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  1. Congrads on all of your success man. Great blog, very inspiration stuff. I know that you placed in the American Zoetroupe contest. I simply had a couple of questions since they going to announce the winners for the 2009 contest.

    How does that process work (do you simply wait for companies/agencies to contact you)?
    About how long does it take before you actually set up meetings?
    If you are based out of another city/state, how soon do they expect you to fly out to L.A.?
    How do those meetings go?

    My script is in the contest, and I just wanted to be prepared and have my creative packaging ready in case I get called for meeting. I would love to chat with you online about this, or you can shoot me an e-mail at your earliest convenience.

    Thank you,

    G.H.

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    • Hey Geoffry, thanks for reading, and thanks for the questions. Good luck with the contest!

      I heard about my placement in Zoetrope on the day that they announced the contest. I received an email that morning.

      It took about a week before I started hearing from production companies. I had some great conversations with some people, but for most it was an email exchange.

      I paid my own way to get to LA at first. I made a trip down to visit with producers I’d met as a result of my placements in the Nicholl and Zoetrope. I just did this to build relationships and get practice chatting about the film business, and it was a great education. I still talk regularly with some of the folks I met.

      It wasn’t until about a year later that I was in development and someone was actually flying me down there. Whenever I went down on someone else’s dime, it was intense with long meetings and lots of writing and editing, so I was glad I made earlier trips on my own to get a feel for the city.

      Being an out-of-town writer makes it hard to build connections. But it’s not impossible. I don’t make my living this way, but I’ve earned a little bit of money and made some good friends. And I now know a few folks who will read any of my new scripts. I figure if I keep it up for another 10 years, I’ll eventually become an overnight success.

      Good luck. Let me know how it goes. And keep writing good scripts.

      Cheers, DB

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