It’s Official….

… I am completely, 100% sick of the Wedding Comedy, the latest (and hopefully final, for now) draft of which I just emailed, technically making my Monday deadline even though we’re at least four hours past the end of the work day.  At this point I’ll take what I can get.

I have this terrible feeling that they’re going to ask me to take another whack at it tomorrow.  Hopefully I’m wrong, ’cause at this point I can barely write my own name without second-guessing it.  (“Maybe we need to pump up the vowel in the first syllable…”)

But for the time being, I’ll pretend that this is the last time I have to look at this script, let alone tinker with it.

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11 Comments on “It’s Official….”

  1. WhatACard Says:

    Congrats on finishing. Or at least thinking/hoping you’ve finished 🙂

  2. William Says:

    Punch through!

    WD — I know your pay structure is not the norm on this one but how does the rewrite structure breakdown? There’s the WGA structure and then there’s the real world structure. I hear a lot of producers try to squeeze a draft or two on the arm if the writer is considered a first timer — knowing they will comply if they know what’s good for them.

    Anybody who knows who this typically works for newbies and vets alike, please reply.

  3. WriterDad Says:

    Thanks, WhatACard! Yeah, hopefully you won’t be congratulating me on “finishing” again in a couple of weeks. 🙂

    William — Don’t you worry, I’m a regular boxer with this project. Unfortunately, because this deal is non-WGA, there ISN’T any rewrite structure — there was the option money, and then there’s the sale price of the script, X amount of which is payable the first day of shooting, with the balance due me a week or so later. Not the greatest of deals, I know — reader Matt suggested that I propose a schedule of some kind to the producers so I don’t spend the rest of the option term reworking this thing, but so far it hasn’t been an issue. I actually don’t mind doing the work because, aside from the occasionally wonky note or two, all of the changes they’re proposing are making the script better. I hope. So yeah, you could argue that I’m being exploited as a writer, but on the other hand, I’m not beholden to a step deal, so if I had to put my foot down (IF I had to, of course), I could do so and just reclaim my script at the end of the option term…

  4. John P Says:

    Just a warning: If you did drafts for them while it was optioned, you’re going to have a hard time just “reclaiming your script” at the end of the option period. If you tried to sell it somewhere else, they’d probably make a claim that they should still be included as producers. I know it’s bullshit and the contract might say otherwise, but in the real world, that’s what often happens.

  5. WriterDad Says:

    John — thanks for the warning. Actually, in my contract there’s a clause stating that I can’t use any revisions made during the option period if the option lapses without the movie being made. I was going to fight that, then decided to let it go — I figured that if nothing comes of this, I wouldn’t want to keep any changes imposed on me by the producers anyway. But you’re right, that may not stop them from trying to hop on the bandwagon after the fact anyway. Hopefully it won’t come to that and this sucker will be made under this option.

  6. matt Says:

    Glad to hear you’re pushing through. William — most writers do a free polish for the producer before it goes into the studio. Technically this is an unpaid rewrite, but everyone does Ít. The tricky thing about step deals is negotiating what happens when the steps are complete. Can they ask you for a rewrite at the same quote they commenced you with? Do they pay more? That’s the nitty gritty that agents deal with. So basically you are doing a free rewrite at one point for a producer, but you should never be doing one for the studio. Does that answer your question?


  7. Well, the important thing to remember about all this is — you should have at least Level 2 Force Lightning before you face off against Kazdan, and it doesn’t hurt practice your combos. Go get em.

  8. WriterDad Says:

    Matt — thanks for the advice yet again!

    Dave — Force Lightning is most definitely my friend now, though I’m partial to the badass lightsaber throw whenever possible…

  9. William Says:

    Thanks guys — excellent advice as always.

    WD- Good luck with this.

  10. Mike Says:

    WD,

    Congrats…. take a deep breath… relax. Enjoy the accomplishment.
    Good luck down the road.

    Keep Writing!
    Mike

  11. WriterDad Says:

    Thanks, Mike!


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