It’s a big day for us here at WriteMovies as we announce the Quarter-Finalists from our Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest – and what an amazing group of scripts this has turned out to be!
The bar continues to rise for us with each competition. The response to this contest has been genuinely fantastic, with people submitting right up to the final deadline – and many more taking advantage of our one-week extension!
It’s hard to think of a time when the standard has been higher. We’ve had screenplays from all kinds of genres, ranging from serious drama to children’s animation, from horror to comedy to romance and everything in between!
And of course, fuelled by our inaugural Sci-Fi and Fantasy competition – with every submission also receiving free entry to the Spring 2019 Contest – we’ve not only been taken to countless new worlds, but we’ve had even more high quality scripts to judge than ever before!
If you’re disappointed that you haven’t made it onto our list of Quarter-Finalists, just keep in mind how tough the competition was this time. And don’t give up! If you want to go further but aren’t sure how, we’d recommend making use of one of our Script Report services to get the feedback you need that will take your script to the next level.
You’ll also get free entry to our next major Screenwriting Contest when you buy a Script Report: the Fall 2019 Screenwriting Contest is already open for submissions. Click here to find out more!
But for now, well done to all of our Quarter-Finalists, and keep an eye out for Semi-Finals on August 2nd. Hit the button below to find out who made the Quarter-Finals!
|BISCAYNE, Adam Hersh
||THE ENCHANTED OPAL, Alan Smith
||CARAVAGGIO, Alasdair McMullan
|TORONTO THE GOOD, Andrew Moodie
||SURVIVAL, Anne Raitt
||EPSILON, Anthony Etherington
|GLEIS DER VERGELTUNG, Astrid Korten
||LADY IN RED, Astrid Korten
||DIE TRANE, Astrid Korten
|MADE IN AMERICA, Rikki Rivera
||STARRING… JOHN DILLINGER, Bill Walker & Brian Anthony
||DON’T TELL A SOUL, Dan Stone
|MARS GENESIS, Don Ternyila
||THREE DAYS, Emilio Santin
||APEX VANISHED, Eric Barcley
|RACE MUSIC, Eric Weber & Hasan Oracius
||THE CRAWL UP, Gabriell DeBear Paye
||OMEGA POINT, James Bingham
|FABLE OF THE JADE TIGER, Jason Fisher
||IN THE GAME, Jason Fisher
||ITER APOCALYPSE, Jean-Francois Oviode
|A CHANGE OF PLANS, Jeffrey Ward
||MONSTER, Jennifer Carta
||UN CRIME PLUS QUE PARFAIT, Joel Prost
|CHANNEL THIRD, Jonathan Murnane
||GODLESS SKIES, Joshua David Harris
||SUNSHINE STATE: DUENDE, Kai Thorup
|DOUBLE FF, Karl Mather
||CAROLINE BUXTON’S LIPSTICK POSSE, Kelly Karam
||KID SOLDIER, Kelly Karam
|LENA’S RULES, Ken Comer
||ANCIENT DEMONS, Kushagra Kundra
||PLANET SPARTA, Link Miller
|THE TIME-TRAP, Mark Flood
||ENDANGERED SPECIES, Mark Flood
||PRODOMICA, Matt Lewis
|INCIDENT AT PINEY HOLLOW, Michael Neyland & Susan Neyland
||THE REVOLT OF THE WALES, Michael Rhodes
||VOYAGE DANS L’HISTOIRE, Nanny Silvestre
|CINQUIEME ETAGE, Natacha Astuto
||KATHARINE TO TESLA, FAITHFULLY YOURS, Natalie Paige Bentley
||THE MERMAID, Natalie Paige Bentley
|THE SAX, Pascal Kulcsar
||SHIRO, Pascal Kulcsar
||SURGEON HONG, Paul Gross
|THE LAST PRISON, Richard Geiwitz
||DARWIN RISING, Richard Geiwitz
||TALES FROM MYSTERION: THE HIDDEN ISLAND, Richard Garcia Morgan & Ryan Jaroncyk
|SUPREMACY, Rosalyn Rosen
||HIGHLAND DRIVE, Rosalyn Rosen
||OUTCAST, Sarah Bellwood
|FRESH START, INC., Scott Taylor
||THE CHEESE DANCE FILM FESTIVAL, Steven Bednar
||A TASTE OF PRIVILEGE, Steven Bednar
|HUNT FOR THE LOST SECRET OF EDEN, Tom Zmiarovich
||APOCALYPSE, Tyler True
||LOVE IS EVERYTHING, Tyler True
|DER LETZTE BUS, Urs Aebersold
||THE M&M BOYS, Gino DeMarco
||COYOTE WARRIOR, Roberta Rovner Pieczenik
Semi-Finalists are due to be announced on August 2nd and Finalists and Winners on August 16th – keep an eye out for those!
20 years promoting great global storytelling!
WriteMovies has now been helping writers succeed for two decades – and in our 20th anniversary year, we’ve got a lot of exciting changes on the way. WriteMovies 2019 is a new WriteMovies, campaigning for great, vital stories in 2019!
So what have we got going on in WriteMovies 2019? Take a look…
- Potentially our last contest in the format you’re used to, our Winter 2019 Screenwriting Contest closes in just 9 days! With a $2500 Grand Prize, plus a year of free script development worth up to $3200 and guaranteed pitching to industry for the top three scripts, it’s not an opportunity to be missed. Enter your script before January 13th for a chance to win!
- We’ll be making a lot of improvements and enhancements to our website, with new hosting and other changes to enhance it and our email systems.
- TalentScout International Management will also be getting a makeover, becoming a creatives’ agency run for and by creatives. TSIM will be a vital part of our work as we pitch our winners’ scripts to industry!
- As we continue to roll out WriteMovies Academy, our unique virtual film school, we’ll be launching weekly videos about screenwriting. These will give you a sneak peak at some of the Academy content – as well as providing invaluable help for creating your own projects!
- We’re relaunching our French services under auteur filmmaker Nicolas Bodereau. We’ve already received commissions for Nicolas to translate scripts from French to English, so if you’ve got any translation needed yourself, email email@example.com!
WriteMovies 2019 looks to be better than ever before. A place for great global storytelling, we’re going to be expanding our and growing, championing the stories we believe in. Watch this space for more news coming soon – we’ve got a lot of exciting stuff coming up!
With our 20th anniversary year just a month away, this is a busy, exciting time for us, and things are about to get even bigger… just look at the amount of things going on at WriteMovies and TSIM (TalentScout International Management) RIGHT NOW and find out what’s coming next! (more…)
WriteMovies Director Ian Kennedy explores the works of Stan Lee and why superhero stories unleash our imaginations better than any other kind of stories…
At the heart of every superhero story is a central question that fires our imaginations every time, and nobody took it further than Stan Lee. The extraordinary array of well-known characters he brought into the world, which return again and again across many formats and platforms, is testament to that.
Cosmic stories like the creation of the universe are just too big to really relate to as stories, at least in the scientific telling – but many mythologies and religions make these stories relatable by ascribing these vast events to recognisably humanized figures. Gods like Zeus/Jupiter and Odin/Woden are presented like more powerful versions of human beings, able to shape the world with their powers and the sometimes arbitrary logic of their choices and lives; ancient heroes like Hercules and Beowulf are humans but given extra powers or significance. Superhero stories are clearly following in this tradition – and grasp towards almighty powers at times (DOCTOR STRANGE, CAPTAIN MARVEL, The Phoenix in X-Men).
By bringing these forces down (or up – SPIDER-MAN!) to our scale, we get to explore how people like us would act if they were capable of so much more than we are. It’s no coincidence that the modern superhero genre and many of its biggest characters have their origins in the Great Depression – when ordinary people were powerless against global economic forces. The flimsy justifications that the storytellers find for giving these figures their powers, are really just an excuse to let our imaginations run riot, and are quickly delivered and forgotten about in most of the origin stories, so that we can get onto the fun and exciting bit.
Nobody grasped the potential of these stories more, or took them further, than Stan Lee and the teams of writers and illustrators and filmmakers who he has worked with – the list of now-famous characters he created is vast. But at the heart of all these stories is just one very powerful central question, which is deceptively simple but really fires our imaginations. “What would you do if you could…?”
Superheroes and supervillains both play out these powers and their potentials and hazards throughout every story. Here are some of our favorites at WriteMovies from Stan Lee’s creations.
If you could… move and sling webs like a spider!
On the one hand, Peter Parker is just an ordinary teenager, worried about the same kind of things as any other teenager – on the other, he finds himself equipped with the awesome powers that make him SPIDER-MAN. We can all relate to his troubles at school while rooting for him to become a true superhero as he learns an important lesson: “with great power comes great responsibility”.
If you could… fly around in an armored suit!
IRON MAN’s Tony Stark is basically another Bruce Wayne, but with much quirkier personality. As an outright arms manufacturer, he’s also more morally compromised than Wayne. While Wayne has an orphan sob-story, Stark has an ego. And unleashing an ego that size, on a suit that powerful, creates excellent conflict throughout – so much so that in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, he can fight against many of our other heroes, without losing our empathy.
If you could… use you other senses to fight despite being blind!
DAREDEVIL has found immense success on Netflix, and with good reason. Matt Murdock is a deep, conflicted character, living in a world of darkness after being blinded as a child. With his other senses heightened, the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen is so captivating because he doesn’t just overcome his physical disability but turns it into a strength, proving that anyone – even someone who is blind – can become a superhero.
If you could… shrink to the size of an ant!
Scott Lang may be a former criminal, but his desire to reform himself makes us support him all the same. As ANT-MAN, he proves that even the smallest person can make a huge difference – and all while showing us a crazy world around us too small for us to even see!
Stan Lee has given us plenty of amazing creations over the years, and the world is a lesser place without him. Take a look too at our thoughts on two films based on his other superheroes, THOR: RAGNAROK and BLACK PANTHER!
We’ve been hard at work lately having pitching scripts to industry, having pitch meetings with producers and distributors about our many projects! Alex and Ian had a productive meeting at BAFTA recently, discussing the slate and future opportunities. So, what have we been up to? Let’s take a look…
We’ve also recently had pitch meetings with many companies including Film4 and several of our winners’ projects have been going from strength to strength!
We guarantee pitching to industry for the top three scripts from our competition – so enter our Winter 2019 Screenwriting Contest today from just $44, and you can follow in the footsteps of our past winners and get your script out there!
Our International Screenwriting Contest isn’t just for full length screenplays – we accept short scripts as well! In our Spring 2018 Contest, the winner of Best Short Script also made it all the way to the semi-finals: ROLL WITH IT by Rosie Byrnes!
As most of our readers know, writing a screenplay is tough work that takes diligence, planning, and a whole lot of hours spent typing. It might seem like writing a short script is easier, but it brings with it an entire set of challenges you won’t find elsewhere. Imagine trying to cram a 120 page story into 10 pages and you’ll see how difficult it is!
Congratulations to Rosie for winning in this category; her script charmed us with its rich story, likeable characters, and colorful concepts. She now receives a copy of our Confidential Studio Manual and exclusive previews of our Virtual Film School as her prizes, plus a set of Development Notes to give her professional feedback on her work.
Read on to find out more about this short script which captured our hearts: ROLL WITH IT!
Here’s Rosie’s summary of her script…
“Max is the king of the roller disco, and he knows it—that is, until the spunky (and far more admirable) Lucy arrives at the rink. His crown threatened, Max challenges her to the ultimate dance-off. But he’s in over his head, and finds that he’s head over heels for the gal who knows what it means to be groovy.”
And a short biography of Rosie, too…
“Rosie Byrnes is a writer, a second grade teacher, and a notorious ice cream lover. Originally from Colorado but currently residing in Tainan City, Taiwan, Rosie has spent most of her life writing outlandish stories. Only after following her crush into a college screenwriting class did she realize that, hey, it’s actually pretty neat. Her most recent passion project is a feature-length screenplay about Bigfoot (who’s a big softie, deep down), and she currently holds the “Worst Female Bowler” title in her hometown’s championship.
Rosie can be found on Twitter via the username @rosiebwrites.”
Rosie has won previews of the WriteMovies Academy, and Phase 1 opens on September 15th – join now to take your work to take your screenwriting and production skills to the next level!