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StoryPros Awards Contest

StoryPros Awards Contest

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21781 Ventura Blvd., #210
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
310-356-6040 (voice)
818-332-7989 (fax)

Web: http://www.storypros.com
Email: info@storypros.com

Contact: John Dart, President

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Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
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Objective

To find the best GENRE scripts.

Genre scripts are bought and produced more than 10 to 1 over the serious drama, tentpole or quirky scripts that usually win screenplay contests.

This contest pits genre scripts only against scripts within their genre, and seeks to identify and promote to the industry the very best in each genre -- in other words, the scripts with the very best chances in the marketplace.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early February 28, 2017 $40
Regular March 31, 2017 $50 2
Final April 30, 2017 $60 32

$40 Feedback option available at any time for 2-4 pages of notes, feedback, and script recommendations.

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Notification: June 15th, 2017

Rules

See contest website for a complete list of terms, rules & conditions.

Awards

Over $25,000 in cash and prizes plus industry promotion to nearly 10,000 producers, agents and managers. Screenplays compete in 5 different genre categories: Action/Adventure/Thriller, Comedy, Drama, Family/Teen/Animation and Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror.

Grand Prize winner receives $2,500.00 in cash. Five 1st Place winners receive $500 cash. All winners receive additional prizes, services, and industry promotion including exposure to our preferred partners and industry contacts.

Top winners get guaranteed reads from producers and managers. Interested parties also watch the lists of those who advance to the late rounds -- even if you don't win, you still might get a nibble!

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Contact

21781 Ventura Blvd., #210
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
310-356-6040 (voice)
818-332-7989 (fax)

Web: http://www.storypros.com
Email: info@storypros.com

Contact: John Dart, President

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 49    
Have you entered this contest?
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StoryPros Awards Contest

Contact

21781 Ventura Blvd., #210
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
310-356-6040 (voice)
818-332-7989 (fax)

Web: http://www.storypros.com
Email: info@storypros.com

Contact: John Dart, President

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 49    
Have you entered this contest?
Please submit a Report card.

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StoryPros Awards Contest

Contact

21781 Ventura Blvd., #210
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
310-356-6040 (voice)
818-332-7989 (fax)

Web: http://www.storypros.com
Email: info@storypros.com

Contact: John Dart, President

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 49    
Have you entered this contest?
Please submit a Report card.

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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Philip Sedgwick

An interview with screenwriter Philip Sedgwick regarding the StoryPros Awards Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: The script is called A Nuclear Option and it took first place in the Action-Adventure-Thriller genre.

The story follows a geologist, hired by the previous administration to conjure data to support exploitation of natural resources without concern for the environment. Following the last Presidential election, our hero goes to DC for a debriefing. At a party he gets drunk and tells a politician that Global Warming - which doesn't exist, of course, can be stopped by detonating nuclear device under volcanoes. The politician loves it, and uses his extensive resources to put the plan in play. Now, the geologist must stop the ridiculous plan, and when all is said and done, hopefully win back his environmentally active girlfriend. It's a fun, off beat journey.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I had entered Story Pros International and done well (finalist). I figured it would be worth a shot to enter this Story Pros contest given the genre categories.

A Nuclear Option has placed in many other contests, including taking second place in the Woods Hole Film Festival in the mystery-thriller genre, and top ten in Going Green Film Festival.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: These guys run a tight ship. They answer any and all questions promptly.

On announcement night, they deliver the notification on the site on time. A writer in contention turns into Jesse Eisenberg in the final scene of Social Network... the one where he keeps hitting refresh.

All awards were delivered as promised.

It's a smooth ride with this contest. Entirely refreshing.

I like these guys and I would highly recommend the contest. Part of the prize package was a set of guaranteed reads. Fingers crossed!

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: I did outline the script using a beat outline that I got years ago... I think from a Michael Hague workshop I took.

This particular version that won was essentially a second draft. I decided to combine two characters and make a few other small revisions. That took maybe a couple of days to sort out.

The original script I wrote in a huge hurry to make a deadline for the Going Green Film Festival (took top ten there with first draft). By hurry, I think I wrote it in three to four weeks.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: Oh Movie Magic Screenwriter!! I have both MMS and Final Draft. I find MMS a heap easier to use and more writer friendly. If someone insists on Final Draft, I can flip the script and check formatting in a short time.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: Every day. Every dang day. It's like air. Sometimes it might only be an hour, but when I'm pounding it out, I can write ten hours a day. Typically, I write five hours a day, then maybe do a little editing later.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: My file drawer if full of ideas, so traditional WB not so much. What I like to do is feel what project or idea is calling me. I find if I feed what wants to be written, even if on a deadline with something else, writing what demands attention first, opens creative floodgates.

Sometimes I may sit with an idea for a few days to sort out how to increase peril, pay off details I thought were important early on... that kind of thing.

I like quirky characters and stories. If I have any block it's probably about going high concept, four quadrant, tent pole.

Petting the cat is always good when writing stalls.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: Over the years I've written more than forty feature scripts. I have a co-written script waiting for funding to proceed into production. It might happen if they wouldn't raise the budget every month.

My background in writing is actually quite extensive. A lot of non-fiction, short stories and online blogging, including a gig before the last Presidential election for the Huffington Post.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I'm a desert rat, now in Tucson in the house where M. Scott Momaday wrote Pulitzer Winning material. Good writer mojo here.

With the Internet and airplanes, I'm not planning on LA, though I love it there.

The new studios in New Mexico and tax credits seem to be whispering in the wind.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I have several scripts being revised and I'm working out a concept for a four quadrant comedy, yet untitled.

As well, I have a script dealing with discrimination and immigration issues set in Arizona. Go figure.

Posted Tuesday, August 30, 2011