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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

A Friend of Mine Is Looking For Scripts

Actually, he's working for a guy who is looking to finance movies in the $2-$6 million range (though probably on the lower end of that to start). And they are actively looking for scripts, WGA or non-WGA.

This is the criteria they want, aside from the low-budget thing:

-- Age 17-24 demographic.

-- Commercial genres and high concept hooks, but executed with an art-house sensibility. The sort of thing a studio would be afraid to make, but will be fast to copy when it becomes successful.

-- They ARE interested in smart thrillers, R-rated comedies, or coming of age stories (with some sort of commercial hook).

-- They are NOT interested in biopics, period pieces, or non-human characters (monsters, ghosts, aliens, etc). They are also not interested in torture porn, slasher films, or scripts that rely on cats jumping out of closets because they don't have any legitimate scares.

-- It would be helpful if the script breaks typical cinematic conventions in some way, for example non-linear storytelling (like PULP FICTION, MEMENTO or GO), unreliable narrators (THE OPPOSITE OF SEX, FIGHT CLUB, THE USUAL SUSPECTS) or general cinematic weirdness (though more along the lines of Charlie Kaufman than David Lynch or David Cronenberg).

-- Attachments are okay, but they aren't interested in just being financiers; they want a say in the creative end of things.

If you have a good script that fits the bill, e-mail me (my e-mail addy is in my profile) and I'll give you the contact info for them.

They seem very legit, and it could be a solid opportunity for the right writer/script.


At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pardon me for being ignorant, but is this how most script requirements are laid out to writers? Seems tough for a writer (or script) to be aimed at the 17-24 demographic. Perhaps this is industry shorthand for something I am not familiar with. What specifically do you guys think it means to aim a script at 17-24 age group?

At 2:15 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

In this case it probably means R-rated, with main characters in that age range, and not really concerned with the things that consume older audiences (marriage, kids, etc) but instead entertainment that a 19-year-old will see with his/her friends on Friday night.

It's not all that specific, but it does rule out Jane Austen and anything set to star Angela Lansbury.

At 6:14 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Thanks for the tip, Scott. Given all the writers who frequent this blog you SHOULD be getting a lot of e-mails.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA


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