At least it started that way!
So I had my postponed meeting with S at major prodco. It didn't start off all that well. First of all it is hot as hell in Sunny London and my old bus don't got no A/C. I left my house in plenty of time only to get held up by some frickin roade census so by the time I got there I had about 5 minutes to spare.
Couldn't find anywhere to park nearby so ended up sprinting. So I'm there, dripping sweat and waiting to be buzzed in when a girl appears from off the dstreet and lets me in. I thank her politely then follow her up the stairs without saying a word as nI go to reception.
You've guessed it. An assistant shows me in to an office, and there's the girl who let me in. It was S but I hadn't recognised her. Hell it's been 10 years.
We had a bit of a laugh and she said we've changed a lot. I don't know what possesed me but I quipped 'Yep, fatter and greyer, but enough about you'!
Sometimes I think I should just cut my tongue out and be done with it.
Breezes were shot. Ten years caught up on. I told her about my LA adventures, heavilly censored of course. She told me of the various shows, jobs and projects she'd been involved in. Many many many.
I was gearing up to pitch my high concept cop drama when she said. I like your high concept cop drama.
Blow me down. I didn't even know she'd seen it.
Then came the question I was dreading. ' Is it just the treament or do you have a script?'
The reasin I was dreading it was because at that point I had to decide to tell her if there was a script or not. There is. But here's the thing. If they like the treatment they will option that and the chances are you will get paid to write the script. If you say there is a script they'll try and option the whole package for the price of the treatment.
In that case you'd be crazy to say there is a script?
Believe it or not Cop shows are a hard sell. The networks are awash with them. If you want to try and get one away you have to show how it is different from the herd. The best tool for doing that is the script.
So I said yes there is a script.
She asked if many had seen the project.
This is where you say no, but it's going out wide this week.
In this case it is but there's no harm in saying it anyway. I guarantee you'll be read quicker.
So......I've just emailed it over to her.
I'll keep you posted!
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