Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Short Script Blues

Several times now I've advertised my short film scripts in the pitch bulletin on Shooting People. It's meant to bring like minded people together to get things made, so why is it every time I'm left disappointed?

It's not that I don't get any replies, in fact on my latest pitch I got five in the first day. It's not that people don't agree to film my scripts, it's that they always pull out at the last minute. Four times now a director has loved one of my scripts, agreed to film it, got near to the shooting day and then pulled out. It's so frustrating!

I even had one director who dropped the script because I wouldn't drop my fee from £150 to £100. For the sake of £50 he wouldn't go ahead with the shoot!!! He really pissed me off.

All I want is someone to come along who likes my script and actually films it when they say they will. Not too much to ask, is it?


Elinor said...

Do they all pull out for similar reasons, Dom?

Dom Carver said...

No, different reasons. One because the cost of filming it had escalated. One because of the £50. One because he wanted to decide what he was going to work on in the next six months (still don't understand that one). And the last one didn't give a reason, he just pulled out.

potdoll said...

Why weren't you prepared to drop your fee by £50 if it meant getting your film made Dom?

Dom Carver said...

Coz I'm an idiot!!!

potdoll said...

Hee! :)

Phill Barron said...

I've been in the same situation several times - it's why I've given up on short films, people think they're easy to make and set off all guns blazing only to find out it's actually quite hard and they give up.

Plus, unless the end result is amazing, they just don't really lead anywhere.