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Since I announced the end of the FSM CDs people have asked me what I want to do next. I have typically not answered or given a vague response like “I want to get into the film business.”

That happens to be true. Over the past several years I have written various things (okay, by “things,” I mean screenplays) and tried to go about selling them, making them, building relationships, calling in favors, etc.

As anybody who has tried this can tell you, it is a long, frustrating process, often hopeless, dependent on good luck, an Ed Wood attitude (“My next one will be better!”), and the kindness of strangers.

Very few movies are made and even veteran Hollywood screenwriters are having a hard time getting work. And something I’ve learned about people who read scripts for a living—they hate it! Seriously…most scripts are no good, and there’s nothing to be gained in agreeing to read one, especially from an amateur. (Here’s my favorite article why.)

Last year I wrote a script based on an idea I found charming. It’s about an agent who represents superheroes: “Superagent.” (He’s named after our friend, composer agent Richard Kraft.) It was a difficult story to develop because it’s almost like a comedy sketch, not a movie—it involves blending genres (often a kiss of death). Think Jerry Maguire meets X-Men (he says in the pitch meeting).

In the end, maybe it’s impossible to pull off—you try to satisfy two audiences, and please no one. Is it for kids? Grown-ups? Is it a superhero movie, a date movie, or a modern-day fairy tale? (Maybe it’s television.)

But I probably did five completely different versions of it, and then five drafts of what ended up being the current version.

I sent it to a few people…most read it and were complimentary. Some didn’t read it…some said not to send it because they were too busy.

I thought about making it into a comic book, which apparently would cost a small fortune. I thought about rewriting it again.

Then I had the bright idea—why not just give it away?

As in—go ahead and download the pdf RIGHT HERE.

It’s not doing any good on my hard drive.

I guess the notion I am banking on is—will people’s curiosity (or interest in schadenfraude) get the better of them and inspire them to find out whether or not the guy who does Film Score Monthly can write?

There’s no way to know without trying, and as terrified as I am of embarrassing myself, I’d much rather cast the bottle into the ocean and see what might happen.

I enjoyed writing Superagent, and now I feel like writing something else. If anybody finds it entertaining, I’ll be delighted. I will happily listen to feedback, if anyone is so inclined. (I think I know what’s wrong with it commercially, which maybe I’ll explain later.)

In fact…I’d be happy to listen to anyone, about anything. I like writing and being creative and making cool things, whether or not they are a film score website, or weird old soundtrack CDs, or a screenplay about an agent who represents superheroes.

I do it just for fun—the same way I drew as a little kid, or made a pen pal newsletter about movie music as a teen.

So if you’re amused or pleased, or even if you’re not, I’d be happy to hear from you. Post here, or I’m easy to find: lukas@filmscoremonthly.com

Thanks for reading!

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A new chapter in your life emerges. I will assume that at some point, this project will take flight and become a film. During pre-production a list of top-tier composers is assembled and all are clamoring to score the film as it's the first film in a planned series of 3 films. Which composer will score it? And, wouldn't it be ironic if the (John Williams) score is being written but L. Kendall no longer has a F.S.M. label to produce it? (Stick around until after the complete 'Obsession' score comes out as your 'last' release.)

I like the idea. Bending genres, yeah , but done right it could be hilarious.

Can't wait to read it. Thanks for offering it!

That's brilliant to hear, Lukas.

I'm an aspiring screenwriter myself (albeit over in the UK) so I know how difficult it is to write the good ones, and then get them read. I've downloaded your script to read - and I hope you can make some headway.]

I know you're not on twitter - at least I don't think you are - but if you consider joining, there are Sunday night discussions, both in the UK and US, under the hashtag #scriptchat where you can pick up a lot of information and possibly contacts as well.

Also, April is Script Frenzy, where everyone so inclined attempts to write 100 pages of a first draft over the 30 days of the month. I've got two stories ready to take to that stage now. I'm also starting post on a digital video feature I've made for web distribution later this year.

Anyway, good luck, and all the best!

"Seriously…most scripts are no good, and there’s nothing to be gained in agreeing to read one, especially from an amateur. (Here’s my favorite article why.)"





First mistake is to take notice of anything Josh Olson has to say in that article. If that's your favorite article on the subject, it must mean you place value on what he has written. If that's the case you are disadvantaged, because what he says is worthless.

If Olson was a doctor, he'd know what it's REALLY like to have people asking his opinions for free. A doctor can't even go to a Christmas party or a Bar Mitzvah without being cautious about saying to someone "Hello, how are you?" He'd likely hear in response, "Well, since you ask Doctor Olson, I've not been feeling so good and I wonder if you agree with my doctor who's prescribed... etc, etc". But the swollen-headed Olson prefers to draw a parallel between himself and PICASSO!

True professionals know how to handle such situations and express themselves with good grace. But Olson, in his rush to tell the world why everyone is a time-waster and a burden on his valuable time, only succeeds in telling us that he isn't professional enough to handle such situations in a dignified or constructive way. The article is entirely about his own feelings of inconvenience, with no more purpose than someone protesting the presence of autograph hunters. He offers no advice or insights whatsoever.

Read his article again, this time not as someone in awe of a "real writer", but from the point of view of Olson himself, sitting there typing his piece. What is the point he is trying to make? Only a simplistic, self-serving one that informs us his time is more precious than that of an amateur. There is nothing more than that. The whole article is merely a contrived complaint against aspiring writers invading his space.

He'd do better to identify with those who strive, and to write about his betters and how he hopes to emulate them. Instead, he trashes those who haven't made it at all. How anyone can find a word of his scribble helpful I will never know.

Just finished reading the script. The first half is quite interesting, but then things become predictable, character motivations have little explanation and it all leads to a somewhat rushed ending. Characters are also a little one-dimensional, that's ok if it's supposed to be a mindless comedy (like sky high or my super ex-girlfriend, horrible movies, btw), but it doesn't looks like one. Also, I found Andro, the loser superhero to be underused; except for the first one, all his apperances contribute rather little to the plot. A for the climax, it's a bit weak, nobody is really in danger nor has to make genuine sacrifices.

But, hey! having said that, I think that with some minor changes to make it appropiate and a reworked ending, it would be an excellent animated cgi movie (like The Incredibles). Most of the faults it has when you think in a real action movie, disappear: the plot is rather simple and understandable (for kids), there are some funny moments, the Jerry Mcguire parody and other details would please the mature audiences, and, here, the one-dimensionality of characters would be a good thing.

Please, don't hate me very much. :)

Good luck in your new endevours, Lukas! And be sure to keep us updated on your adventures in film land!


Don't worry, no criticism can be worse than getting disc 3 out of the Ben-Hur case!

Lukas

1) To the guy who slagged off Sky High, not cool.

2) Lukas, that you actually finished a script in between running a record label puts you way ahead of the game. In any event, certainly ahead of those writers who waste time on the internet and visit sites much like this one.

3) I liked it. Once you get past the Jerry Maguire resemblance (it's pretty blatant), this is a neat read. Richard makes for a good underdog and Darby is cute as a button. Can't imagine who I'd cast in the roles, though.

Were you inspired at all by other behind-the-scenes "real life" superhero movies, like "The Specials"?

1) To the guy who slagged off Sky High, not cool.

Heh, why not? It's not a particularly good movie.

2) Lukas, that you actually finished a script in between running a record label puts you way ahead of the game. In any event, certainly ahead of those writers who waste time on the internet and visit sites much like this one.

An odd comment, was this directed at Tester's criticism left above? Because, not for anything, Lukas put this out there for feedback - which usually means criticism as well as praise. If presented constructively, negative feedback is extremely helpful.

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