We are delighted to announce the Quarter-Finalists for our Spring 2018 Screenwriting Contest! And even more importantly, our next two winners…
There have been a lot of great scripts for us to read for this contest, especially with our extended late entry running into June! The competition has been especially fierce, and we’ve enjoyed judging all the scripts we were sent.
So congratulations to our Spring 2018 Quarter-Finalists! Each script here deservedly advances in the contest. We’ll be giving every last one of them a fresh read as we consider which ones will make the Semi-Finals…
With so much competition this time around, a number of promising writers have unfortunately missed out – so don’t feel down if you’re one of them. A lot of the scripts that didn’t make it were strong contenders with a lot of positive features.
If you’d like to know why your script placed where it did, and how to take it to the next level, commission a Script Report from us to get a professional analyst’s opinion on what’s currently working and what’s holding it back. We provide large numbers of studio-quality Script Reports for writers and producers every year – and as an added bonus, you’ll get free entry into our next main contest!
Alternatively, check out our Elite Mentoring service: invaluable one-to-one advice from actual Hollywood producers and studio execs!
See the full list of Quarter-Finalists below… but first, here are the winners of Best Book and Best Stageplay!
BEST BOOK: BLUT WIRD FLIEßEN, by Urs Aebersold
BEST STAGEPLAY: THE CRACK IN PEGGY SUE’S FLOOR, by John Woodard
Hearty congratulations to them and everyone else who is still in the running for our other prizes! We’ll be in touch with them soon about their winnings…
|BLUT WIRD FLIEßEN, Urs Aebersold
||REMOTELY WORKING, William Baber
||NICKERBACHER, Terry Barto
|THE DAWN OF EVE, James Bingham
||HOPE IS NOT A BLACK AND WHITE RAINBOW, Harold L. Brown
||ROLL WITH IT, Rosie Byrnes
|PARDON MY GENDER: SUCH A FARCE!, Bob Canning
||LOVERS IN PARIS, Andy Conway
||UNE CHANCE POUR GUÉRIR, Christine de Chauvelin
|LES NIOCKS, Edith Devillet
||THE GOOD CITIZEN, Joel Doty
||RELENTLESS, Jay Fisher
|OPERATION BORTHER SAM, Gustavo Freitas
||THE LAST KING OF AMERICA, Richard Guimond
||BIG BALLS aka FUTUREBALL, Richard Guimond
|ON THE SPARROW, RW Hahn
||SHOOTING ANGELS, RW Hahn
||RACE, Justin Jackson
|THE HAPPY PLACE, Justin Jackson
||THE BROKEN CYPHER, Justin Jackson
||SOUL OF AN EMPIRE, Ryan Jaroncyk
|VIVA – A COLDPLAY MUSICAL, Ines Jimenez
||HOLLYWOOD’S MOST WANTED: I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP, ESE, Manny Jimenez Sr.
||CHILDREN OF EDEN, Raymond A. Just
|THE SAX, Pascal Kulcsar
||CHARMER, David Kurtz
||THE HEART OF A TIGER, SreyRam Kuy (book and screenplay)
|MANHATTAN MARILYN, Philippe Laguerre (book and screenplay)
||THE UNDERTAKER’S CHILDREN, Natasha Le Petit
||INSPIRED, David Lawrence Lynch
|HOBBY AND FITZ, James Milton
||WHEN I WAS A CHILD, T. L. Needham
||WINDSPIRIT, Paul Penley
|THE SHADOW OF DHARMA, Mark Perlick
||THE ARIZONA BALLOON BUSTER, Mark Perlick and Steven Pripps
||THE MYTHICAL GOLDEN TROUT, Craig Peters
|MAUDITE ÉQUATION, Joel Prost
||WHATEVER IT TAKES, Robin Regensburg
||THE LAST JOURNEY OF NOAH, Mark Rigoglioso
|PERISH, Mike Rogers
||IMMORTALIZING RAYMOND, James Rosenfield
||FIRE ON THE ISLAND, Timothy Smith
|DESERT RUN, Christopher Thomas
||THE LOST OPERA, Rachel, Thomas-Medwid
||THE ELECTRIC WAR, Arthur Tiersky
|THE CRACK IN PEGGY SUE’S FLOOR, John Woodard
||KLONDIKE MIKE, Thomas Zmiarovich
A warm welcome to our new Director of French Services, Nicolas Bodereau!
Nicolas est un auteur/producteur français. Féru d’innovation et de nouvelles technologies, il s’intéresse également aux différentes techniques de réalisation, notamment avec les smartphones. Écrivain et poète publié, il est aussi acteur, réalisateur et producteur de court métrage.
Ayant remporté lui même une Mention Honorable lors d’un precedent concours Writemovies, Nicolas est fier d’aider à la découverte de nouveaux talents, et de permettre aux auteurs français de percer au niveau international. « Nous avons tellement de bons scénaristes en France, qu’il est grand temps de le prouver maintenant. C’est pourquoi, j’invite nos ambitieux auteurs à soumettre leurs textes, rapidement, et ce afin de multiplier les chances de succès.
C’est officiel, c’est le Printemps ! Et comme une bonne nouvelle n’arrive jamais seule, les textes en français font leur retour dans les concours, après plusieurs mois d’arrêt. Je sais que cette nouvelle va ravir beaucoup d’entre vous, car certains attendaient avec une impatience non dissimulée. Et les autres, tous les nouveaux venus ? Il faut les prévenir, je vous invite donc à diffuser la nouvelle, sur Facebook, Twitter, partout. Voilà, chers auteurs français, et francophiles du monde entier, vous pouvez à nouveau soumettre vos textes, et avec de la chance participer aux Oscars 2019, rêvez grand ! N’oubliez pas de vous inscrire ou réinscrire à la niouzlettre, afin de connaître dernières nouvelles. »
And in translation:
Nicolas is a French author and producer who innovates with new production technologies including smartphones. He works as a published poet, novel writer, actor, director and short film producer.
Having won an Honorable Mention himself from WriteMovies in the past, Nicolas is proud to be helping discover new talent and help French language writers break into the international entertainment industry: “We have so many good scriptwriters in France, and now is the perfect time to catch our eye. All ambitious writers should get their submissions in as soon as possible to get the most chances for success!”
“Springtime is there, officially ! And good news never arrives on its own, the french-speaking contests are also back, officially, after being stopped for months. And I know some of you will be really happy to read that, because they’ve just been waiting for so long. What about the others, the newbies ? Well, spread the news, I urge you to tell them the contest in french is back, on facebook, twitter, everywhere. So, dear French writers, and all around the world Francophiles, all you have to do is submit your scripts anew, and why not be a part of the Oscars 2019, dream big ! Don’t forget to subscribe or resubscribe to the newsletter, so you can have all the fresh news.”
Part Two of Alex and Habib’s Hollywood pitching whirlwind tour from early May 2018… Want us to promote your script in our next our next Hollywood pitching whirlwind tour, or other pitching? We are seriously looking for 2-3 scripts for 2x Academy Nominated and 2x BAFTA winning, Habib Zargarpour to direct. If you have what we need please participate in: https://writemovies.com/spring-2018-screenwriting-contest/ now! (more…)
Want us to promote your script in our next our next Hollywood script pitching whirlwind tour, or other pitching? We are seriously looking for 2-3 scripts for 2x Academy Nominated and 2x BAFTA winning, Habib Zargarpour to direct. If you have what we need please participate in: https://writemovies.com/spring-2018-screenwriting-contest/
WriteMovies founder and producer Alex Ross and VFX expert turned movie director, Habib Zargarpour, just went on a tour of various Hollywood production companies talking to top executives about their new project. Here’s what happened!
Meeting #1: Skrzyniarz & Mallean. High powered Boutique law firm. (A lot of Los Angeles law firms now also act in a management capacity opening doors for clients etc. They, along with talent managers tend to be easier to work with than agents)
Alex and Habib started with an early morning meeting during which Habib gave a full presentation on the script they were pitching. The lawyer was very impressed.
Among other things she suggested who to get in touch with for funding. Alex gave the attorney a follow up call and there is definite interest on working on this project, and potentially other suitable scripts.
Meeting #2: Rough Diamond Productions
Another great meeting during which the producer showed interest in the project. She and her team totally got the value that Habib would add, to deliver a studio grade, VFX based picture for a fraction of the usual price. Many of the smaller production houses want to get involved in higher end VFX based projects but cannot afford the costs. This is what is so interesting about Habib’s work, in that he and his team at Digital Monarch Media have devised a software/hardware package, which has been tested by some of the greats such as Spielberg, Jon Favreau, and Denis Villeneuve, which allows producers to deliver studio grade VFX for a faction of the price. Their latest Virtual Film Toolset is called Expozure and was used on Blade Runner 2049 and Tom Hanks’ Greyhound.
There was a request for more info on budget so the team have a better idea on how and where to take the project –with the packaging suggestions we had in the first meeting, there’s some good signs and avenues for us to explore.
Habib Zargarpour and Alex Ross on their script pitching whirlwind tour in Hollywood, May 2018
Meeting #3: Branded Pictures Entertainment
After a full demonstration by Habib, the producers expressed interest in the project and explored Habib directing another of their projects as well.
Meeting #4: Meeting with Epic Pictures:
An interesting meeting with the top brass. They already really like the script. Totally got what Habib can bring to the table as a director. Needs us to come up with a formal proposal. “See you on the red carpet”.
Meeting #5: Blue Ant Media
Alex and Habib finished their day by meeting with Julio Sobral, former senior Fox Studios executive and now top of the food chain at BAM. Julio has a very deep background in post-production and FX and also really liked the fact that Habib was a partner at Microsoft Studios and helped to design a number of games which generated more revenue than a lot of blockbuster movies. So the ability to fully map out the ancillary revenue streams for your project are key to production companies and something you need to work out before you go to pitch.
BAM is part of a substantial chain of media companies, so Julio wanted us to come in and pitch not only with a view to getting Habib and Alex’s film done but also to consider working on some of their other projects.
And that was just day one! Next, look what happened on day two of our Hollywood script pitching whirlwind tour! And don’t forget: We are seriously looking for 2-3 scripts for 2x Academy Nominated and 2x BAFTA winning, Habib Zargarpour to direct. If you have what we need please participate in: https://writemovies.com/spring-2018-screenwriting-contest/
We’re looking for a script for a two-time Academy nominee and two-time BAFTA award-winning director – and submitting your VFX-driven script to our Spring contest can make it yours! Habib Zargarpour has worked with Spielberg, Lucas, Cameron and Villeneuve, on movies that countless millions of people have seen – and soon your script could join them. We’re looking for a great commercial script for him to work with, and if you submit to our Spring 2018 contest, you will be in the running for that opportunity.
As we’ll tell you very soon, Habib and our founder Alex have been getting a lot of success in recent meetings with senior Hollywood execs about their next crossover project, and yours could be next! We’ve introduced many new categories to the Spring 2018 – long and short form TV pilots, indie and studio scripts, and video game scripts. Inspired by this opportunity, we will be giving a special recognition to the Best VFX Driven Script that we receive. There’s no special prize – just kudos – but if Habib loves it then we CAN make this happen.
Award-winning VFX expert Habib Zargarpour
What we want is the script where VFX can help drive the plot, the characters, and the script as a whole. We don’t want style over substance, we want style to give substance! We’re looking for a VFX-driven script with crossover potential to make an awesome video game. The director of this project, Habib Zargarpour (find out more about him in THESE past interviews, and in more articles we’ll publish soon!) has been VFX consultant on lots of major movies and major video games including 007 and NEED FOR SPEED titles – so we have the potential to take this to both markets, which is exactly what Habib and Alex have been doing for another project in Hollywood in the last few days – as we’ll be telling you next week!
So polish up that movie script you thought would be too expensive for anyone to make, and get it to us NOW!
After spending just over two years with us, we give our thanks to Jamie White as he pursues pastures new…
It’s been a great couple of years with WriteMovies. I came across their 8-week virtual internship by chance, and that was the portal to so many opportunities, some I wouldn’t have even thought about!
I’ve had the chance to work on script consultancies, pitching materials, meet producers, work on a couple of film projects, write reviews, Insights articles, and, of course, converse with a load of you writers!
Before I sign off, I thought I’d share a few of my highlights from the past couple of years – not all my work, but some real great stuff.
- INSIGHTS: Genre and what it really tells us. This is one of the first articles Ian Kennedy wrote while I was training as a script analyst. I love a good chat on genre, what makes a genre, semantics, syntactics. But this article really helped me to understand the pragmatics of genre (bloody Altman…) and it’s such a good guide for how you should be writing your genre script.Check it out here!
- GAME OF THRONES Season 7 Review. After a little while, and quite a few script consultancies, I got more chances to write reviews and critical pieces for the site. My GAME OF THRONES season 7 review was one of my earlier reviews, but I think still one of my faves. I got to review one of my favorite shows (though probably its worst season) AND revealed one of my very own conspiracy theories – that Sony were releasing trash like THE EMOJI MOVIE to deter hackers – tell me that doesn’t make sense!Check out my GoT ramblings here.
- Writing for Video Games Articles. From one of my first, to one of my last… My Writing for Video Games articles. I may enjoy the medium of video games more than film and television, so it was a joy to get the chance to write about this topic and give you guys some advice at the same time. I hope you game writers take some inspiration from these articles.Read the first article here.
- Attending Pitch Meetings. I’ve had the rare and exciting opportunities to attend several meetings with film producers to talk about the prospects of several of our winning scripts coming to life. Sure, I was the sidekick to our Director of World Wide Development, Ian Kennedy, but attending these sorts of meetings have been vital to my development. I got to see first hand how you should be pitching, what sort of language and tactics to employ. A great opportunity and a great experience. Loved it!
- Reading your scripts… From my start with the internship, to the very end, the one constant has been the chance to read, analyze and judge the scripts you guys have sent in for contests and consultancies. Seriously, some of these scripts I could really visualize, some to an extent I could imagine the cinematography to their inevitable film. Some really were THAT good. I wish the writers that we’re developing now get to realize their dreams – if just one of these scripts gets made, that would truly make my time with WriteMovies a success (not that it hasn’t been anyway!)
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