Brunetti | The
an emily blunt interview
has arrived! Get ready for things to be shaken up in in the
Hood - Hollywood's hood that is.
what in the H-E double hockey sticks is that you beg? TS.C is
an online neato keen talent tree house, a forum, for screenwriters
and filmmakers to meet, mingle and present their works without
the usual business of having to schmooze till your blue in the
face and your ethics being suspect.
your talent, not your manipulating abilities that will be judged
by your peers! They decide if the "studio" recommends
or passes on the project/script. And the studio heads are you
all. Not some flippant hipper than thou Hollywood mogul with
an implanted megalomaniac ego drip high off the power of his
own voice who can't even decide between equal or sweet and low.
is backed by a few genuinely good folks that have been stead
fast in launching what well could be the place you sell your
film! Who are these kindred souls riddled with genuine glee
at the prospect of helping others pursue their dreams? In the
forefront you get producer Dana Brunetti, filmmaker/screenwriter
Ross Partridge and big kahuna Kevin Spacey orchestrating the
bevy of talent behind the scenes.
doing it - making it happen baby! Girlish girly girl point:
the Trigger Street staff also happen to be exceptionally
good looking. Purr. Shallow, but so true folks - I just
calls 'em as I sees 'em. I was privy to some impromptu comedy
short they made while "playing in the surf" that still
makes me smile like a Cheshire cat with an eyebrow raised in
delight at the biceps and frolicking before me.
to the chiseled and cherub faces aside TS.C really is what it
sounds like: you join, you review others, you upload and
well why don't I let Dana Brunetti explain better in our interview
Many of us are familiar with the company Trigger Street Productions
(for those who aren't - they produce theater, documentaries
and films). Now there's TriggerStreet.com is it separate entirely
or an umbrella company?
A bit of both. We work hand in hand and as a support mechanism
for one another. TriggerStreet.com is searching for the talent;
Trigger Street Productions will help give it legs once it's
Okay. So what is TriggerStreet.com all about - the mission?
To discover and showcase new talent by providing a venue that
is easily accessible to all. Now that we have the ability to
redirect attention to areas where it should be, we are.
TriggerStreet.com sounds like a Shangri La on the web for struggling
writers and filmmakers. How did TS.C come to be?
DANA: While I was sitting on the toilet - that's where I come
up with some of my best ideas. [laughter] Basically it kinda
morphed out of a few simple ideas. Kevin [Spacey] is always
looking for 'out of the box' material to be involved with and
we where searching out a way to open up access to individuals
who might not ever get the chance to be heard no matter how
talented they are. I was trying to think of a simple way grant
access to undiscovered screenwriters and filmmakers without
a gimmick or contest and be able to manage it in a productive
manner. It slowly/quickly grew to a grander scale as we began
to garner major celebrity attention and support. The basic idea
and concept is still the core, just now it is going to be a
lot bigger, which works out better for talent looking for exposure.
[Blunt Aside: I can not - at this time - say exactly who the
celeb powers are. Hubbaloo. But, trust this guy folks - think
about who these fellows would hang with and smoke cigars around
(wink-wink) and you'll get an idea of what caliber of celebrity
he speaks of] What about a writer who has representation? Can
they still submit - is it going to help them? Can they benefit
or is this for the newbie?
Anyone can submit their work as long as it's original work and
they retain the rights to it while it's on our site. Since it's
also a tool for us to find fresh new material, we can't be considering
work that we can't touch or has already been around town.
EMILY: All right, you go on the web, you're a new writer, and
you submit your screenplay to TriggerStreet.com. What are the
pros as oppose to finding an agent and relying on them to "shop"
Actually, just finding an agent can be difficult, and TriggerStreet.com
can also be a great asset for helping one do that by allowing
you to upload your work to be seen and reviewed as soon as it's
complete. If you're a filmmaker and have just finished editing
your film on your PC, you can upload it directly to the site
for the world to see literally seconds from its completion.
The same goes for screenplays. Hot off the press, instant gratification.
[<- I'm not even gonna start with the innuendoes on this
one - though a certain Academy Award winning film's "shower
scene" pops gloriously into mind...]
Do they lose the right to seek an agent or management if they
upload their script to TriggerStreet.com?
So they can upload at TS.C and still shop the script or the
film to other studios and agents?
Sure. They maintain copyright but we have first look.
EMILY: How does the "first look" and option program
work with you fellows?
We do have the stipulation of first right of refusal for the
material for 90 days once a script makes it into our top 10.
This is in effect to protect us from poaching from other entities.
Although it's our main goal for talent to be discovered, we
don't want to be losing opportunity due to poaching. That said,
it doesn't mean we will not necessarily stop a person
from taking their work to someone else, but before they do we
at least want to have a look at it to consider it for production.
If it's not suited for us, or we fell the writer will be better
off with the company they want to take it to, we will fully
support that. That would be considered a success
for our site even if we didn't produce it.
How do you prevent folks from just reviewing their own scripts?
Or asking friends and family to read and rate their scripts?
There is nothing wrong with asking friends and family to review
one's script. It's no different than a politician asking for
a vote from a family member. But without going into too much
technical detail, there is a system in place to prevent ballot
stuffing. We are able to monitor certain aspects to know if
there has been a particularly large amount of reviews for a
particular submission of for a particular submitter coming from
the same place.
The short films. When the maker uploads to TS.C who now "owns"
The filmmaker. We only have the right to use them in various
mediums, which essentially will be used to draw more attention
to the filmmakers talent
If they are on TriggerStreet.com can they still submit for festivals
Okay, you're a screenwriter. You submit to TS.C is it automatically
copy written? Protected from plagiarism? Or should they still
precede submission with a holler to WGA for proper accredited
This is the responsibility of the person who is submitting the
material, but they must retain all rights to the material that
Aside: Here's a link to The Writer's
How will scripts get made through TS.C?
Not all scripts will get made. But scripts that do make it into
our top ten will be considered. Any scripts that fit our model
at the current time that we are interested in will be pursued.
At the same time, if we see a really good script that may not
be the type of film we want or can produce, we can bring it
to the attention of A place that can bring it to the screen.
Again, any talent that is discovered on our site is a success
for us whether we are involved after or not.
[ Dear god this man's legit huh? What a swell guy. Okay I have
been professional till I am ready to BURST
So, tell me, what's Kevin Spacey's favorite dessert? Bet it's
Strawberry pie from Big Boy's
[eyebrow - erect - with a personal vision].
[He makes a call... sigh] Banana Pudding from the Magnolia
not spoken: Yeah, he'd look just as cute dipped in banana pudding
What is the goal - ultimately - for TriggerStreet.com?
To help find and nurture new and undiscovered talent.
Wow! [and he means it too!] Are you going to have an annual
TriggerStreet.com Short Film Festival with the talent you "discover?"
[Thought not spoken: Banana pudding? Really? Drat. I
may have to rescind my marriage/breeding proposal. I mean he'd
smell like banana pudding
of all the rotten luck]
We hope to have some type of annual awards event to recognize
all of the finalist of our on-line festivals in a public form
where we would also screen their films, but that depends on
the success of the site. Ask me again a year from now or just
wait and see if it happens in the meantime.
The site will be successful dear. Already I am getting emails
of joy from folks who have been dreaming of something like this.
You've worked hard to get this together, why bother?
First, we think it's important to never forget where you came
from, and while doing that, remember that no matter where you
are in life or your career more than likely you would not be
there if you didn't have help along the way. We're trying to
'send the elevator back down' and stopping to let more in on
the way up. Second, it's great way for us as a company to find
fresh material and new talent from somewhere else other than
the conventional avenues. When a farmer from Idaho can get his
script in front of a Hollywood audience; that is truly 'out
of the box.'
you have it; every once in a while people do things for other
people - how did they put it? They, "send the elevator
back down." Don't look for the negative - lose the smirk
- these are not your typical Hollywood sleaztacks. Remember,
Buddy Ackerman was just a character über cutey Spacey played
on to this spirited group of do gooders and wallow in their
infectious enthusiasm! Positive breeds positive after all. Hey!
You wanted someone to read your script or see your film right?
. what are you still doing here? Get over to TriggerStreet.com
and learn about, join in, review others and upload yours! Git
going now! Skadattle.