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Great article on Pitchfest.com in their November newsletter by Entertainment Attorney, Gano Lemoine. A must read for those still on the fence.
I use Screenwriter as my default. It uses two, which is what I learned way back when.
However, I just glanced at the "new format" guide that I purchased from Page Awards... with bolded and underlined scene lines. It appears they have one.
Chastised for that seems severe to me. Sure maybe if you cheated your margins a half inch...
Seems the current wisdom is a less encumbered page is desired... more white space is good.
I'd like to know which contests these were... the two/one space contest and the ficticious city Googler.
In this past January's contest I was an Honorable Mention with a feature screenplay. Since the e-mails of the announcement just over a month ago (April 8th), I've heard nothing, despite e-mailing a few times shortly after that congrats e-mail.
Recently I figured what the hell, I send in a short that's played well and see what happens. This I did on April 29th. About three days later my e-mail provider bounced the e-mail that had my submission attached to it. The system took my money, but the submission bounced. Odd.
So I e-mailed Eric and also info@ script savvy. Those e-mails bounced. I called last week and left a message. Nothing. I e-mailed again last Friday. Yesterday those e-mails came back as bounced, and longer able to stay in the keep trying queue. Yesterday I called the offices and the phone message mailbox is full. I'm guessing my e-mails bounced because those boxes are full as well.
Since I have no way of making contact with them (I'm allergic to Facebook) I filed a complaint with my CC company to cancel the payment for my short submission, since it can not be submitted.
Messages on the home page have been inconsistent as to whether the contest is closed or what.
Where I am most disgusted now is that while placing in the contest, it appears they have no ability to deliver on prizes.
Time for taps?
When will you commence judging and posting the shorts for April? Been no change in features for a while and nothing yet on the shorts... where I've submitted and thus my question.
Looking forward to leaderboard posts.
Just got an e-mail from Eric saying their yahoo e-mail has been hacked. He cautioned not to open any e-mail links.
Just got an e-mail from Eric saying their yahoo e-mail has been hacked. He cautioned not to open any e-mail links.
Thanks for the shout out, Don.
Love how this contest meets their deadline with such precision! A model for all.
And thank you, Julia. These guys make Friday nights even more interesting with their advancement updates.
Per an e-mail of earlier this week, I did receive my check today for January HM. Also put in my gift order. So some progress.
Thank you, Bobette. Congrats to Kevin and Julia. I'm glad I'm not in the family category! Too much competition.
Love the timeliness of StoryPros.
Thank you so much. Kudos greatly appreciated. It's a perseverance pays off moment.
Thanks. I think comedy is the toughest genre to write. So you guys rocked! Here's to more successes to you in the near future. Do I smell production!?
I love the title.
Story line. Um... makes me thing of Twittering while wearing a thong.
Congrats, Irin! Here's for an easy path to production.
Congrats and well done to all!
Just received an e-mail regarding Quarter Finalist status. Suspect they'll have the site up to speed in a while. I'm not able to access it presently.
Yeah, made the first step.
Right, like they did last time. Well, what's another month? Reports are so favorable, I'm willing to hang.
Just sent one out via Script Delivery - part of a Script Savvy prize.
Thus far, eight days later, one request for a read of a 1st place winner in Story Pros Awards.
I've used them in the past and have never had a viable read. Though I have gotten tons of requests to do coverage on my script, ranging from $200 to you've got to be kidding me.
Previously through doing this now I think three times, I've made a long standing relationship with one company that's truly worth it... now if I only wrote their genre.
My best result for getting scripts out there and getting work has been Linked In.
Great stuff, Marjory!
If I were there, I'd be there. Hope it's a dazzling success chock full of sizzle.
Congrats to my MB colleagues who advanced to the next round! Good on ya!
Congrats, Paula. Interesting premise.
Yes, congrats to all. Saw you on Scriptapalooza, too, Marjory.
Love your comment, Cat, about letting the script tell you what it needs.
Thanks, Don. Not to worry. Spent my morning going through search and replace in scripts for your/you're its/it's issues.
And now to next week.
Proposed Laws for Readers...
Must have written five feature screenplays in multiple genres. Must have entered those screenplays in at least a dozen different festivals or contests. Must be objective enough to transcend any philosophical conflicts with writer when reading script. Must be psychic enough to figure out plot points ahead of reading them, make no assumptions about writer's intent, and have an IQ at least five points higher than that of the average screenwriter.
I had a reader report that my characters from a family script set in 1949 don't talk like people do now. Ya think?
If a reader reads from the POV of there is something flawed and/or wrong in every script... it's rejection criteria. Combined with sugar crashes, caffeine withdrawal, the impact of solar flares on earth... well, what's writer to do?
Should a reader read from the POV of I want to be "wow"ed, there's acceptance criteria and there's hope on Amity Lane.
BTW, I found Valerie's CIA file on Wikileaks (kidding), but is she showed up on Linked In, I send an invite.
That's if she showed up... not is.
One last thing. Marketability according to whom? I'm of the nobody knows nuttin' school of thought.
Congrats to all!
Next year I'll remember to send a script that doesn't disparage a Texas politician!
For those attending, would love to hear after the event how it was for you.
I see Irin. Good job, mate.
It's a notification from a Withoutabox e-mail.
The top 25 scripts in each of the four categories are listed below:
2011 Slamdance Screenwriting Competition Top 100 Quarter-Finalists
Features: All God's Children by Alex Allston Appearances by Frederic Richter Bleeding Kansas by Daniel Frey and Russell Sommer Blood Red Dawn by Michael Thornton Jr Bus 77 by Joe Barton and Christianne van Wijk Dearborn Hotel by Peter Gaffney Die Mischlinge by Judy Vann Dinosaur Dreams by David Widdicombe Flutter by Eric Hueber Heaven or Bust by Stephen Mack Karma by Kevin Young Memo by George Hernandez Motor City by Matthew Kohnen and Sean Kohnen Nowhere Road by Lea Nakonechny Prairie Death Riot by Shale Nelson Shooting Stars by Michael Vangelas Storyteller by Brannan Doyle The Audition by Victoria Augustine The Beautiful Things by Michael Trozzo The Non-Believers by Steve Mitchell Treasure in the Park by John Barlowe and Irin Evers Trip by Nina Misch Underwater by Robert Bryant Welcome to Akron by Stephan Vladimir Bugaj Whoâ€™s Afraid of Nazi Zombies by James Robertson
Horror: 19 Floors by Lee Brandt A Harry Dick Apocalypse by Bill Heller Annan Road by Christopher Dum Backwater by Mike Murray Blood Rush by Scott Patch Cabin Call by Roberto Marrero Chateau by Daniel Cerny Death Wind by Travis Heermann and Jim Pinto Digging Deeper by Lee Crompton Feeding the Monster by Paul Hart-Wilden and Asabi Lee jasper-live.com by Samuel Bartlett Jug Face by Chad Kinkle Midnight by Elliot Passantino Ring Around the Rosie by Mark Tusher Roundhouse Kick to Hell by Jesse Grce Second Sight by Christina Casa Usiak Sodom by Scott F. Butler Strain by Matthew Tegtmeier and Robert Warzecha The Fog at Dawn by Eric Garingalao The Hollow by Will Simmons The Last Earth Girl Went to Space to Find God by Stuart Creque and Miriam Veiss-Creque The Scissorwoman by Max Karson The Starving by Matt Shechmeister and Tim Shechmeister Thicker Than Blood by Katelyn Morey Wicked Garden by Christopher Stein
Teleplay: Alkemia by Nicholas Barton Archer "Bull Markets" by Greg Goodness Bomb City, USA by Jon Sajetowski Breaking Bad "It Works If You Work It" by Eva Taylor California Dreaming by Mugs Cahill and Diane Lansing Community Spec "Sex Ed" by Michael Capristo Dexter "Cop Killer" by Teresa Vilaseca End of the Earth by Micah Sampson Fortuna: The Arrival by Annie Sanchez and Michelle Vivaldi Franny Wright & The Alien Invasion by Mary Haas and Justin Marshall Iâ€™ts Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Adventures of Rat King by Tom Meyer Jimbo by Matt Lutz Justified "R & R" by Carlos Cisco Mad Men "Semper Fi" by Rory Kozoll New York Noir by David Hudacek Occult Crime Unit by Michael J. Lee and Tawny Stokes Parks and Recreation "Drag Queen Bingo" by Carlos Cisco Residue by Philip Howe Security by Brian Hurney Sons of Anarchy â€œIn The Fleshâ€ by Jennifer Cote The Big Bang Theory "The Copiousness Spectacle" by James Elasmar The Carnies by Alisha Brophy The Sociology of Crusaders by Jennifer Ruisch Threeâ€™s Company "Date Rape" The Lost Episode by Mickey Blaine Uncivilized by Adam Aresty
Shorts: A Motherâ€™s Love by Sonya Dunn A Treeâ€™s Roots by Jeff Hendricks Are you Loathsome Tonight? by John Burdeaux Common Ground by Lisa Henry Connection Date-by-Number by Randi Barnes Haroldâ€™s Bad Day by RJ Buckley He Knows by Stuart Creque Headphones by Brandon Johnson If At First You Donâ€™t Succeedâ€¦ by Michael Conroy Lady Luck by Garen Thomas Last Call at Macâ€™s by Elizabeth Carol Thompson Lifeline by Joshua Shain Mind the Envy by Kirsty Waterworth Mr. Goodman by Thomas Pace Mr. Phang and the Blood Princess by Derek Prusak Prescription Happiness by Ryan Strandjord Promise by Doug Van Bebber Six Years, Four Months and Twenty Three Days by John Mawson Starry Starry Night by Rivka Cohen The Department of Signs and Magical Intervention by Melissa Sweazy The Great Ghouldini by Ian Johnston Trespassers by Brian Rawlins When the Dust Settles by Suleiman Wali You Killed Her by Brian Meechan
Sorry about the formatting in the message above.
Yeah, given that semis or above can attend the WGA event. Sucks.
Mike Donald, who posts here from time to time, got two in. Nicely done, mate.
I'm in this year. As it goes, I'll post if there's anything notable.
I'm with Irin on not getting coverage from contests unless it comes with. Many fine sources not related to the festivals to use.
I've also sent multiple e-mails. No responses. I demanded that entrants receive direct communication instead of online website posts, which are never fulfilled. Nothing.
Is that the sound of "Taps" in the air? I think so.
Congrats to you, Irin!! Well done. For those who haven't seen, Irin is one of five finalists in short screenplay!
Though I didn't make it as far as you, I'm still mulling over going. Seems to be lots of good folks to meet. This fest has been on my radar for a couple years.
If you go and I don't, I'd love a full report.
Deal! Feel free to contact me direct through my e-mail in my profile. I'm not sure yet, but working on going.
Well done! Congrats. You know, it makes me wonder what the karma is of being a story editor or a reader who has a habit of mowing down scripts...
Congrats, Heather. Hope everyone checks out your IMDB and boosts you in the standings.
It means you're an official finalist. On the last night of the event they have an awards banquet - black tie - really nice. There, they'll announce the winners. Three or four screenplays out of the pack.
The nice thing about BHFF is you can make strong contacts both at the after parties and activities.
The gala is a blast and usually involves a notable person or two.
One of the winners last year that I know of is working a deal from his winning script.
My pleasure, Mike.
I was in last year and this year, too. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me. My e-mail is in my profile.
Curious, Mike, are you going?
That's terrific. My partner and I are going. We had a blast last year and some nice connections came out of it that I'm still working. Feel free to e-mail me (in my profile) and we'll make a point to have some hang time.
Keep me posted. I did get a lot from attending last year.
For instance, they had a panel discussion for writers. On it, a studio CEO, director, two entertainment attorneys, an agent and a finance guy. The moderator, the CEO, had everyone in the room ask one question - whatever they wanted - from the panel. There was some great information.
So who is attending?
The Awards are on Sunday night, so that designation is probably in the title file sent by the writer. Three writing awards (thought last year they gave two 1sts).
If anyone is going, send me an e-mail and all us writers can convene and make our own sizzle.
Congrats! The BBQ in KC is pretty good!
Hey Colin, Danielle, Mike and Nathan (alphabetical),
Just faxed my registration for the fest for my partner and myself. Anybody else? If so, let's connect. Feel free to e-mail: email@example.com.
This year's feature award recipient, screenwriter Mardik Martin. Nice to see a writer getting the award.
Thanks, Colin. Almost out the door to catch my flight. Can't wait and good luck to all of us, not only in the fest, but deal making, too.
Nathan and I both attended and it was great even if no MB'ers won.
Beverly Gandara took first place. 1st Runner Up is Mike Buchanan I'm not finding the card of the 2nd runner up.
It was amazing. Some talent there, and more important, producers, development execs and CEO of companies. I'll have some pics on my website soon... not today, though.
If you want to win next year, go to the fest and ride over with me. The past two years I've given the winners rides to the Four Seasons. Come to think of it... the hell with you guys, next year I'm not giving any rides.
Seriously, it's a great fest to meet people and make important connections.
Black Tulip was powerful. A tale of Afghanistan that was very evocative.
Great festival... really great festival.
Thank you, Marjory. And it was very fun hanging out with Nathan.
Not finding anything on that link, but...
Should your boss lose out in the bidding war, I reckon there's a few of us on here that would like to add to the stack of the must buy reader's pile.
Thanks, Paul and good fortune back at you with StoryPros! Another late Friday night ahead!!
Thanks, Lana. It does. Validation that those computer-staring bloodshot eyes are worth it.
Thank you all. I really like this contest and the folks that run it. Here's to a great Friday night ahead.
Thank you, James, and here's to you and your words and all who pour their hearts and souls and minds into the rigid templates of this craft!
I write every day. I pick a time when my energy is ripe for words and pound it out until it's used up.
Congrats, Paul. Well done.
Agreed. I'm a fan. Whether it's one of those fussy little spacing details or a question about pesky Intercuts and things that stifle the creative flow... here you go.
I'm with MaryAnn on this. If you want to get read, here's our necessary legal evil.
But here's the tricky other side... recently I've talked to a few folks in the work for hire world who wanted me to write a script with specific parameters. Some of those elements appear to be similar to screenplays I have already written and/or concepts on have on my percolator.
I am staggered at how those folks all balked when I noted that before I read their treatment they needed to acknowledge in writing my completed screenplays and stories in development that preexist my awareness of their story.
No one has agreed to do that, so those are scripts I'll not be writing.
And Shylocks there are. My point to writers, while protected the rights of those you submit to, protect your own when setting up work for hire arrangements.
Congrats to all. Have a short and feature in, but it's a long way to Tipperary, or Page for that matter.
Special shout out to Nathan after our hang time in Beverly Hills. We were talking about you the other day and how fun it was at that fest.
Hey Nathan... what fun being back in LA. We so want to meet your clan and hope that we will at some fest soon.
Wouldn't it be a hoot to have an MB party at a few of these festivals?. So all you guys, enter Beverly Hills next year for a great party and chance to build industry relationships. No, I take that back. Leave it to Nathan and Danielle and Mike and myself (and any others I might have missed) and me.
Meanwhile, since we're all on the same Page... here's to the best on Sunday and beyond for all of us. As the Page turns...
I had coverage from a major contest that told me to lose the accentuated sluglines.
When I sent out a script to a mid-range studio, their reader, just out of film school, called my sluglines "eccentric."
With this feedback and because I am over 30, I have reverted to the old-fashioned formatting.
Lots of names in here! Congrats to all who advanced and good luck as the competition continues.
Feeling flummoxed in Arizona. O for 3 years including scripts that won elsewhere.
By no means I am a litmus test of Page's legitimacy. They are very legitimate. The Rolls Royce of competitions, you know. Most rate Page number two behind Nicholl.
The other fact - an unfortunate one - is, they legitimately don't like my writing.
Here's to the best to my colleagues in this competitions and others. Here's hoping that the successes of Page and others will bring massive, positive career breakthroughs.
Mike and Dango... will e-mail you direct. I'm off the thread in honor of those who made it.
Yea to all who advanced. Good on ya!
Just pulled out a copy of Dances With Wolves that was given to me a long time ago by a script writing instructor in LA. It's a 1989 draft. Guess what? Underlined sluglines.
Heading to a film fest next weekend where Michael Blake will be speaking. I'll make a note to ask about this.
Congrats! My nickname for Marjory is now The Constant. She's as universally present as gravity!
Congrats to all for all the fest results going on... need to be a little scarce here timewise, so I'll just be the messenger, drop something in and step back.
Had a chance to be at the Prescott Film Festival last weekend. It was fabulous and I recommend the films Broadway's Finest and They Fly Boys. My partner's daughter was in a short, and she (my partner) grew up with the festival organizer, so I had nothing at stake really, but...
Michael Black (Academy Award for screenwriting on Dances with Wolves) was there, bless his heart and a bit worn from illness. He did a presentation with Q & A and someone asked if he thought about marketability, budget and such things when he wrote the screenplay. He shook his head and replied, "Write what you believe."
Also, in the resource category, I just renewed my membership in the National Writer's Union (www.nwu.org). If you are in a dispute (like slow or no pay on a work for hire) and if you do not have lawyers onboard and if you are not yet WGA, they can help file a grievance. Years ago, they aided me and other writers when we were unceremoniously and illegally fired from an online gig (I was writing for a TV network's website). We got the money we deserved, the contract nullified (non-compete clause became not applicable) and they even took care of the writers not in the union. Low fee to join. By the way, did I mention they have a health care program?
Thanks, Marjory. And congrats to all.
Congrats to all. Nicely done... another page of Page turns.
I have both and write in MM. Love it. Easier to get around, file transfers and such.
If someone insists upon and FD script, unless co-writing, I use MM and flip the script to FD when done.
Showbizsoftware.com I think is the cheapest.
Or donate to a local community college film program or student and write it off.
The results are up early.
Congrats to all who have advanced.
You go, Paul! I'll be curious to see what software you're using next month (insert playful icon here). When you win all that cash, all us MB's will invoke a movie line, "Meet me at the cash bar!" Your treat, right?
Makes sense. Everyone should have a sizzler reel.
Found this link on a Linked In Group. Hope it translates. If not, Litchfield Hills Film Festival - Screenwriters Group on Linked In.
I pulled a half dozen out of here.
This should work. Click Master List.
Sorry. Neither of those seemed to work when I cut and pasted.
Linked In > Litchfield Hills Film Festival - Screenwriting Group > thread reading great list of screenplays > Master list.
You might have to join that group but, hey, for Aliens, American Beauty, The Hurt Locker...
Script Dude always says, read good scripts, right?
Thank you, Marjory. I see Cooper's Promise in there, too.
I didn't get scores either. I have no idea. The competition did seem harder to me this year.
Congrats to all and may the Big Break bend them into the biz like Beckham.
Congrats Bruce and Jordan. Please let us know how the fest goes.
Congrats. Will be there in good vibe incarnation. Rock 'em to the roof.
Good on ya, Michael. Two very nice feathers on your literary plume.
All you MB'ers, kick some ass in Austin.
Let me be the first to congratulate whoever it is... and I'm not guessing. Well done, mate.
Thanks, Scott. I have a green card from Galactic-central, so I am documented.
Congrats to all and may the next weeks be promising and progressive for us all.
Here's to the top three and beyond!
I wrote Monday asking for information on when results will be out. If anyone hears, please post. I'll do the same.
Hope to attend. Have some other stuff to stir up in sizzleland. And hope to see other MB's if making the cut!
They do run later than the WAB deadline, but this year is really late. When I e-mailed I wrote to "info" and aLSO Adam Ottmar, who was Johnny on the spot last year at the fest. Hopefully results or some e-mail soon.
I mentioned that airfares are rising as time passes. Hoping that to be a prompt.
It's a good fest with people to meet, connections to make and fun to have.
Sent another e-mail this morning.
Hey Guys (and gals if Danielle is in again),
I called Limelight Media Group that works with BHFF. They said they'd be talking with the honchos later. About 20 minutes after that I got a call from Nino Simone, one of the main guys.
LA has a big convention in April and it messed up bookings. It's a go, but they've been finalizing venue details. The dates pushed back to May 8 - 12. The theater will change, possibly to the Chinese Theater. Then host hotel is in last detail phase.
As soon as they finalize details they'll be posting. Decisions have been made for finalists on screenplays and film. Just waiting to confirm mundane logistics, then we'll hear.
Had a nice chat with Nino. He and Adam Ottmar just got back from Japan where they are also having a BHFF.
Hope to see you guys soon.
Just a comment about Heather Waters of RIFF and CWA...
While making the initial finalist cut of RIFF, I was one of three shorts in consideration for the Media Industry Exchange. Heather contacted me about a rewrite opportunity for the contest, which had to be done immediately. Unfortunately, I was dealing with the imminent passing of my sister and I was just not able to meet the time frame for rewrite.
During this, the communication with Heather was impeccable. She was immediately response, helpful, compassionate and did every thing she could to assist my efforts.
My previous communications with Heather regarding CWA have always been prompt, informative and I always received whatever information I needed.
Heather is a gem. I would have no hesitation if the opportunity arose, to work with her in any capacity. As long as I am eligible, Richmond and CWA are on my list for "must submit."
I hope to be in Richmond next year, if not with a script, with an amazing short I wrote that is just about done with editing.
Congrats, Nathan. Nothing heard here (yet, fingers crossed).
Looks like I'm out. I'm flummoxed. Sent the best stuff I've ever written. I cannot believe it.
Michael, last year I submitted two. When I wrote they did respond.
Thanks, Scott. I know there's nothing wrong with the work. I had about ten meetings around the sizzle of the fest that I have to reschedule... that's the really frustrating part.
It's a good festival and certainly worth attending in terms of who a writer might meet. I've had a blast there in the past and have made some important connections at the fest and while there.
Should anyone else get in, I do recommend going. Nathan can vouch for it, too, I suspect.
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