Screenwriters, how many times have you seen this?
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The Contest's main objective is this: To open a line of communication between undiscovered screenwriters and producers, agents and managers.
We assist screenwriters in breaking down the first of many doors that stand in their way of establishing themselves within the industry. We are not here to promise you the stars. There is no such thing as "over-night success". We take a pragmatic approach to success. Baby steps--the first of which is to get your saleable pitch into the hands of potential buyers.
So. Register your screenplay. Write that killer logline. Enter our monthly contest for a minimal fee of $10. And, if you are one of the 25 finalists, we'll send your logline to our collegues at production companies, agencies and management companies. Also, the writers of the top seven loglines will receive some fantastic prizes.
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Join me now as we travel to a screenwriting seminar in Los Angeles, where the celebrity screenwriter in charge dispenses knowledge on how to properly construct a riveting and attention getting logline. It sounds simple – you get one sentence to explain your story - and you must construct it in such a way that people want to read more. Then the Q&A portion arises and it becomes clear that writing a logline is anything but clear.
Fred Perry was named the winner of the August, 2011 Three Lines or Less Logline contest for his entry, Crossings.
Richard Jean LeBlanc's feature comedy logline Choice has been named the winner of the July, 2011 Three Lines or Less Logline Contest.
Danielle Kaheaku's logline for her horror screenplay Low Man has been named the winner of the Three Lines or Less Logline Competition for June, 2011. Dinah Miller was the May winner for her crime/thriller feature logline, Confessions of a Dead Priest.
Mike Dean's romantic-comedy logline The Dude has been named the 1st Place Winner of the Three Lines Or Less Contest for the month of April, 2011.
An interview with screenwriter Mike Dean regarding the Three Lines Or Less Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: The Dude. When a young couple finds the honeymoon dream spot that fits their budget they're thrilled. Once they arrive and find out they're on location with a dating reality show, things get sticky.Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?
A: Working full time at my snoozer real world job and having a few projects going at once, the simplicity and function of this contest really caught my attention. The prizes are great as well with sponsors like Scripped, ScriptSwami, StoryPros, Script Pipeline, and Scriptoid. When surfing through Threelinesorless.com it's abundantly clear they are an empowerment to writers, not just another entry fee.
This is the first contest I've entered with this project. I've placed in contests on scripped and have gotten paid assignments as a result.
A: Yes, they couldn't have been easier to deal with. Results were timely and prizes listed were available immediately.Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?
A: I've been working on the script on and off for about 18 months, taking breaks for life (wedding), work, and other side projects. I haven't written an outline but a few drafts of a treatment. I was part of a weekly writer's group here in the city which generated a large chunk of the pages. This entry was probably the tenth or so draft over the past year.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 switch between using Scripped Pro and Final Draft.Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?
A: I think about my story everyday and write "something" three to five times per week, a few hours here and there depending on schedule. I'd love to have more time to write.Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?
A: All the time. If I'm in a time crunch I'll listen to a few songs and see how they would fit in my movie. I doubt a first timer would get a project with the Stone's Monkey Man in the soundtrack. The music though always seems to hit something in my mind that get the wheels spinning. When I'm not as rushed I fall into a imdb black hole. Pretty much every time I'll find a movie I really enjoyed and after a few clicks realize it was the writer's first project. A huge motivator.Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: English writing degree from Fordham University, and 15 years in a finance job. I've always had the writing bug and acted on it a few years back with a night class at NYU. Found scripped.com in 2010 and one of their contests was the first time I submitted something. I made the first cut, and I've been plugging along since then.Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?
A: I don't. I did live there right after college. I worked as a case manager assisting homeless men and women downtown transition to a self sufficient lifestyle. If things work out, it would be nice to go back and visit, but I'm a ny guy.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: I'm still working on this project. A few other comedy script ideas in mind.