When I worked in the studio system, my desk was overflowing in scripts -- filled with the good, the bad, and the mediocre. More bad than good but there was still a ton to read. As soon as I went independent though, the floodgate of scripts trickled to a slow drip.
In fact, most of the independent films that I make are from writers/directors I have found through relationships I have made myself. One of the films I produced was introduced to me by an agent.
There must be so many wonderful scripts just sitting on shelves that are not making their way to us independent producers. Let's change that!
Writers, don't be afraid to approach independent filmmakers directly. Or ask your rep to call us. We can make your films!
I understand the philosophy behind wanting a writer's work to have the greatest chance of success with the largest budget, i.e. take the script to the studio first. Okay, I get that. But, what I'm not understanding is shelving those scripts after the studios pass on them.
Why not get those scripts to good, reputable independent producers who can make the script into a film? Every director in Hollywood began their careers with smaller projects. A well-made film in any arena should only increase the writer/director's success. Besides, by bypassing the indie world, writers are actually decreasing their chances of being produced.
There are a ton of really smart and amazing independent producers who could make incredible films if they had greater access to strong scripts. Let's break down this barrier! Give us access to stronger scripts and we will have a stronger chance at saving independent film.