Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Script Revolution

I posted "Double Trouble" to the Script Revolution website today. Essentially, it does what sites like The Black List do -- allow screenwriters to post their material, allow agents and producers to peruse them -- but for free.

As horrid as the process of selling a script is for those not already plugged into the Hollywood scene, I refuse to pay someone as part of flogging my screenplay. On principle, and because you never know what's a scam and what isn't.

On the other hand, a place that charges nothing should be OK, right?

But...I had to wonder -- cynic that I am -- how are the folks behind Script Revolution paying for the site? What's their angle? My suspicions about any website are legion. There's always a way to make money from getting people to sign on for free. Selling email addresses, collecting data. And so on.

However, as best as I could tell from the internet sleuthing I did, nothing suggests Script Revolution is anything other than what it claims to be.

It's hard to know how useful the site is -- but given how hard it is to get someone to even look at a movie script, well . . . what the hell, right?

As it stands now, after about 350 queries, I managed to get 4-5 producers (can't remember, exactly) to request the whole script.

It's a crazy system.

2 comments:

CJ Walley said...

Hey Steven,

It's great to see you're a member of Script Revolution and have uploaded some of your work. Besides the reading/reviewing team within Shootin' The Shorts, it's really just me. I built the site myself and, up until recently, funded it myself too. Now members can help keep the site running via Patreon, but it's totally their choice.

I'm working hard to make the site as effective as possible all the time and there's a long way to go in terms of building its reputation in the industry. I'm really thankful of early adopters like yourself.

Keep writing, my friend.

Steven J. Wangsness said...

Thanks for getting in touch, C.J. It's a good thing you've done!