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Friday, August 20, 2010

Emerging Screenwriters

Moviestorm isn’t just for aspiring or amateur directors. It’s a tool that can be used by people in many different roles in the film business - see the video at the end of this post. As Matt commented earlier this week on the Going Down Writing blog, it can be a great tool for writers too. It can help you see your movie, and start to think more like an editor or director: you start to focus your writing not just on the dialog, but on what the viewer sees and hears. It’ll also help you write more natural dialog, rather than stagey prose that doesn’t sound as good as it reads on the page.

That’s why we’re proud to support the Emerging Screenwriters 2010 Screenplay competition. We’re offering prizes to all top ten finalists, worth $1000 in total. Other prizes include cash, software, meetings with Hollywood producers, and screenwriting classes from ScreenwritingU, the leading online film writing school.

There are categories for both feature films and TV pilots. The contest simulates the typical production process, so the first stage involves submitting a logline for your script. That’s basically a one-sentence pitch that gets people excited and makes them want to see more.

There’s a small entry fee for the contest, and full contest rules are on their Web site. Final submission is December 15, and first round winners will be announced on February 28th.

Test your movie knowledge - can you identify these films from their loglines?  Answers and more examples on the Emerging Screenwriters site.

“A struggling stage performer kills her lover in a jealous rage, causing a media sensation.”

“After being falsely convicted of the murder of his wife, a once prominent surgeon escapes custody to find the real killer and clear his name.”

“An attorney, because of a birthday wish, can’t tell any lies for 24 hours.”

“A private detective must team up with an ex-football star to catch the killer of a topless dancer.”

(1) Comments | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

Dave on 03/18 at 08:56 PM

This is way better than a brick & mortar etsalbismhent.



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