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Using a Meeting and Telephone Log to Help Sell Your Screenplay

written by: Shane Burley•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 8/4/2009

Here is a format for a Meetings and Telephone Log, and organizational tool geared toward helping you sell your screenplay.

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    Selling Your Screenplay

    In the same vein as a Correspondence Log and a Weekly Action Plan many people require a Meetings and Telephone Log as part of their post-writer plan. Inside it will contain the organizations for contact in relation to selling your completed screenplay. Since selling your screenplay can be one of the most complicated and time consuming efforts in film production it is important to keep a written record of what you have done and what you have left to do. Here is a format for creating a Meetings and Telephone Log that will help you with who you have spoken with about selling your screenplay.

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    Meeting and Telephone Log Format

    Like the Correspondence Log you are going to create a table with six columns and a large number of rows, usually relative to the number of contacts you are going to have. This will likely be a subset of what you had in the Correspondence Log as the Meetings and Telephone Log is spawned from those results. On average you should be optimistic and keep two thirds of the rows that you had in the Correspondence Log, though it will probably end up being have of them that are used.

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    Columns

    The first three columns of the Meetings and Telephone Log are very similar to that of the Correspondence Log. You first start out with the exact date, followed by a column for the time. These are important because you really need an exact framework for when you contacted so that you know when to contact again. The next is a spot to indicate whether or not it was an in person meeting or a telephone conversation. After this you should have a column that lists what type of meeting or telephone conversation it was. This can be something that indicates whether or not the purpose of the contact was for possible sale or just to discuss ideas.

    Next you will want a column that is just to indicate who the person or company is that you were contacting. Finally, the least column of the Meetings and Telephone Log is just to put any comments or interesting conclusions that occurred in regards to selling your screenplay. Make sure that the top of every column is clearly labeled and that you keep things short but detailed in each column. Leave more room in the comments column than in any of the others.

Selling Your Screenplay

So you've written a screenplay? You may think it will be a big hit, but the many producers you encounter may not agree with you. Get some tips and organization tools to making contacts, gaining exposure and eventually being able to sell your screenplay!
  1. Creating an Identifying Prospect Form for Selling Your Screenplay
  2. Creating a Weekly Action Plan for Selling Your Screenplay
  3. Using a Meeting and Telephone Log to Help Sell Your Screenplay
  4. Creating a Correspondence Log for Selling Your Screenplay