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

February 4, 2010

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.


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