New Love Films


FAQ

  1. Why do I need to submit a release form?
  2. Does the release form allow New Love Films to make my film without me?
  3. Where can I learn more about release forms?
  4. Is there a standard release form in the industry?
  5. What is Notarizing and why do I need to do it?
  6. Why should I spend money on notarization?
  7. I have two scripts , do I have to notarize both of them?
  8. If I submit a script in the future, do I need to have it notarized?
  9. Where can I find a notary?
  10. What happens when I send in my script?
  11. What if I have an agent, manager or lawyer?
  12. What should I expect next?
  13. If one of my scripts was passed by your company can I submit other scripts?
  14. Will I be able to sell up and move to Hollywood now?
  15. How long will it take to hear from New Love Films?
  16. I’m about to finish a new draft of the script- should I send the old version anyway?
  17. Will I get paid for sending my script in?
  18. Will you return my script to me?

1. Why do I need to submit a release form?

Release forms are very important for any production company and we do require that every project submitted to us has a release form attached. We will NOT read anything without a notarized [release form] (Link to 7A).

We do this because often writers independently come up with similar ideas, or we may already have a similar idea in development now or in the future, it might even be that one of our readers is reading a similar script to yours right now. This happens – more often than you’d think – after all, we’re all watching the same tv shows, reading the same newspapers and we often have the same concerns about the World. Good writers are writing about the World we’re all living in and this inevitably ends up being reflected in their work.

To avoid confusion at a later stage we ask you to acknowledge that this is a reality in life, while also letting us know that the screenplay you are sending us is yours, and that you have the legal right to send it to us. This is exactly what the release form does.

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2. Does the release form allow New Love Films to make my film without me?

No. Of course, this is the number one question all new writers ask us. The Copyright laws of America are among the strictest in the World, and believe us when we tell you it is far cheaper for us to pay you for your work than it is to get sued for taking your idea and making it without you. Your rights to be identified as the writer are not affected by our release form, nor are we entitled to sell your script without first entering into an agreement with you. Nobody, anywhere, will be able or willing to buy a film or screenplay without having the writers’ consent and a signed contract with you.

And think of it this way, your film won’t ever be made if nobody ever has the chance to read your script!

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3. Where can I learn more about release forms?

If you’d like to read more about release forms and what they’re all about, you should read any of the media law books by Mark Littwak, (usually in the film section of bookstores). Littwak is one of the most respected entertainment lawyers working and writing today. He has a much more in-depth explanation for this area of entertainment law in his books, and he also lists some of the many reasons why everybody relies on them.

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4. Is there a standard release form in the industry?

Although there is no standard release around, most release forms are very similar indeed. You’ll see that our form shares many common elements with Mark Littwak’s release form. Our form also covers several areas that we have found are more important to us and the kinds of films we’re making.

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5. What is Notarizing and why do I need to do it?

Notarizing is a regular practice that we’d really tried to avoid. Sadly, based on several bad experiences we now have to ask for your release form to be notarized.

Notarizing is the process of having a government licensed official sign off on the fact that you are who you say you are. The Notary officers, found in main streets in most towns, state offices and even some stationary shops, have a legal authority to check your ID along with the form as you sign it, and with a signature and a stamp attest to its authenticity. It’s a simple process that takes no more than a minute or two, but it’s absolutely imperative that you do it before sending us a script.

In the past we received several scripts sent to us that turned out to have problems – either the person submitting the script was not the writer or the writer was not the true owner of the material he or she submitted.

We know that it’s a hassle for you to have a script notarized, but we must enforce this rule to protect the integrity of this process and perhaps, more importantly to also protect you, the writers from having your screenplays passed off as someone else’s.

If you do not plan on submitting your script with a notary’s stamp and signature, please do not submit the script at all since we will not read it.

Also, please don’t try to FORGE a notary stamp – we do check. Notaries’ work is important, and bound by law. Forging or passing off any mark, signatures or stamps is against the law and we take it extremely seriously. If we have reason to believe any part of a submission has been forged we will not read your work, and may inform the relevant authorities.

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6. Why should I spend money on notarization?

In short – because we will not accept your script without it.

Film is an expensive business. When you take into account the fact that it can cost many hundreds of dollars to submit a script to a screenplay competition or festival, the price of $3 -$5 dollars for a notary stamp is a modest one for the opportunity to have it read by industry professionals.

If your script becomes one of the lucky ones that we option, your words and dreams have the chance of actually becoming a film.

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7. I have two scripts , do I have to notarize both of them?

You need to complete a release form for each script you submit but you’d only need to notarize one script. After that, we will be able to refer to our database, but please mark your script accordingly.

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8. If I submit a script in the future, do I need to have it notarized?

No. After one script has been submitted to us notarized, all future scripts need only be accompanied with a release form.

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9. Where can I find a notary?

With the law being what it is – nowadays you can find notaries everywhere. The cheapest are in embassies, yet today many major stores have a notary in them. Check your local Yellow pages.

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10. What happens when I send in my script?

When your script arrives at New Love Films we will assign it a number and a reader. You can imagine how many scripts we have sent to us, but we commit to reading every script that comes in.

To help us achieve this goal we employ several ‘readers’, people who are used to reading screenplays, and understand what we like. They’ll report back to us to tell us what they liked about your script and what they believe we’ll like about your script. If we all agree it’s a film we might like, we’ll distribute the script to all our key creatives to read too.

Your script will be categorized as Recommend, Consider or Pass.

Many of our readers have written screenplays in the past, some of them are independent producers and directors, some of them read scripts for a living – everyone here reads scripts – so don’t worry, every single reader here understands screenplays and loves movies.

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11. What if I have an agent, manager or lawyer?

Please fill out the [Repped Release Form], you WILL NOT be required to have your form notarized, but we do request that you have your representative sign the release form.

We love to build relationships with you and your representatives, so if we decide to consider your work we will be more than happy to talk with your rep about the next step.

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12. What should I expect next?

If we decide that we are interested in your script we will seek to move on to the next step, and depending on your film this might be any number of options.

However, every next step will begin with a phone call to you. We never think of working with a writer on ONE script – we’re very keen to make career relationships. That’s why we’re also interested in You as a writer, and to hear about you and any other scripts you might be working on now. So make sure you include a phone number where we can reach you.

We are sure to always be honest and up-front about our intentions, one way of ensuring this is by making a deal with you. This will normally take the form of ‘an Option’ – an agreement where we both get the chance to agree to the things that are important to us. You don’t have to sign anything until you are happy, and neither do we. That way there’s never confusion and we can all make the World a more peaceful place.

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13. If one of my scripts was passed by your company can I submit other scripts?

Yes. If we Pass on your script don’t be discouraged – feel free to send it to someone else. There are many great scripts out there and unfortunately we can’t produce all of them. We are very specific in what we are looking for and it is based both on our personal taste and on the type of material we believe we can get funding for.

Please keep us informed about any new script that you have completed and also send us loglines with ideas you are interested in developing.

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14. Will I be able to sell up and move to Hollywood now?

Maybe. But I wouldn’t – not just yet. Our aim is to develop great scripts, and to produce or co-produce them into great films. This does and will take a long time.

We always work very closely with our writers to develop the scripts we like – if this is something you are uncomfortable with, or if you think your script cannot be touched, then please don’t send in your script.

Be realistic about this. No script is the very best it can be when it first goes out – trust us; even when a great script comes to us, often there’s work to be done to get it ready for a particular actor or director we have in mind. Scripts often go through many, many drafts before they’re ready. It can be a long and tough process, but it’s always rewarding – and often it’s a lot of fun.

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15. How long will it take to hear from New Love Films?

We read the scripts in order that they come in to us. Depending on how busy we are or how much we like your project this can take a few weeks. So don’t sit by your phone waiting for us to call you. If we like it we’ll call you. If we don’t, we’ll write to you in time.

Although we try to respond to every script that comes in, we cannot guarantee this, we’re a relatively small team, and we try to put as much of our energy as possible into producing films. Naturally this sometimes means that one or two scripts fall between the cracks. For this we apologize, it is something that is regrettable to us, and in no way reflects our appreciation for your time and trouble in sending us your work.

We also ask that you respect our request for writers to refrain from initiating correspondence with us, the time we would spend dealing with each letter or phone-call would take away from the valuable time we would otherwise be spending getting films made. Thanks for your patience.

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16. I’m about to finish a new draft of the script - should I send the old version anyway?

No. If you don’t think your script is there yet, work on it more, and then submit it. If we pass on your script, we will not read it again. Thus, inform us of the status of the script and send us the new version once it’s completed.

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17. Will I get paid for sending my script in?

No. Sending your script in to us purely allows us to read your script. We are not buying your film, we’re not guaranteeing to buy or make your script, and we don’t pay to have your script sent to us. (Any mail sent to us without adequate postage will be returned to sender unopened).

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18. Will you return my script to me?

Every script that comes to us is important, and so long as there’s space, we catalogue them all and keep them on hand for future reference. We may not be ready to make your film today, we may even Pass right now, but who knows, we might some day return to your film and give you a call.

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