Posts tagged ‘representation’

October 29, 2013

Practical Advice for Finding an Agent or Manager

AFF_LogoOne of the great things about the Austin Film Festival and Screenwriting Conference is how well the conference creators have balanced panels about the craft of screenwriting with the business of it.

On Friday, I attended a panel called Breaking In: Finding Representation. The panel featured two up and coming writers, Justin Marks and John Swetnam, and their representation. Justin’s manager, Adam Kolbrenner is a co-founder of Madhouse Entertainment (currently accepting submissions), and John’s agent David Boxerbaum is in the lit department over at Paradigm.

The main take-away from the session came from John, though everyone on the panel underscored his words: If you want representation, he told us, you need to write a good script. Not just a pretty good script or a script that your family thinks is good, but a script that you truly believe could compete with the movies that are showing at your local theater.

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April 28, 2011

7 Tips for Securing an Agent

This article on how to get an agent is actually written by an agent, Phillipa Burgess, so it might be worthwhile to listen to what she has to say. You’re not going to come across anything groundbreaking in this article, but it’s certainly a helpful reminder on patience and perseverance:

If you are like many writers, getting a great representative on your team or motivating the one you have to put in their best effort on your behalf is on your wish list for 2011.  Here are 7 tips that will give you your best opportunity for the successful relationship you desire.   

Write Authentically. When you ask most representatives what they are looking for one of the most common responses is “voice”.  They are looking for that something special in a script that makes them believe that the story they are reading, with all of its magic and imaginative elements, still feels real.  They want stories that keep you invested in the characters and the situation while suspending their disbelief.  The way you achieve “voice” is by being real and being true to your own experience, point of view and your philosophy about what life means.  You want to capture a common human experience in a way that lends your own unique slant and perspective to the story.  In addition they want to care about what happens in your story and they want know that they can sell it because other people will care.  Their ability to believe what’s happening in your story will directly translate in their ability to believe in you.  

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