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Vote for your favorite in the Cyberspace Open Jul 12

CyberSpace Open - Cast VoteThe first (and last) time I entered Creative Screenwriting’s Cyberspace Open, it was a very, ahem, gut-wrenching experience.

The contest has changed a bit since 2009. There’s no more 24 hour phase or two hour rush final. They also film the three finalists utilizing actors and a narrator.

I’m not a big fan of the filmed scenes. While they’re better this time around, they still smack of a high school drama class rehearsal, with most actors reading from scripts, and showing only a modest regard for the actual scene direction.

But overall the contest is a great way to test your scene-writing chops. I’m pleased to report that one of the finalists this year is Elisa Graybill from my screenwriting group. Way to go Elisa!

I genuinely think her written scene was the best, and most closely followed the scene cue. So please show Elisa some Scriptwrecked love and give her your vote if you agree with me!

Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest Submission Jan 17

Industry Insider Screenwriting ContestThe Contest

The Writers Store recently held an intriguing Screenwriting Contest. An industry screenwriting veteran — in this case, Simon Kinberg (screenwriter of Mr. and Mrs. Smith) — would provide a logline that contest entrants would then need to craft into the first 15 pages of a screenplay.

Here was the logline provided:

A spy who has spent life wining and dining young women suddenly gets a major surprise when his daughter knocks on the door.

Let’s Do It

It sounded like a lot of fun, and implied an action comedy genre, so I decided to enter it. So did over 1,000 other people. Which meant the odds of making it to the top 10 was less than 1%. Difficult, but not insurmountable (my kind of challenge).

What’s the Frequency Kenneth?

According to the Writers Store, there were so many “stellar scripts” that they “came close to increasing the final count to 20.” I believe them.

Unfortunately, like many contests, the screenwriters aren’t privy to the final judging criteria. Maybe they were looking for a very specific genre? Maybe they were looking to appeal to a specific demographic (e.g. kid-friendly)? Maybe they were looking for something similar to a previously released movie?

If anyone at the Writers Store has any insight into this final process, or even the other 11-20 names that were in contention, I’d love to hear from you.

At any rate the top 10 finalists beat me, so well done!

If any of the finalists (Araby Patch, Sarah Newman, Mary Krell-Oishi, Leo Sardarian, Jacob Snyder, David Steiner, Kenneth Lemm, Yuri Shallan, Bob Giordano, and Alex Berger) feels like sending me their submission to read, I’d love to check them out (I promise I won’t blog about it).

UPDATE #1 (August 2, 2011): Nine of the finalists’ scripts are now available for download.

UPDATE #2 (August 2, 2011): For those entering the current round of the Industry Insider Screenwriting contest, here’s a great tip from Dana Hahn, Industry Insider Contest Coordinator, who was kind enough to provide it to me:

“The main thing that we’re looking for in our contest is the quality of the writing, and a unique take on the logline.”
– Dana Hahn, Industry Insider Contest Coordinator

Thanks Dana! And good luck everyone!

My Submission

For those interested, here’s my submission entitled BLOWN. I think it’s really good, yet it didn’t qualify. So, if your 15 pages didn’t qualify either, don’t feel bad about it. It’s not necessarily a reflection of your writing. You win some; you lose some. That’s just the nature of the game.


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Logline Contest: We Have A Winner! Nov 01

There were some great entries to the logline contest, but there can be only one winner. And that winner is PlucharC!

Here’s the winning logline:

One man finds out how far he will go to find his girlfriend’s cat that he traded on Craigslist for a case of what he insists is really good beer.

PlucharC even came up with a great title: “Even Trade”

I can picture Zach Galifianakis being tasked by his girlfriend to find a good home for their cat that they’re forced to give up, and making a stupid, yet inspired, decision. It’s funny, original and sounds like a premise that could actually work if executed correctly.

Zach Galifianakis

"No seriously, it's *really* good beer."

Congrats PlucharC. You’ll receive an autographed copy of Michele Wallerstein’s book: “MIND YOUR BUSINESS: A Hollywood Literary Agent’s Guide To Your Writing Career.” I’ll be in touch to collect your mailing information.

Thank you everyone for entering!

Logline Contest: Last Day to Enter Oct 31

That’s right. Today is the last day to enter the logline contest to win an autographed copy of Michele Wallerstein’s book, “MIND YOUR BUSINESS: A Hollywood Literary Agent’s Guide To Your Writing Career.”

All of you who’ve been holding off on entering while the competition plays their hand — now’s the time to submit your entry! Use that Halloween candy sugar high to crank out a funny logline for this free contest.

Click here for the full contest details and to enter.

Scriptwrecked Logline Contest Oct 25

Mind Your BusinessSo here’s something quick, fun and free — Scriptwrecked‘s first contest!

You can win an autographed copy of Michele Wallerstein’s great new book: “MIND YOUR BUSINESS: A Hollywood Literary Agent’s Guide To Your Writing Career.”

All you have to do is come up with a logline that uses the following three random-ish words:

go, cat, he

The words can appear on their own, or as part of another word (e.g. “placate” could be used for “cat”).

The criteria that Michele and I will use for judging the winner is simple. The logline must be funny, original and marketable. It needs to sound like something that you could actually picture playing at your local cineplex.

Whoever comes up with the best one, or comes closest to hitting the mark, will win the book. If you need to brush up on what I feel constitutes a good logline, check out my logline primer.

Please post your submissions in the comments section below before November 1st (i.e. by Halloween night). Enter as many times as you like, and most importantly, have fun with it!

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