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Has anyone had any luck with a romance at a contest? I've written a nice little diddy, of which I am very proud. Mainly it's because it is the first script I've actually finished (I've started on about 30 over the years get to Act 2 and then belly-up). I consider it to be a romantic/drama and not a strict romantic/comedy. And yes the boy gets the girl. It just seems, from what I've gathered, that romance doesn't do very well. Or am I wrong? I'm doing a polish on it now and want to start entering it in a few contests coming up. What do yall think?
I've had some success with rom-coms in contests, however I suspect it might be a bit tougher to sell people on a rom-com as art than a drama. A couple of things I did:
1) Looked at what sort of scripts won past contests for the last several years
2) Entered contests with multiple categories
3) Tracked myself against certain scripts. For example if I placed in the finals with rom-com script A in a certain contest, I would see if script A had won any other contests and then enter those.
I do think having a specific genre is important, whatever it is. Your rom-com-dramedy is going to have a tougher time in contests (and in Hollywood) if the readers have a tough time pegging it.
Maybe try a contest with feedback, and see if they offer any useful suggestions. BEST OF LUCK!!
Thanks for the input. I'll try that. I've been told it is very good by three screenwriters who have sold. Well written, good dialogue, good plot, good characters, but that it would never sell. So I figured I would try some contests for exposure. We'll see. And if it doesn't sell I'll be in good company.
To answer your question, I do not think rom-coms are dead, everything will have a resurgence. Do I think they stand a chance in the big contest? No. So, save your money.
I suggest you build up your inventory of not only rom-coms but another genre as well. Then, take lessons on writing and marketing your script. Good luck.
Steve, If your script is well written, has good dialogue, good plot, and good characters, I can't see why it wouldn't sell. Did they give you a reason? I'm curious. Then maybe we could comment on that aspect of it.
with the success of Twilight, I am surprised there isn't a resurgence in this genre. The romantic movies of today are beyond crude and yet advertised as a 'heartwarming' romance? Please! If the studio's would open there eyes and see why these little Twilight movies are so insanely popular, it's because of the sweet love story tucked in between the vampires and werewolves. What ever happened to giving the audience what they want. Sex for sex sake isn't romantic - characters need an emotional connection, blah, blah, it's not rocket science friends...
Very well said Athena. Thank you.
No genre is dead. If you write a good script you will sell it. The reason writers don't sell screenplays every day is because most of the time they don't know what they are doing. Most of the scripts are not well written. Success in Hollywood is based on networking and the right material.
Our romantic comedy Bride-Sided was a semi-finalist last year at Austin. (Written with my awesome partner Kate Wharton)
I don't think romance scripts are dead in any way shape or
form. Good grief everything that's made these days has some kinda of romance or romantic comedy in it. It's just that there seems to be a disconnect between contests and new writers and the movies. All of the contests seem to like quirky dramas even though Romance/comedy/action and thrillers (which also always have a romance in them) is what sells. I think someone already said it.
Most Hollywood execs don't seem to know what's romantic any more and if something comes out that is very romantic and a big sucess it was simply by mistake. I bet any amount of money most Hollywood execs and contest readers for that matter would have read the Twilight scripts and passed on them for being to BORING AND CORNY. See? Total disconnect.
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