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Stephen M. Hunt has taken home the Grand Prize of the 2012 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition for his compelling World War II drama, Precious Vengeance.
Hunt, an accomplished British playwright now living in France, was chosen as the grand prize winner from over 1,000 screenplay entries by competition chairman Joel Mendoza.
"Precious Vengeance is one of those rare scripts that conjure up such deep emotion, it is impossible not to be moved" said Mendoza. "It's a story that lives with you and haunts you long after the end."
The Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition has announced their Category and Spotlight winners for 2012. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on March 25th.
The Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition has announced their 2012 semifinalists. (PDF format)
The Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition has announced their 2012 quarterfinalists. (PDF format)
The Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition has announed their 2012 category winners. The Grand Prize winner will announced the week of March, 2012.
An interview with screenwriter paul undari regarding the Fresh Voices Feature Writing Competition.Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?
A: Original title was "Incompossible," which was then changed to "The State V. God," which in turn has been changed to "The People V. God."
Logline: To defend a teenage girl charged with murdering her parents in an exorcism, an attorney will attempt the unthinkable: He will put God on trial for the murders.
A: The promise of representation for the Grand Winner and marketing assistance to 1st place category winners, as well as second and third placers.
I entered BlueCat w/an "experimental" copy that backfired on me. I only advanced to quarter rounds. The experiment was in writing style. I hurt my chances by attempting a narrative style that I should have saved for a different audience. An audience of friends, who would have told me my experimental style doesn't work.
A: Unmitigated satisfaction in all dealings with Fresh Voices. Received all prizes within a week of winning. Their adherence to the deadlines was exemplary.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 had written a flawed version maybe a decade ago. Then, last june of 2011, I decided to rewrite it -- from scratch. Without referring to that first script, I wrote it anew. Every word! As the story was formed in my head, the writing of it took me two to three weeks. However, I've been revising it continuously since. I have no less than fifty revisions since first writing the original draft less than a year ago.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 used Celtx, a free online program for screenwriting. Turned into a regrettable -- shall I say, horrific -- experience that only a writer can appreciate. The program crashed and I lost twenty pages. I guess you get what you pay for. I then bought Final Draft and have been happy with it . . . mostly. They charge you to call their technical department.
I'd like to try Movie Magic Screenwriter. I've heard it is more intuitive than Final Draft and they don't charge you to call their technical dept.
A: Alas, I don't. But I try. Even if it's just an email. Case in point, I am responding to this interview b/c I haven't written anything today. So this is my way to alleviate guilt. Once I have something to write, I can sustain continuous writing for days, if I have to.Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?
A: Writer's block? Such a thing is incoherent to me. I don't write unless I have something to write about. I try not to force anything. But I can imagine writer's block if I am writing on assignment. Then I would look for security and inspiration in structure, especially the outline. If I have an outline, then the writing is quite easy and fluid.Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?
A: I've written half a dozen scripts, countless short stories, and I have ambitions to write a novel. My background is dizzying for the number of things I've engaged in, which I would rather not elaborate on here.Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?
A: Eventually, I do see myself living in LA, if for no other reason than to acquire my red badge for sweating it out in the jungle of entertainment capital.Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?
A: Indeed! I have it all outlined and indexed. Once I'm confident in the scene-by-scene progression, I will tear out a new script in no time. This one pushes the envelope even further than my winning script, which put God on trial.