My Experience with Inktip – a review

I spent a total of $100 on Inktip for my screenplay MAX THE KNIFE. $60 for listing my script on Inktip (for 4 months, so $25/mo.) and $40 for a logline listing in their magazine. This was the first time I used Inktip. Was it worth it? I’m leaning towards a NO.

Why NO?

Not a single person actually downloaded my script!

Logline views doesn’t mean that the “pro” user actually read your logline. I knew this going in, but I thought at least I’d get a few downloads (ie. script reads or at least interest enough to download my script.) I’ve tweaked my logline and still… no downloads or contact.

Let’s look at a screencap of my script viewings (taken 12/14/15):

InktipLoglineViews

I’ve gotten 60 logline “views” and 1 resume view. The resume view (not shown, it’s on 2nd page) at least shows someone clicked on something of mine. I guess he wasn’t impressed because I don’t have anything produced and have no awards. We all start somewhere.  I only recently started trying to sell my scripts.

And you know what the sad thing is? I researched the production company and from the synopsis and movie poster of their ONE film… it looked like a good fit for my movie. And this production company did show up SO MANY times (not shown, on 2nd page) as logline views. Too bad they never downloaded my script.

I also noted with the RED ARROWS huge date gaps where there was absolutely no viewing activity. I always bring my listing to the top when allowed (every 6 weeks) just so my script doesn’t get buried under all the new scripts. I think it should be allowed more often. Maybe every 3 weeks.

Another suggestion: if a screenplay doesn’t get a single (legitimate) script download after 4 months, you get your money back. Hey, now that’s an idea! I don’t think that’ll happen though. Because it could be that your logline isn’t intriguing enough. Or maybe you’re the only one who thinks your title is brilliant. (I’m actually changing mine after this.)

Also, these aren’t big production companies. Most of them don’t even have websites and aren’t listed on IMDB. I believe they mostly do low budget stuff, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I mean, my script is a thriller/drama based mostly in Brooklyn and I’m guessing it could be shot on a low budget. There aren’t any major special effects. No explosions. No jumping out of planes or anything crazy like that. It’s a pretty realistic story.

I’m not complaining about the cost. $25/mo is the same as listing on The Blacklist, which I have yet to try. But for $25/mo I would like to get some reads. Frankly, I feel like I’ve taken $100 and flushed it down the toilet.

Some have had some success on Inktip. They’ve gotten their films produced, they’ve hooked up with reps, etc. That didn’t happen with me. I know the odds aren’t that great in the film industry. It’s getting harder and harder to sell spec scripts. I wasn’t exactly expecting the to sell my script , but I was expecting more of an active interest (download of script of synopsis.) In four months, that has not happened.

I think there are two problems: (1) your script gets lost in a sea of scripts and (2) low activity on the other end (perhaps not too many people seriously looking for scripts on the site. I don’t have specific daily usage numbers but I wrote a THRILLER which is one of the most popular genres purchased!)

Now, before you say my script probably sucks. I know it doesn’t. I wrote it in college under an Emmy-award winning filmmaker. He said my script was probably the hardest one in class to write but it was very good and I got an A grading! I put it away for SEVEN years and then made improvements on it. It’s MUCH better than it was in college. I’ve done countless drafts. It’s not something sloppy and just thrown together. But how will anyone (these pro users on Inktip) know if they don’t bother to even download it?

Well, my listing expired December 22nd (in 8 days.) If anything major happens between now and then, I’ll definitely update on here. But at this rate, it’s not looking good.

So yeah, I’m disappointed. Will I use Inktip again? I’ll use it to list some shorts. (Shorts are free to list, but loglines are publicly viewable, as in not kept private.) I do actually have one listed on there. But I’ll have to think long and hard before listing another feature. Although, I am intrigued by some of their Preferred List leads. I think I’d have a better chance querying someone looking for a script that mine actually fits into than letting it sit on Inktip going unnoticed. I’m just not sure if I have to have the fitting script listed to use the Preferred leads.

I’m looking forward to trying some other screenplay hosting/selling services. I think I’ll try The BlackList next.

So until then, I’ll keep plugging away. (Just finished another script a few days ago.)

2015 – 2016 Screenplay Contests and Competitions

The year’s coming to an end and I have plans to enter some screenplay contests/competitions. I’ve already entered POSTCARDS FROM SHERIDAN (a short supernatural horror script) into Bluecat 2016 competition. I got reader’s notes already. Maybe I’ll post it in another post with my commentary.

I plan on entering (one or more) feature length scripts into Nicholl’s Fellowship, Script Pipeline and Page Awards.

I just completed my first draft of my second feature length thriller, called KNEES AND TOES.

I’m changing the title of MAX THE KNIFE and fixing it up a bit more. And here I thought it was the final… FINAL draft!

I’m also working on my first feature length (spoof) comedy. Won’t talk about it just yet. I want it completed and copyrighted first. It’s pretty unique… at least I haven’t seen it done. I laugh so hard while I’m writing it. But then, I do have a quirky sense of humour. Think: Tim & Eric, Strangers with Candy, League of Gentlemen, Woody Allen, Louis CK.

I think I may try out The Blacklist (blcklst.com) and see if I can do well there. My Inktip script listing is going to expire this month on the 27th. I’ll do a review of it.

Amazon Studios – Still No Word After Nixing 45-day Option

So, I uploaded MAX THE KNIFE (my feature length screenplay) to Amazon Studios (AS) on November 2nd. There used to be a 45 day option, meaning the option for my screenplay ends December 16th. On November 19th, Amazon Studios did away with the 45-day option and I got an email from them stating the following:

Dear Terri,

You’re receiving this notification because we have expanded our open-door submission policy and you have submitted work to Amazon Studios for your project, Max the Knife, within the last 45 days.

Amazon will no longer require an unpaid 45-day option for you to submit your work and will instead review your work with no strings attached. If we’re interested, we will reach out to you directly with a paid option that meets or exceeds any applicable guild minimums. As a result of this change in policy, Amazon is releasing any unpaid option currently in effect on work you’ve submitted for Max the Knife. You can continue to track where your work is in our evaluation process by visiting your project page. We are continuing to evaluate any material that is not yet marked “Complete.” You’ll receive a notification either way when our evaluation is complete.

Thank you again for the opportunity to consider your work, and we hope to see you at Amazon Studios again soon.

Sincerely,

Amazon Studios Cast and Crew

The DAY I received this email, my project status went straight to COMPLETE. I have not heard a word from AS. If they wanted it, I’m sure they would’ve e-mailed me right away. So I’m guessing I will have to wait until December 16th (day after tomorrow) to hear from them. But then again, if you look through the AS Forums, it seems some people aren’t hearing from AS even when the original option end date comes and goes.

Also, I’ve noted that some have commented on how their projects go from COMPLETE to DECIDING or some other status. I guess they still have some glitches to work out. Oh well. Hopefully, they’ll work out the kinks soon. If there are any updates, I’ll post about it here.

Max the Knife is Now Available!

I uploaded my screenplay (Max the Knife) to Inktip and bought a logline listing for their next issue of Inktip Magazine, so it’ll get in front of a lot of industry professionals (producers, directors, actors, etc.) Not long after I posted my script I’m already getting some views. Great! I think this just might be worth the price. I’ll keep you all updated on how things go.

For any industry pros who might be reading this, let me offer my logline here:

While visiting his mother and dying brother in New York City, a writer kills a stranger, completely unprovoked. He thinks he can get away with this senseless crime but there was a witness lurking in the shadows… and he wants revenge.

If you’re intrigued, you can find my screenplay through Inktip. Just search my name (T. K. Jones) or the title of the script. Thanks!

My Screenplay MAX THE KNIFE is complete!

I just finished writing my screenplay “Max the Knife.” It’s a psychological thriller set mostly in contemporary New York (Brooklyn: Brighton Beach and Bensonhurst) in the vein of Fritz Lang’s M and Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia.  (Total: 88 pages)

Some history: I wrote the first draft of the screenplay in my college Screenwriting course. This was in 2007/08. Wow, 7-8 years ago! And only recently did I decide to pull it off the shelf and make something of it. I marked up my copy from college to the point where every page was covered in red ink! I added some scenes. I feel like I added more depth to the story and characters. I even changed the title!

Reading the first draft I’m surprised I got an A on it. I remember my professor commented that my story was the hardest to write in class. I enjoyed writing it. I’ll set the screenplay aside for a few days and do one last read (just to proofread.) Then, I plan on posting it onto Inktip. I may also make use of Virtual Pitchfest.

So, now what? Well, I have about five screenplays queued up waiting to be written. And I’m really excited about them! I got these ideas while writing Max the Knife.