Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Another year end writing competition: The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest

Courtesy of the Writers Store, it's The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest.  This one is a bit different in that they give you a logline and you submit the first fifteen pages of the script.  If you're one of the lucky Top Ten, this is part of the prize package:
The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest goes much further than your average competition, by providing the top 10 finalists with mentors to guide them through the entire script creation process, with the goal of completing a spec screenplay to be judged by a panel of Hollywood power players.
The logline for this competition was provided by Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Sherlock Holmes): 
A spy who has spent life wining and dining young women suddenly gets a major surprise when his daughter knocks on the door.
The entry deadline is November 30.  This one actually opened October 1, but I had blown it off because of the logline.  International espionage isn't a genre I've ever considered trying to write, but as I looked it over and considered some options, I realized that the logline isn't nearly as restrictive as it initially seemed.  You could go any number of directions with it.  I've started jotting down notes and if I can get fifteen (decent) pages down, I'll give this a shot.

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