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...
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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 Donna Adams 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 "The Night Angel - Realism" and it's actually part of a triology. I haven't yet completed the first draft of this (up to page 70+), but I've already prepared notes going forward for the upcoming parts. In a nutshell, it's about a female scientist who's world is suddenly altered once her sister is murdered (kind of has a comic-book hero edge as well). I would love to say more...but you'll just have to wait and see! ;)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 entered this contest because it's like no other. What's great is that it gives you as the writer the opportunity to see what others think of it right out of the gate. This is the first contest I've entered for this particular script since it still is a work in progress!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: I was very satisfied how the contest went and am looking forward to receiving the other prizes such as the rebate with Venice Arts (I'm actually working with them right now for another screenplay that was a 3rd Place Winner in another competition).Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?
A: It's still a work in progress. I can easily say I got the idea around end-November, wrote an outline over a few days, and started typing it out at the beginning of December. How many drafts? I'm still not finished...lol! Seriously, I plan on completing the first draft within the next ten days (i.e. around Jan 20 let's say). The shortest period it ever took me to write a first draft was 18 days (back in May 2010).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 Final Draft.Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?
A: I try my best to work at writing let's say about 5 times a week. During the week, it can be anywhere from 1 to 3 hours per day, and on weekends about 3 to 5 hours. This includes not just typing it out, but writing ideas for future projects as well as preparing outlines for upcoming works.Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?
A: I've never had writer's block since I only started writing screenplays as of March 2010!Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: My writing background has always been there, I just never looked at it seriously or did anything about it until 2010. So in less than one year, I've completed 3 screenplays and have numerous "works in progress".Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?
A: I'm from Montreal, Quebec. As far as moving to LA, don't really see myself keeping permanent residence there for a long period of time.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: Let's see, well, I have to finish this one first! Then I'll start working on parts two and three of the trilogy. I also have notes/outlines prepared for about another 6 screenplays as well as ideas for 2 TV pilots.