Thing is though, you still need someone, likely more like a Producer, who can work with you on preparing your pitch so that you can get all of your ducks in a row, and know what you're going into.
Do you literally want to just sell the idea off for a lump sum with residuals if it turns into something more later, or are you wanting to get involved with the development and execution as well if they purchase it? I'm not sure how that all works either, but something to consider.
I mean, how do you know if your idea is really all that good or not? Because if your idea is just an idea, and not even a full script, and if it's not much better than what Syfy does anyway, then it's probably something just about anybody could think of, really. So why should Syfy want to buy an idea from you if they can come up with it themselves?
What is it about your idea, specifically, that will make it worth their while to pick up?
Never underestimate the need for low budget projects. To you they are
not looking for the next revolutionary movie. To them they are. They
are looking for the next “Sharknado” - something that will spawn sequels
and generate a lot of money. Something that to them is the next
In many ways it's harder to sell them a movie or screenplay because
they are so specific in what they are looking for. Come to them with
“Mr Holmes” and you will never sell it. Come to them with a high budget
smart, complex sci-fi thriller and you won't sell it. You need to know
what they are looking for and meet their needs exactly.
If you feel you have a script that exactly meets the needs of the SyFy
Channel then get yourself and agent and pitch to them. They get well
over 1,000 submissions a month so you're script really needs to stand
out. Do you have that script?
The former vice president of a TV network and a fellow lawyer.
Serious question then. How do you know if your idea is good or not? To me an idea might sound good but to someone else it will sound stupid. I'm sure when sharknado was thought of it didn't sound exciting.
No. Your chances of having the movie made from your idea is notThat's why I'm asking about this. I have ideas for low budget movies. So I'm wondering if my chances of having the movies made would be better if I approached a TV channel instead of trying to make it all on my own. To me scyfy looks for movies that provide escapism. A movie like sharknado isn't really made to make you think. It's just for entertainment.
But I have been told that, while a Blair Witch project can make hundreds of millions from a budget of just $300,000, that would not be the case for TV - no program, for that amount of money, would generate that kind of payoff.
I do have a lot to learn still about TV, especially cable TV, and that market, as opposed to film, remains a good possibility. But I have been told that, while a Blair Witch project can make hundreds of millions from a budget of just $300,000, that would not be the case for TV - no program, for that amount of money, would generate that kind of payoff.
Even baring in mind that Blair Witch probably cost at least double what you've quoted, ....
According to wikepedia, blair withch cost $23k
According to that Wikipedia article to which you linked: "After reshoots, a new sound mix, experiments with different endings, and other changes made by the studio, the film's final budget ended up between $500,000 and $750,000."
The exact quote from Sanchez (the joint director) is: "So the budget of what you saw in the theaters was probably $500,000 to $750,000."
But I think that number was arrived at after Artisan purchased the film (for $1mm if I remember correctly) and paid for the post production. Just my conclusion. I doubt, the original filmmakers had that kind of money.
They paid for a new sound mix on The Blair Witch Project? But that movie sounded like pure shit!
but for commercial distribution, theatrical or TV broadcast, this difference is one of the differences between; a product which can be commercially distributed/broadcast and an amateur film which cannot!
Do theatrical releases always have to be surround, or is stereo also okay.