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Why you should think twice about turning your short film into a game

October 28, 2014Article
VentureBeat

Q: I wrote, directed and produced a sci-fi action short that I think would make a great big-budget feature. In the meantime, I have a friend who works for a small video game developer who loves the concept of my short and thinks it would make for a great game. I’d like to put together a deal with my friend, but I don’t want to jeopardize my ability to someday make a studio film based on my short. How could I make this work?

A: For the love of Phogoth, I hope your short is more coherent (or should I say less “decoherent”?) than Destiny.  I’m so confused that I have to put in a few hours every night to try to make sense of it (at least that’s how I’m justifying things to my wife). Assuming your short is comprehensible, you have a chance to make this work, but you’re right to worry that your granting of rights to this video game developer could later affect your ability to produce a big screen adaptation of your short film.

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