Well this does peak my interest. I will be interesting to see where it goes next, and then I can evaluate how I feel about it.
I follow Save The Cat, it seems very logical that you should not be looking for an agent... rather an agent should be looking for you.
The main thing with writing is having the material that people want and will go out of their way to acquire. It might not be amazing not having representation, but its all about taking small step after small step in the correct direction.
As they quoted in STC Strikes Back "Write, Sell, and Repeat." It is the only way to build up a reputation, no letter, personal contact is going to add to your credibility more than having multiple sold scripts.
This is nothing but a bunch of posturing by multi-billion dollar corporations.
Obviously, Sony bought into Marvel ages before anyone recognized the value and thus was rewarded for claiming the rights to one of the largest Marvel Franchises.
Disney was dumb to think they could more than double their cut into Spider-Man. They might own Marvel after the fact, but they waited to long and now they have to deal with Sony.
Anyone doing contract negotiations could see that an 800% increase in Disney's stakes in the franchise's revenue... let alone having to share 50/50 on the intellectual Property was a terrible deal/proposition that Disney pitched to Sony.
Non-buyer's Remorse should not factor into major stakes in a multi-billion dollar franchise, and while Disney may think they have leverage here they really got nothing and should have stuck with something more... reasonable like... 25%.
Sony knows this and they stuck to a hard line because even the worst Spider-Man films were wildly successful, there is huge demand for Spider-Man in the MCU, Sony actually was smart about taking the earlier deal to learn from Disney MCU producer.
On one end this kind of sucks for consumers, but the companies will probably come up with a compromise once all the data from analytics shows up about people commenting from the news feeds.
I am glad that you had a great experience with the AFI.
It's never a huge risk to change dialog and change scenes, if you know the talent is worth it. Especially when the biggest deal is profanity.
The thing is the meaning of words change over the decades, so what might have the right amount of punch or edginess now may decrease over time. (Or possibly make your film get removed all together)
What is important is "why" those characters are saying those things. Cause the "why" give that word or what they say have a deeper meaning. It could be as simple as "I hate you" or something less direct.
Obviously there is some struggles in rewriting, but as long as the theme of the script and is well defined in advance it won't take too long to complete the changes as needed.
Another reason why I choose to go out of my way for actors, is that I want them to feel comfortable and secure with everything. Which on a creative level it does provide some challenges, but overall I don't think I have ever regretted taking care of my actors in changing scenes... as long as its just a few specific things and not the whole film.
It really depends on the metrics looked at when looking at Sony Spider Man Stories.
Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for being highly controversial were still very profitable, and in some ways very comparable to titles in the MCU when it comes to ROI.
As a FCP X user I just bought DaVinci Resolve to round out my tool set.
As it works as a pretty good intermediary in-between NLE software programs (AKA how I get Premier files to work on FCP X without using shady stuff) And also has the 3D stuff that Apple has yet to fully embrace yet. I get the best of both worlds as FCPX is the best NLE right now and DaVinci is really great for color grading and DIT processing.
What I love about both of them is that the companies that made them continue to work on them and release updates for free, which is amazing and I will always support that over a yearly subscription.