This contest has been designed to test the mettle of the 1st 10 pages, of any script, in any genre. We're looking for a tightly written, fluently paced opening that whets our appetite and leaves us longing for more... Sounds easy right? Can you prove your script has what it takes? Enter if you dare...
One unique feature of this competition is that we provide constructive feedback for every entrant. A scorecard will be issued for each regular entry, or you can opt for the Scorecard & Coverage option, which will provide you with detailed notes suggesting how to improve the first ten pages of your script.
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Next to Nuclear by Carter Davis has been named the Grand Prize Winner of ScriptVamp's February 2013 Dream Quest: Attention Grabber Contest.
Which One Do I Whack by Dennis Grace has been named the winner of the ScriptVamp DreamQuest Screenwriting Competition.
Max Wyman's Benedict has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the ScriptVamp December 2012 Dream Quest: Attention Grabber Competition.
Neil Riley's Dating History has been named the winner of the November, 2012 Dream Quest: Attention Grabber Screenwriting Competition.
The Stavros Agenda by Amy Dyal Bailey has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the October 2012 Dream Quest: Attention Grabber Competition.
An interview with screenwriter John Wood regarding the ScriptVamp/Attention Grabber Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: Clan of the Crow: Charles Crow, eighteen, finds out his father did not die in a 1995 drowning accident but was murdered. Charles, through flashbacks, is taken on a journey through time that will explain what happened and why he was lied to. Then Charles must make a choice, risk his life seeking the men who killed his father, or walk away as his mother wished and begin a new life.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 found the contest through Google and liked the idea of the report card. I sent in a script , With Deadly Purpose, and received the report card. From the comments on the report card I began two other scripts using what I had learned. I entered both scripts and won the Grand prize on Clan of The Crow and Honorable mention on The Seventh Dragon.
The Seventh Dragon, I reworked based on the report card and have submitted it to another contest through Writer's Digest. The results of that contest are not due until October.
A: I'Ve had occasion to communicate with the administration and found them prompt and very professional. I've been informed that the awards package is in the mail.Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?
A: My first attempts we based on short stories I have written and a novel I wrote several years ago. I do not do outlines, I write the story in my head trying to find flaws in the story line. Then I sit down at the computer and start writing. I find the story and characters take on a life of their own.
I will write several pages, stop and edit. Then walk away. Come back and read. If I like it I begin the process over and over until finished. After finishing, I let a writing sit for several days before I go back and do a reread and edit.
A: I use Movie Magic. I haven't tried any other software.Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?
A: I write something everyday. Sometimes only for an hour sometimes a story will take me well into the night.Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?
A: I find writer's block comes only from procrastination. But if I set down, pull up a page and write something, it will begin to flow.Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: I'm retired. I've been blessed with an exciting life that has taken me around the world. I've been a Marine, police officer, teamster, and professional bodyguard. I owned and operated an international security company with offices in Tokyo, London, and several cities in the United States. My mother was a published author and my father a musician.
So far I've written four screenplays and I've just started a new one. I'm unpublished and looking for an agent
A: I have lived in Los Angeles, but now reside in Las Vegas and have no plans to move.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: Yes, I'm working on a script I call Grandma. Grandma is a former CIA operative and is retired. She sees a man in Las Vegas, a former KGB agent, who shot and killed her husband during the cold war. She reports it to the CIA and it begins a man hunt that will lead to a terrorist plot that has the potential of taking out the East coast of the United States with a gigantic tsunami.