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I entered into a verbal agreement with an author of a short story. Someone adapted his short story into a 4 page script and I did a page 1 re-write of that script. He sent me text messages giving me the right to make our film. During casting, he felt disrespected that I had made so many changes to the original four page script and apparently his short story that he told me that he never gave me "written permission" to make my film and that I can no longer proceed. The title, character names, number of characters, plot, dialogue and story are all vastly different from the 4 page script. I even changed my script into a pilot for a tv series instead of a film. If the only thing shared between the two scripts is an attorney is raped at the end, can my script exist on its own and be owned by me? I'm in the process of trying to shop this script to networks and I just want to make sure that I'm safe. If you know of an entertainment lawyer that could help me out, that would be great as well. I read that I don't necessarily need to find an attorney that practices law in my state since all I need is someone to read my 20 page script and read their four page script and tell me if mine can exist on its own. Thank you!

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Darnell,

I am not a lawyer so I can't give you legal advice here, and it is likely legal advice is what you need.
I can offer to read the 20-page script and the 4-page script to let you know what I think about your
script existing on its own.  I would have to charge you a fee for that.  Tell me what you can afford
to spend and I'll try to make it work for you.  I really want to help you out.

Best Regards,

Donald L. Vasicek
Olympus Films+, LLC
The Zen of Writing
http://www.donvasicek.com
dvasicek@earthlink.net

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Utilizing The Zen of Writing, a writing concept I developed over 40 years of professional writing and filmmaking, I can take you from the inception of your idea to the market. This translates to if you have an idea for a movie or a book, I can guide you through the jungle of writing these tomes all the way to getting it to producers, agents, editors, and/or publishers.

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Writer/Consultant for MGM's "Warriors of Virtue"
Writer/Associate Producer for American Film Corporations' "The Lost Heart", "Born To Kill"
Writer/Director/Producer for Olympus Films+'s "Faces" and "Oh, The Places You Can Go..."
Writer/Director/Producer for Olympus Films+'s "The Sand Creek Massacre" Screenwriter for Incline Productions, Inc.'s "The Crown"
Author of "The Write Focus" and "How To Write, Sell, And Get Your Screenplays Produced"


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Graduate, University of Colorado, B. A. in sociology. Graduate, Hollywood Film Institute, Certified as a writer, director, line producer, producer

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Filmmaking: Best Film Philip S. Miller Library’s The Bull Theatre Film Project Best Documentary Short American Indian Film Festival Colorado Filmmaker’s Showcase Best Documentary Short The Indie Gathering Film Festival Featured Film Native American Film Festival Excellence Award Videographer’s of America Metro State College of Denver Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration Rhode Island College Multicultural/Unity Center Permanent Placement Screening Finalist Hayden Film Festival Award Winner PYXIX Global Media Network Competition Movie of the Week Tywman Creative Semi-Finalist Moondance International Film Festival Best Native American Film, Golden Drover Award Trail Dust Film Festival Archived, Heard Museum, Phoenix and Archived, The Billie Jean Baguley Library Writing: “Writer’s Digest” Scripts Competition Finalist “The Caller” “Writer’s Digest” Scripts Competition Finalist “The Crown” Houston International Film Festival Finalist “The Crown” Finalist The Chesterfield Film School Competition “The Crown” Rocky Mountain Writer’s Guild Writing Award Finalist, The Sundance Institute, “The Crown”

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