From Technodirt.com comes this story that is the screenwriter’s version of the Darwin Awards. Apparently some guy wrote three screenplays (with the delightful titles of COLOR OF TULIP, BLOOD ON ICE, and – keeping with the theme – BLOOD ON SEVEN HILLS). He claims that at one point he was in negotiations to sell the screenplays for $2.7 million. But the talks went nowhere. So he ended up with nothing. Ohh??? There’s no middle ground between $2.7 and nothing?? But that’s not the point.
later signed up for DSL and the technician installing it “cleaned up
some unused items on his desktop” which included -- oh no! - the
Data recovery was only partially
successful in retrieving them. So the guy sued, claiming the screenplays
were worth MILLIONS. He lost. And the jury felt he was also at fault
FOR NOT MAKING A BACK UP OF SUCH “VALUABLE” FILES!
also question why the skeesix didn’t have a single printed copy. How
did he submit them to these potential million dollar buyers? Even if a PDF file was submitted would perhaps one of the eager recipients bother to make a printed
copy? These producers who had millions of dollars to just throw around
couldn't afford a Xerox machine? Or send a guy down to Kinkos?
Always back up your scripts!!!
do it every time I finish a writing session. I load it onto a thumb
drive. I also have the nifty new Mac Time Capsule that backs up my hard
drive constantly, and I drop a copy in Dropbox. (If you don't have Dropbox you should!)
Nothing’s going to stop me from breaking
the bank when I sell my latest screenplay -- BLOOD ON MAPQUEST
DIRECTIONS TO PISMO BEACH.