The Bollywood project is now officially kaput.
I bear no malice towards the person who originally posted the listing, but I seriously question their thought process.
I’m not sure if they thought it was about the money, which it really wasn’t.
To me, the big problem was that this person wanted somebody to write a first draft, which they (them, not me) would then rewrite several times until it met with their approval.
Well, if that’s your plan, why not just write it yourself? Wouldn’t that be easier?
I also had a big problem with this whole story thing. All you’re working off of was a dinky one-paragraph description of the story, which is supposed to be changed into a 120-page/2-hour script. Given time to develop a story, I suppose it’s possible, but it would really help if the writer knew something about Bollywood stories.
Which I don’t.
Which is why I kept asking for more of an outline, as well as the opportunity to meet with this person and find out exactly what was expected of me/the writer.
I can’t help but wonder how similar this could be to what happens in H’wood. Except there you at least have a better understanding of genres, so piecing a story together wouldn’t seem so…insurmountable.
I wrote back saying I didn’t think I was a good fit for this, wished them luck and signed off.
So of course, this morning I’m checking out craigslist, and lo and behold, there’s the listing again!
120 pages in English, screen credit only. But it was posted 15 minutes BEFORE I sent my ‘resignation’ email. Hmmm.
Surprisingly, somebody responded to it on the listings page saying what a bullshit offer this was, and that screen credit was basically worthless. Pretty harsh, but I’m inclined to agree.
Later this morning, the listing changed to offer a $300 payment, which the angry responder says doesn’t change anything. They even threatened to keep trash-talking the poster.
I’m tempted to post something explaining some of the story behind all of this, but don’t know if I would come across as trying to get some kind of revenge, which I’m really not.
I understand what this person wants, but don’t understand why they can’t do it themselves. If they have a story and are familiar with what’s expected in it, why look for outside help?
I’m also thinking I should take this opportunity to step back from responding to every comparable writing gig that pops up and restart working on my own stuff.
That would probably be a good idea.
I even toyed with jumping back into BABY LIKES JAZZ, spitting out a first draft and seeing what happens.
Could be fun.