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The community and the market is in a constant change and predictions are hard to make. You didn’t have to like because you weren’t the target audience.“Perception is reality and vice versa,” Doug said, comparing Hollywood to a high school: first, someone is ignored and no one wants to be friends with them; then someone discovers them and becomes their champion, and then suddenly everyone realises that this guy is cool and everyone wants to be their friend! B from Studio D and the next week he’s fired and you’re out of a job as well. Also, there’s a herd mentality – often studios want to make films another studio had a success with (i.e.Read the rest of this entry » Filed in Screenwriters' Festival, Screenwriting ·Tags: cheltenham screenwriters festival, film-making, India, Peter Bloore, screenwriter, Screenwriting, script development, script meeting, Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire, who wants to be a millionaire?This is part 3 of the Cheltenham Screenwriters’ Festival series.

:) This is part 1 of reports from the Cheltenham Screenwriters’ Festival (26-29 Oct).Iannucci spent time in Washington and in the White House, where he sneaked in with a random ID card pretending to attend a meeting. Whatever it is, you need to get over your negative thinking.He met politicians and journalists, asking “boring” questions like what Read the rest of this entry » Filed in Screenwriting ·Tags: Armando Iannucci, british comedy, cheltenham screenwriters festival, comedy, feature film, Ian Martin, improvisation, In the Loop, James Gandolfini, Jesse Armstrong, Kevin Loader, Mimi Kennedy, political satire, screenwriter, Screenwriting, script development, Simon Blackwell, The Thick of It, Tony Roche, White House Notes from the Cheltenham Screenwriters’ Festival 2009. Read the rest of this entry » Filed in Screenwriting ·Tags: AP Watt, Caroline Ferguson, cheltenham screenwriters festival, creativity, development hell, Janice Day, Jerrold Mundis, Julia Cameron, Kate Leys, networking, Rob Kraitt, screenwriter, Screenwriting, script development, script market, scriptwriting, The Script Factory, Tony Grisoni, writing tips The Writer’s Journey.So you need a champion – someone who likes you, and that person (producer, agent, director…) will open doors for you. You need to send your scripts to competitions, send query letters, network, make contacts, create relationships. The fact is that Hollywood is based on relationships. Bug’s Life and Antz), and if some film with some particular theme or subject becomes a flop then that subject will be considered dead for a while, and no one will accept scripts dealing with it.And when pitching a project to a producers – you need to sell it to them the same way they sell a film to you. Perception is reality, and perception is something that you can control. If there’s a film with bugs that flops don’t go offering a bug script to anyone. According to Simon van der Borgh in another session there are trends that come and go – for example there’s psychological horror, slasher/torture porn, and vampire films – one type of horror film fades out, the other is rediscovered, and so they keep circling. ————————————————————————————————————————- Have a look at other notes from the Screenwriters Festival: Part 2: Making a Living as a Writer Part 3: Armando Iannucci and Kevin Loader on In the Loop Part 4: Screenwriter as Diplomat with Simon Beaufoy Cheltenham Screenwriters Festival website More notes from the Screenwriters Festival 2009 here on Vera Mark’s inkblog.

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