from Mudville – There’s Hope for Us, Yet

  1. JG Sarantinos says:

    great, being out of LA doesn’t make you a lesser writer. Just come visit an event once or twice a year. Nothing beats face to face contact.. We’re in a people industry..

  2. Agreed that you need to meet people, but you don’t even have to go to LA to do that. Last time I was at AFF, I would guess that about a third of the panelists were producers/agents/managers/developers from LA, and a sizeable chunk of the rest were people who weren’t necessarily from LA, but had spent enough time there that it didn’t really matter. Meet enough of those people, and you can accomplish the same thing as you could at a similar event in LA.

    Not that I think it’s a bad idea to attend events over there. I just think that the number of “haftas” (I hafta do this, I hafta do that) are rapidly dwindling.

  3. JG Sarantinos says:

    You can twitter, you can email, you can chat online, you can call, you send flowers, you can facebook, myspace, yourspace, youtube, whatever. Electronic communications are like online dating. At some point, you have to meet face to face. But you’re right, you don’t physically need to be here all the time. Wouldn’t you rather be at the party rather than just hear about it?

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