Many aspire to screenwriting; few make it. And there are even fewer people who make it by not making it.
If you write a script that interests a Hollywood movie-house, they “option” it for a period of time, which means they buy the rights to produce a movie based (often loosely) on your script within a given period of time. Movie-houses option a plethora of scripts and produce far fewer, so often the option expires and the writer is back holding a script.
And therein lies the fun. Because a script, once produced as a movie, is “used up;” it has generated all the income it can. But a script with an expired option can be re-optioned, even multiple times, and bring in a steady income. Indeed, there is a lucky elite who spend most of their time prone on Caribbean beaches soaking in radiation-laced vitamin D while their handful of screenplays get optioned and re-optioned.
It takes blockbuster writing skills and many good connections to achieve that sort of lifestyle, so the royal We never dreamed of realizing it. So when Ingenious Productions optioned a non-existing screenplay of the royal Ours, we didn’t immediately call our real estate agent and ask about available waterfront property on St. Martin.
For all you amateur time-wasters who have been poking about reading blogs, Ingenious will open new vistas for you. Most of the videos, ranging in length from a few minutes to nearly half an hour and in topic from promotional fundraisers to action flicks (deep breath; have to work on this sentence), can be found in the website gallery, but others require a search through Google videos.
The steady hand behind the camera recently decided to enter into a long-term partnership of mutual benefit with NEF#6. Since some people can never do things in the ordinary way (*yawn* how boring), they thought it might be nice to have video CDs instead of place cards at their wedding. Which is where the royal I entered the picture. Being somewhat more grounded/realistic/cynical (call it what you will), I didn’t invest too much time on the project, but enough that it seems a pity to relegate it to the archives of once-optioned scripts. Oh, and the fact that I’ve run out of “galley” copy to post, and don’t have time to write weekend posts. So hang in there.
And a brief message from our not-quite-sponsor: contact Moshe Bree for all your videography needs (preferably interesting ones) – he has a bride to finance, poor fellow.