Sunday, February 08, 2009


(August 2008)

So, with a script that seems to be half-way decent. I contacted every producer, production company, affiliate, or person of note that I could within my small network of contacts.

The list came to about 15 people -- the way I saw it is that cold-calling- and sending unsolicited is not the way forwards. Better for me to concentrate of where there is a connection of sorts.

So I sent it out. Sometimes via email, sometimes I posted a hardcopy.

It's really funny, until people have seen the script, they are at least willing to respond to your emails or talk to you. The same thing happened with my directing reel when I sent it to all the ad-agencies in London. I suppose, that until they've seen what you have to send them, they work on the assumption that you might be somebody. When they do have evidence that you're a nobody, everything changes.

After several weeks, and follow up emails, of all the people I sent it out to, only one got back to me. And in that case, I used to WORK for that company.  The conclusions, nobody was interested, nobody cared enough to even just tell me to politely fuck off.

Being the eternal pragmatist, this didn't surprise me. But now I realised that I would have to find a way to raise the money myself.

Essentially there are two real options available to the project.

a) £50,000 - £100,000


b) £1,000,000+

For a small scale psychological horror both of these are viable, but obviously have major ramifications on the logistics of the shoot and how we do it.

All this time I've had another 'producer' attached - but it took him about 5 months to read the script after I sent it to him. And even when he finally did read it, he cussed it, considering it deeply flawed etc etc.

The real point for me to take away from this was that he really wasn't committed to the project any more. Which was a shame, but the way it goes. I sent him an email saying that it probably wasn't in out best interests to work on this project together. 

He agreed.

And suddenly all on my own. Not that I'd been operating in tandem with him anyway, I'd been acting alone, but it was always a situation where I'd at least had somebody to fall back on. (or I thought I did)

At this lower echelon of the film industry, where it is hard to distinguish between the wannabees and the gonnabees I've met a lot of different people. Each one of them is convinced that they know the way in and are following the correct path.

Many of them have one foot inside the door and are struggling to get in the other. But among them I've met some fucking retards. I wish I could name and shame, but I won't. Who know, maybe they say the same shit about me.

So. I'm now operating alone, in debt up to my eyeballs, I have a decent script, yet nobody in the film industry is willing to back me.

What the fuck do I do next?

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