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Writing Day

October 9th, 2012 No comments

So today I pump out a treatment. I’ve spent the past several days thinking and outlining, marking major movements, etc., in the Leon story for the Amazon Studios contest. Right now I’m obviously avoiding the task, which is very easy to do. But, in the next several minutes I’ll quit it and dig in.

On another note, I just received an email from Playscripts, they have a contest right now for a $1,000 if you’re the winner of a film contest for a re-write of a Thornton Wilder short play. So, I will likely give this a whirl too. Got a DV camera, some audio recording equipment, etc. I’ll have to read all the playlets and find one suitable. I’m also interested because I’ve written some short “micro” plays myself–not 10 minute plays. And I’m interested to see what Wilder did with this smaller form.

Amazon Studios

October 3rd, 2012 No comments

Stumbled on Amazon Studios a few weeks back and have been exploring this. I recently submitted my script Shadow Machine to this process, despite dire warnings from other writers (who are more knowledgable than I) that it’s a bad deal.

I’m currently participating in a contest at Amazon Studios where I’m writing a treatment regarding how I would make one of the scripts more marketable (from Amazon’s perspective). The prize is $33K, which isn’t much compared to what you’d get if it were a studio re-write with proper WGA credit and residuals, but at this point in my writing career $33K is a pretty good deal for me and I’d have leverage to boast about the project. I’m thinking like one commenter on Craig post, that a bad deal might be better than no deal at all, especially for a script that’s in a figurative “drawer” right now.

Amazon Studios is also soliciting ideas for web series comedies, so if you’ve always wanted to write that television comedy pilot and see whether it would work, now might be the time. But as a PS, do read the contracts and rules and some of the blogs out there commenting on what Amazon is doing, it may be worth your while if you think your project has the legs to run elsewhere in the television/hollywood world.

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