January 25, 2015 at 1:07AM

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Sell screenplay or make the movie on my own?

When a screenwriter has finished his work, there's a choice that the movie in his head will never reach any theater or display in the world.

There is a high risk, that nobody will buy your screenplay.
There is a high risk, that you're movie won't work out, if you direct it for yourself.

This question is for all the beginners in screenwriting - Which risk are you going to take? I haven't decided yet, what I will do when my screenplay is finished, but I think about directing it.

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It's all a risk. I say if you're passionate about directing, then direct. You're right, the movie may or may not work out but you'll learn a lot from the experience.

January 26, 2015 at 11:11AM

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Francis Tejada
Director/D.P/Editor
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If is you first feature, I prefer do it my self. Take care, that none seal you script.

January 27, 2015 at 11:16AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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wga register... poor mans copyright... take it to a potential buyer. Usually, if it's shelved for some time, they give it back to you...AND pay you. due to the time they had it and didn't do anything with it.

If you have the vision and the ability to execute it. Then, go right ahead. Put it in motion.

January 27, 2015 at 11:45AM

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Gary Ewing
Short Film Screenwriter, Photographer, Director.
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I'd say, for a beginner: Direct it yourself. You can learn a lot more about pacing, awkward dialogue, and what does and doesn't work, by shooting it first-hand. It's like selling cakes you've made, but never tasted before. Once you've created an amazing, renown script you can't do justice to yourself, try to sell it, and see what happens!

January 27, 2015 at 6:41PM, Edited January 27, 6:41PM

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Craig Douglas
Editor/ Videographer
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As someone that's very passionate about making films, I'd say to make it yourself. However, if you're more passionate about writing films, maybe you should try and find someone that you trust to make it for you. You can both develop the script into a finished film together and while doing that you'll probably learn a lot more about writing in the process.

If you hold the script very close and you have it exactly planned out in your head but don't trust anyone to make it other than yourself, maybe write a few more short scripts and practice making those into films before you tackle the big one.

February 3, 2015 at 12:32PM

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Brad Tennant
Director / Cinematographer
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