Finding a producer for your screenplay can be tough. They are constantly working on a number of projects and some are submitted hundreds of scripts on a daily basis. Essentially, their time is very valuable and in high demand. So it is your job to make sure your script is not only good but that it stands out from the rest.
This post focuses on 3 different things you can include with you script when sending it out to potential producers that will help your chances of being picked from the rest of the stack. NOTE: The points listed below are not guaranteed to land you a producer but will help persuade and possibly convince them to jump on board.
1. Include a ONE SHEET List Containing Multiple Selling Points
A “One Sheet” is one single page that is placed on top of your script that includes a number of selling points of why your project is not only a movie worth making but a movie that is going to sell.
Topics to include are: Unique aspects of your script, Specific niche markets that your movie reaches out to, Gimmicks, Why it is going to sell, and What your plan is to do with the movie once it is made.
Be as specific as possible while at the same time keeping it brief and to the point. Remember, producers read a lot of scripts and have lots of things to accomplish in a day. So if your points don’t read quickly, then it’s on to the next one.
2. List The Estimated Run Time
This may seem silly but this is an important point to touch on, because often distributors (both foreign and domestic) want their movies at specific run times. A good producer knows this and will take this into consideration before signing onto a project.
I recommend putting a run time of no less than 90 minutes and no more than 105 minutes. Even if your script is 140 pages still put a time between these two numbers because more often than not when your movie is complete it will be much short than the script. For Example, look at a Woody Allen’s Vicky, Christina, Barcelona—a script of 138 pages with a run time of only 95 minutes.
(*Quick Note- It is often stated that in film, one page = one minute on screen)
3. A Logline or Plot Summary
Even though the producer is about to read your script, it is still good to let them know what it is they are about to read. Plus, if you have a really good logline they might be sold on the concept alone, who knows?
However, a logline can go much further than just letting the producer know what your script is about; it also lets them know that you as a filmmaker know what your movie is about. Too many times producers have asked a writer or director what their movie is about and instead of getting a short two sentence answer they get a long winded, confusing ramble.
Be concise, brief, and feed them with all killer and no filler.
*Also, if you’re having trouble writing your logline allow me to suggest taking a look at one of our older posts—How To Write The Perfect LoglineJ http://indiemoviemaking.com/how-to-write-the-perfect-logline/#more-487
Extra Tip: Include A List Of Name Actors You Would Like For Your Project
Saying who you would like to play certain parts may or may not help you sell your script to a producer, unless they are already attached, but it might give them a clearer idea of your vision and other markets that actor/actress may open your movie too.
Don’t be to unrealistic either with your picks. Make sure the actor/actress not only fits well with your project but that they would also be affordable for the budget you plan on filming with.
Well, that’s it for this post! I hope it helps you find the right producer for your film and gives you a leg up against all the competitionJ. If you have any comments or ideas of your own regarding this post, please leave a comment at the bottom of the page. We’d love to hear from you!
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