Sunday, February 17, 2013

Are Script Expos, Coverage Services and Picthfests Scams? (Pt 1)

David Know of has just posted part one of what promises to be a really juicy series. As we all know, the answer to the headline (also the name of the article) is: sometimes, yeah. And let the buyer beware!
Yes, the business of screenwriting will always attract shysters willing to prey on people with a dollar and a dream. Yes, there are many people who talk a similar rhetoric about ‘paradigms’ and ‘character arcs’ so it all feels like a con or cult built around scripting for showbiz. But some people must find it all useful, right?
Check out part one, which addresses the pros and cons of pitch fests, among other things, and features quotes from yours truly as well as a nice assortment of people who know what they're talking about. There are some really smart, worth-it folks out there offering valuable help; and there are indeed a few people out there who really don't know what the hell they're talking about and really shouldn't be offering their services as script readers or consultants in any way, shape or form. Looking forward to the next installment. Bring it, David!

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