"It took me 15 years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous." – Robert Benchley.
I heard from my agent yesterday. She said there is a company in LA that provides excellent script notes. If we don't hear from A-list producer by '06, then let's go that route to make the sports script a slam dunk. You pay to get this solid feedback -- two to three hundred dollars (ouch!) -- but I'll look into if it will help the script to get to the next stage.
In case you didn't know, "notes" are very popular in Hollywood. Everyone wants to give you notes on everything. I would hate to date in LA... "Our first date was really good, but here's some notes on how to improve on the second one."
Most writers politely accept these notes and use 30-50% of them. It never hurts to get an objective opinion on your work, but there are so many opinions out there and people looking to make a buck off you. You have to really trust the people you listen to or your script can become a total mess.
As one agent recently said, "write from the inside out and not the outside in" -- most movies today are written from the outside in. No inner voice, no passion, just writing by the numbers... namely Box Office numbers.
So on that note... bye.