Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The latest Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest is on!

This time around the logline for the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest comes from producer Todd Garner (Anger Management, 13 Going on 30, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Knight and Day):
A father and son find themselves trapped in the Bermuda Triangle after embarking on a quest to discover what happened to the father's missing parents.
Entrants submit up to the first 15 pages of a script based on this logline.  Genre is totally up to you, the writer.  You can take this concept and do whatever you want with it.  Comedy, drama, sci-fi, government conspiracy, vampires, zombies, sharktopus, your personal take on one of the most famous mysteries in modern history...have at it!

Early deadline ($40 entry fee) is October 31, final deadline ($50 entry fee) is December 31, with winners announced in January 2012.

My own experience with this particular contest is that by taking someone else's logline and trying to run with it, it's a not only an inspiring writing prompt, but also a great exercise in thinking outside the box.  When you really get into it, you'll realize how much creative leeway you really have.  Plus, unlike Creative Screenwriting's Cyberspace Open, they give you the logline upfront, before you enter, so you can decide if it's something you're interested in.  And since they're doing them quarterly, if this particular logline doesn't inspire you, the next one isn't that far off.

So start brainstorming and get writing.  An honest-to-God successful, working Hollywood producer is waiting to see what you can do with his brilliant idea!  How awesome is that?

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