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How to select projects for directors, producers or actors as clients

How to select projects for directors, producers or actors as clients

We work with several established directors, such as double Oscar-nominee and double BAFTA-winner Habib Zargarpour, both as producers and as analysts. We get to consider works for them to direct, or for us to produce with them attached as director, or just to recommend they consider. Sometimes we’re sent books or scripts by writers’ agents or publishers, other times we’re considering the submissions to WriteMovies, other times we put a call out for something specific we think we could sell right now. So while assessing recent submissions from publishers, I thought we’d share thoughts about how to select projects for directors, producers or actors as clients… (more…)

Announcing… the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2020 winner!

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2020 – 1 Week Extension!

A 1 week extension for our Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2020! We always want to give you the help and support you need – and sometimes that’s just 7 more days to fine-tune your script. Submit by Sunday June 7th for your chance to win big!

The winner of this award will receive:

  • Guaranteed pitching to industry
  • Two sets of Development Notes to help take their script to the next level
  • Further advice to fine tune their script from our experts

And all submissions get free entry to the Summer 2020 Writing Contest as well, with the chance to win the Grand Prize of $2000!

Our Development Notes are designed to give you clear, constructive, studio-quality guidance on the current state of your script and what to do next in order for it to fulfil its potential. They’ll give a clear analysis of its strengths and weaknesses, and provide creative suggestions on how to improve it.

We then pitch all our winners to top execs – click HERE to find out more about how we put our scripts to industry, including an extensive industry mailing list and pitch meetings with top producers and studios.

The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2020 extension lasts until Sunday June 7th. Submit today for your chance to win – click HERE!

Announcing… the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2020 winner!

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2020 deadline – 1 Week to Go!

The final deadline for our Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2020 is fast approaching! The winner will receive:

  • Guaranteed pitching to industry
  • Two sets of Development Notes to help take their script to the next level
  • Further advice to fine tune their script from our experts

Plus, all entries to the award automatically receive FREE entry to the Summer 2020 Screenwriting Contest, with the chance to win the Grand Prize of $2000!

The winner of last year’s Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award was THE TIME-TRAP by Mark Flood, which has already received interest from top producers. Don’t miss out on your chance to follow in his footsteps and get your script out there.

The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2020 deadline is THIS SUNDAY, May 31st – make sure you submit by then!

Click HERE to visit the main contest page, where you can find out more about the contest and submit, or click HERE to find out more about and submit to our Summer 2020 Screenwriting Contest!

WriteMovies Wall of Fame 2019

WriteMovies Wall of Fame 2019

It’s been a great year for us here at WriteMovies, with three successful contests – Winter, Spring, and Fall – producing a lot of great scripts! We’ve also been very proud of our first two genre awards to celebrate great writing: the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award and the Horror Award.

We’re already hard at work with our winners on developing their scripts and getting them out there to the industry, but today we look back at our contests and reveal our full Wall of Fame for 2019.

Here’s a reminder of our Grand Prize winning scripts…

  • PROMISE OF TOMORROW by Andrew Pennington: A fantastic British rom-com that made us laugh out loud from start to finish, capturing our attention with its quirky characters, heartwarming story, and fantastic audience appeal.
  • CARAVAGGIO by Alasdair McMullan: Based on the tempestuous life of the Italian painter, this television pilot was as fun as it was fascinating, making the most of its strong concept and engaging main character.
  • MONGER by David Axe: The winner of our Horror Award also took the Grand Prize in the Fall Contest. The plot and the monster that haunts the protagonists both feel fresh, and with well-rounded characters we quickly came to care about, it kept the suspense high throughout.

And a special shout out to the first ever winner of our Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award, too: THE TIME-TRAP by Mark Flood! To describe this script as a thrilling ride would be an understatement; it kept us gripped from the first page to the last.

If you’d like the chance to see your name on next year’s wall, submit to our Winter 2020 Contest and Rom-Com Award today – just one week until the Standard Deadline!

Introducing the WriteMovies Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2019 Winner!

Introducing the WriteMovies Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2019 Winner!

THE TIME-TRAP: When the most dangerous man in America gets his hands on a time machine, an emotionally fragile FBI agent must go back through time after him, with the full knowledge that he can only return to the present by living his past all over again.

To describe THE TIME-TRAP as a thrilling ride would be an understatement. Partnering a great concept with high-octane action, this is a manhunt like we’ve never seen before. It kept us gripped from the first page to the last, coming through a highly competitive field to take first place. Congratulations to the writer of THE TIME-TRAP and the first ever winner of the WriteMovies Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award, Mark Flood!

As the WriteMovies Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2019 winner, Mark has won guaranteed pitching to industry, two sets of Development Note, and further advice on honing his script from our screenwriting experts. He’s also still in contention for our Spring 2019 Screenwriting Contest, which has a Grand Prize of $2000 and is open until June 16th. Click here if you want to enter the competition yourself!


Here’s a summary of THE TIME-TRAP:

Special Agent Sam Miller, a man haunted by the tragedy of his past, is the lead agent in the hunt for the FBI’s most wanted, Michael Barnton. After a dramatic chase across San Francisco Bay, Miller is successful in capturing Barnton, but instead of his mission coming to an end, he discovers it has only just begun.

Barnton escapes custody and stows away in a scientist’s car; a scientist who has succeeded in building a time machine which Barnton steals and uses to leap into the past, planning to change things in his favor. What Barnton doesn’t know is that although he can jump backwards multiple times, the only way to come forward to the present is to live all those days over again.

Realizing that he might be target in the past, Miller agrees to go after Barnton. Armed with a tracker and a second time machine, Miller embarks on an epic chase through time – with not just the chance to catch Barton, but also to right the pain from his past and discover that there might be more to Barnton’s crimes than it first seemed.

If you’re a producer interested in this project, email david.vogel@atalentscout.com today!


 

The Time-Trap writer Mark Flood - WriteMovies Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award 2019 WinnerAnd here’s a quick bio of the writer of THE TIME-TRAP, Mark Flood:

Mark grew up in Northern Ireland and moved to Scotland to study at university. Because of his love of film and television, he decided to try his hand at screenwriting after university and even wrote a novel.

In recent years, Mark has continued to write for the screen. He is now writing with a  better understanding of the process, a new love of the craft, and an appreciation of what his strengths are.