Concept is King!

April 7th, 2011 by Ron
The Script Blogger 

I’m so close to my first movie I can smell the napalm! 

 

It has only taken five years to go from a proposal, to a possibility, to a probability, to a promise, to a production; and even now that is still three months away.

Only six weeks ago it was just a month away but that’s the nature of filmmaking.

 

The one thing it has proved is that it is possible for an unknown, old fart that lives in the UK to realize a Hollywood dream. Although admittedly Hollywood has moved to Louisiana and there is still time for the house of cards to collapse, but as the finance is in escrow that does seem unlikely.

I owe my good fortune to the website InkTip because the producer of this project contacted me after reading a couple of my spec scripts posted on that site, in 2005.

He emailed me and asked if I would work with him as he enjoyed reading my scripts and liked my style.

Well, when you have only been writing for a couple of months, it seems like it is too good to me true. Surprisingly it wasn’t and the offer was genuine.

In fairness to the producer he kept chipping away at people, companies and long shots until finance was in place, and then had to do it all over again, after the collapse in 2008/9 of many financial institutions because of their imprudent investments.

What made it difficult was that he was trying to get support for a screenplay written by two unknown writers, (him and me), and to add to this problem, he wanted the project to be his directional debut.

It appears persistence and faith in your own abilities does pay off. After all if you don’t believe in yourself, who else will?

Now we have a Hollywood based Oscar winning writer as our Executive Producer and experienced industry personal queuing up to join the crew.

Currently, an established casting director is working feverishly to bring major artists on board this relatively small budget, (low seven figure), Indy project that has managed to achieve pre-sales at the recent Berlin International Film Festival, even without a cast list.

Obviously the proof of the pudding will be after it is cooked and tasted by the piranhas known as “film critics”, but from what I understand, all of the people involved were drawn into the project because of the originality of the story.

Proving there is a market for unknown writers and first time directors if the screenplay is well written and it underlines the fact that “Concept is King”.

 

 

16 responses to “Concept is King!”

  1. Peter P. says:

    hows preproduction going?

  2. CSI SHOWS says:

    Ron, you have some really exciting scripts here.
    I fell asleep reading Done Deal. Guys at Done Deal got nil leadership. Like a bunch of guys who sleep late, live with their Mother and wake up without a shower for weeks and type on Done Deal Forumsl.

    I gave up when I found out some guy on Done Deal is in love with script Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and loves it. What a joke.

    i am CSI BIGGEST FAN

  3. Yichen says:

    Forget the loud angry voices Ron – this is a credit and a grand achievement and you should be as proud as hell. Well done, sir!! And massive luck with the production 😉

    Yichen

  4. Tyrone says:

    ZENPLATO, WHAT IS up MY FRIEND, TYRONE JAMES IN THE HOUSE here, AND HOW IS TEXAS TREATING YOU BIG GUY. TEXAS IS THE CRAZY CENTRAL OF USA. LOL

    ABOUT RON, HE IS COOL AND LOOKS LIKE A HARD WORKER AND LOOKS LIKE HE GOT RHINO SKIN. RON THE MAN, YOU GOOD, STRONG AND SO AMBITIOUS. KEEP UP THE SUCCESS. YOU ARE COOL OVER HERE AND FLYING.

    SO I TELL – RON, KEEP CHUCKING AWAY AND FORGET THOSE MONKEYS AT DONE DEAL. FOR A COOL CAT LIKE YOU, YOU KICK BUTT AND YOU ARE ALIVE AND LIVING YOUR DREAM. YOU ARE ONE COOL GUY, MAN.

    THATS IT – I DONNOT-DONNOT LIKE BEING CENSORED BY FORUMS. I WILL NEVER GO TO DONE DEAL PRO OR EMILY BAMBOO BLOG. THEY ARE TOO UNREAL.

    EMILY AND WILL GOT ZERO POWER IN HOLLYWOOD. THEY ARE NOTHING. BIG ZERO!!!!!

    HERE IS A YOUTUBE CLIP ABOUT REAL POWER.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjF8IFJkaF4&feature=related

    TYRONE, SIGNING OUT !!!!!

  5. Mark Gilvary says:

    * “Great Post Ron!
    … Forget About The Negative Comments! …
    I Look Forward To Seeing The Film When It’s Completed & Released!

    Congrats!!!”

    Mark G

    “See It! … Believe It! … Achieve It!”

  6. Mark Gilvary says:

    * “Jeez Ron! … It’s like a Soap Opera on here today!” ?:-)

    “Keep Pushin’!”

    Best.

    Mark

    Mark Gilvary – http://pro.imdb.com/name/nm0020804/

    At least it keeps me clean and my voice in good pitch. Ron