“…awesome, intense, unusual and original … sickly satisfying … [keeps] the audience at the edge of their seats … the only way to do horror movies”
Our horror screenplay Faeries has received coverage from the BlueCat Screenplay Competition … two sets, actually, from two different readers.
The BlueCat competition is a terrific contest, and the dual coverage makes it well worth the submission price. They’ve got a great philosophy of dedication to improving the writer’s craft, and I consider them to be one of the top 5 competitions worth submitting to. This note from founder Gordy Hoffman says it all:
What can you take from feedback from two people? Will it actually provoke more questions than answers? Perhaps. It’s profoundly revealing to me the very serious principle of subjectivity, the idea that everyone is simply a person providing a reaction. Take what you can, look again in a week, and take some more. Keep pressing yourself to learn how to listen to your audience. It’s the most overlooked skill of the screenwriter, and highly invaluable. – Gordy Hoffman
So what did BlueCat have to say? Here are a few selective excerpts*.
My son laughs all the way thru Commercial Kings with frequent pauses to gasp “I love this show!” What? You don’t know this show? You should. It’s like Dirty Jobs meets Project Greenlight with funny. And, maybe a touch of…
“…the horror builds … an unusual creature … well written … above average … there is much to like here.” Faeries gets some lovin’ from the SlamDance judges panel. Faeries, possibly the best unproduced horror screenplay about pack hunting, echo…
click to enlarge Programming The Nation is a documentary film on subliminal advertising in America, from cinema to advertising to politics. I was lucky enough to be the Art Director on this film, responsible for designing and managing the recreation…
“Compelling, terrifying, disturbing, beautifully written.”
We’ve recently submitted the as-yet-unproduced Faeries horror screenplay to a few competitions, and just got the first set of coverage notes back. We think we did pretty well, and it only makes us more confident about the script.
This is from the WildSound Screenplay Competition. We appreciate their kind words!
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Recipe for a science fiction movie Take 11 lines of dialogue and 3 core concepts from Independence Day. Add the squids from The Matrix. Fold in some War Of The Worlds remake, stir. Accidently knock over the Mars Attacks and…
If you haven’t read the blog post Birth Of A Genre: Cowboys and Aliens, read it now.
Since that posting, we’ve seen Jonah Hex:
The U.S. military makes a scarred bounty hunter with warrants on his own head an offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for his freedom, he must stop a terrorist who is ready to unleash Hell on Earth.
Followed by Priest:
Have special effects finally gotten so accessible that indie spectacle filmmakers can focus on story?
The short film Plot Device was put together to showcase the new Magic Bullet Suite 11 from Red Giant. So yeah, it’s a “gee whiz look at the affordable but awesome FX extravaganza” whose primary aim is to highlight the software.
But it goes a step beyond that, and includes some great acting, a fun story, something of an arc, and a truckload of homages that are lovingly included (my favorite: The simple fact that he’s barefoot throughout the story).
Chip Street gets small (but very much appreciated) mention in Script Magazine
Jeanne Veillette Bowerman wrote an article on the Script Magazine website, profiling two of my very favorite Twitter buddies, Julie Keck and Jessica King, a writing team collectively known as King is a Fink.
Julie and Jessica have been incredibly successful building a social media presence, and it’s led to some real successes that otherwise may never have been available to them.
Color me incredibly appreciative. The BlueCat Screenplay Competition Newsletter featured a synopsis and link to my 10 Things To Think About When You Option Your Screenplay blog posting. Can’t thank BlueCat enough … for the extra traffic, and for the…