Alex George Pickering & Matthew Breault
Paid Option on their feature through OWA
""Neither of us came to Los Angeles with industry connections. We made our way through the rigorous USC Masters Cinema-Television program, forming relationships and honing our craft. Like many emerging screenwriters, we had numerous instances of almost selling a movie script. The greatest obstacle was often the most obvious: securing financing. In one case, an investment group lost the lease to studio space that we had planned to use for our film. In another, an investor pulled out at the last minute. Thankfully with CRATE, we have landed a deal that looks to be moving forward and have already received our option fee.
Coverfly seemed like a great way to summarize and showcase all the awards that we had accumulated for many of our screenplays. Not only does it provide a link to share our awards with industry professionals, Coverfly even assigns a score to the script that grows with every contest success. Eventually, we landed on Coverfly’s prestigious “Red List” as the #6 top horror of the year, which led to even more outreach attention from the industry.
Once our script CRATE made Coverfly’s Red List as the #6 top horror of the year, we began to receive several read requests from industry professionals. Eventually, Coverfly referred us to Wavelets Entertainment. They were looking for contained thriller/horror feature scripts like CRATE to produce for domestic release in China, followed by a global release on streaming platforms. After a few telemeetings, we were fortunate to secure an up front paid option deal, and the rest is history.
Be relentless. It sounds like a cliché, but we would have never achieved any measure of success without pushing ourselves every day to keep writing, keep seeking feedback, keep rewriting and keep polishing. In the end, you can’t control whether or not a company or investor puts money behind your dream script. All you can control is the quality of your work. When the opportunity comes to enter a script competition or share your work with industry professionals, make sure you have the best piece of writing ready.
Another way of putting is, flip the formula. Make it an opportunity for them—the producers, investors and industries pros that have the power to green-light your work. If your idea is fresh and original, and the writing is strong and easy on the eyes, you have a much better chance of piquing their interest.
Finally, don’t make your first or even second script a 100+ million dollar blockbuster. Be economic with your use of space, characters and props. With CRATE, we built a story around one intriguing contained location: a shipping container on a boat, where a group of immigrant stowaways are hiding on their journey across the ocean."