$45.00 U.S. Dollars
Days till final deadline: 104
Notification: November 15, 2013
1st Place - $1,000 cash prize and submission to a major film studio and literary agent
2nd Place - $500 cash prize and submission to a major film studio
3rd Place - $100 cash prize and screenplay software
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H. Dawn Johnston's The Fine Art of Leaving Footprints has been named the winner of the 2012 One in Ten Screenplay Contest.
Finalsts have been announced for the One in Ten Screenplay Contest.
Dennis Shinners Barrio Boy has been named the winner of the 2011 One in Ten Screenplay Contest.
The One in Ten Screenplay Competition has announced their top 10 finalists for 2011.
Boner's High School Reunion by Michael N. Phillips has been named the winner of the One in Ten Screenplay Competition.
An interview with screenwriter Stuart Land regarding the One in Ten Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: CLAIMING LIVES is an action thriller about an emotionally tortured homicide detective who lost his girlfriend to a serial killer and now must play a brutal cat and mouse game when the killer reemerges leaving dead girls as clues. When the detective manages to save a victim, the stakes ratchet up, putting his daughter and partner in jeopardy in this seemingly senseless vendetta.Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?
A: This particular contest was interested in how GLBT people were portrayed in society. My script happened to have a very strong gay man as the main supporting character. Neither the story nor the plot focused on this attribute, but took it in stride, as it did the preferences of all the characters. I did enter in one other contest and though I didn't win, it received mostly 9 and 10 scores on the feedback.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: Yes, very satisfied. They were incredibly helpful to me even before I entered. I live in Asia and they offered to let me send the script by PDF instead of mailing it. I thought this was very kind and thoughtful. They kept to their deadlines, listed me on their Web site and are shopping the script.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 took a couple of months to write. I read it in my writers group (which isn't that familiar with screenplays), but they all liked the story. I don't write outlines anymore, not because they aren't useful for some, but I've written so many scripts and novels that structure is intuitive to me now. Not to say I don't make mistakes, but that's what all the other drafts are useful for. I have a general idea of the story and plot, and usually have the ending in mind, although any of it can change as I move along. I let the characters tell their story and that takes me to wonderful places I could never have outlined beforehand. I wouldn't necessarily advise newer writers to try this, though what can it hurt? I maybe wrote five or six drafts, but plenty on annoying polishes.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 Movie Magic Screenwriter to write all my scripts. Although I have many visualization and structure software, I never use them anymore. For me, it made something organic into a structured mess.Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?
A: I mostly write everyday between six and fifteen hours. I enjoy writing (and don't throw things at me), but I really enjoy rewriting. That's where the real flavor comes out.Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?
A: Knock on wood, I don't get writer's block. For some reason, I can stop writing when my cat wants to play then pick right back up where I was. I have this natural pause button. It's weird. That said, sometimes I get stuck before I start writing when I have a great plot idea, but no characters. It took me ten years to find the characters for the novel I just finished.Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: I worked in the movie biz in sculpture special effect for fifteen years on many major films. Got to see firsthand how they were written and made. I've written almost twenty scripts of various genres and a few TV shows and other shorts. Even videoed some of them. I've also written five novels, three that are published (sci-fi, thriller and vampire) and available online and in print.Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?
A: I lived in LA fifteen years. Now I live in Asia. I love LA and could visit anytime if need be.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: I just finished a novel and am now starting a collaboration on a comedy script. I met this woman at a restaurant and everything she said had a hugely funny slant to it. Plus, she had a great story idea, the kind Hollywood loves. Luckily for me, she doesn't know how to write screenplays. haha.