“There Is No Cheat Code To Breaking In” Schemers Manager Daniel Seco Tells Screenwriters
Someone that is able to give clients clear and succinct guidance with regard to their career. This may take shape in a variety of forms, but often it is diving deep into scripts draft after draft, in an effort to provide meaningful notes to screenwriters. Whereas for directors, it’s not only helping them find compelling projects to pursue but often shedding light on which projects are not going to help advance their career.
What does a screenwriter become someone you want to work with?
How do you decide which readers to read?
How much time do you spend developing a writer vs developing their business skills?
What most attracts you to a project?
It’s a combination of all three components. Characters and dialogue are generally the aspects of the script that can make or break a project for me. I’m a proponent of writing that offers something new while still managing to remain marketable.
How would you describe your current film and TV tastes? What are you watching? What is must watch material you advise your clients to watch?
I try to consume as much film as possible, while TV is more of an exploration of what captures my attention. Most recently, I’ve enjoyed Roma, A Quiet Place, and Mission Impossible: Fallout as well as Crashing, Atlanta, and Escape At Dannemora. We regularly encourage our clients to revisit horror films (both modern and from yesteryear) to help reinforce what makes them work as they embark on the process of crafting their own project.
What is the current state of the industry and how can screenwriters take advantage of it?
There’s no cheat code. Clean, fluid, and meaningful writing that takes form as a movie on paper rather than merely a story will always win the day.
What are some of the biggest misconceptions aspiring screenwriters have?
Where do find new screenwriter clients?
The hunt for new writer clients runs the gamut of trusted peers with an eye for talent, contests/fellowships, as well as sites such as The Black List, Roadmap Writers, and Coverfly. What works best is remaining humble enough to approach each and every resource with the same positive attitude that a new client is waiting to be discovered.
What makes you stop reading a script submission?
How can a screenwriter stay vibrant and relevant in the marketplace?
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