You and I know, a director, filmmaker or producer rarely answer back to your submitted letter, but you have to try, right?
I thought I share my letter to Michael Moore with you, the public. It goes to show you the real world of submissions. It’s also tells you, only 1 % of the film industry will answer you back. In fact, the corporate film producers will bluntly tell you (on their website), if you send in your screenplay, it will be destroyed without them even reading it. The reason is obvious. Thousands upon thousands of screenplays would show up at their door.
So what can a screenwriter do?
You can enter into the money-grab contests, where’s it’s unlikely you’ll ever see a reply. Or you can place your work on the BlackList, where potential directors and producers are looking for low budget screenplays with a good story. And that’s the key – tell a story that will get your audience motivated with a low budget film. Low budget films are in a series of limits, such as:
- $50,000 – $150,000
- $150,000 – $250,000
- $250,000 – $500,000
- $500,000 – $1,000,000
Above these prices, it’s no longer a low budget film.
Attracting buyers for your screenplays is certainly a jungle, so my method is writing on the internet. If a potential director or producer reads your work and likes what they see, they will contact you. This is why I always give my contact through LinkedIn. It’s the best way without being bombarded with spam. LinkedIn provides good business connections but you still have to stay vigilant. Once in awhile I’ll receive contact by a celebrity, (impressed by my work) but even if the connections work, the project urgency takes the back burner. You can stew over the same project for ten years before it’s even looked at.
With that said, I’m always surprised to see some of the junk movies on TV. It amazes me when I see some really poor storylines make it to viewers. Thinking to myself, I say,” They should have picked my screenplay, mine is such a better story…geez.”
It sickens me.
I’m always writing new storylines finding a potential audience. With the American newly elected president Trump, its obviously this hot topic is presenting itself quite a controversy. We’ll see what happens in the next year, but I’m betting there will be tons of protests. Really, am I seeing history repeat itself? Lest We Forget ! What will this mean Canada ? Only time will tell. I’m going to make a prediction. If the TRUMP empire makes it a second term, we should expect an invasion into Canada. That’s what empires do.
Anyway, here’s my letter to Michael Moore :
Dear Mr. Michael Moore,
I am writing in reference to the current situation with Americans newly elect president Donald Trump. Canadians (with a brain) are worried about the implications of the TRUMP EMPIRE destroying the Constitutional Rights of the American People, as well as it becoming detrimental to Canadians and the rest of the world.
I have a proposal for you, Michael, that will give Americans and Canadians a voice to the current situation. Would you be interested in producing a documentary film called,” Free Americans from Donald Trump” in collaboration with this Canadian.
Here’s my outline:
FILMING CONCEPT MODE : FREE AMERICANS FROM DONALD TRUMP
LOGLINE: A Documentary of the implications to Americans with Donald Trump as President
Type : Documentary
Genre : Human Rights
Filming Locations: Kelowna and Vancouver, BC , Ottawa, Ontario, New York, San Francisco
A documentary about the implications to all Americans with Donald Trump as President, including the possibility of Americans fleeing United States to avoid the wrath of the TRUMP empire. The reality of entering Canada with the complications that may arise. A preliminary written discussion with Mr. Michael Moore to collaborate project, here in Canada and United States. A comic but dark satire of its reality.
Intro concept/ short Treatment:
Imaginary sales pitch announcement by Canadian News Media, introducing policy changes for Americans entering Canada under the new revised visa applications by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
We then turn to the protest of the people for the people of America.
Meanwhile we follow the TRUMP empire, as freedom (we so dearly pride ourselves as a democratic society) crumbles before our very eyes. You see as Trumps family take on leading roles, abolishing laws, reducing healthcare and attacking the system for the people. United States slowly transforms into the fictional warlord of “Back to the Future“, Biff Tannen. Biff Tannen‘s (Donald Trump) greedy conquest has taken over America on the backs of Americans.
In conclusion we state the obvious.
The implications of the TRUMP empire destroying The Constitution of the United States, referring back to Ellis Island, the historic gateway for over 12 million immigrants into the United States. We remind the people:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Final we ask the people once again,” Are you ready to give up the freedoms your forefathers fought so hard for?”
Genre label : Human Rights
Michael, I am in concept mode, drafting out screenplay and Locations shots. I’m proposing a release of the draft script in March 2017, but will provide it sooner, if you’re interested in a collaborating effort.
We could make an announcement in May 2017 on website colaborator.
We Canadians are closely following President elect Donald Trump including Instagram follow-ups under the heading #notmypresident and (of course) your Instagram feed.
We could also start a Kickstarter campaign with your personal presentation video, promoting the documentary film.
I already know there’s an increasingly number of Celebrities, Directors, Producers and Politicians who are deeply discouraged with the newly elect TRUMP empire. With the Kickstarter, we can encourage them to help fund the project.
The goal of this documentary is to increase the awareness NOT only in America but across the world. How long will we be able to warn the people of America, before the TRUMP empire passes a law, making it against the law?
ABOUT ME :
My name is Bari Demers. I’m new in the filmmaking industry but have written countless screenplays. I use my website : JAMES MONTANA SCRIPTS as my home base, promoting my screenplays and introducing stories, in regards to my DREAMS and REALITY.
I have had a diverse career from an architecture drafting tech to an artist. My writing background goes back to my college days in 1975.
Please refer to my websites :
JAMES MONTANA SCRIPTS
MY DREAMS AND REALITY
INSTAGRAM : bari_scriptwriter
I could go on but I already know this introduction letter is mighty long. I trust in your judgement Michael and would be encouraged if you said YES to guiding me along in our documentary conquest.
Last question : What would you do if TRUMP empire takes over the Freedom of United States ?
I look forward in your response to my request. Thank you Michael for reading my proposal. Don’t worry, I’ll teach you how to say “Eh?” at the end of each sentence.
Bari Demers – screenwriter and freelance writer