It’s probably best envisioned as a horror flick, with comic elements. So, here’s the pitch: 200 writers from all over pay $395 apiece to take face-to-face meetings with legitimate Hollywood buyers and brokers. Scouts from top talent agencies and management firms, studios and production companies are seated behind little conference tables, waiting to be bowled over. But the starry-eyed screenwriters, imagining a Cinderella story with themselves in the lead, instead get just a chilling seven minutes to present their ideas before time stops like a guillotine’s drop and they’re ushered out the door–and back into oblivion. David M. Halbfinger reports.