Last year, I wrote a screenplay called Warning Signs. It's a short, tight little chamber drama about some guys who kill their boss. I finished it last Summer, got it into the Library of Congress for copyright last Fall, and over the Winter entered it into a screenplay contest where I didn't win anything but I did get some really good professional feedback for about $60. In all fairness, the feedback I got from letting friends of mine read & critique it was about as useful and also, free.
I wrote a little slugline description and started sending it out to studios last month, and so far three of them have come back. One was undeliverable, as it looks like Lindsey Studios has either ceased to exist, moved, or been incorporated into another studio. Two more have come back to tell me that they don't take unsolicited submissions from random guys. From Universal Studios: "Due to legal and insurance restrictions, Universal has a strict policy (there's that word again) prohibiting the acceptance of unsolicited literary, dramatic or musical materials in any form for consideration, except when submitted by a franchised literary agents or motion picture production individuals with whom Universal has established a working relationship." So yeah, basically the long form of "Yer doin' it wrong!" with letterhead.
Warner Brothers was a little nicer, as they included some information about where one might acquire a franchised literary so-and-so along with the "doing it wrong" notice. Apparently, they also have 16-year-old hyper-caffeinated maniacs opening the mail, though: on the back of my letter from them is this cryptic missive scrawled in pencil: "OH, OH YEAH - CAFFEINE HIGH. Totally feelin' it (GROOVIN). Bring it TAZO Tea, Bring it!" This amused me, so I thought I would share it with you, group of total strangers with some acquaintances and friends thrown in.
I have a dozen of these still out there - I'm looking forward to embiggening my letterhead collection, and will let you know if any of them come back funny. Or you know - successful. Wish me luck.