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This is a question for people who actually have experience with agents.

there are a few books out there listing Hollywood agents. Which book is the best when it comes to this. I have phone numbers and addresses, but I want something to tell me what each agency is looking for, what they require to be sent in (just a query, a query and a cover letter, a query and a CV, a query and a resume, etc...) I have noticed that different agrencys want different things.

I also want to know which one specialize in writers and which ones have combined writers/actors/directors divisions, and of course the contacts name in each job catagory.

I could go down the list and just call everyone, but I know one of these books would be what I am looking for. (they all cost over $50 each, so I just want to buy one)
check out the Writers Guild website. <a href="http://www.wga.org/" target="_blank">www.wga.org/</a>

click on list of agents and then choose your state and it lists them alphabetically while telling you whether or not they will consider unsolicited material, or you have to send a letter of inquiry first. this is a listing of all agencies that pursue media-based writers, which i gather is what you're interested in.

books, schmooks. rememer to copyright your material before sending it out. it would probably be a good idea to put together a group of writing samples before you start looking to have ready if an agency should ask for some.

hope this helps.
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Starving Dog:
This is a question for people who actually have experience with agents.

there are a few books out there listing Hollywood agents. Which book is the best when it comes to this. I have phone numbers and addresses, but I want something to tell me what each agency is looking for, what they require to be sent in (just a query, a query and a cover letter, a query and a CV, a query and a resume, etc...) I have noticed that different agrencys want different things.

I also want to know which one specialize in writers and which ones have combined writers/actors/directors divisions, and of course the contacts name in each job catagory.

I could go down the list and just call everyone, but I know one of these books would be what I am looking for. (they all cost over $50 each, so I just want to buy one)

Don't know about your side of the water pal but over here we have a book called 'The Writer's and Artists Yearbook' which pretty much gives you all the info your after except the preference for cover letters question.

Not sure that helped at all but here's hoping you have a similar thing over there.
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This agency indicated it will accept ONLY a letter of inquiry.

not to sound stupid, but what is this? Is this just another name for a query letter or is it something different?
The quickest way is to get a personal recommendation. Not only do you then know that the agent you're dealing with works with someone you know, but they're a lot more likely to notice you from the hundreds of letters if they've been told to check you out.

Like most things movie-related, it's a question of making the right connections. If you post on here, and make your own movies, chances are you know somebody who knows somebody who can help. Make a list of anyone you know who is vaguely connected to the business and see what you can find.

One of the most useful pieces of advice I've ever read was "use what resources you already have".

DISCLAIMER: I don't have an agent, or even a complete screenplay, but I know what my plan of action is once I've finished. I know which doors I'm metaphorically knocking on to get people to read it.
Still not quite understanding the whole "This question, posted here in the Budding Filmmakers forum on CHUD.com, is only for people with at least twenty five years of direct experience making movies in Hollywood. Anyone that isn't Stephen Spielberg need not apply" approach. Who else here besides Bill has ever actually made a dime from anything to do with movies?

This isn't a poke at you, Dogs, btw... I've seen this before and it just seems like a weird place to be looking for answers only from people who would, by definition, not really be budding anymore.
I'm not understanding how you get:

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This question, posted here in the Budding Filmmakers forum on CHUD.com, is only for people with at least twenty five years of direct experience making movies in Hollywood. Anyone that isn't Stephen Spielberg need not apply.[/QB]

From this:

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This is a question for people who actually have experience with agents.

Budding filmmakers can still have experience with agents, ya know.
A letter of inquiry is the exact same as a query letter. The reason for this is because most agents don't accept unsolicited material, but you really want them to look at it, so you write them something that they WILL look at. Then they decide if they would like you to send in writing samples.

There are some of us that have "made a dime" off of things that are movie related. i've been a freelance digital artist for going on 7 years now. I've worked on film, television, and commercials. i don't need to come to this forum, but i like to. i don't pretend to know everything, but its a fiesty business and its hard to know what to do and easy to get frustrated.

and back to the topic, Dan's point is right, if you can get a reccomendation, that's a great way of getting started. Talk to anybody and everybody that you might think has a connection.

Rock on.
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I'm not understanding how you get

Do you really need me to explain the effect I was trying to achieve, or are you just trying to make some sort of oblique editorial point?

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Budding filmmakers can still have experience with agents, ya know.

Since you've posted a question in this same forum once (seeking screenwriting help only from someone who's sold a screenplay), I'm not surprised that you defend the practice of expecting professional advice here.

Of course budding filmmakers could have experience with agents. And of course someone posting in CHUD's budding filmmakers forum might have sold a script, produced a hit rom-com, or directed Adam Sandler to use 'that' voice a lot. All I'm saying is that overall, after reading some of the other posts here, it seems an unlikely thing to expect. I'm curious why others might disagree.

I also think it appears to be an attempt to discourage general discussion on the topic between the amateurs, which should be the whole point of this board.

Look, maybe I've just missed all the answers that people have actually been getting. Point me to some threads.
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Do you really need me to explain the effect I was trying to achieve, or are you just trying to make some sort of oblique editorial point?

No, I honestly don't see how you go from a simple question like the one that started this thread to what you posted. It's kind of a leap of logic.

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Since you've posted a question in this same forum once (seeking screenwriting help only from someone who's sold a screenplay), I'm not surprised that you defend the practice of expecting professional advice here.

Defend the practice? I didn't realise it was on trial. I really don't see why people asking these questions is a big deal. By it's very nature, a forum for "Budding Filmmakers" will feature people asking for advice on how to do X, or how to get Y.

It's not that big a deal.

Ok, this "Bruce and Dan Show" shit is idiotic, and I apologize to Dogs for derailing the thread. I'll make this quick, and then disappear.

[1] It was exaggeration.
[2] "defend" was a figure of speech, not 'putting you on trial' for fucks sake.

The End.
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"This question, posted here in the Budding Filmmakers forum on CHUD.com, is only for people with at least twenty five years of direct experience making movies in Hollywood. Anyone that isn't Stephen Spielberg need not apply" approach. Who else here besides Bill has ever actually made a dime from anything to do with movies?

That really wasn't my intent when I asked the question. What I wanted was someone who actually knew about getting an agent to let me know something. If someone asked how to get an agent, I would not feel qualified to answer because I have not gotten one.

On the other hand, if someone has an agent (and I am sure a lot of budding filmmakers in the world have agents) I would listen to them. If someone knows someone who has an agent or knows contacts, they would also be knowledgable.

A budding filmmaker is one who is in an early developmental stage. One Hollywood agency I know has a lot of budding filmmakers under contract and is working with them to make their movies.

And, as far as I know SJR has written screenplays as well as Bill, and who knows how many other people that frequent this board.

Just because it is called Budding Filmmakers , that should not eliminate anyone with experience from posting here.

Maybe they should rename the forum to just Filmmaking.
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Just because it is called Budding Filmmakers , that should not eliminate anyone with experience from posting here.

Maybe they should rename the forum to just Filmmaking.

That would work, although i dont know of anyone else having a problem with it until Bruce sparked up.
Personally i look to this forum as a place to ask questions and share thoughts and experiences.
If someone can help me out with a question then great and vice verca.
I was at Barnes and Noble tonight and noticed the Hollywood Creative Directory for summer 2003 is out. I know its not agents, but for some of the companies listed there were comments on whether or not they accept materials. That might be another way to go about it. The book is extremely expensive though, so if you are on a budget, I would go and write down what you need.

anyway, I know this is an old topic, but it popped into my mind when I saw the book.

Also, I was looking thru a book called, Script is Finished, Now What Do I Do?. It looked like a really good resource especially for screenwriters. The book had many agencies listed, and a pretty good description of each and what they arelooking for. The price wasn't too bad either.

Anyway, hope this helps someone out there.