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A Lean Startup Approach to Screenwriting, Dikran Ornekian

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After the economic collapse of 2008 and a devastating writers strike, selling an original screenplay in Hollywood became a more difficult proposition than ever before. Dikran Ornekian and his partner Rylend Grant will talk about how this harsh environment pushed them into trying something different — testing their script ideas as short stories — and how this new approach opened more doors for them than any screenplay ever had.

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A Lean Startup Approach to Screenwriting, Dikran Ornekian

  1. 1. STONE VILLAGE SNAPS UP ‘LOBO’ SPEC “Scott Steindorff’s Stone Village has acquired “Lobo,” a spec script for an action thriller by Dikran Ornekian and Ryan Colucci about a colony of werewolves in Brazil. Ezna Sands has been set to direct. The film has been fast-tracked for an Oct. 15 production start and will shoot outside Rio de Janeiro. Pic’s under-$15 million budget will be financed independently.” --Variety: August 11th, 2008
  2. 2. WGA Strike
  3. 3. IP
  4. 4. DENZEL J-LAW CRUISE SCAR-JO LEO THE ROCK HANKS CLOONEY JOLIE SPIELBEG SCORCESE NOLAN LIN CUARON INNARITU FINCHER BIGELOW JJ
  5. 5. Lean
  6. 6. Screenplay = 6 months Novel = 1 year Short Story = 1 month
  7. 7. OUR STORY + A-LIST STAR =
  8. 8. The Pitch
  9. 9. Nope.
  10. 10. FAST & FURIOUS 6 HAD THE BIGGEST OPENING WEEKEND IN UNIVERSAL STUDIOS’ HISTORY
  11. 11. OPTION PERIOD CAN =

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