Michael Ferris writes a great article on the importance of standing out. Making that impression. Most scripts never touch the yearning recall of agents and execs. We would refer back to the “experience” we felt the first time we read Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense, Bass’ Manhattan Ghost Story, Lynch’s Ronnie Rocket or Niccol’s original draft of The Truman Show.
Each pulled us into their worlds through Character and Setting and more. Some made it to the screen intact (The Sixth Sense), some didn’t (Truman Show) and those two others you might be wondering about. That’s cause they are floating in Development Hell. Never to probably be made. And for those that have read them, it tears us apart. But that’s not your concern. You should focus on the action of moving the reader so much that they HAVE to get your script made. Not just like it. Liking is for Facebook. Forcing the reader to scream out and run up to every person in their vicinity about how they have to read your work, that’s what you should be goaling for.
Ferris uses a perfect example of a script that may never be made and is thus tearing the hearts out of agents and execs, Beacham’s A Killing on Carnival Row (aka The Gloaming). Since that script wowed the industry, Beacham was hired on to recreate Clash of the Titans and, more importantly, created Pacific Rim.