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Johnnyboy33

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« on: 02-24-2012 01:39 »
« Last Edit on: 02-24-2012 01:42 »

Does anyone write their fan fiction in screenplay format?
With Futurama being on the air for two more years and potentially more they will almost certainly be looking for free lance writers to do episodes. Does anyone have any experience in sending the Futurama staff spec scripts?
I've started writing a couple of my ideas
Freako

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« Reply #1 on: 02-24-2012 03:25 »

They would never accept any kind of fan submission.
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« Reply #2 on: 02-24-2012 03:29 »
« Last Edit on: 02-24-2012 03:49 »

Producers are too busy to read through or even look at an entire fan made script. They care about us, but there are a zillion fans out there that would do the same.
 
El-Man

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« Reply #3 on: 02-24-2012 04:25 »

They wouldn't for legal reasons. Do you have an Agent to represent you? Do you have an Attorney for legal advice and writing contracts? Unless you have a reputation as a seasoned TV-industry writer, you won't even get past the studio receptionist.

And yes, lots of people write their fanfics in a screenplay format. I encourage you not to, though. Write a proper story.
Johnnyboy33

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« Reply #4 on: 02-24-2012 05:19 »

Many shows accept spec scripts from screenwriters, never did I say it would be a "fan submission" I'm a screenwriter. In retrospect this was not the best forum to ask this question.

They wouldn't for legal reasons. Do you have an Agent to represent you? Do you have an Attorney for legal advice and writing contracts? Unless you have a reputation as a seasoned TV-industry writer, you won't even get past the studio receptionist.

And yes, lots of people write their fanfics in a screenplay format. I encourage you not to, though. Write a proper story.

Is this literally how you speak to other human beings?
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« Reply #5 on: 02-24-2012 05:43 »
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You implied it would be a fan-submission by opening this thread with "does anybody write their fan-fiction in screenplay format" and then talking about submitting work to the producers with no mention of being a professional screenwriter yourself. And I'm not sure what that last comment is meant to mean, El-Man's post was helpful and polite.

Anyway, they're not going to be looking for freelance writers at the minute on account of the fact that all of season 7 (which makes up the next 2 broadcast seasons of the show) has finished being written now (or is at least extremely close to being finished). If they (when they) get an 8th season greenlit and production on it begins in mid-to-late 2013, then perhaps you could apply then if you know the sorts of routes they'll accept submissions through although David X. Cohen seems to prefer hiring in ex-Futurama-staffwriters and ex-Simpsons writers as freelancers when possible so it's very unlikely you'll get anywhere, realistically.
Freako

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« Reply #6 on: 02-24-2012 06:17 »

Many shows accept spec scripts from screenwriters, never did I say it would be a "fan submission" I'm a screenwriter. In retrospect this was not the best forum to ask this question.

They wouldn't for legal reasons. Do you have an Agent to represent you? Do you have an Attorney for legal advice and writing contracts? Unless you have a reputation as a seasoned TV-industry writer, you won't even get past the studio receptionist.

And yes, lots of people write their fanfics in a screenplay format. I encourage you not to, though. Write a proper story.

Is this literally how you speak to other human beings?

It could have been a lot worse.
I could have said it my way.
El-Man

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« Reply #7 on: 02-24-2012 07:29 »

never did I say it would be a "fan submission" I'm a screenwriter.

So you're a screenwriter. Hmm, isn't that called a 'lie of omission'?

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Is this literally how you speak to other human beings?

Let's see - I didn't swear, I didn't accuse you of anything, and offered what I believed was helpful advice. So, yes.

And Freako is quite correct.
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« Reply #8 on: 02-24-2012 11:23 »

They would never accept any kind of fan submission.

You really think MG would go for Kazaleh over your work? If you put them side by side I mean.
Freako

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« Reply #9 on: 02-24-2012 11:28 »

Yes, because he is in the "real" comic business and I am not.
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« Reply #10 on: 02-24-2012 11:30 »

Well try harder!
winna

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« Reply #11 on: 02-25-2012 05:05 »

I mail my scripts to Fox all the time.  One of them had hitler in them after he had been time displaced and marooned on a moon that the planet express crew visit.  It was a really interesting dynamic look into the platitudes of life and the extensions of philosophies across time.  I'm pretty sure that when DXC he'll turn that one or one of my other many geniusly written pieces into an episode.  Who wouldn't?
Solid Gold Bender

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« Reply #12 on: 02-25-2012 05:26 »

Hitler on a moon reminds me of Iron Sky. Sounds pretty weird, though. How many have you written?
DannyJC13

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« Reply #13 on: 02-25-2012 19:12 »

How many have you written?

You're actually taking winna seriously?
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« Reply #14 on: 02-25-2012 19:59 »
« Last Edit on: 02-25-2012 20:07 by totalnerduk »

With Futurama being on the air for two more years and potentially more they will almost certainly be looking for free lance writers to do episodes. Does anyone have any experience in sending the Futurama staff spec scripts?

So you're angling to be the next Carolyn Premish, huh? Firstly, you'll need to send your scripts via an agent. Secondly, you'll probably just annoy the Futurama people by doing so - what they'll be wanting in order to evaluate letting you play in their sandbox will be some original work, or at the very least something from a different setting. Otherwise you might be mailing them what amounts to a bunch of ideas that they can not use, since they'd have to buy that script from you in order to do so without opening themselves up to a lawsuit.

Television producers don't like to do business that way. They'd prefer to hire somebody, then have everything that person produces which is set in their own creative universe be theirs by default.

Take a show which is either one of the influences on Futurama or one of those that have been parodied on it, that's been cancelled, or is over/finished, and write a sample standalone episode for it. Get yourself a hollywood agent, and have him submit the script to MG or DXC, with a short letter saying that you'd like to know if they're looking for anybody to write for Futurama.

If you're lucky, you'll get a polite rejection within 6-8 weeks. If you're not, you won't hear anything.

I hope you have fun doing this - you certainly won't get anything else out of it.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #15 on: 02-25-2012 20:05 »

I will laugh my ass off if Johnnyboy33 becomes the head writer within 2 years.
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« Reply #16 on: 02-25-2012 22:28 »

Many shows accept spec scripts from screenwriters, never did I say it would be a "fan submission" I'm a screenwriter. In retrospect this was not the best forum to ask this question.

They wouldn't for legal reasons. Do you have an Agent to represent you? Do you have an Attorney for legal advice and writing contracts? Unless you have a reputation as a seasoned TV-industry writer, you won't even get past the studio receptionist.

And yes, lots of people write their fanfics in a screenplay format. I encourage you not to, though. Write a proper story.

Is this literally how you speak to other human beings?

No, it's just figuratively how he does so.
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