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Topic: Amazon Studios

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 11/29/10 11:05 AM

Great article on Pitchfest.com in their November newsletter by Entertainment Attorney, Gano Lemoine. A must read for those still on the fence.

Topic: the stupidest question... one space or two?

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 01/16/11 10:24 PM

I use Screenwriter as my default. It uses two, which is what I learned way back when.

However, I just glanced at the "new format" guide that I purchased from Page Awards... with bolded and underlined scene lines. It appears they have one.

Chastised for that seems severe to me. Sure maybe if you cheated your margins a half inch...

Seems the current wisdom is a less encumbered page is desired... more white space is good.

Topic: the stupidest question... one space or two?

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 01/20/11 10:16 AM

I'd like to know which contests these were... the two/one space contest and the ficticious city Googler.

Topic: Script Savvy

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/10/11 02:37 PM

In this past January's contest I was an Honorable Mention with a feature screenplay. Since the e-mails of the announcement just over a month ago (April 8th), I've heard nothing, despite e-mailing a few times shortly after that congrats e-mail.

Recently I figured what the hell, I send in a short that's played well and see what happens. This I did on April 29th. About three days later my e-mail provider bounced the e-mail that had my submission attached to it. The system took my money, but the submission bounced. Odd.

So I e-mailed Eric and also info@ script savvy. Those e-mails bounced. I called last week and left a message. Nothing. I e-mailed again last Friday. Yesterday those e-mails came back as bounced, and longer able to stay in the keep trying queue. Yesterday I called the offices and the phone message mailbox is full. I'm guessing my e-mails bounced because those boxes are full as well.

Since I have no way of making contact with them (I'm allergic to Facebook) I filed a complaint with my CC company to cancel the payment for my short submission, since it can not be submitted.

Messages on the home page have been inconsistent as to whether the contest is closed or what.

Where I am most disgusted now is that while placing in the contest, it appears they have no ability to deliver on prizes.

Time for taps?

Topic: Screenwriter Takes All > New Monthly Contest

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/17/11 08:41 PM

When will you commence judging and posting the shorts for April? Been no change in features for a while and nothing yet on the shorts... where I've submitted and thus my question.

Looking forward to leaderboard posts.

Topic: Amazon Studios Whiners

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/20/11 09:18 PM

http://www.pitchfest.com/newsletters/nov_2010/Nov01.shtml

Topic: Donna White and Script Savvy update

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/26/11 04:09 PM

Just got an e-mail from Eric saying their yahoo e-mail has been hacked. He cautioned not to open any e-mail links.

Topic: Script Savvy

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/26/11 04:10 PM

Just got an e-mail from Eric saying their yahoo e-mail has been hacked. He cautioned not to open any e-mail links.

Topic: story pros

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/31/11 03:53 PM

Thanks for the shout out, Don.

Love how this contest meets their deadline with such precision! A model for all.

Topic: story pros

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/31/11 04:38 PM

And thank you, Julia. These guys make Friday nights even more interesting with their advancement updates.

Topic: Script Savvy

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/03/11 06:51 PM

Per an e-mail of earlier this week, I did receive my check today for January HM. Also put in my gift order. So some progress.

Topic: story pros

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/04/11 12:25 PM

Thank you, Bobette. Congrats to Kevin and Julia. I'm glad I'm not in the family category! Too much competition.

Love the timeliness of StoryPros.

Topic: MB Story Pro winners

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/09/11 11:02 AM

Thank you so much. Kudos greatly appreciated. It's a perseverance pays off moment.

Topic: MB Story Pro winners

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/09/11 12:12 PM

Hey William,

Thanks. I think comedy is the toughest genre to write. So you guys rocked! Here's to more successes to you in the near future. Do I smell production!?

I love the title.

Topic: MB Story Pro winners

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/09/11 04:21 PM

Story line. Um... makes me thing of Twittering while wearing a thong.

Topic: Irin optioned a script!

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/23/11 10:57 AM

Congrats, Irin! Here's for an easy path to production.

Topic: SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL: 2010 Finalists

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/29/11 11:49 PM

Congrats and well done to all!

Topic: WriteMovies 27

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/01/11 08:22 PM

Just received an e-mail regarding Quarter Finalist status. Suspect they'll have the site up to speed in a while. I'm not able to access it presently.

Topic: WriteMovies 27

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/01/11 08:43 PM

Yeah, made the first step.

Topic: WriteMovies 27

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/01/11 09:57 PM

Right, like they did last time. Well, what's another month? Reports are so favorable, I'm willing to hang.

Topic: E-mail blast web sites

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/06/11 09:15 PM

Just sent one out via Script Delivery - part of a Script Savvy prize.

Thus far, eight days later, one request for a read of a 1st place winner in Story Pros Awards.

I've used them in the past and have never had a viable read. Though I have gotten tons of requests to do coverage on my script, ranging from $200 to you've got to be kidding me.

Previously through doing this now I think three times, I've made a long standing relationship with one company that's truly worth it... now if I only wrote their genre.

My best result for getting scripts out there and getting work has been Linked In.

Topic: My short films screening in LA

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/07/11 03:11 PM

Great stuff, Marjory!

If I were there, I'd be there. Hope it's a dazzling success chock full of sizzle.

Topic: Page Notification?

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/08/11 09:45 PM

Congrats to my MB colleagues who advanced to the next round! Good on ya!

Topic: Nicholl Letters

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/30/11 03:10 PM

Congrats, Paula. Interesting premise.

Topic: Nicholl Letters

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/30/11 03:42 PM

Yes, congrats to all. Saw you on Scriptapalooza, too, Marjory.

Topic: Screenwriting University

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/04/11 04:14 PM

Love your comment, Cat, about letting the script tell you what it needs.

Topic: Creative World Awards Prelims

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/15/11 06:06 PM

Thanks, Don. Not to worry. Spent my morning going through search and replace in scripts for your/you're its/it's issues.

And now to next week.

Topic: Readers!!!! Arrgh.

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/31/11 06:42 PM

Proposed Laws for Readers...

Must have written five feature screenplays in multiple genres. Must have entered those screenplays in at least a dozen different festivals or contests. Must be objective enough to transcend any philosophical conflicts with writer when reading script. Must be psychic enough to figure out plot points ahead of reading them, make no assumptions about writer's intent, and have an IQ at least five points higher than that of the average screenwriter.

I had a reader report that my characters from a family script set in 1949 don't talk like people do now. Ya think?

Topic: Readers!!!! Arrgh.

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/31/11 06:55 PM

If a reader reads from the POV of there is something flawed and/or wrong in every script... it's rejection criteria. Combined with sugar crashes, caffeine withdrawal, the impact of solar flares on earth... well, what's writer to do?

Should a reader read from the POV of I want to be "wow"ed, there's acceptance criteria and there's hope on Amity Lane.

BTW, I found Valerie's CIA file on Wikileaks (kidding), but is she showed up on Linked In, I send an invite.

Topic: Readers!!!! Arrgh.

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/31/11 07:00 PM

That's if she showed up... not is.

One last thing. Marketability according to whom? I'm of the nobody knows nuttin' school of thought.

Topic: Austin Film Fest

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/02/11 01:53 PM

Congrats to all!

Next year I'll remember to send a script that doesn't disparage a Texas politician!

For those attending, would love to hear after the event how it was for you.

Topic: CWA finalists posted

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/06/11 10:52 AM

Nicely done!

Topic: Slamdance

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/08/11 03:00 PM

I see Irin. Good job, mate.

Topic: Slamdance

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/08/11 03:23 PM

It's a notification from a Withoutabox e-mail.

The top 25 scripts in each of the four categories are listed below:

2011 Slamdance Screenwriting Competition Top 100 Quarter-Finalists

Features: All God's Children by Alex Allston Appearances by Frederic Richter Bleeding Kansas by Daniel Frey and Russell Sommer Blood Red Dawn by Michael Thornton Jr Bus 77 by Joe Barton and Christianne van Wijk Dearborn Hotel by Peter Gaffney Die Mischlinge by Judy Vann Dinosaur Dreams by David Widdicombe Flutter by Eric Hueber Heaven or Bust by Stephen Mack Karma by Kevin Young Memo by George Hernandez Motor City by Matthew Kohnen and Sean Kohnen Nowhere Road by Lea Nakonechny Prairie Death Riot by Shale Nelson Shooting Stars by Michael Vangelas Storyteller by Brannan Doyle The Audition by Victoria Augustine The Beautiful Things by Michael Trozzo The Non-Believers by Steve Mitchell Treasure in the Park by John Barlowe and Irin Evers Trip by Nina Misch Underwater by Robert Bryant Welcome to Akron by Stephan Vladimir Bugaj Who’s Afraid of Nazi Zombies by James Robertson

Horror: 19 Floors by Lee Brandt A Harry Dick Apocalypse by Bill Heller Annan Road by Christopher Dum Backwater by Mike Murray Blood Rush by Scott Patch Cabin Call by Roberto Marrero Chateau by Daniel Cerny Death Wind by Travis Heermann and Jim Pinto Digging Deeper by Lee Crompton Feeding the Monster by Paul Hart-Wilden and Asabi Lee jasper-live.com by Samuel Bartlett Jug Face by Chad Kinkle Midnight by Elliot Passantino Ring Around the Rosie by Mark Tusher Roundhouse Kick to Hell by Jesse Grce Second Sight by Christina Casa Usiak Sodom by Scott F. Butler Strain by Matthew Tegtmeier and Robert Warzecha The Fog at Dawn by Eric Garingalao The Hollow by Will Simmons The Last Earth Girl Went to Space to Find God by Stuart Creque and Miriam Veiss-Creque The Scissorwoman by Max Karson The Starving by Matt Shechmeister and Tim Shechmeister Thicker Than Blood by Katelyn Morey Wicked Garden by Christopher Stein

Teleplay: Alkemia by Nicholas Barton Archer "Bull Markets" by Greg Goodness Bomb City, USA by Jon Sajetowski Breaking Bad "It Works If You Work It" by Eva Taylor California Dreaming by Mugs Cahill and Diane Lansing Community Spec "Sex Ed" by Michael Capristo Dexter "Cop Killer" by Teresa Vilaseca End of the Earth by Micah Sampson Fortuna: The Arrival by Annie Sanchez and Michelle Vivaldi Franny Wright & The Alien Invasion by Mary Haas and Justin Marshall I’ts Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Adventures of Rat King by Tom Meyer Jimbo by Matt Lutz Justified "R & R" by Carlos Cisco Mad Men "Semper Fi" by Rory Kozoll New York Noir by David Hudacek Occult Crime Unit by Michael J. Lee and Tawny Stokes Parks and Recreation "Drag Queen Bingo" by Carlos Cisco Residue by Philip Howe Security by Brian Hurney Sons of Anarchy “In The Flesh” by Jennifer Cote The Big Bang Theory "The Copiousness Spectacle" by James Elasmar The Carnies by Alisha Brophy The Sociology of Crusaders by Jennifer Ruisch Three’s Company "Date Rape" The Lost Episode by Mickey Blaine Uncivilized by Adam Aresty

Shorts: A Mother’s Love by Sonya Dunn A Tree’s Roots by Jeff Hendricks Are you Loathsome Tonight? by John Burdeaux Common Ground by Lisa Henry Connection Date-by-Number by Randi Barnes Harold’s Bad Day by RJ Buckley He Knows by Stuart Creque Headphones by Brandon Johnson If At First You Don’t Succeed… by Michael Conroy Lady Luck by Garen Thomas Last Call at Mac’s by Elizabeth Carol Thompson Lifeline by Joshua Shain Mind the Envy by Kirsty Waterworth Mr. Goodman by Thomas Pace Mr. Phang and the Blood Princess by Derek Prusak Prescription Happiness by Ryan Strandjord Promise by Doug Van Bebber Six Years, Four Months and Twenty Three Days by John Mawson Starry Starry Night by Rivka Cohen The Department of Signs and Magical Intervention by Melissa Sweazy The Great Ghouldini by Ian Johnston Trespassers by Brian Rawlins When the Dust Settles by Suleiman Wali You Killed Her by Brian Meechan

Topic: Slamdance

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/08/11 03:23 PM

Sorry about the formatting in the message above.

Topic: Slamdance

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/08/11 03:32 PM

Yeah, given that semis or above can attend the WGA event. Sucks.

Topic: Writers on the Storm Quarter Finalist List

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/15/11 12:51 PM

Mike Donald, who posts here from time to time, got two in. Nicely done, mate.

I'm in this year. As it goes, I'll post if there's anything notable.

I'm with Irin on not getting coverage from contests unless it comes with. Many fine sources not related to the festivals to use.

Topic: Donna White and Script Savvy update

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 10/14/11 12:30 PM

I've also sent multiple e-mails. No responses. I demanded that entrants receive direct communication instead of online website posts, which are never fulfilled. Nothing.

Is that the sound of "Taps" in the air? I think so.

Topic: vail film festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 01/25/12 09:34 PM

Congrats to you, Irin!! Well done. For those who haven't seen, Irin is one of five finalists in short screenplay!

Though I didn't make it as far as you, I'm still mulling over going. Seems to be lots of good folks to meet. This fest has been on my radar for a couple years.

If you go and I don't, I'd love a full report.

Topic: vail film festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 01/26/12 09:09 AM

Hey Irin,

Deal! Feel free to contact me direct through my e-mail in my profile. I'm not sure yet, but working on going.

PS

Well done! Congrats. You know, it makes me wonder what the karma is of being a story editor or a reader who has a habit of mowing down scripts...

Topic: 2 options

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 02/14/12 10:21 AM

Congrats, Heather. Hope everyone checks out your IMDB and boosts you in the standings.

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 03/03/12 08:11 PM

Hi Mike,

It means you're an official finalist. On the last night of the event they have an awards banquet - black tie - really nice. There, they'll announce the winners. Three or four screenplays out of the pack.

The nice thing about BHFF is you can make strong contacts both at the after parties and activities.

The gala is a blast and usually involves a notable person or two.

One of the winners last year that I know of is working a deal from his winning script.

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 03/04/12 12:26 AM

My pleasure, Mike.

I was in last year and this year, too. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me. My e-mail is in my profile.

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 03/10/12 05:17 PM

Curious, Mike, are you going?

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 03/11/12 04:16 PM

Hi Nathan,

That's terrific. My partner and I are going. We had a blast last year and some nice connections came out of it that I'm still working. Feel free to e-mail me (in my profile) and we'll make a point to have some hang time.

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 03/13/12 04:46 PM

Keep me posted. I did get a lot from attending last year.

For instance, they had a panel discussion for writers. On it, a studio CEO, director, two entertainment attorneys, an agent and a finance guy. The moderator, the CEO, had everyone in the room ask one question - whatever they wanted - from the panel. There was some great information.

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 04/06/12 01:18 PM

So who is attending?

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 04/07/12 10:35 AM

The Awards are on Sunday night, so that designation is probably in the title file sent by the writer. Three writing awards (thought last year they gave two 1sts).

If anyone is going, send me an e-mail and all us writers can convene and make our own sizzle.

Topic: Staged reading in Kansas City at noon on 4/15/12

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 04/12/12 02:36 PM

Congrats! The BBQ in KC is pretty good!

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 04/14/12 01:15 PM

Hey Colin, Danielle, Mike and Nathan (alphabetical),

Just faxed my registration for the fest for my partner and myself. Anybody else? If so, let's connect. Feel free to e-mail: philip@philipcsedgwick.com.

This year's feature award recipient, screenwriter Mardik Martin. Nice to see a writer getting the award.

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 04/25/12 07:54 AM

Thanks, Colin. Almost out the door to catch my flight. Can't wait and good luck to all of us, not only in the fest, but deal making, too.

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 04/30/12 09:13 PM

Nathan and I both attended and it was great even if no MB'ers won.

Beverly Gandara took first place. 1st Runner Up is Mike Buchanan I'm not finding the card of the 2nd runner up.

It was amazing. Some talent there, and more important, producers, development execs and CEO of companies. I'll have some pics on my website soon... not today, though.

If you want to win next year, go to the fest and ride over with me. The past two years I've given the winners rides to the Four Seasons. Come to think of it... the hell with you guys, next year I'm not giving any rides.

Seriously, it's a great fest to meet people and make important connections.

Black Tulip was powerful. A tale of Afghanistan that was very evocative.

Great festival... really great festival.

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 04/30/12 10:23 PM

Thank you, Marjory. And it was very fun hanging out with Nathan.

Topic: This spec screenplay is in a HOT bidding war!

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/27/12 06:45 AM

Not finding anything on that link, but...

Should your boss lose out in the bidding war, I reckon there's a few of us on here that would like to add to the stack of the must buy reader's pile.

Topic: StoryPros Finalists

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/09/12 10:25 AM

Thanks, Paul and good fortune back at you with StoryPros! Another late Friday night ahead!!

Topic: StoryPros Finalists

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/09/12 11:38 AM

Thanks, Lana. It does. Validation that those computer-staring bloodshot eyes are worth it.

Topic: StoryPros Finalists

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/09/12 08:46 PM

Thank you all. I really like this contest and the folks that run it. Here's to a great Friday night ahead.

Topic: StoryPros Finalists

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/11/12 02:14 PM

Thank you, James, and here's to you and your words and all who pour their hearts and souls and minds into the rigid templates of this craft!

Topic: StoryPros Finalists

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/11/12 05:32 PM

I write every day. I pick a time when my energy is ripe for words and pound it out until it's used up.

Topic: StoryPros Finalists

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/16/12 01:13 AM

Congrats, Paul. Well done.

Topic: FREE Screenplay Formatting Website

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/19/12 01:35 PM

Agreed. I'm a fan. Whether it's one of those fussy little spacing details or a question about pesky Intercuts and things that stifle the creative flow... here you go.

Topic: Release forms

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/20/12 12:59 PM

I'm with MaryAnn on this. If you want to get read, here's our necessary legal evil.

But here's the tricky other side... recently I've talked to a few folks in the work for hire world who wanted me to write a script with specific parameters. Some of those elements appear to be similar to screenplays I have already written and/or concepts on have on my percolator.

I am staggered at how those folks all balked when I noted that before I read their treatment they needed to acknowledge in writing my completed screenplays and stories in development that preexist my awareness of their story.

No one has agreed to do that, so those are scripts I'll not be writing.

Topic: Release forms

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/21/12 10:43 AM

And Shylocks there are. My point to writers, while protected the rights of those you submit to, protect your own when setting up work for hire arrangements.

Topic: Page to notify First Rounders (25%) on July 9-10??

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/09/12 09:46 PM

Congrats to all. Have a short and feature in, but it's a long way to Tipperary, or Page for that matter.

Special shout out to Nathan after our hang time in Beverly Hills. We were talking about you the other day and how fun it was at that fest.

Topic: Page to notify First Rounders (25%) on July 9-10??

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/10/12 10:52 AM

Hey Nathan... what fun being back in LA. We so want to meet your clan and hope that we will at some fest soon.

Wouldn't it be a hoot to have an MB party at a few of these festivals?. So all you guys, enter Beverly Hills next year for a great party and chance to build industry relationships. No, I take that back. Leave it to Nathan and Danielle and Mike and myself (and any others I might have missed) and me.

Meanwhile, since we're all on the same Page... here's to the best on Sunday and beyond for all of us. As the Page turns...

Topic: Scene headings and slugs, bolded and underscored

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/11/12 10:14 PM

I had coverage from a major contest that told me to lose the accentuated sluglines.

When I sent out a script to a mid-range studio, their reader, just out of film school, called my sluglines "eccentric."

With this feedback and because I am over 30, I have reverted to the old-fashioned formatting.

Topic: Page Quarterfinals

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/15/12 02:17 PM

Lots of names in here! Congrats to all who advanced and good luck as the competition continues.

Feeling flummoxed in Arizona. O for 3 years including scripts that won elsewhere.

Topic: Page Quarterfinals

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/15/12 03:12 PM

By no means I am a litmus test of Page's legitimacy. They are very legitimate. The Rolls Royce of competitions, you know. Most rate Page number two behind Nicholl.

The other fact - an unfortunate one - is, they legitimately don't like my writing.

Here's to the best to my colleagues in this competitions and others. Here's hoping that the successes of Page and others will bring massive, positive career breakthroughs.

Topic: Page Quarterfinals

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/15/12 06:39 PM

Mike and Dango... will e-mail you direct. I'm off the thread in honor of those who made it.

Yea to all who advanced. Good on ya!

Topic: Slamdance-winning short now live on Slamdance site

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/26/12 11:10 AM

It's great!

Topic: Scene headings and slugs, bolded and underscored

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/26/12 02:57 PM

Just pulled out a copy of Dances With Wolves that was given to me a long time ago by a script writing instructor in LA. It's a 1989 draft. Guess what? Underlined sluglines.

Heading to a film fest next weekend where Michael Blake will be speaking. I'll make a note to ask about this.

Topic: Scriptapalooza Quarterfinalists Announced

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/31/12 06:34 PM

Congrats! My nickname for Marjory is now The Constant. She's as universally present as gravity!

Topic: Comment by Michael Blake / Writer's Resource

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/07/12 11:59 AM

Hey All,

Congrats to all for all the fest results going on... need to be a little scarce here timewise, so I'll just be the messenger, drop something in and step back.

Had a chance to be at the Prescott Film Festival last weekend. It was fabulous and I recommend the films Broadway's Finest and They Fly Boys. My partner's daughter was in a short, and she (my partner) grew up with the festival organizer, so I had nothing at stake really, but...

Michael Black (Academy Award for screenwriting on Dances with Wolves) was there, bless his heart and a bit worn from illness. He did a presentation with Q & A and someone asked if he thought about marketability, budget and such things when he wrote the screenplay. He shook his head and replied, "Write what you believe."

So there.

Also, in the resource category, I just renewed my membership in the National Writer's Union (www.nwu.org). If you are in a dispute (like slow or no pay on a work for hire) and if you do not have lawyers onboard and if you are not yet WGA, they can help file a grievance. Years ago, they aided me and other writers when we were unceremoniously and illegally fired from an online gig (I was writing for a TV network's website). We got the money we deserved, the contract nullified (non-compete clause became not applicable) and they even took care of the writers not in the union. Low fee to join. By the way, did I mention they have a health care program?

Topic: Creative World Awards Quarterfinals

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/13/12 10:45 PM

Thanks, Marjory. And congrats to all.

Topic: PAGE

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/15/12 06:33 PM

Congrats to all. Nicely done... another page of Page turns.

I have both and write in MM. Love it. Easier to get around, file transfers and such.

If someone insists upon and FD script, unless co-writing, I use MM and flip the script to FD when done.

Showbizsoftware.com I think is the cheapest.

Or donate to a local community college film program or student and write it off.

Topic: Creative World Semi-Finalists

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/19/12 08:32 PM

The results are up early.

Congrats to all who have advanced.

Topic: Big Break Quarters!

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/21/12 09:44 AM

You go, Paul! I'll be curious to see what software you're using next month (insert playful icon here). When you win all that cash, all us MB's will invoke a movie line, "Meet me at the cash bar!" Your treat, right?

Topic: Big Break Quarters!

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/21/12 02:03 PM

Makes sense. Everyone should have a sizzler reel.

Topic: some good scripts to read

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/25/12 12:39 PM

Found this link on a Linked In Group. Hope it translates. If not, Litchfield Hills Film Festival - Screenwriters Group on Linked In.

http://readwatchwrite.com/master-list/?goback=.nmp_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1.gde_4102538_member_152277615

I pulled a half dozen out of here.

Topic: some good scripts to read

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/25/12 12:41 PM

http://readwatchwrite.com/take-the-challenge/

This should work. Click Master List.

Topic: some good scripts to read

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/25/12 12:44 PM

Sorry. Neither of those seemed to work when I cut and pasted.

Linked In > Litchfield Hills Film Festival - Screenwriting Group > thread reading great list of screenplays > Master list.

You might have to join that group but, hey, for Aliens, American Beauty, The Hurt Locker...

Topic: some good scripts to read

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/25/12 10:38 PM

Script Dude always says, read good scripts, right?

Topic: Creative World Awards Finalists

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/27/12 03:19 PM

Thank you, Marjory. I see Cooper's Promise in there, too.

Topic: Creative World Awards Finalists

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 08/27/12 08:37 PM

I didn't get scores either. I have no idea. The competition did seem harder to me this year.

Topic: FINAL DRAFT - THE ONLY DRAFT YOU'LL EVER NEED!

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/17/12 05:50 PM

Congrats to all and may the Big Break bend them into the biz like Beckham.

Topic: NewYork Screenwriting Contest

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 10/09/12 03:19 PM

Congrats Bruce and Jordan. Please let us know how the fest goes.

Topic: My short at Austin

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 10/10/12 12:38 PM

Congrats. Will be there in good vibe incarnation. Rock 'em to the roof.

Topic: PAGE

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 10/15/12 09:05 PM

Good on ya, Michael. Two very nice feathers on your literary plume.

All you MB'ers, kick some ass in Austin.

Topic: Austin news

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 10/22/12 07:33 PM

Let me be the first to congratulate whoever it is... and I'm not guessing. Well done, mate.

Topic: Story Pros: Is Philip Sedgwick Legal?

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 11/25/12 07:26 PM

Thanks, Scott. I have a green card from Galactic-central, so I am documented.

Congrats to all and may the next weeks be promising and progressive for us all.

Topic: Paul and the Kairos Prize

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 01/15/13 09:21 AM

Here's to the top three and beyond!

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival?

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 03/14/13 01:48 PM

I wrote Monday asking for information on when results will be out. If anyone hears, please post. I'll do the same.

Hope to attend. Have some other stuff to stir up in sizzleland. And hope to see other MB's if making the cut!

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival?

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 03/14/13 02:50 PM

They do run later than the WAB deadline, but this year is really late. When I e-mailed I wrote to "info" and aLSO Adam Ottmar, who was Johnny on the spot last year at the fest. Hopefully results or some e-mail soon.

I mentioned that airfares are rising as time passes. Hoping that to be a prompt.

It's a good fest with people to meet, connections to make and fun to have.

Fingers crossed.

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival?

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 03/16/13 09:49 AM

Sent another e-mail this morning.

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival?

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 03/19/13 12:40 PM

Hey Guys (and gals if Danielle is in again),

I called Limelight Media Group that works with BHFF. They said they'd be talking with the honchos later. About 20 minutes after that I got a call from Nino Simone, one of the main guys.

LA has a big convention in April and it messed up bookings. It's a go, but they've been finalizing venue details. The dates pushed back to May 8 - 12. The theater will change, possibly to the Chinese Theater. Then host hotel is in last detail phase.

As soon as they finalize details they'll be posting. Decisions have been made for finalists on screenplays and film. Just waiting to confirm mundane logistics, then we'll hear.

Had a nice chat with Nino. He and Adam Ottmar just got back from Japan where they are also having a BHFF.

Hope to see you guys soon.

Topic: Richmond International Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 03/29/13 11:10 AM

Just a comment about Heather Waters of RIFF and CWA...

While making the initial finalist cut of RIFF, I was one of three shorts in consideration for the Media Industry Exchange. Heather contacted me about a rewrite opportunity for the contest, which had to be done immediately. Unfortunately, I was dealing with the imminent passing of my sister and I was just not able to meet the time frame for rewrite.

During this, the communication with Heather was impeccable. She was immediately response, helpful, compassionate and did every thing she could to assist my efforts.

My previous communications with Heather regarding CWA have always been prompt, informative and I always received whatever information I needed.

Heather is a gem. I would have no hesitation if the opportunity arose, to work with her in any capacity. As long as I am eligible, Richmond and CWA are on my list for "must submit."

I hope to be in Richmond next year, if not with a script, with an amazing short I wrote that is just about done with editing.

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival?

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 04/07/13 12:36 AM

Congrats, Nathan. Nothing heard here (yet, fingers crossed).

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival?

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 04/07/13 03:26 PM

Looks like I'm out. I'm flummoxed. Sent the best stuff I've ever written. I cannot believe it.

Michael, last year I submitted two. When I wrote they did respond.

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival?

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 04/08/13 09:23 AM

Thanks, Scott. I know there's nothing wrong with the work. I had about ten meetings around the sizzle of the fest that I have to reschedule... that's the really frustrating part.

It's a good festival and certainly worth attending in terms of who a writer might meet. I've had a blast there in the past and have made some important connections at the fest and while there.

Should anyone else get in, I do recommend going. Nathan can vouch for it, too, I suspect.

Thank you, Scott and James.

Story Pros has always been a good one, and for whatever reason, I do well there. Next time though I'll probably only have two in the running.

For those who have never considered this contest, it's a good one.

Here's to future successes for all.

Topic: Page Quarterfinalist!

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/16/13 10:20 AM

Congrats to All!

Topic: Page Quarterfinalist!

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 07/17/13 10:28 AM

Nope. Didn't enter.

Topic: congratulations

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/05/13 04:20 PM

Congrats to all!

Topic: Almost Famous -- Our Own Margie

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/05/13 04:21 PM

Kudos to Marjory!

Topic: Almost Famous -- Our Own Margie

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/05/13 04:54 PM

And I'll chime in with two cents here as well.

Write shorts. I wrote a few shorts, two of which did particularly well in these dang-fangled screenplay competitions. One day, I see a guy online looking for a writer for a film for his thesis... and he was offering a stipend, which to writers is code for eating Spam for another couple months.

I sent the shorts to him. He immediately optioned one... for fair money and hired me to write a short film for him... at a fair price for a short script.

We did twelve drafts on the phone. I know...

Turns out, this guy is really good. And we now have an award-winning short film. The short he optioned is going to be turned into a feature, and we have funding interest on two projects that we are developing together.

A few years ago, I turned up my nose at shorts. But don't. Find the contests and festivals (even better, methinks) that sanction short scripts and enter. You have to do something on your lunch hour.

Go Marjory! And everybody else here.

Topic: Almost Famous -- Our Own Margie

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/05/13 06:24 PM

Can't link to the short... we're playing by award rules. But here's the site: www.mirageatzabul.com.

Thanks for asking.

Topic: Almost Famous -- Our Own Margie

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/05/13 08:44 PM

Thank you, Marjory. We shot on film and I was thrilled with it. Acting... everything. The relationships with the crew were amazing as well.

And your short work was exceptional. I watched Dead in the Room multiple times... usually after I blew a pitch.

The rest of you guys, take it from Marjory... one of MB's most famous writers... and a really good egg.

Topic: Almost Famous -- Our Own Margie

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/06/13 10:11 AM

First one to land a deal in a bidding war owes "the same names" a case of wine or something.

Topic: Congratulations Paul Undari!

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/15/13 10:23 AM

Congrats, Paul! Well done. Awesome!

Topic: Almost Famous -- Our Own Margie

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 09/15/13 01:35 PM

Yea, Bruce!

Topic: Table Read

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 10/01/13 11:00 PM

Congrats, Marjory. Nicely done.

Austin, A Talent, a table read... what else could you want?

Topic: Final Draft Quarterfinalists Announced

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 10/03/13 09:15 PM

Congrats! Hope you wrote the script on Final Draft!

Topic: Sunscreen Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 10/15/13 06:26 PM

Hey Gang,

Just back from the Sunscreen West Film Festival. It was the first Sunscreen in LA, though they have been going on the west coast of Florida for several years.

They have a screenwriting section as well as films. And for all you guys with shorts... they love shorts.

Turns out, we won for the short film that I wrote. While there's no major cash prize, the contacts and support events were amazing.

Tim Albaugh, a UCLA screenwriting instructor with his own production company, presented an amazing workshop, heavy on character development. That was worth our eight hour drive right there.

And the connections... awards night we ended up sitting with a banker from a major bank in film financing. He loved our film and asked that I stay in touch. Duh! That will happen.

The festival organizers were amazingly helpful, friendly and genuinely good people. I told them I would give you all a shout, given the exceptional treatment they gave us.

Did I mention fabulous after parties? I met Richard Botto - honcho of Stage 32, and Joey Tucci of Happy Writers (arranging Skype pitches with development people solo and via Stage 32). Both those guys are awesome and want to help.

So there you go. A thumbs up for future entry consideration for your scripts.

Topic: Sunscreen Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 10/21/13 09:36 AM

Thanks for the congrats, guys! Always nice to win, script or film.

Here's to more for all the MB clan... and soon!

Topic: Sunscreen Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 10/21/13 03:54 PM

And many thanks again.

Very writer friendly this fest is... so, you know what to do!

Topic: Way to go Paul Undari

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 11/05/13 03:38 PM

Congrats, Paul! (Again!!) Way to go, dude.

Topic: Congrats to Paul and Philip

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 12/09/13 09:57 AM

Thank you, Nathan. I'm in good company!

To all MBers out there... here's to a great holiday season and may 2014 be filled with options, sales, completed productions and mirth beyond imagination!

Topic: Congrats to Paul and Philip

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 12/09/13 11:59 AM

Kudos to Scott, as well.

Thanks for the well wishes, Paul. Always nice to be topping out on a contest. Of course, hitting refresh on my phone makes it difficult to keep an eye on Masters of Sex while waiting for the announcement.

As for the option and all that jazz, all I'm hearing everywhere these days is attachment, attachment, attachment. Going to have to accept more holiday invitations for parties in Beverly Hills I reckon.

Topic: Richmond International Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 12/28/13 06:33 PM

Congrats to Majory, Nathan, Michael Gibrall, Paul and myself for making the first cut at the Richmond International Film Fest's screenplay competition. Did I miss anyone? If so, my apologies.

As well, the short I wrote, Mirage at Zabul Province, is an Official Selection. Paul, I know you're going to be there. So, your butt is requested in a seat when we screen!

Topic: Richmond International Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 12/28/13 07:01 PM

We are seriously discussing it. Would love to attend. I'll keep you posted, for sure. Love meeting village people.

Topic: Richmond International Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 12/29/13 10:17 AM

Thank you, Marjory. We're very excited about the film being in. Anyone going to the fest?

Here's to the next round. Cheers to all.

Topic: Richmond International Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 12/30/13 08:38 AM

Consider me enticed. It's working economics at the moment, but I would love to meet Heather, too. She's been a gem via e-mail over the years and I know she's a good one.

As for show me yours, mine etc., well, wow! What could be more enticing than that!?

Will keep you posted via regular e-mail.

Topic: Richmond International Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 12/30/13 05:12 PM

For me with Richmond, it is Heather Waters. She is one of the honchos at Creative World Awards. She is a class act all the way around. She is communicative, and always in a timely manner. She's fair and does a great job with everything from my experience.

What Arizona event are you talking about? Last year I made top ten in the Phoenix Film Festival... took three years of entries to break in there. They're making a lot of noise for themselves and gaining some acclaim. We've entered our short film there. Hopefully I'll be attending this year.

If you have a film, we love the Prescott Film Festival.

For actual festivals with scripts, Rhode Island, Nantucket, and Beverly Hills.

Topic: Richmond International Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 12/30/13 10:30 PM

I'm thirsty like a dog in desert heat, Paul.

Topic: Richmond International Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 12/30/13 10:31 PM

Did that sound badder than I meant?

Topic: Richmond International Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 12/30/13 10:37 PM

Hey James,

One final thought tonight... this is a relationship biz. Get into those film festival contests and go to the fests. You never know who you'll meet or how they can help.

Plus they're fun and 99.4% of the writers I've met in person I've liked immensely.

Topic: Richmond International Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 01/21/14 05:49 PM

Congrats, Nathan, for making the final cut. Pulling for you to take it all!

Topic: Congrats Scott Aiman

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 02/19/14 05:17 PM

Yea, Scott!!

Topic: Richmond International Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 03/04/14 10:25 PM

Congrats to all! Well done, mates.

Was in Sedona where we were in a virtual three-way tie for best short in audience choice. BTW, if you have a short or feature, they feed you like crazy at this fest and each film gets one paid hotel room for 6 nights. Nice SWAG bag, too.

Thanks for the comment on the film, Paul. I appreciate it.

Topic: Congrats Writemovies finalists

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 03/14/14 08:22 PM

Ho, ho, ho. Congrats!!

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 04/15/14 10:15 AM

That's right!! It's a fun festival with career-helpful people to meet, friends to make and a great place to set up and take meetings. I do recommend attending and making the most of a trip to LA.

Hope to see more MB-clan there!

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 04/19/14 11:38 AM

Hey Michael,

Sorry we won't be meeting you this go, but we'll have an eye out for the two in one card, and the dude handing it out.

We'll toast you, for certain!

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 04/21/14 09:01 AM

Way to go, David. Nicely done. It is a great place to be noticed, and develop significant contacts.

I think all of us are multiple time finalists here. Last year I was in, but due to an e-mail hiccup, I never received the letter.

Fourth time for me as well... the charm?

We leave Wednesday for the full event. And those meetings are filling in, though many last minute.

Looking forward to connecting if you're there, David.

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 04/28/14 10:33 PM

Just home from the fest. Thank you all for the kudos.

Great festival. Great to see Nathan again. Great to go to the gala. They have a panel of industry pros that you can ask questions. You can meet established Hollywood types, talk with up coming directors and write things for them... all sorts of opportunities. Great to sleep in the hotel where the first Academy Awards were held.

BHFF is one of my favorites. Love going. Highly recommend it.

Topic: Nightingale

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/10/14 08:02 PM

Well done, Frederick. Sounds like a gala evening ahead. Won't be in LA but will send good vibes along. Congrats on the major milestone.

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/15/14 09:55 AM

Thanks, Michael. Missed meeting you there. But no doubt soon our fest paths will cross.

Thanks for the like on Linked In, as well, on other news.

Topic: StoryPros

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 05/28/14 11:05 AM

Always good company here in Story Pros. Congrats to all!

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/01/14 10:29 AM

Not to be confused with... totally separate entities.

Topic: StoryPros

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/03/14 08:27 AM

I can barely watch Penny Dreadful on Sunday because of checking for the announcements!

Congrats to all.

Topic: StoryPros

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/09/14 04:19 PM

Thanks, Nathan. Congrats Julia. No women in my category either, but for Grand Prize, we're head to head!

Topic: StoryPros

Author: Philip Sedgwick Posted: 06/10/14 10:10 AM

Back at you, J. We're all formidable foes at this stage of the contest.

Such good company again! And a long way to go. Thanks, Scott. And kudos to all on the long multi-week journey ahead.