23 January, 2011

Screenwriting Tips free ebook

"A selection of blog posts by script reader Lucy V Hay on various craft & feedback issues that may affect your draft screenplay"

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11 January, 2011

Shine Pictures announces Big Idea winners

(Via Screen Daily)

"Shine Pictures, the joint film venture between the UK’s Kudos Pictures and US producer-distributor New Regency, has announced the two winners of its ‘Big Idea’ screenwriting competition.

Nick Alderton & Sam Callis’ romantic comedy Three Nights In Fiction and Stephen Keyworth’s sci-fi screenplay Youngstown have been chosen from over 700 entries. Both winning projects will receive $39,0000 (£25,000) towards developing their screenplays into features, with the help of the Shine Pictures development team.

The ‘Big Idea’ competition was launched in September. Sci-fi and Fantasy concepts were the most popular submissions accounting for 35% of entries, followed by romantic comedies (28%), action adventure (22%) and family comedies (15%).


According to those stats, there was no drama submitted or such a small amount it wasn't worth adding up.

Lots of people in the industry recommend not writing drama for features. However, while there's no doubt it's a hard genre to sell and unlikely to do bumper blockbuster box office, there is a sizeable audience for it. If the drama is cheap then it can still make a huge profit.

01 January, 2011

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