Well, we spent the past few months negotiating a new option deal on our horror creature feature “Faeries”. Now the deal’s done, and the producers are in LA putting together a biz plan, some previz materials, and other assets to round out the investor’s package.
What’s extra cool is that they’re positioning the property as a franchise, and asked us to give them a paragraph on what a sequel might look like as well. I always saw Faeries as a kind of Tremors property, with room for a couple of follow-up films. Maybe even a video game. So we’ll see what happens!
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Amazon (yes, that Amazon) is launching a movie studio, and they just gave our horror screenplay Faeries a “consider”. What’s that mean? Not a lot, as near as we can tell.
First, here’s a brief primer on the history of the Amazon Studios deal. (I’m confident in my understanding of this history, but if I’m wrong about any of the details, point me at a source, and I’ll make a correction.)
How it all started
About a year ago, Amazon announced that they were going to become a movie studio, and produce their own content. Continue reading
Sad but true.
Faeries, quite possibly the best unsold or unproduced creature feature horror screenplay on the market today, did not make the finals in the BlueCat Screenplay Competition.
But the readers over at BlueCat did have great things to say.
…awesome, intense, unusual and original … sickly satisfying … [keeps] the audience at the edge of their seats … the only way to do horror movies
And thanks to BlueCat’s unprecedented resubmission process, and feedback notes from multiple readers, we got some great feedback on the screenplay that made it better. And that’s a good thing.
So we’re disappointed. But we wish the finalists, and the winner, all the best.
On to the next challenge!
“beautifully written … unusual and unique … terrifying, gruesome and disgusting … well-rounded, complex characters”
[Faeries is a feature length horror screenplay, and is available for option or purchase.]
We’ve received a third round of notes from another Bluecat Screenplay Competition judge. We received our first feedback from Bluecat (see it here) a few weeks ago, and took the opportunity to make some adjustments based on those notes, and resubmit (Bluecat is great about that… your first submission gets notes from two readers, and writers can resubmit their screenplays for a third opinion after making modifications if they choose).
This third set of notes confirmed the success of the adjustments we’d made, and echoed the positive comments of those first readers. We’re proud of the terrific reception the screenplay is getting, and wanted to share the notes here. Emphasis mine. Continue reading
“…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*. Continue reading