The Adventure of Selling a Screenplay
by Brad Catherman
Trade Cloth: 6" x 9", 196pp.
ISBN: 978-1-59663-567-8, 1-59663-567-3 $29.95 UK: £16.99
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Brad Catherman has written screenplays which have won numerous awards in screenwriting competition. He takes us on an 18-year comical and introspective romp through Hollywood that ends with his first screenplay development deal. Brad lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his son Andy.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Open-field running is the driving metaphor from football which defines the run to the goal line: uncertain, winding, and confusing, yet exhilarating, passionate, and courageous.
Brad Catherman shares with us his sprint to sell a screenplay to Hollywood while brushing up against the famous and infamous as he tries for his big break.
During his 18-year quest to sell a screenplay, he writes nine scripts, wins awards in six screenwriting competitions, sells three screenplay Options (for $1 each), hires and fires four agents, fills four filing cabinets with rejection letters, maintains an award-winning marketing career in spite of numerous corporate downsizings, faces the challenges and blessings of being a single dad, and finally lands a studio development deal.
He takes us on a roller coaster ride as he develops story ideas, pitches ten Hollywood producers in a single weekend, gains endorsements from a United States Senator and a monastery, and networks with everyone and anyone.
Brad encounters other wannabe Hollywood players on his trip, including a furniture heiress who promotes wrestlers, a home builder who is obsessed with having Bruce Willis play the lead in his movie, and a movie-producing dentist preoccupied with constructing unique golf clubs.
Through it all, he remains grounded in his faith and values learned from his parents and as an athlete. You will share his laughter and tears, but be unmistakably inspired to run toward your own goal.
From the Book
JASON: We want to buy an option on Wheels.
JASON: Do you know what an option is?
JASON: We have the exclusive rights for six months to produce your script. Iíll send you a contract. And thereís an initial payment.
ME: How much?
JASON: One dollar. For legal reasons, it has to be some amount.
ME: OK. Can you sign the dollar bill so I have a souvenir?
JASON: Yeah, sure Ö