The conversation usually goes something like this:
ME: “So, what’s working now?”
THEM: “If you want to do a [insert genre here] that’s working really well in [insert country]”.
ME: “O.k., that’s great. I have this project that I think might work.”
THEM: “Oh, tell me about it.”
ME: “Sure, it’s a [log line here]”
THEM: “Who’s in it?”
ME: “We haven’t cast it yet… that’s part of what I wanted to talk with you about. What kind of names do you think will work for this part.”
THEM: “Well, I’d have to read the script first; but, if you give me a list of names I can tell you who works for us and who doesn’t.”
ME: “Cool. Here’s who we’re thinking about (note: I already did my homework), What about [name, name, name… etc.”
THEM: “I like, name and name… don’t hire name and name.”
Right… so, that’s about what the conversation looks like.
And here’s the obvious fact about making money in film:
If you’re story isn’t good, then it’s not going to sell.
Work on your story… the rest will follow.
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