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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.
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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 Eli Kornstein 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 title of my script is "Mourning." Written as an allegory to represent the long arduous process of lamenting and the uncertain future that follows when we lose someone dear, this science fiction drama adopts post-apocalyptic themes to tell an intimate tale: Three life-long friends are sitting shiva at a rural Montana cottage when the sun suddenly goes out, forcing them to endure their darkest days yet.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 was referred to Three Lines Or Less through Moviebytes which has proven itself as invaluable index for screenwriting contests. The logline contest was both efficient and affordable. I won ScriptVamp's grand prize for their Attention Grabber contest with this script and I have entered other competitions, but am awaiting their results.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 by both their level of professionalism and punctuality. I was promised all the rewards offered.Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?
A: The entire gestation period for "Mourning" was 9 months (go figure), but only spent about 6 months writing and editing it from beginning to end. The first 3 months were spent on a general outline (story trajectories, character development, research, etc.) and many nights awake ruminating on the overall intent on why this story needed to be committed to page. When my midnight notes filled an entire legal notepad and my head felt like it would implode, then it was time to sit down and write.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 only use an old, antiquated version of Microsoft Word. I've found it gives me more freedom than any other screenwriting software.Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?
A: I do write everyday, but in many mediums and only when the mood strikes. Writing is a learned habit and an addiction. I believe it's up to the individual to adhere to moderation. But if a count is needed, I write at least, and I mean at least 2 hours a day whether it is a haiku or a grocery list. Additionally, reading is a must and an obligatory two hours a day as well. How else can a writer steal -- ahem -- conjure ideas.Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?
A: Writer's block is an apparition that some writer's want to believe is haunting them, when in fact it is merely their mind warning them that a) You need to stop, or b) What you're doing isn't working. If I ever find myself in either situation, I reevaluate my previous scribbles and write something else completely -- or I take a breather, work out my frustration, or sort through the straight-to-DVD titles on Netflix's digital library to reaffirm my confidence.Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: I'm currently an English MA student pursuing a Doctorate degree in Science Fiction Studies, concentrating on creating a national curriculum at the collegiate level. I have written essays, short stories, novellas, and screenplays.Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?
A: I reside in New York, but fate might decide California sunshine feels better than metropolitan winters in the coming years.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: Next on the agenda are three developed scripts that may see retooling and a second review now that they've had time to rest and age. Meanwhile, I'll also teach two English courses and continue my studies. And of course, enjoy plenty of upcoming films.