Contest Judge of the Month: Mr. October
Didn't see it coming, but I must confess, Mr. October stole my heart. I love a man who lets me know exactly what feels good. Just like you, he's after the big score. I'll bet you fall for Mr. O too. Director, producer, actor - he's seen plenty of action.
If you're lucky enough to sit at the table with the blunt Mr. October, you'd better bring it kid, because the stakes are high. Not a chance you'll get lucky and pull one over on him. Oh, there's nothing up his sleeve, it's just that he's played with the Big Boys. Go all in or go home.
The Contest Judge of the Month reveals what goes on behind the curtain of Screenwriting Contests. These bunnies are willing to bare it all, so I can bring you the scintillating scoop on who is reading your script and what they really, really want. Exploit this unique peek into their minds so your next contest encounter will render these Juicy Judges utterly unable to get your story out of their mind.
Then YOU be the judge! Decide which Centerfold is worthy of being our Contest Judge of the Year. Each writer who nominates the winning CJOY receives a 10% discount on the BIG IDEAS Screenwriting Seminar, held around the country.
When it comes to an opinionated man, I'm a soft touch. Truth is, I'm not going to be washing Mr. October out of my hair any time soon. His secrets cut straight to the chase. No smoke and mirrors, just the real deal. Yes this will sting, but it's well worth it.
Mr. October's Vital Statistics
Mr. October's Reel Life
Almost all of my films have been written by first-time writers.
His Turn Ons
His Turn Offs
Any script about vampires, zombies, psychic experiences, aliens, talking animals, zany teenagers, spoofs of other movies, alternate realities, serial killers, vigilantes, superpowers, time travel, robots, cross-dressers, angels or devils, evil scientists, paranormal activities, or precocious kids is going to have a VERY difficult time holding my attention, much less winning me over.
His Favorite Position ... to Read In
The Dirty Little Secret Mr. October Want to Share
Secret #2: It's easy to open a script with an attention-grabbing sequence: don't bother. 99% of the time scripts don't get better. The talent (or lack of it) that's on the first few pages will be there for the rest of the script. There's no use trying to mask it with fancy footwork.
Secret #3: Almost all the voodoo and graphs and rules and "secrets" you read in screenplay manuals is useless or, worse, misleading. Only a handful are worth the paper they're printed on. I've never heard a professional writer, director or producer refer to any of the silly theories or putative "rules" propounded in such books...except in jest.
Secret #4: There are almost no "great undiscovered scripts." At least, not for long. A great script glows in the dark. It will find its way to someone who will "get it."
Secret #5: Good isn't good enough. If your script isn't excellent, you're wasting our time...so don't waste yours trying to sell it. Excellence is the only interesting or rewarding goal. Don't write a script to make money; you probably won't: write it because you have to; then you might have a chance. And for God's sake...don't write it to win a contest.
Secret #6: Only a very few screenwriting contests are worth your time, effort, and considerable entry fees. If experienced, working professionals aren't reading your work, you better ask, "Who is?"
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