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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An interview with screenwriter Ferdinand Casido 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: The title is "Kill the CEO" - A small town sheriff unexpectedly becomes the leader of a terrorist group after a chemical spill poisons a few townspeople including members of his family. Security forces stand in their way as they try to get the antidote from a pharmaceutical company.
It's an action thriller. I wanted to explore how far would you go if someone in your family was poisoned.
The script was chosen as the Honorable Mention Winner in ScriptVamp's September 2010 contest.
A: I was browsing through the MovieBytes website and saw this contest. You know the saying, the first ten should grab the reader's attention and I wanted to see if my script would do that. If it did, then I could continue writing. If not, then I would have to rethink the opening. I also liked the fact that the contest gave notes.
I have not yet entered any other contests with this script.
A: Yes. They were very prompt, professional and organized. They responded with great notes and feedback.Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?
A: About 3 months for the first full screenplay draft. The first 10 pages probably took me a few weeks. I did write the outline after making the mistake of not doing so on my first screenplay. I'm still rewriting the script. I want to make sure I go through a few scene reads with my writing group before sending out the full script to contests or prodcos.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 use Celtx. I started with Word, but Celtx does the job.Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?
A: Do you count emailing jokes with friends as writing? I probably procrastinate everyday and write 3-4 times a week. If I'm on a roll it's about 2-3 hours.Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?
A: All the time.
I just try to write out anything that comes to my mind, even if it's crap. I go out for a jog and think about what I wrote. I then come back to it and do a rewrite.
First, I try to figure out what I want from the scene. What's the outcome for the scene. What's the emotion I want to get from the scene. Who are the opposing forces in the scene. Then I try to brainstorm about what's in the scene that'll make it more interesting to the reader/audience. Usually by then I can get through the writer's block.
A: I'm in the High Tech industry. Writing has always been a hobby.
I'm taking a few screenwriting classes at a local junior college (De Anza). I've joined a writer's group to help my work (SF Screenwriters).
This is my second full feature. I have about 5 short scripts.
A: No. I live in the Bay Area. I don't have any plans to move there unless I have to.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: I'm still polishing this spec script.
I do have another script that I'm outlining, but I'm not ready to put my full energy into it yet.