Once again I didn't listen to my girlfriend’s sage advice. It bit me in the ass. I broke her rule of not reading Internet reviews for my family film, “The Stream.”
Recently I was in a pitch meeting with a screenwriter. Though he was brand new to the business, he was doing a great job of selling himself and his project. His story concept was strong. The execution was solid. The characters were compelling. Needless to say, I was seconds from asking him to submit his script when he did something that totally derailed his effort.
Simple math: The average screenplay takes two hours to read, so asking a busy pro to read a script is the equivalent of asking for two hours of their time. Writers need to keep this equation in mind when attempting to submit to a producer, agent, manager, or development executive.