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Carmit Levite's ONE AND ALL has been named the May, 2013 winner of The-GreenLight.com Screenwriting Competition.
Myke Friscia's Radio Haiti has been named the winner of the March, 2013 The-GreenLight.com Monthly Screenplay Contest.
London Fog by Tasha Hardy has been named the winner of the December, 2012 The-Greenlight.com Screenwritint Contest.
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Jay Stamatis and Steven Stamatis have been named the winners of the September, 2012 The-GreenLight.com Screenwriting Competition for their screenplay Scroll Back.
An interview with screenwriter Dana Garrity regarding the The-GreenLight.com Monthly Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: I've actually changed the title recently to BREWIN' THE PITS, but it won as OPEN PIT.
BREWIN' THE PITS is about sex, love, and...horseshoes. Horseshoes you say? Why the hell not? It's never been done on film before and prime for some great comedy. Find another spec out there about horseshoes and you've found someone who's come across mine. Of couse, most people say it isn't out there because horseshoes suck. And for those that say that, I have this to say to you: You my friend are correct. It's a stupid, worthless sport, if you can even call it that.
The screenplay follows one man's journey to redemption through tossing horseshoes. He learns to forgive himself, accept his dysfunctional friends and family, and find love in the most unlikely, and hysterical of places, all while exploring the little-known world of competitive horseshoes.
A: I entered The-Greenlight contest because it was a monthly competition and I had a very good experience entering a different contest of the same variety.
I've entered this script in several contests recently. Crossing my fingers that I have a good showing. I did enter The Writer's Place with an early draft and made the finals.
A: Gord is an excellent communicator and supplied everything that was promised.Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?
A: This script was initially an assignment by a director who wanted to work with me on two films. I wrote the first draft in about four weeks. I have made many revisions since. The director and I have parted ways as he recently struck career gold.
This script has about five months of blood, sweat, and tears into it at this point.
A: Final Draft. I've used it for all my scripts.Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?
A: Ideally, I try to sit and type for a couple hours a night and really hammer it on the weekends.Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?
A: Writer's block? Never heard of it.
Of course I have. Only one way to deal with it. Work through it. If you don't love writing, stop writing. Most screenwriters will NEVER get produced so you have to write because it's a passion. Otherwise, the odds are you'll end up quite depressed and sucking back cheap scotch, straight from the bottle.
A: I've written four feature-length screenplays, having optioned one of them.Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?
A: So far away from Los Angeles, it's like a different planet. I have no plans to move there, but if I get produced and begin carving a name out for myself, I'll be able to afford the cost of rocket fuel.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: Waiting on some producers regarding BREWIN' THE PITS and writing another script. I have a stockpile of ideas now and I'm trying to prioritize them according to the marketability factor.