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Take One: A Screenwriting Competition


ae_screenplaySpread the word—GT has teamed up with *IMPACT (a local production company) and the Santa Cruz Film Festival to host Take One: A Screenwriting Competition.

 

Rules: Submit a short script of any genre, two pages maximum (for a one to two minute movie) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Aug. 31. Also submit a one paragraph synopsis of your film and your contact information. Use PDF only formatting. The film must be low budget and able to be filmed in one day, locally. The contest is open to anyone living in Santa Cruz County. Screenplays will be submitted for blind judging by a panel including staff from GT, *IMPACT, and SCFF. Films will be shot between October and Feb. 1, and final cuts of the films turned in to the SCFF staff by Feb. 29, 2012. A public casting call for actors will be hosted by *IMPACT in the fall. Stay tuned for casting information. Only winners will be notified and unfortunately we cannot provide feedback on your script.


Prize: Three winners will have their short scripts published in Good Times on October 6. The winning films will be produced and directed by The Impact Media Group and screened at the Opening Night Gala of the 11th Santa Cruz Film Festival on May 10, 2012. See more...


Any local people or businesses interested in donating free locations, music, clothing, props, food, etc., for filmmaking purposes, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Below is a list of screenwriting resources supplied by local screenwriter Rebecca Leekley:

For a first time writer who has never written a screenplay, I would recommend Syd Field's book “The Foundations of Screenwriting

If you are a writer who has been working in the trenches and want to take your craft further, I would recommend Robert McKee's book “STORY: Substance, Structure, Styler and the Principles of Screenwriting

If you want to get all mythic, I would recommend Chris Volger's “The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers

If you're feeling a little existential, you may want to try Richard Krevolin's “Screenwriting From the Soul,” in the style of Rilke's classic work, “Letters to a Young Poet

If you want to go totally Hollywood and write a very commercial film—romcom, bromance, road trip flick, etc. I would recommend you check out Blake Snyder's  “Save the Cat
Maybe you want to go back to the beginning of dramatic structure.  I would recommend Michael Tierno's book “Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters

Or maybe you're looking for that spark of inspiration from some of the best that came before him. Then I would recommend Joel Engel's “Oscar-Winning Screenwriters on Screenwriting
Are you interested in adapting a “Based on a True Story” to the big screen? I would recommend Jonathan Vankin and John Whalen's book “Based on a True Story” to see how true stories were adapted into some 100 favorite movies.

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written by Fritzo, August 19, 2011
2 pages right?... IS THIS SOME KIND OF A JOKE?!!!!

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In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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