WGA agent looking for scripts

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 9/3/2010 7:12 PM

Hey guys,

This agent I do a podcast with is always asking me if I know of scripts with this or that theme. She can and has hip pocketed writers if she thinks she can sell a script. Hip pocketing is a termed representation of the writer for that one script.

Currently she is looking for

1. Dramedy - stat very well written that has gotten coverage and beats out.
2. Action script, young male; 20 ish using his skill to survive
3. Low budget female driven horror

I believe she is also still looking for
- Teen vampire
- Faith-based

So, if you know of any scripts that fit the bill, let me know. My email is in my profile. If she asks for any more I'll let you know here.

Paul De Vrijer (Level 5) ~ 9/4/2010 12:20 AM

I've sent you a mail Michael.
Got two scripts fitting the descriptions.

Tim Westland (Moderator) ~ 9/4/2010 12:35 AM

Silly Question Alert:

Full-length screenplays only, right?

JeanPierre Chapoteau (Moderator) ~ 9/4/2010 1:29 AM

I was wondering the same thing. Haha.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 9/4/2010 3:15 AM

Features only. Sorry. I've sent a few shorts her way (not all my own) that I thought could be developed into features but she doesn't want to do that. I think the reason is because she gets leads on particular scripts from external sources who are looking for the script yesterday and so there's a time element involved in these searches.

The easiest way to handle this actually is to send the short synopsis and first 10 pages to babzbuzz@gmail.com. That's an email address that I monitor for the podcast. Babz is used to giving emails from this address priority even if she's busy, so it's better if I forward them from there. The 10 pages are so she can get an idea of your skill level and writing ability. And the synopsis is so she can tell if she likes the story.

If she likes what she gets she will contact you directly. She'll probably ask for changes of some sort or another, she usually does. Then, if she thinks you're going to be ok to work with and if she's wowed by the script and she thinks she can sell it she would probably talk to you about hip pocketing (she did this with a writer over at Simply Scripts). It means you would have an agent for some agreed upon amount of time, usually less than a month, while she tries to sell the script.

Of course, none of this is a reason to get your hopes up because more likely than not nothing will happen. But, hey, it's a chance.

Pete Barry (Level 5) ~ 9/7/2010 3:30 PM


Is this something we need to get to you ASAP? I have a few scripts that fit some of those categories (one might fit two) but I'd need time to polish. Would October be too late?

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 9/7/2010 6:52 PM

It should be a finished script and if it's not this call it can be the next one. Here's an example of sort of things I get from her - and btw she wants this script.


Ammar Salmi (Level 5) ~ 9/8/2010 5:57 AM

Why she's shouting?

Sean Chipman (Level 4) ~ 9/8/2010 10:05 AM

Talking loudly makes others appear smart to their peers, so I've heard.

But, in this case, my guess is it's like a banner you'd post up on a bulletin board-type thing. Do you ever see those thing NOT in all caps? =)

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 9/9/2010 11:33 PM

I think some people aren't that web savvy and forget they have caps lock on.

Here's a new one...

Completed feature-length indie-style comedy script. Contemporary stories from experienced non-WGA members. This one needs a resume and synopsis.

Only non-WGA writers may submit.

Brian Howell (Level 5) ~ 9/10/2010 12:06 AM

What exactly does "experienced" mean? Does this mean only produced writers need apply?

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 9/10/2010 12:13 AM

It means that you have some sort of credentials like contest wins or other recognition, I doubt it means specifically that you have to be produced but that probably would help.

Chris Keaton (Level 5) ~ 9/10/2010 8:52 AM

Aren't you Babz Michael or at least part of the Babz team?

Sean Chipman (Level 4) ~ 9/10/2010 10:45 AM

That'd be a script-worthy twist, wouldn't it? =)

Matias Caruso (Level 5) ~ 9/10/2010 11:48 AM

I've never seen Michael and Babz in the same room... :D

Dan Delgado (Level 5) ~ 9/10/2010 12:29 PM

All UPPER CASE is irritating, but what really bugs me is all lower case.

I guess we have a whole generation that's learning to write by texting messages on cell phones.

By experienced they probably mean they don't want this:

Hi Bob.

Hi John.

How are you doing, Bob?

I'm doing fine, John. How are you doing, John?

I'm doing fine as well, Bob.

(Don't bother trying to steal that dialogue -- I registered the copyright.)

By non-WGA they mean they want to get you cheaper.

Sean Chipman (Level 4) ~ 9/10/2010 12:32 PM

Technically, but didn't I hear that as long as a WGA signatory is involved in the deal, the minimum still has to be paid whether the writer's in or not?

Dan Delgado (Level 5) ~ 9/10/2010 12:55 PM


I didn't catch that it was the same person. I assumed this was a different person, looking for a script for some reason.

If it is the same person you'd be right.

David Birch (Level 5) ~ 9/10/2010 1:15 PM

...what's upper case?...

Dan Delgado (Level 5) ~ 9/10/2010 1:58 PM



Capital letters or majuscules (pronounced /m?'d??skju?lz, 'mæd??skju?lz/) are the larger of two type faces in a script. In the Roman alphabet they are A, B, C, D, etc. They are also called capitals (caps) or upper case (uppercase). The latter name comes from the antique age of setting type for printing presses, when printers kept the type for these letters in the upper drawers of a desk or in the upper type case, while keeping the type for the more frequently-used smaller letters in the lower type case. This practice could date back to Johannes Gutenberg, but nobody really knows.


David Birch (Level 5) ~ 9/10/2010 7:32 PM

...that shift key is just too much trouble...

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 9/14/2010 5:37 PM

Urgent need for Faith based, contemporary, female-lead, think LIFETIME channel. Only pitch completed script.

Erica Land (Level 2) ~ 9/14/2010 5:51 PM

Hi Michael, just sent you an email before I realized the posts go from early to latest. I will go ahead and send the synopsis and PDF to the above mentioned email. Would this the be same contact for the indie-style comedy script?

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 9/14/2010 11:54 PM

Same contact for all the requests in this thread.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 9/17/2010 5:46 PM

- Low budget creature features
- Female lead 20ish martial arts
- American Football story

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 9/23/2010 1:17 AM

She no longer needs scripts like the one in the last post. Now she needs...

Christian Children's Scripts

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 10/1/2010 8:22 PM

From the desk of Babz, she's looking for:

1. xxx Kid Martial Arts Scripts
2. xxxx - Thriller Scripts
3. xxx - Broad Comedy Scripts
4. xxx - Thrillers, UK/Europe Writers
5. xxx- High-Concept, Canadian (meaning for example: Aliens--Jaws in space. Must have a unique hook.)

SCRIPTS MUST BE AT MIN WGA REGISTERED AND all scripts should always go through the US copyright office.

Tim Westland (Moderator) ~ 10/2/2010 2:14 AM

She needs 3 of each and 4 of one? This chick is moving the scripts out the door, man.

Cool of you to pass the opportunities our way.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 10/2/2010 7:24 AM

Oh is that what the x's mean? I just copied this from her email so I didn't really give the x's a thought except that maybe they were peculiar.

Pete Barry (Level 5) ~ 10/2/2010 7:37 AM

Maybe it's hugs and kisses.

Brian Howell (Level 5) ~ 10/2/2010 10:53 AM

I thought they were an indication of how much that type of script is wanted. Like a scale of five stars or something like that.

Or hugs and kisses.

Tim Westland (Moderator) ~ 10/2/2010 12:20 PM

Arrrr... maybe treasure be hiding in them thar scripts... X marks the spot... arrrrrr....

I just assumed the X's meant that because one had more x's than the others. Who knows?

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 10/15/2010 5:05 PM

The new line-up...

Christmas FAMILY - think MOW - MUST HAVE COVERAGE to pitch me
Comedy limited locations
Thriller - ditto
Robot scripts

Sally Meyer (Moderator) ~ 10/15/2010 5:35 PM

Darn it, I'm only in fifteen pages on my amazing Christmas Family script. oh well. Next year.

What does she mean when she says' must have coverage'?

Erich VonHeeder (Level 4) ~ 10/15/2010 6:30 PM

Robot Scripts.

Heh heh. Yes.

Chris Keaton (Level 5) ~ 10/15/2010 7:18 PM

@Sally - It means she wants a review that someone else has already done, basically. There are several websites that over coverage service for a variety of prices. This also means that she is either to poor in funds or labor to get her own coverage. A lot of indie folk are in this boat, but I've only seen one ask for coverage. I mean really? who provided it? what do they know of her needs? maybe the person providing the coverage is a friend of yours?

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 10/15/2010 8:34 PM

Coverage is a very comprehensive review which usually includes a synopsis. She usually requires this for any script submitted to her and I think that certain channels she has open to pitch scripts, require one. This is just to show what deficiencies another "expert" has found with the script - it's like requiring an inspectors report when you are about to buy a house.

Probably some channels do not require coverage - but I do know she would appreciate it if you have it, or at least a beat sheet if you don't. Agents and people who buy your scripts in the Hollywood industry usually do so only if they can detect that you follow formula. Horrible, I know, but true as far as I can determine.

If it's an indie venture then formula or what other people say about your script probably doesn't matter as much. Therefore, some scripts requiring coverage while others don't.

David Birch (Level 5) ~ 10/16/2010 12:56 AM

@sally...i have a pdf of the recent "user reviews" of the survey that creativescreenwriting had done...it gives the scores and prices of the various services...let me know if you want a pdf copy...

Khamanna Iskandarova (Level 5) ~ 10/16/2010 12:38 PM

David, could you e-mail me one please.

David Birch (Level 5) ~ 10/16/2010 12:52 PM

...it should be in your e-mail...

Khamanna Iskandarova (Level 5) ~ 10/16/2010 7:24 PM


Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 10/22/2010 9:26 PM

Comedies Set on Airplanes
We are looking for completed feature-length comedy scripts where the majority of the story (80 out of 100 pages or more) is set on an airplane, i.e. something in the vein of "Airplane."
Budget will not exceed $5 million. WGA and non-WGA writers may submit.

Chris Keaton (Level 5) ~ 10/23/2010 12:28 AM

Are you guys just answering public ads and hoping to get agent/finders fees? Or are these ads coming from you? It's hard to tell when they come on all anonymous in my inbox.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 10/23/2010 12:52 AM

Babz does send whatever leads she finds from whatever source but I believe she only sends the ones which she thinks she can help sell. Does she want to make an agents fee from the sale? Well yes, of course, that is the nature of her business, did you expect her to do it for free? She does not ask for any money from you personally, only if she sells the script will she make any money from the deal and so will you. I know several people who she has hip-pocketed and no complaints, all above board and contractual.

If you want to sell a script yourself and you have the same lead, then go for it - that also is the nature of the business. However, I do think if you are an unknown writer it's an advantage to use an agent if you can gain access to one. Why? Because agents know the business well and can handle any legal issues that might arise during the sale. They aren't about to undersell your script either because they make a commission off of it. Plus the WGA signatory helps to open other doors - doors that might exist beyond the lead itself.

If I thought there was anything remotely scam-like about what's going on here, I would not be involved. Instead, I think this is a mutually-beneficial opportunity that won't last forever. So, personally, I would take advantage of it while it's here.

Anyway, those are my thoughts on the matter.

David Birch (Level 5) ~ 10/23/2010 2:17 AM

i'll vouch for babz...she'll hustle her a*# off for you and she'll make sure that they don't rip-off you work...that's the two biggest things you can ask of an agent...

Chris Keaton (Level 5) ~ 10/23/2010 1:23 PM

Gotcha, no problem here Michael, but I would've liked this to be a little more honest and open from the start. Originally it seemed like Babz was looking for these scripts, not just answering public ads that could be found anywhere. I'm sure her assistance would be a great advantage.

Again, I just like a little more open honesty in commercial threads, but then again this isn't my website, so I'll have to defer to Chris M.

I wish I had an airplane comedy for you.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 10/23/2010 5:34 PM

Babz is looking for these scripts. Did you think she was going to produce them herself? They've always been leads for scripts for external production companies. How she gets those leads is up to her? Where they come from is immaterial. What's important is that she is interested in pursuing those leads - she thinks she can profit from them and she's willing to work her posterior off to get paid.

I don't see any honesty issues involved here at all, that's what an agent does, sells scripts and talent, an agent is a matchmaker. Did I not clearly say this was for an agent? Personally, I don't like that you are implying that it is in anyway dishonest.

This is not a commercial thread. I'm not getting paid to do it, I'm not making any money off of it. I don't need to post these quips from emails she sends me. I'm doing it to help you and Babz. And I won't if it starts taking up too much of my time by answering stupid accusation of dishonesty. It's that simple.

Caroline Coxon (Mod Emeritus) ~ 10/23/2010 7:05 PM

Chris, if you read Michael's first post on this thread, I think you'll see that the process involved is very well explained.

"This agent I do a podcast with is always asking me if I know of scripts with this or that theme. She can and has hip pocketed writers if she thinks she can sell a script."

From that, I gathered that she sees an opening somewhere and tries to match up a writer and their script with a production company seeking a script.

Chris Keaton (Level 5) ~ 10/23/2010 7:37 PM

Sorry to ruffle feathers, I just take an extreme stance against people taking advantage of dreamers. I figure that's not your goal Michael, but it did seem like you were posting an ad, not just passing one on, especially since you are the point of contact. Yes an Agent answering a public ad may help you, but they may also cost the job. No they aren't going to ask you for money(which is very honest), but they will ask the producer for money. Money they may have to pay the agent even if they go directly to the writer.

I just wanted to make sure everything is clear, because there are a lot of people who use this site that might not be aware of all the 'assumed' knowledge you need to understand these ads.

Sometimes I feel the need to ask clarifying questions I will. Because of my extreme stance I can see how you might take them as attacks. I will certainly stop doing this if asked by the MoviePoet staff. This is their website.

Caroline Coxon (Mod Emeritus) ~ 10/23/2010 8:10 PM

No-one would object to anyone asking clarifying questions, which you did in your first post.

"Are you guys just answering public ads and hoping to get agent/finders fees? Or are these ads coming from you? It's hard to tell when they come on all anonymous in my inbox."

However, accusing someone of dishonesty is not "asking a clarifying question" - it IS a personal attack and is something which we don't countenance on MP.

Speaking on behalf of the moderators (I hope not out of turn) we watch the forums very closely and would very soon close down a thread if there was any doubt about the integrity of the content.

Michael has nothing to gain from posting these queries from an agent and he has my thanks. Of course the agent has got something to gain but then, so has any lucky writer if she gets them a deal!

Now, please let's draw a line under this or Rusty may get another hot flush :)

Tim Westland (Moderator) ~ 10/24/2010 12:29 AM

A hot FLUSH? Ewwwwww, I hope he doesn't experience one of those !

Caroline Coxon (Mod Emeritus) ~ 10/24/2010 7:53 AM

What do you mean ONE? :)

Rustom Irani (Moderator) ~ 10/24/2010 8:35 AM

Hot flushes. Nope!

Cold showers. Yup!

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 10/27/2010 4:22 PM

Family Christmas for well known production company.

David Birch (Level 5) ~ 10/27/2010 5:43 PM

drama, comedy, dramedy?

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 10/27/2010 7:12 PM

No idea. My guess would be light family entertainment.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 10/28/2010 4:20 PM

We are looking for completed feature-length fight scripts, the sort of projects into which we could cast Steven Seagal or "Stone Cold" Steve Austin or Jean Claude Van Damme.

Budget 10M
wga or non may hit me

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 11/11/2010 9:07 PM

Action/Thriller with Coverage

We are looking for completed feature-length action/thriller scripts from writers who are able to provide coverage for the scripts they're pitching. Budget is irrelevant. WGA and non-WGA writers may submit.

Paul De Vrijer (Level 5) ~ 11/12/2010 7:57 AM

Hey this all sounds really good, I got some scripts like that.
Do want to know, what came out of production here before?
Maybe I overlooked this, but what's the history behind this?

Pete Barry (Level 5) ~ 11/12/2010 8:47 AM

I sent you an email, Michael.

Chris Keaton (Level 5) ~ 11/12/2010 10:41 AM

Paul, they are willing to represent your material to the person who posted this ad. They aren't producing it. End product could be a movie anyway.

Paul De Vrijer (Level 5) ~ 11/12/2010 11:15 AM

Okay, then the question turns into:
What's the history behind this reputation? Anything that went through her hands and is now in theatres?

Just wondering so I can check how much priority I should put into this.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 11/12/2010 2:54 PM

She doesn't discuss her client's business. However, I know that she's had a reasonable number of options pass her desk, not enough to say OMG at but enough to say she's does her job. I know a lot of what she deals with is TV because that's where the jobs are. But the movie above seems like it might be a theatrical one. I base this on the budget is irrelevant statement. But, you know guys, I'm just guessing at that too.

Here's some other unusual scripts she's looking for.

Animal Scripts, Low Budget
Horse Scripts
Jewish Character Samples
Scripts in Colombia for Actress
Carnival Scripts for Actress

Brian Howell (Level 5) ~ 11/12/2010 3:10 PM

I'm a newbie when it comes to the "industry", so I don't have a clue when it comes to a lot of this... I will share my thoughts. I love that Michael shares these tips here. To be honest, they are the same leads that get sent out by Ink Tip, which in my opinion is good. I know the stuff she is looking for actually has a production company of some sort attached to it. I keep waiting until I have a script she's looking for because even though I get word from Ink Tip, I assume my chances of anything happening greatly increase if it comes through an agent like Babz.

So thank you Michael, please keep these coming.

Paul De Vrijer (Level 5) ~ 11/12/2010 3:12 PM

Yeah, thanks Michael, not being unappreciative here, just wanting to know the background.

Antoine Mizel (Level 1) ~ 11/12/2010 6:32 PM

Hey, Michael, I've been working on a street fighting screenplay titled BLOODY KNUCKLES. It's only a third of the way completed, but I could be done with it in the next month or so. I'll contact you then and hopefully the spot is still open.

After their gym is burned to the ground, a trio of street fighters take to the city on a hunt for the one or ones responsible.


Antoine Mizel (Level 1) ~ 11/12/2010 9:51 PM

That logline is a work in progress also.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 12/9/2010 6:22 PM

I need action
must be non stop

Brian Wind (Level 5) ~ 12/9/2010 7:17 PM

5m = 5 minute script or 5 million dollar budget?

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 12/9/2010 8:05 PM

I'm sure it doesn't mean 5 minutes - she only wants features. Must be 5 million.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 12/17/2010 2:22 PM

Nefertiti or Cleopatra Scripts

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 1/3/2011 3:44 PM

xxx - Motorcycle Racing Scripts

xx -Action, Limited Location, Fighting

xxx - Holocaust Scripts

xxx - Scripts Set in a Casino

xxx- Limited Location Scripts

Chris Keaton (Level 5) ~ 1/3/2011 4:24 PM

Uwe Boll already has the corner on the holocaust films for 2011.


Somehow he keeps getting funding?

Chris Keaton (Level 5) ~ 1/3/2011 4:26 PM

I have a limited location script. Sure the one location is a massive spaceship. Maybe you got some more details, genre, cast size, theme, anything?

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 1/3/2011 4:29 PM

Exactly what I get in the email is what I put in this thread. I really don't want to have to chase questions. However, if you put your question in this thread www.simplyscripts.net/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?m-1283900521/ , sometimes Babz will answer them herself.


Chris Keaton (Level 5) ~ 1/3/2011 4:42 PM


Brian Wind (Level 5) ~ 1/3/2011 7:10 PM

Michael, do you have any idea what the XXX or XX mean? Just curious.

I have an Action/Fighting script with limited locations (Crimes Like These), but I haven't polished enough yet to even consider sending it out.

Khamanna Iskandarova (Level 5) ~ 1/3/2011 7:26 PM

I posted this question on simplyscripts (see the thread that Michael provided) - Babz may come around and post the answer there.

Marnie Mitchell Lister (Level 5) ~ 1/3/2011 10:56 PM

If you've got what she needs, Babz will work hard for ya. :)

Robert Newcomer (Level 4) ~ 1/4/2011 3:01 PM

FYI, the x's have no meaning. That is just her x-ing out the production companies.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 1/8/2011 4:03 PM

xxx Sports Scripts

xxx- Buddy Comedy, Witty

xxxx Gambling or Vegas-Set Scripts

xxx Russia/Ukraine Culture Writers

xxxx- Ultralow Budget Action Scripts

Jessica Burde (Level 3) ~ 1/8/2011 4:23 PM

Sean -

Jumping back about 5 months, a WGA signatory can pay a non-WGA writer less for their script then WGA standard, but if the movie actually gets made, they then need to pay the writer the difference, per my memory of WGA-west website from December.

Basically it's less cost up front, and then they only need to pay out the full amount when they are sure they have a marketable product.

Antoine Mizel (Level 1) ~ 1/8/2011 7:54 PM

Michael -

I have an award-winning script with some amateur boxing. Is that a sport she'd consider reading?

JeanPierre Chapoteau (Moderator) ~ 1/8/2011 8:04 PM

I would just send it over to him, Antoine. She'll email you back if it's something she's not looking for.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 1/12/2011 3:05 AM

true stories as in 'inspired by' and they must have the rights to them.
(could go to tv mow or cable.)

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 1/14/2011 4:22 PM

1. Outrageous Realistic Comedy

2. Spanish Scripts for Actress

3. Family Adventure Detroit

4. Heist Action Scripts

5. Ultra-Low Exploitation

6. Supernatural Thriller Scripts

And Babz says that Lily Zanuck said that Driving Miss Daisy couldn't get a green light for a very long time. So be patient.

Paul Williams (Level 5) ~ 1/14/2011 6:00 PM

Family adventure in Detroit...I love it...

William Bienes (Mod Emeritus) ~ 1/14/2011 6:10 PM

1. Outrageous Realistic Comedy - I have the perfect script for that one... but, it's on the back burner right now, simmering at around 80 pages.

5. Ultra-Low Exploitation - how about, "Little Foxy Brown"

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 2/10/2011 8:05 PM

GREAT western
two middle aged male
old style western
rancher range
gold mine you name it
send the pitch and logline

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 2/14/2011 8:08 PM

low budget to high budget matters not...
great action
action action pace pace
solid hook
great voice from page one
beat sheet and coverage a must....

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 2/15/2011 3:16 PM

a 'different' kind of Christmas story a bit nontraditional, think Lifetime, female lead.

Paul De Vrijer (Level 5) ~ 2/15/2011 3:51 PM

I'm writing! i'm writing!
Really cool that you are doing this.
Is that western thing still open?

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 2/15/2011 5:44 PM

Don't know if the western thing is open still or not. It says hurry but I'm not sure how that translates into agent time. My guess is it means she wanted it an hour ago - but who knows. Either way Paul, you need to send the logline AND a pitch to BabzBuzz@gmail.com. The script should be complete and according to her request she also will need coverage and a beat sheet at some point - probably really quick if she likes your pitch. So you should have these things available as well. Hope that helps.

Paul De Vrijer (Level 5) ~ 2/15/2011 6:13 PM

Thanks for the info. Don't have the coverage though. Feels like I'm chasing racecars here.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 2/15/2011 6:31 PM

At least racecars are predictible - unlike the butterfiles I usually chase. ;-)

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 2/19/2011 3:23 PM

kick ass heist script, beat sheet and coverage, interesting and memorable characters for possible tv spin off
low bud preferred
don't send unless you're sure it's kick butt terrific

EDIT: And a reminder that Babz will want coverage and a beat sheet. She didn't specifically ask this time but she's been asking me to remind you guys.

JeanPierre Chapoteau (Moderator) ~ 2/19/2011 3:31 PM

What's a beat sheet?

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 2/19/2011 3:59 PM

It's a sheet describing the story in terms of Snyder beats. It's apparently a way that the film industry, or at least some people in it, cheat in deciding whether a script is "sellable" or not. Does it meet the Snyder beats?


I don't particularly agree with this methodology but unfortunately I believe it is true that people "cheat" this way.

Steve Lewis (Level 3) ~ 2/19/2011 4:11 PM

and what do you mean by coverage?

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 2/19/2011 4:16 PM

Guys... no offence but there are search engines.


Zach Jansen (Level 4) ~ 2/19/2011 4:40 PM

What's a search engine?

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 2/19/2011 6:17 PM


Tim Westland (Moderator) ~ 2/19/2011 9:14 PM


Zach Jansen (Level 4) ~ 2/21/2011 1:00 AM

Certainly I jest.

And I agree with you, Michael -- while Snyder's beat sheet is a nice tool when writing/rewriting a script you don't get much out of it from the outside (especially character development and dialogue).

Unless, of course, you use his 45 beat method vs. the 15 beats... Then you're just better off reading the script anyhow.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 2/25/2011 5:29 PM

The ********* company: looking for a good Action Thriller, here is the request of content for the script:

-INNER CONFLICT FOR HERO(example:He has to kill someone in order to save what he loves, does he do it?)
-HIGH CONCEPT (does the story central IDEA hit you and make you see an entire
film around it, a film you have NEVER seen before?)
-SMART: (pitting a damn smart hero against a damn smart antagonist is at the heart of any good thriller.)
-COST AND SCOPE WE CAN AFFORD (suspense is not expensive if written correctly)
-LOCATIONS WE CAN SHOOT AND AFFORD (No films that take place in INDIA or CHINA,
although a short hop to a country is ok if not entire film)

JeanPierre Chapoteau (Moderator) ~ 2/25/2011 9:48 PM

That is actually a REALLY good guide to follow. I'll copy and paste, thank you very much. :)

Denise Jewell (Level 5) ~ 2/26/2011 10:32 AM

Agree with JP - this is excellent, Michael. Thanks for posting!

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 2/27/2011 5:45 PM

This is from Babz. I believe this is what she expects from a beat sheet.


Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 3/18/2011 5:07 PM

We are looking for completed feature-length family audience scripts from Australian writers as samples for a possible writer-for-hire opportunity. Please only submit if your sample is for the family market and you are an Australian citizen. If the pitch interests us, we will request the first few pages or the complete script for further consideration.

Budget has yet to be determined. WG and Non-WG writers may submit.

Send coverage and beat sheet first.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 3/24/2011 6:39 PM

Economic Crisis Scripts

send first 25 pages only

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 4/26/2011 5:18 PM

GYPSIES: A story about gypsy women - must have a mutli generational feel MUST BE A fantasy, and fact mix. THINK about what actresses you can see playing the roles; model the CHARACTERS after THE THREE MUSKETEERS in terms of 'vibe' (a poet, a comic, the serious one, you get the idea.) BUDGET MATTERS NOT

ANTHROPOMORPHISM: A story about a theater that is TALKING to its patrons but the patrons CAN'T HEAR what the theater sees and hears over a few decades BEFORE THE THEATER is torn down. BUDGET MATTERS NOT

ODD COUPLES: A story about twin boys or girls (teens) who were separated at birth and find each other through a series of psychic ODDITIES. They finally come together ONLY TO FIND they were triplets, and set out to find the final member of their family. There is an 'odd' X files episode that captures a splash of what I am after. LOW BUDGET

JeanPierre Chapoteau (Moderator) ~ 4/26/2011 6:03 PM

So, is she looking for writers to start writing these? They seem really specific. If so, when is the deadline?

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 4/26/2011 6:29 PM

I checked with Babz and there's kind of a lax time limit on these. So if you wanted to write one and were quick about it, then you'd probably still have a chance.

Chris Keaton (Level 5) ~ 4/26/2011 6:51 PM

JeanPierre, these are public want-ads that she will represent your work to, so time is of the essence.

Khamanna Iskandarova (Level 5) ~ 4/26/2011 7:04 PM

We could couple up and write one!

Spenser Davis (Level 2) ~ 5/1/2011 9:52 PM

Michael, I'm considering the Anthropomorphism idea. But just how long a time period is "not very long?" Is she expecting this in a month or in a week?

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 5/1/2011 10:54 PM

Spenser, Let's put it this way, do you think there's going to be lots of writers with a script about an anthropomorphic theatre immediately at hand? Probably not. So there's an opportunity there - the time limit is however long it takes to write one before someone else sells the producer their own anthropomorphic theatre script. I'm assuming here that any producer who would want a script about an anthropomorphic theatre is fussy enough not to want the first script that comes across their desk.

Josh LaMar (Level 2) ~ 5/2/2011 8:08 AM

Michael, I've been reading all the things that Babz says she needs. Does she still need a low budget horror flick with not too many different scenes, because I have just the script for her. Let me know.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 5/2/2011 5:36 PM

I doubt it Josh, but you can always pitch it.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 5/19/2011 7:35 PM

faith based coming of age stories

Tim Westland (Moderator) ~ 5/19/2011 7:52 PM

Hey Michael... does Babz always want features, or does she dabble in shorts?

Let me rephrase that last part... ;-)

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 5/19/2011 8:00 PM

Always completed features and lately she's preferring that they have some sort of coverage.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 6/3/2011 8:24 PM

Pro-Russian Scripts
low budget dramas
scripts with TWO characters only
cheap to shoot horror scripts
I don't need beat sheets OR coverage

Zach Jansen (Level 4) ~ 6/3/2011 11:58 PM

Hey, Michael -- no beat sheets or coverage for all listed or just the horror scripts?


Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 6/4/2011 12:03 AM

As a guess I would imagine she means all listed.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 6/9/2011 7:52 PM

female driven thrillers
be sure they send the WHOLE script PDF ONLY;
1. if it's registered
2. and if it's GOT contact info on it

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 7/7/2011 7:50 PM

Faith-Based Dramas

We are looking for completed faith-based scripts that can be dramas or holiday-themed. We are not open to faith-based scripts in other genres. If your faith-based script is holiday-themed, it can be other genres, such as a comedy, as long as it is faith-based. If not, holiday-themed, your faith-based script should lean on the drama side. We are open to all writers, though we prefer Canadian citizens. Please state in your personal message space if you are Canadian.

Budget will not exceed $4 million.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 7/28/2011 11:11 PM

We like fast paced, truly terrifying material that delivers relentless scares. Slow-burn stories with one twist in the final pages are not for us; neither are torture-porn scripts or horror-comedies. Horror with INTENSE suspense.
1 to 2M

Psycho female thriller

great Mom scripts

Christmas love

urban rom com

Paul De Vrijer (Level 5) ~ 7/29/2011 3:13 AM

Nice nice nice thanks Michael.

JeanPierre Chapoteau (Moderator) ~ 7/29/2011 3:23 AM

You mean somewhere out there, there is a horror story that's not boring and isn't torture porn? Ha! Next you're going to tell me there isn't a kid drawing images of ghosts or demons in it.

Had an idea that fit this. Never put it down on paper. Sigh...

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 9/8/2011 9:20 PM

- Smart Sci-Fi
- Low-Budget Horror
- Christmas MOWs for TV
- One-Hour TV Pilots
- New Family Animal Scripts
- Severe Opposition Scripts
- Lim Locations scripts, LA Writers Only

Josh LaMar (Level 2) ~ 9/17/2011 2:24 PM

Michael, how would I send you the One hour TV pilot?

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 9/17/2011 5:11 PM

Send the first ten page, synopsis, log line and information about any coverage you might have to BabzBuzz@gmail.com. Essentially you're pitching it with the addition of the first ten pages which you would not usually send with a pitch. Good luck.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 9/23/2011 5:35 PM

will only look at CONSIDER or higher coverage scripts for these this go 'round

- Everyman Forced into Danger
- Contained Supernatural Thrillers
- Gritty Female Driven Scripts
- Intimate Dramas
- Chinese Culture Scripts
- and Comedies, Produced or Repped (I will hip if they're not produced)

Dave Kunz (Level 4) ~ 9/23/2011 6:01 PM

Michael, does the agent have a preferred coverage service? Script Shark, for instance.

And thanks for forwarding this info to the MP boards, it's a great service to the community.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 9/23/2011 6:08 PM

No preference. If you listen to this show www.simplyscripts.com/2010/11/05/babz-buzz-005/ she talks about coverage, why she wants it and what she expects.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 10/7/2011 5:20 AM

- Inspirational Scripts (Blind Side)
- Drama, Senior Ensemble Cast
- Crime, Environmental Theme
- Supernatural Christian Thrillers
- Curse of the Monkeys Paw
- Ultra Low Budget (two locations!)


Brian Wind (Level 5) ~ 10/7/2011 10:32 AM

Curse of the Monkeys Paw

??? Any idea what she meant by this? Is that some weird sub-genre I've never heard of or is it literally supposed to be a script about a cursed monkey paw?

William Coleman (Level 5) ~ 10/7/2011 10:39 AM

"The Monkey's Paw" is a classic horror short story by W. W. Jacobs. It is still performed as a one-act play. It is a chiller. I think it is in the public domain and may be available on-line.

Rustom Irani (Moderator) ~ 10/7/2011 10:49 AM

"The Simpsons" also made a parody of it!

Chris Keaton (Level 5) ~ 10/7/2011 12:41 PM

Who would want to do that? The monkey paw has been done every way to Sunday. It's been totally played out as evidenced by the Simpson doing a parody.

Seriously folks, just check the want Mandy ads and Ink Tip you'll see all of these 'leads' there and maybe some others related to shorts. Of course there's no money in shorts.

Zach Jansen (Level 4) ~ 10/7/2011 12:49 PM

I've made a few hundred dollars selling short scripts.

No where near enough to live on, true, but a little cash is better than nothing.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 10/12/2011 4:31 PM

I'm actually looking for a cowriter for a script -- it needs new eyes.
Need a geek or she-geek. Someone who spends too much time on MMORPG and
can quote Trouble with Tribbles by heart -- you know the type -- who is
also a decent screenwriter. Prefer someone who has one produced
screenplay so they understand that the budget drives the story, ie, will
be able to think of 20 ways to accomplish the same scene. Ideally, the
person should have a computer background. Needs to be from US or Canada. Spec assignment.

Khamanna Iskandarova (Level 5) ~ 10/13/2011 12:39 AM

Rustom, I asked you a question and I read your answer. Meant to thank you but went on roaming here - anyway, thanks for the reply, I lost that thread:) can't thank you there.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 12/15/2011 6:17 PM

- Character-Driven Thrillers
- Anti-Hero Comedy Scripts (unlikeable lead)
- Found Footage/POV Scripts
- Contemporary Dramas, Produced
- 1-2 Location Samples
- Dark Gritty Sample
- Canadian Romcoms
- Australian Writers

We are looking for completed feature-length scripts from Australian
writers. We are open to various genres. The script should be “against
the grain,” meaning that they should not be derivative and should
reflect original spins on stories.

Budget will not exceed $5 million. Both WGA and Non-WGA writers may
submit. We are only open to Australian writers at this time.

Brian Wind (Level 5) ~ 12/15/2011 6:31 PM

What does "dark, gritty sample" mean?

Also, is she only looking for Aussie writers for all of those? Or just the last one?

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 12/15/2011 6:58 PM

Just the last one for Australian writers.

I guess a sample is something like the first 10 pages or it may be an entire sample script. Something they aren't going to produce but use to hire a writer? Maybe.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 12/15/2011 7:23 PM

Just checked, the sample is an entire script that they want to use to hire a writer.

Brian Wind (Level 5) ~ 12/15/2011 7:50 PM

Okay, thanks. I'm considering sending one her way for the dark gritty sample, but I have this fear that it won't be up to par and I'll end up getting branded as a shitty writer.

Zach Jansen (Level 4) ~ 12/16/2011 11:54 AM

I've actually got a few things that fit the list... Strange. Do I e-mail you, Michael, or the agent? I've sent her stuff before, but it's been a while.


Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 12/16/2011 9:14 PM

If you have her email address then send it directly to her. If you don't then send it to BabzBuzz@gmail.com.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 3/22/2012 7:39 PM

-Seeking Scripts about Assassins, Hitmen, or Bounty Hunters
-Seeking Horror Scripts Set in Vietnam
-Seeking Limited Location Horror/Thriller Scripts
-Seeking High Concept Action, Thriller or Sci-Fi Scripts
-Seeking Character Driven Action Scripts

Zach Jansen (Level 4) ~ 3/22/2012 8:40 PM

Thanks, Michael. I might have something this go-around.

Michael Cornetto (Level 5) ~ 5/3/2012 6:12 PM

COVERAGE and beat sheet, only this time the beat sheet is YOUR TREATMENT FORMAT, and thus, one or two sentence won't do except for the OPENING AND CLOSING IMAGES. And a three paragraph synop; in the subject line put; INTERNATIONAL SALES PITCH.

I need;
Lighthearted family fare THINK PG IN THE 1960's meaning NO SEX, CURSING, you know CLEAN entertainment.
rom coms, too (think Doris Day)
I need it.
Anything the members can get me that is SOLID STORY well told.