Most screenwriters promote their screenplay through "screenwriting
contests" and "query letters". Those methods reach hundreds of people (mostly film professionals) but not the potential
Screenplays are lumped with other screenplay and query letters are
lumped with other query letters. Out of the thousands of scripts and millions of loglines, maybe one makes a good impression
but mostly they all gets lumped together with similar mediocre material.
While I've sent out query faxes and posted loglines on the internet, I've never
entered a screenplay contest. Why?
- Coverage or script evaluation is changeable from one person to another.
- Our mystery/thriller could be plagiarized by someone looking for a good mystery/thriller
with a surprise ending.
- Loglines and synopses are usually what gets film professionals interested in your stuff but
those promotional elements are largely ignored in script contests.
- It's hard to judge how fair the contests are.
As you probably know, the main emphasis of my promotional strategy is the webpage.
- Query letters and contests reach an audience of hundreds, but webpages reach an audience
of tens of thousands(including film professionals online).
- The potential movie audience is created and nurtured by diverse web preview pages.
- The author's webpages can easily be accessed by domain names like www.log-line and www.qualteam.on.ca .
- He/She can have a permanent presence on the internet that would be hard to achieve
Even when I'm not promoting my websites, I still get over 200 page views per day. When
promoted, the page views can increase to well over 300 per day. Right now, I'm averaging over 8500 page views per month. Back
in Sept/02, the average was 5700 per month.
Hotel California and Area 53 have been fascinating subjects to others
as well as myself. About 50% of our visitors come to our sites through searches like "Hotel California", "Area 53", "California
Adventures", "Confidential Files", "Zen Religions", "Happy Pages", "Alien Encounters", etc. The other 50% are those who reach
one website and then go to another.