How to Talk to a Film Director on the Phone

Before you even start to write a book adapted from a film, you need to contact the director of the movie. It is not likely you will be able to speak to the actual film director to discuss about copyright issues. But it is possible, so here's what to do.


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    If you have a potential movie in book form, it would help if you had a script made out of it. It is always best to have an agent act on your behalf, and they could arrange this for you.
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    If you do not have an agent, you could try approaching a film company of your choice. You can ask if anyone would help put you in touch with the right department. You may be lucky enough to find a kind soul who is willing to give you some information or advice. You may be told who you can write to, or email, in the first instance.
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    Expect to be told submissions can only be made through an agent. You most certainly will not be able to speak directly to a film director on the telephone. Speaking could be confusing anyway, and the written word can always be mulled over and re-read. So that is best.
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    Be aware that this is not an easy business to break into as there is so much competition. Having the right contacts will make everything happen quicker, if at all. Persevering is also essential; don't let rejections get you down or this just isn't the industry for you.


  • You could try the current edition of 'Contact Any Celebrity.' There are all kinds of people listed.
  • This may seem obvious, but it is extremely important. If your book/script has not been professionally edited, make sure you go through it, editing many times before feeling satisfied with your work.
  • Obviously you need to list the best features, honestly.
  • Your synopsis is most important, and will be responsible for having your work taken seriously.
  • Always send a large addressed envelope so that your work can be sent back to you.
  • When trying to sell your book or script, try not to go overboard about it being an absolute certainty. They have heard that far too many times.
  • Agents do prefer if you have other work they can see.


  • Beware of paying any money up front. You should not be asked for a reading fee.
  • Sending your work away should only be done after you have been given permission to do so. Otherwise, it may be thrown out without being given any attention at all.
  • Read all you can about finding the right agent, and check them out with the 'Better Business Bureau,' which you can find on the internet.

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