Scripts must not have been optioned at time of entry or at time material is chosen as finalist or Grand Prize Winner. Submissions must be an original work of the applicant and not based, in whole or part, on another author's work unless in the public domain.
First Prize (in each category): $750, Waterman Pen, script-analysis by WGA credited writer and one year FADE-IN subscription.
Second Prize (in each category): $500, script analysis by WGA-credited writer, one year FADE-IN subscription.
Third Prize (in each category): $250, script analysis by WGA-credited writer, one year FADE-IN subscription.
Winners will appear in an edition of Fade In magazine, Variety or The Hollywood Reporter.
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Richard Barker's Charlie's Corner has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the 13th Annual Fade In Awards.
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An interview with screenwriter Thomas Manning regarding the Fade In Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: The Great American Nightmare. It's the story of an up and coming horror novelist who, in essence, sells his soul in exchange for success. He makes a wish for his horror stories to be 'more believeable', and unfortunately for him, and many other people, his wish comes true.Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?
A: I had entered the Fade In Awards in prior years with different screenplays. The judges seem to really 'get it', so to speak, and the feedback they give is excellent. I've entered "The Great American Nightmare" in several competitions, and in most cases it won or became a runner up. I won the Shriekfest award for Best Horror screenplay, among others.Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?
A: Feedback is good, and the contest is, as always, very professional.Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?
A: The first draft probably took me 3 months. I always have some form of outline prior to writing the actual screenplay. "Great American..." has undergone many rewrites and subsequent drafts to get it to where it is today: A top-notch horror story that is both smart when it needs to be, and creepy when it's supposed to be. The ending is a true mind-bender with a killer twist.Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?
A: I've only ever used Final Draft. There may be better or newer versions and/or other software packages out there, but Final Draft has been everything I've needed it to be. I'm on my 13th script, and Final Draft has been there since my very 'first draft' of my very first screenplay.Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?
A: I try to, but can't always. When I am in the zone, I can write for 4 to 5 hours. When I'm away from my computer, I'm always thinking about the story. Some story element is always roaming around in some part of my brain.Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?
A: Only in between stories, never for the actual idea. Ideas are always there, it's just making them seem plausible, and shaping all the details, e.g. right types of characters in logical scenarios. I tend to write horror screenplays, so my twisted ideas tend to form prior to the characters.Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: I've been writing for a number of years, and have completed 12 screenplays. My passion is horror, so my stories, so far, reflect that.Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?
A: I live in NY. I would certainly relocate for any project that was worthwhile. No doubt about it.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: Yep! Another horror, but with a sci-fi flavor this time. I want aliens as the bad guys, lots of cool carnage, unexpected twists, and one helluva suprise ending. I already have the ending mapped out, and I'm hoping for another winner.
These stories are better than many of the horror films produced of late. If 'The Great American Nightmare" can find the right home, people, like me, that expect more from a horror film, will be pleasantly horrified.