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Writer-director Armando Iannucci and producer/Festival Chairman Kevin Loader talk about the script development and filming process of In the Loop.
For that you need to be aware of the myths and preconceptions about Hollywood: No one knows anything. It actually means that you can’t tell what’s going to be the next hit. Instead, you send it to someone else who will see what you can do and hire you to write something else. There was a question from the audience about how stupid films get made to which Doug replied that they might not be rubbish, just made with a specific audience in mind which might not have been you.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on Vera Mark’s inkblog.We’ve made it not only necessary but acceptable for women to make the first move, shaking up outdated gender norms.We prioritise kindness and respect, providing a safe online community for users to build new relationships.The event brought together hundreds of screenwriters, and agents, producers and film-makers.
Over the four busy exciting days there were talks and discussions, networking and mingling, and speed dating between writers and agents/producers.
Such as Blow Dry (2001) with Alan Rickman – a film reported to be terrible – that Beaufoy has never seen.
Beaufoy found himself constantly being defensive, “protecting” his work, so that it wouldn’t get “ruined” by the others, it was like always wearing a helmet to a meeting, but he started becoming more flexible over time and learned to get over the anger.
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This is part 3 of the Cheltenham Screenwriters’ Festival series.
And that’s what he did – he made a film that got short-listed for an Oscar in 2009. He told everyone that he’s going to do it and that made him push harder because people were watching. Chris also compared a screenwriter’s career to the hero’s journey: first you have an ordinary world – you’ve got a frustrating day job, and you want to write a script – a call to adventure – but you don’t know where to start, how to make a living, so at first you reject the call. For producers, magic is more important than your hard work.