How Dare They Pass On Your Film Script

Here are some thoughts from Screenwriting U about what it really means if your script gets a pass. Are you a bad person? Are you a worthless writer?

In reality, production companies pass on most of the scripts that come to them.  They are all looking for the diamond that will be the next big hit in their market.  They may be looking for a vehicle for a specific actor. So they’re not rejecting you. In fact, they are usually very friendly when they pass.

Oftentimes, they just want to see whats scripts are currently doing the rounds of the marketplace. They have no intention of developing your script at that time.

But let’s look at how the response is delivered to see what interpretations we can make.

  • Query letter or pitch with few requests: Problem with concept or query letter.  Improve it.
  • Script passed without comments: Concept is good.  Improve the writing.
  • Script passed, but they ask what else you have: Writing is good, but the script is not right for them.
  • Script passed, but they ask you to do writing assignment: Writing is great.  Take the deal.

When you apply these interpretations, please don’t add any negative connotations.  Even top writers get these responses.  Strangely enough, this is a business in which you can have 30 production companies turn your script down and the 31st will make it into a blockbuster.

So never give up!


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