What happens to the rejected film scripts?

When you submit a film script to a production company and they don't use it, do they keep it in file,recycle it, or toss it in the air? If you have a link to support your answer I will definitely consider awarding you the 10 points.

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    It's a normal policy to NOT accept unsolicited scripts so they go directly into the garbage. They don't get read. They get tossed.

    There are very good reasons for not reading the hundreds of scripts that get sent in to production companies every week, not the least of which is are potential lawsuits from writers who may have a similar story to one that the production company might eventually produce.

  • 1 decade ago

    No one at a movie studio will or a production company will look at unsolicited material. For legal reasons primarily, but also because they just don't have the time to sift through all of the submissions that would come in if they did.

    Instead, Agents work as a way to sift through the countless scripts and films being written and made out there so that only the very best make it to those who have the power to finance features and other projects.

    So, if you want to Direct feature films, you have to attract the attention of someone who will vouch for you and give your work credibility. You could submit to Agents directly and hope that one of them is wowed by your work, but even they have screeners who review submissions before the main Agents see anything. Another route is to get your work into film festivals and try to attract attention that way. Or go directly to an established Actor, Director, or Producer that you know personally.

    SOLICITED scripts receive "Coverage," which is essentially a short synopsis and "review" from a READER who is given a pile of scripts to sift through (for the Studio, Agent, or Producer). Those scripts then go into storage while the Coverage pages are filed. Those in charge ask the Readers if they have read any scripts that stand out. If so, the Coverage pages are reviewed. Readers can be office assistants or other aspiring Writers and they read fairly quickly because there are so many scripts to go through. They may also be asked to read the newest published books to evaluate whether or not the studio/Agent/Producer may want to OPTION the property for possible later production (essentially holding the rights to make the movie so that no one else can).

    There are far too many people with films and scripts and ideas out there and not enough of those projects are good enough for a studio to commit significant funding to. So aspiring filmmakers have to work very hard to create VERY GOOD work so that Agents and Executives will see profit potential in YOU (not necessarily your project). Art is important, but only second to profit potential. If they don't feel like you will make money for them, they won't even look at you.

    Brian Dzyak


    IATSE Local 600, SOC


  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If the script was sent to them unsolicited then they usually write "return to sender" on it and send it back to you without ever opening it. If whoever is working in the mail room is either too lazy or is having a bad day, they might just throw it in the trash. I doubt they would bother to open it up and read it, considering the mailbags and mailbags of scripts they receive every business day.

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