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Soggy Mops Production Short Script Contest

Soggy Mops Production Short Script Contest

Contact

Soggy Mops Productions #11
Independence Plaza B-180 1001 16th Street
Denver, CO 80265
(303) 579-2226 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Michel Brown, Producer

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 3    
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Objective

Soggy Mops Production will be having a short screenwriting competition. The screenplay must be between 5 and 30 pages. The winning script(s) will be produced and promoted in film festivals nationwide in 2011.

Deadline/Entry Fees

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Rules

See website for complete rules.

Awards

First Place:
  • $1,000 Cash Prize
  • Script will be produced within one year
  • Short will be entered into no less than 3 Film Festivals in 2011/2012
  • 2 year Creative Screenwriting Magazine subscription
Second Place:
  • $500 Cash Prize
  • 1 to 2 year option for production
  • 1 year Creative Screenwriting Magazine subscription
Third Place
  • $250 Cash Prize
  • 1 year Creative Screenwriting Magazine subscription

Soggy Mops Production Short Script Contest

Contact

Soggy Mops Productions #11
Independence Plaza B-180 1001 16th Street
Denver, CO 80265
(303) 579-2226 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Michel Brown, Producer

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 3    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Soggy Mops Production Short Script Contest

Contact

Soggy Mops Productions #11
Independence Plaza B-180 1001 16th Street
Denver, CO 80265
(303) 579-2226 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Michel Brown, Producer

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 3    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Contest News

Soggy Mops Announces Contest Winners

Sundae Jahant-Osborn's No Cigarettes in Space has been named the winner of the Soggy Mops Short Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 12/06/2010

Soggy Mops Announces Contest Finalists

Soggy Mops Productions has announced their Short Script Contest finalists.

Updated: 11/22/2010

Soggy Mops Production Short Script Contest

Contact

Soggy Mops Productions #11
Independence Plaza B-180 1001 16th Street
Denver, CO 80265
(303) 579-2226 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Michel Brown, Producer

Report Card

Overall: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 3    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Robert Ward

An interview with screenwriter Robert Ward regarding the Soggy Mops Writing Competition.


Robert Ward
Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: "First of the Month" (14-page horror/thriller)

Logline: Old farmer Jeremiah Blankenship never knew that when the time came, he could delay the inevitable -- for a slight "fee" at the beginning of each month.

This is basically a story about an older man who must deal with the usually non-negotiable termination of his life. But the character cajoles his way -- with the creepy entity sent to collect the old man's soul -- into getting more time, all so he can attend his granddaughter's wedding. All the old man has to do is pay a rental fee on his soul, essentially a body part due on the first of the month. The old man pays rent a couple of times in the story, in striking fashion. What is truly disturbing is that the granddaughter's wedding falls on a first of the month.

The beauty of the Soggy Mop Productions' short contest is that they are making the film as part of the award I received. I'm really looking forward to seeing what appears on the big screen at the hands of this production company. I checked out their website and they've got solid talent over there. This is a very exciting time for me.

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 Soggy Mop's competition for a couple of reasons. First, I loved the fact that they produce the winning scripts. That's what it's all about, right? And I also liked the entry fee, which was quite low.

Short contests are extremely competitive. I entered "First of the Month" in a few contests and the screenplay did really well: 2011 Bridge International Screenplay Competition: Finalist/ 2010 Soggy Mop Production Company: 2nd Place/ 2009 American Gem Short Screenplay Competition: First-Round Qualifier/ 2009 Screenwriting Expo Quarterfinalist (Top Seven)/ 2009 Movie Script Contest, Short: Finalist/ 2008 Screenwriters' Challenge: Semifinalist.

I have to thank moviebytes.com and Frederick Mensch for hosting such a great site that's perfect for screenwriters looking for contests. The site is absolutely crucial to so many of us.

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 am extremely satisfied with Soggy Mop Productions. The producer there, Michel Brown, is a pleasure to work with. She has already placed "First of the Month" into the "In Development" phase, placed lots of information about me and my screenplay on her website, met with me for an in-depth video chat where we discussed a thorough agenda of production topics, arranged the next meeting already, and made arrangements to pay the cash award. As part of the prize package, the winners receive a subscription to "Creative Screenwriting" magazine. When I mentioned to Michel that I already had a subscription, she took the initiative and thoughtfully changed it over to a subscription to "Script" magazine. Nice touch.

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: Since the screenplay was a short, it didn't take too long. A rough draft was completed in about 6-8 hours. Then some editing and polishing for a few hours more. Yes, I started with an outline, then fleshed it out. Outlining is the only way to go -- and for any sort of writing.

My background is in journalism and I'm used to writing on deadline. I used to write a 900-word column in 45 minutes sometimes, off the top of my head.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: Final Draft. The only software I use for screenwriting. I absolutely love it.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: I wish I could write every day. I have a comfortable home office with a view of the woods in Tennessee. Starting a project is often tough for me, but once I get rolling, time evaporates and I write in a cerebral fury.

I used to write in a small cabin in the hills of Santa Cruz and my neighbor had to approach with loud coughing or noises because when I was writing and deep in thought I would get so startled I would jump out of my seat and my chest would tighten up if the neighbor merely knocked on the door. I go somewhere else in my head when writing. I write mostly when under pressure. The greater the pressure, the faster I write, and believe it or not, the better I write.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: No, almost never. If anything, I can't turn the creativity button off. As you can imagine, I don't sleep all that soundly.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: Journalism. I've been fortunate to have worked in just about every capacity in the profession... reporter, staff writer, head writer, features editor, managing editor, copy editor, proofreader, etc. Twenty years ago, I had a business card with "Head Writer" on it and I loved to show people that if I shook it up and down a little, it looked like "Head Waiter." I miss that card.

That background is priceless for writing screenplays. Experience as a reporter who's interviewed well over 1,000 people helps with crafting dialogue. Experience as a copy editor helps with rewrites and polishing. And experience as a proofreader hs it's advanteges.

As for other screenplays, I've written several shorts and a feature script, "Flat Pennies."

I'm always working on "Flat Pennies" and polishing it and tweaking it and massaging the dialogue. It's a labor of love with that feature. It's a stark look at depression, alcoholism, abandonment, loneliness, painkiller addiction, unbearable guilt, being handicapped. It also has two bombshell endings. I really love the storyline, something that I believe is truly unique and hasn't been done before. I think if I could just get the script read by the right people, it would be picked up.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I live outside of Memphis at the moment, but I lived most of my life in California. I can't wait to get back to California, especially somewhere near the coast. And yes, if I had the opportunity to move to SoCal I would.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I'm going to keep plugging away with "Flat Pennies." I'm going to work on getting my other shorts out there. I have a short called "Melodia" that I like a lot. It's a pretty touching story in only 4.5 pages.

And I always have new script ideas. After working on such a difficult project as "Flat Pennies" for the past four years, I would like to create some feature screenplays that are funny and lighthearted.

Posted Tuesday, January 18, 2011