#screenwriting #film #contest
“Geoffrey Fletcher’s exemplary writing for the 2009 drama “Precious” scored him an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, making him the first African-American screenwriter to win in that category.
And now in an effort to help spark the imaginations of aspiring filmmakers, Fletcher recently launced with the Tribeca Film Festival and Bombay Sapphire the Imagination Series filmmakers competition.
Beginning May 8 filmmakers around the world will have the chance to submit their very own short film based on a short screenplay written by Fletcher.
“We’re looking for inspiration and passion above all,” Fletcher told The Huffington Post.
"Spending a lot of money [on a production] never guaranteed any inspiration from the heart on any project,” he added. "We really want to make it known that the greatest investment in this piece should be oneself."
"At the end of the day that’s what resonates and inspires any audience," Fletcher said.
Five winning entries will be chosen by Fletcher and the Tribeca Film Festival, with the five filmmakers going on to direct and produce their own films; these will debut at an international movie premiere in 2013.
A Harvard graduate, Fletcher aims to inspire participants to become more creative in their everyday lives as well to encourage risk taking on projects.
"I would like to see studios take chances," Fletcher said. "We had so many great films from the 1970s because of that spirit, but I also realize that the stakes are very high today."
"It takes a lot of money to put a film out. And there are fears and pressures, certainly. But it would be great to operate as much or more from a place of desire," Fletcher said.
"There is so much talent out there and not quite as much opportunity. So hopefully we’ll find some fantastic new voices and at the same time we’re excited about people involving more creativity in their everyday lives. And perhaps they’ll make more films or approach their work differently or inspire someone else to create and imagine.”
Find out more information about the film competition, at this website.”
"screenwriting #film #character
"This is actually a question that arose in the current prep workshop I am leading. My response:
It’s kind of ironic that in many movies, the Protagonist is not necessarily the most interesting character. Per your references, Lecter is more interesting to most folks I would guess than Clarice in The Silence of the Lambs. Sam Gamgee over Frodo and certainly Gollum over them both. But that does not necessarily translate into them functioning as the story’s Protagonist. They can, of course, but not required.
You concern points to several significant issues. As it’s late at night, let me hit on one of them. We can return to the subject if you remind me tomorrow.
What do I do if I’m more interested in another character as compared to my Protagonist?
This is not easily answered. For example, it is critical if our story has a Nemesis character in the classic sense of the word that we make them a worthy foe. More often than not, that means making them multidimensional, fascinating characters. In that process, we can find ourselves much more intrigued by them than our Protagonist. That goes with other characters as well… Mentor, Trickster, Attractor.
I remember going up for the project Jonny Quest, a rewrite of an existing script. The script was really well written. One problem: It was clear the writer had a much greater affinity for Race Bannon than Jonny. That’s a problem when the project is called…..”
#screenwriting #film #tagline
“In regards to Corrigan’s Chapter 3 concept of film themes, I find myself revisiting the Social Network’s tagline: “you don’t get 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” The purpose of a tagline is to create an curious and inviting string of words so that a targeted audience will first, go see the movie and second, remembers the line and understands its connection with the film. Taglines also are posed to suggest what the movie is going to be about. This, in turn, reflects the theme. So what is the theme of the Social Network? Some may suggest that friendship was the main theme of the movie. Others might suggest loyalty, or even betrayal for that matter. Perhaps the concept of power was the main focus of the film. Considering these possibilities, none are out ruled. There is plenty of evidence within the film to support each and every one of these ideas. However, in my opinion, the main theme of the movie involves all of these. The idea that the combination of technology and social situations has the ability to bring out the worst in people is greatly portrayed in the film. I believe that this is directly derived from a person’s inner lack of confidence. The act of pushing others down…..”
article by @For_Scribes with @BenCahan
#screenwriter #screenwriting #film
"Writing is a lonely profession. Most writers come up with their ideas alone, write them alone, and rewrite them alone. If we’re lucky, we get some knowledgeable friends and family to read our stuff. If we’re really lucky, we get contacts in the industry to take a look……”