Think About How Many People Rejected The Screenplay Before You Saw The Movie by Markus Redmond

Film Courage: When you leave the pitch [pitching a screenplay], do you have a good intuition about how the meeting went or is it just like they say they love it and then they are not going to go through with it? And then has the opposite happened?

Markus Redmond, Actor/Writer/Director/Producer: We went through that. We had the pitch and we left and felt good about doing it. We felt good about the way they responded. But they’re executives, their job is to sort of like not give you anything. Like…all executives are probably really good at poker because that is their job. They’re not going to open up a check book in the room. This is great! How much do you want? They are not going to do that. There is all kinds of checks and balances that have to go on. They can’t really give you much of anything except for…undivided attention.

The pitch we had the executives came in and there was undivided attention. Nobody was checking the phone, nobody was doing this [looks at his watch], nobody had other stuff they were flipping through, it was us, the presentation and them…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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