SoCreate sat down with a panel of respected screenwriters at the Central Coast Writers’ Conference to discuss agents: how does a screenwriter get one?

Weighing in on the topic – shown in the video below – is screenwriter Peter Dunne (CSI, Melrose Place, Nowhere Man, Sybil), Doug Richardson (Die Hard 2, Hostage, Money Train, Bad Boys), and Tom Schulman (Dead Poets Society, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Welcome to Mooseport, What About Bob). We were thrilled to get access to these accomplished writers to extract knowledge from their years of industry experience.

TRANSCRIPT:

Peter Dunne (PD): “The script is not the product. You are.”

Doug Richardson (DR): “Most of the money I’ve made in screenwriting has been based on the stuff that I wrote that I didn’t sell.”

“Agents love new.”

Tom Schulman (TS): “[Agents] are looking for you!”

DR: “”Oh, I got the next big thing.” They love new! They love that no one knows about you yet.”

TS: “There is no age on the title page next to your name on a screenplay.”

PD: “They may see that you’re a clever writer and you can handle a lot of things. They can sell the writer. The script is not the product. You are!”