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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | How I Got My Film Option

How I Got My Film Option

I realized the other day that I’ve never blogged about how I got my film option! A definite oversight on my part! Well, it may not be as long and convoluted as “How I Met Your Mother” but it’s worth a mention anyway …

You see, the front door needed painting, and I have very little decorating sense. So when my husband asked, “What color?” I shrugged and reached for my best decorating reference: Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life by Karen Rauch Carter. That’s right: feng shui.

I mean, why not? If I don’t know what colors to use anyway – or what to hang on the walls – consulting a feng shui book is a lot easier than clipping pictures from magazines. So, I buy sconces with swirls for one corner of the house, and I accent another with red candles. It all looks good to me. And plus, it might work.

The front door is the Career area of the home, and MYSCYL suggested black was a powerful color here. Besides, it matched the geometric designs of the carpet runner in the foyer. I could tell Bob was relieved. He felt confident he couldn’t make a mistake by coming home with “the wrong black.”

So, my husband painted the door and was just putting the finishing touches on it when, in the other room, I got an email from Amy Green, Film Producer, of 3Geez Films and One Eye Open Studio in Hollywood, asking whether the film rights to my book were available. I read the email about five times. It didn’t appear to be coming from Nigeria. She didn’t ask me to send her a certified check for $100,000 or transfer any money for her. A quick Google search confirmed that these companies really existed.

When I carried my laptop over to the foyer, Bob was just smoothing out the paint bubbles. I think I held out the computer to him and made little whimpering noises. He read the email over my shoulder – looked at me, looked at the door, and looked at the wet paint brush in his hand.

“What else do you want me to paint?” he asked.

(Amy, if you’re reading this, you might be surprised to discover you were summoned by the forces of the universe – but then again, I’ll bet you’re not.)

By the way, the other night, Amy gave a big thumbs up to my most recent draft of the screenplay. We think we’re moving forward from here!

It might be time to do a little decorating.

20 Responses to How I Got My Film Option

  1. mshatch says:

    wow. how cool is that! so, when does the movie come out?

  2. That’s so awesome! Congratulations!

  3. wooo hoo! LOVE that story! and a big congrats!

  4. Anne says:

    Whoa! Congrats! That must be such an amazing feeling.

  5. wow- what an awesome story! I gotta start painting my doors black…

  6. Sun Singer says:

    I never knew a black door could be so powerful.


  7. Jen Daiker says:

    LOLOL… who knew that painting a door could be such a fascinating story!!! Look at you for being the first to make it interesting!!!

    Guess I should start re-decorating… wait I should probably finish revising a book first!

    You’ve given me inspiration though! Congratulations on the fabulous opportunity!

  8. Linda G. says:

    Congratulations on selling the film rights! 🙂

    Now, pardon me while I run out and buy some paint…

  9. And I’m gonna run out and get that feng Shui book! So cool, Dianne!

    And wah! I totally forgot tpr last night – I meant to come! I think we were eating dinner or just cleaning up or some such thing. But I say K and J were there. Hope the writing/revising was good!

  10. PS–We Hear the Dead had a HUGE picture in my sons’ scholastic order form. So AWESOME to see!!

  11. KLM says:

    Wow. I’ve always pooh-poohed feng shui. I might have to rethink in light of this post. 🙂

    Congrats! Who have you mentally cast in the lead roles?

  12. Lenny Lee! says:

    hi miss dianne! wow thats a neat story. you just gotta believe stuff happens special like that. my cousin tonys wife cathy does that feng shui stuff too and she says it works for sure. but i dont think they got any doors painted black. but its got me wondering if any of tonys good luck for his books and movies was cause cathy painted a door a feng shui color. oh i gotta tell you my brother sebi said to say thanks to you for getting him that date with that neat girl. she got your book and loves it. hes taking her on a date again tonight. 🙂
    …hugs from lenny

  13. JEM says:

    Totally painting my front door this weekend. Awesome story!

  14. Talei says:

    Congrats on selling your film rights!! How fantastic is that? ;))

    And I love how you checked the email wasn’t from Nigeria or a request for 100k. LOL.

    I have an award at my blog for you, please pop by when the painting is done. 😉

  15. Jack Dixon says:

    Nice story, Dianne! I’m glad it’s going well for you. Can’t wait for the movie!

  16. Very cool, Dianne! Congratulations…and you got your door painted! (and you’re a matchmaker?)

  17. Claire Dawn says:

    That’s fab! I really can’t wait to see the portrayal of Elisha. That’s one guy I’d go back in time for 🙂

  18. Claire, If a movie gets funded, my contract says I get flown out to see the filming for a couple days. I might just swoon like a teenage girl to meet Elisha Kane in full costume, no matter who’s playing him! 😀

  19. ceebee308 says:

    Hi Dianne, I came across your blog post while doing a bit of research on Amy Green. I know exactly how you felt because this morning, i was thrilled to see an email from Amy inquiring if the film/TV rights to my first novel, “Vigilante” were available. I’ve been bumbling around all morning since then. Congrats!