I had the good fortune to interview Vlas and Charley Parlapanides, screenwriters for “The Immortals,” last week in advance of their movie.
They said something that struck me, and I want to share it here. They said that in Hollywood, scriptwriting still has a meritocracy.
“If you have a good script, “ it can get made, Charley Parlapanides said.
“If you do have a big idea, they don’t care who you are,” Vlas Parlapanides said.
This is wonderful news to budding screenwriters. It means that if you have a good idea, you can make it work, providing you can get it into the right hands.
More or less.
They also said that you have to work your ass off and that you usually write 5 movies before your sixth one is sold. And then, there’s no guarantee it will be made into a movie.
Also, they said you are only as good as your last one. So, if it doesn’t make money, no one cares.
What I Learned: It’s not as much who you know. Not when it comes to this. Sure, maybe more people will look at your movie if you are famous, or have some kind of connection. But you don’t have to be anyone to start.
But you have to make yourself someone to keep going.
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