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From Jim Mercurio and Julie Grey at
The Script Department
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Silver Screenwriting Competition
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The Silver Screenwriting Competition is giving away $10,000 in cash and prizes. The Grand Prize includes $2500 in cash, a travel to LA, meetings with managers, breakfast with The Script Department and schmoozing with Blake Snyder over cocktails at the Chateau Marmont.
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Hi Julie and Jim and PJ,
I(we) look forward to applying to your contest.
With this much effort and hard work - Script Dept. and Silver Screenwriting Competition will reach the sky and back.
Thanks for introducing a contest that is truly truly honest and helpful.
Jim, just wanted to know what are some of you all time favourite screenplays (produced and those optioned or upcoming)? And if you had to make a list of 5 top Hollywood screenwriters, what would that list look like?
Again, www.thescriptdepartment.com is making waves. Congrats.
Thanks for the shout-out, Ben. We certainly are making waves and we're having a blast doing it. If you haven't already, check out the Rouge Wave (www.rougewave.blogspot.com) for content updated daily on screenwriting and entertainment.
In fact, we are having a short scene competition right now. It's free to enter and the prize is a free pass to the Great American Pitch-Fest in June, valued at $350.
Top Hollywood writers. Hmmm, can I choose Cesare Zavattini?
Maybe because it's where I want to be as a screenwriter, I would have to say Alexander Payne/Jim Taylor. Their craft is subtle and they have an amazing voice that is less in-your-face than Tarantino but just as distintive. For standard what-Hollywood-does best, Zaillan, Frank and Gilroy are pretty freakin' good. Gilroy's Duplicity was a good read and fundamentally sound.
And I know it's not too original, but Chinatown is up there as one of my favorite screenplays.
When I was judging the Expo contest, I think I rewarded a great range of writing... voice and tone (Persephone), aiming to be masterpieces (Michelangelo and A Mile Past Eternity), comedy character and voice (Chu and Blossom), execution and craft (Sweet Tweet) and concept (Sword of Gary). It's really exciting to see a script where everything is working: concept, execution, voice and style.
Sorry for rambling.
Hope to read your stuff in SSC.
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