I received this email today from Dan and thought it was something worth posting. His company has a very unothodox approach for writers. I am not endorsing his company or its approach. I do not personally know them. However, I do know of them and I can tell you they have a real company with real projects set up around town. Perhaps your story is right for this kind of approach:
Hi, there. You don’t know me but I, too, am a screenwriter. I’ve read and enjoyed your blog for a couple of months now and, first and foremost, just wanted to tell you to keep up the good work. I really enjoy your writing and the legal insight you bring to things has been invaluable. I truly look forward to every post. No where else on the web have I found a site quite like yours with as much practical knowledge and advice (and, yes, I’ve tried Artful Writer or Josh Friedman’s blog like you suggested). I (and I’m sure many others) am truly grateful that you’re doing it.
Secondly, I wanted to let you know about a topic that you and some of your readers might find interesting. No, I’m not selling Amway. 🙂 I’ve recently started working for a company called Platinum Studios (www.platinumstudios.com) and they’ve asked me to help them promote a program they just started up for screenwriters. Take a look at excerpt from an article below (You should also take a look at the whole article, too, as it offers some great alternative ideas about getting a screenplay seen and produced.) It’s from Script Magazine’s March issue and details things better than I ever could. You can find out a lot more about the program on our website www.screenwritersubmissions.com. I don’t want to go into too much detail here, as I really don’t want to bother you with this if you’re simply not interested, but if you have any questions or want to simply know more, feel free to ask.
Most importantly, though, honestly, I just wanted to take this excuse to thank you for a great blog that I’m sure speaks to a lot of us out there.
Platinum Studios, LLC
COMICS NOT A LAUGHING MATTER
GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND OFF THE SCRIPT STACK
By John Scott Lewinski
Script Magazine Vol. 12, no. 2
While so many film projects are being jump-started from magazine articles, books and especially comic books, some writers might look to translate their feature script to a more comic-friendly format.
Platinum Studios is an entertainment company with an active stake in more than 2, 500 characters that have appeared in hundreds of millions of comics in 25 languages in more than 50 countries. According to Lee Nordling, Platinum’s executive editor, the company’s library is continually expanding through its comics acquisition and publishing program.
“I feel terrible for screenwriters who have to struggle just to get an industry exec to read what they write,” Nordling said. “I also can’t imagine how many talented writers this process wastes per year. Platinum’s own unique niche in Hollywood is to adapt from comics that have been previously published or that we will be publishing (or financing for publication). Studios understand that we draw on a different talent pool than more traditional production companies, a talent pool that includes a lot of new, talented writers.
“Where this has added value for us is that if the development of an adaptation of a comic falls through, we always have the source material with which to begin a new adaptation. This is much more difficult to do when a group is developing a project as an original screenplay and the direction for that screenplay needs to change. We prefer to develop from the comics medium as we believe that gives a property a life and history in an existing marketplace and offers a potential producing partner or studio a glimpse into the original vision of the story.”
Nordling added a personal note: “I think it’s cool for writers to have a completed story for the public to read which more closely reflects their original visions than most films are able to (due to the increasingly collaborative nature of film and television). “Anybody who looks at our web site can see that we have properties set up all over town-there’s really quite a laundry list, so I recommend people check out our Platinum Studios News section on our site at Platinumstudios.com.”
By the way, Dan has a very interesting background himself.