The list of 2017 PAGE Awards Quarter-Finalists is now online: bit.ly/2uq3qmy CONGRATULATIONS to each and every writer who advanced!! Please know that the overall quality of the scripts submitted this year was higher than ever, and many first-rate scripts that our Judges liked very much did not end up on this list. If this happens to you, please know that your hard work and dedication will ultimately pay off. Trust in your talent, and never let minor setbacks get in your way. Our Quarter-Final Round Judges have a tough job ahead of them, but we wouldn't have it any other way!!
WAITING FOR TODAY’S BIG ANNOUNCEMENT? HANG TIGHT! And while you’re waiting, listen to the wonderful webinar from Scriptmag and the Writers Store exclusively for our 2017 contestants: "You’ve Written a Great Script... Now What?” (The webinar is now over, but we will send out a link to all of our 2017 contestants on Monday!) Sign up and log in here: zoom.us/webinar/register/6edbba0caeec1f47d746f627e8486654 You don’t want to miss a minute of this!
THE MOMENT YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR… ALMOST!! We will be announcing the 2017 PAGE Awards Quarter-Finalists tomorrow, July 15th. We know that many of you are waiting for this announcement with bated breath, so we will try to post the list as early in the day as possible. An email message will go out to all of this year's contestants as soon as the list is online. While we're very much looking forward to making this announcement, and we know it's going to make a lot of writers very happy, we also know that many writers are going to feel the sting of disappointment at not seeing their scripts on the list. If this happens to you, please know that you faced some tough competition this year, and there are many different reasons why your script may not have advanced this time around. So, remember, no matter what happens, you're in this for the long haul and you must never lose hope or let minor setbacks get in your way!
When you write do you need absolute solitude or some noise around you? While working for Carlton Cuse, I was impressed how he could run a television show and write on the fly. He would close his office door, listen to movie soundtracks for inspiration, and write page after page in between everything else needed to be done that day: Edit, prep the director for the upcoming episode, break future stories, casting and attend production meetings, etc. I once asked him if it was hard to write under pressure? He smiled at me, and in his deep voice said, “I have no other choice. It has to get done.” He then gave the pages to the script coordinator saying, “I'll be in editing. When you put the script together I want to take another pass before we put it out.” It was already 7 p.m., and Carlton had a long night ahead of him.
THE BIG DAY IS FAST APPROACHING... This Saturday, July 15th, we will be announcing the 2017 PAGE Awards QUARTER-FINALISTS!! In the meantime, to hold you over, here are some more of the terrific comments our Judges have written on their scorecards for this year's PAGE Awards competition... ACTION/ADVENTURE Judge writes: “A professionally written, original, and super exciting script! Pacing is high adrenaline from beginning to end, and the structure is solid as a rock. Protags are both kickass and emotionally compelling, and the villains are about as menacing as they come. Dialogue is smart, snappy, and real. Big kudos to this extremely talented writer. My vote: This one’s a winner!” SHORT FILM Judge writes: “Very cool concept here, and such a great showpiece for actors and director. This would be a real festival darling! Perfectly structured, pacing is dead on, tone is beautiful, and there’s a great twist/payoff at the end. Very impressed by what this writer was able to accomplish in so few pages.” TV COMEDY Judge writes: "One of the best half-hours I've read for the contest this year. Observant and messy in the best way. Memorable characters that are likable because of their flaws rather than in spite of them. Beautiful dialogue and real tension in the struggles of the characters. A highly original and pro-level pilot that definitely deserves to advance!”
OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR... In just five days we will be announcing scripts that have advanced to the Quarter-Final Round of the 2017 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards competition! Stay tuned... Once the announcement is online, we will post a link to the list of Quarter-Finalists here on Facebook and on Twitter @pageawards. Wishing all of you who submitted a script to this year's contest the very best of luck!!
We're so glad you're here, ‘cause it’s time for: A brand new SATURDAY FILM SCHOOL. YES!!! Class, in one week we will be announcing the Quarter-Finalists in the 2017 PAGE Awards contest, so we know it may be hard to concentrate, but today’s lesson from Stephen King is well worth the short read. While these 17 tips are about writing books, they also easily apply to screenwriting. Click on the link below and enjoy!
“AGE IS SOMETHING THAT DOESN’T MATTER, UNLESS YOU ARE A CHEESE.” ~ Luis Bunuel We agree with Mr. Bunuel -- age is but a number -- so we've partnered with Roadmap Writers on a FREE screenwriting contest exclusively for writers over 50! To enter, simply submit the first 10 pages of your script by August 16th and you’ll be in the running for one of two Grand Prizes -- one Feature winner and one TV winner. Both winners will have their scripts circulated to a roster of executives and have five guaranteed meetings for production and representation consideration. WOW!! And, if that’s not enough, the Grand Prize-winning TV writer will have a free 20-minute private Skype Q&A session with the industry's leading TV consultant, Jennifer Grisanti, and the Grand Prize-winning Feature writer will have a free 30-minute private Skype packaging & sales consultation with Ramo Law PC. FIND OUT MORE and ENTER HERE: roadmapwriters.com/wise-words-writing-contest Best of luck to all of you wise writers who enter this terrific new contest!!
YOWZA!!! In just ten days we will be announcing the 2017 Quarter-Finalists for the PAGE Awards competition! While we’re still calculating all the scores, one thing is for sure, the quality of this year’s scripts is higher than ever before. That alone deserves a huge round of applause for this year's contestants! For those of you who are curious about how the PAGE Awards judging process works, here's a little info for you: Both the First and Second Rounds of judging are currently in progress. Scripts that receive a score of 60 or above in the First Round (approximately the top 25% of all submissions in each genre category) automatically move into the Second Round of competition. Once the Second Round is completed, based on the combined scores of the First and Second Round Judges, the top 10% of all submissions in each category will advance to the Quarter-Final Round. Quarter-Finalists will be announced on July 15th Semi-Finalists will be announced on August 15th Finalists will be announced on September 15th Our 2017 Winners will be announced on October 15th Thanks again to each and every writer who entered this year's competition!!
IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE!!! On Saturday, July 15th we will be announcing the 2017 PAGE Award Quarter-Finalists!! To tide you over 'til then, here's what some of our Judges are saying about your scripts... THRILLER/HORROR Judge writes: “Fantastic script, akin to AMERICAN PSYCHO, and the author is able to pull it off brilliantly. Story is tight, with enough WTF moments to keep us on our toes. Characters are sharp and dialogue memorable. This was an idea that could easily have gone so wrong, but author keeps a masterly control of the material, weaving a near perfect web of intrigue. Major talent on display here. Definitely a contender!” HISTORICAL FILM Judge writes: “A Beautifully written screenplay, from the evocative opening sequence through the vivid and cinematic action scenes. Nuanced, fascinating characters, with a heroic, resourceful, and deeply human lead. Dialogue is strong throughout and makes good use of occasional voiceover. Story choices — what to show, what to withhold — are spot on. This isn't going to be an easy project to set up but it is a powerful and cinematic story that deserves to be seen.” TV DRAMA Judge writes: ”WOW, what a stunning pilot... Strong across the board — current, meaningful, and a great twist on the procedural. The story is well plotted and well paced, engaging from start to finish, with a cast of extremely interesting, complex characters and powerful, punchy dialogue. The best pilot I’ve read so far this year. Big recommend!
WRITERS: KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR IN-BOX... A brand new edition of "LOGLINE: The Screenwriter’s eZine” will be coming out soon! In our summer issue, we bring you some of our most fun and insightful articles ever: 2013 PAGE Award winner Melissa London Hilfers talks about the lessons she learned writing and producing a short film while waiting for word on her feature projects in “The Waiting is the Hardest Part.” PAGE Judge Genie Joseph discusses the art of “Writing Memorable Lines.” Script Consultant Ray Morton asks, “Did You Really Write a Movie?” Formatting Guru Dave Trottier offers “One Answer to Ten Common Questions.” Career Coach Lee Jessup warns you about “Four Things Writers Should Never Say.” And of course, we wrap up the issue with three hot new sales leads for your scripts, courtesy of our good friends at InkTip. Have you signed up for your FREE subscription? Don’t miss out! To get your copy of this valuable and entertaining writer's resource, simply click the “Join our Email List” link right here on our Facebook page. It’s our gift to you!!
OUTSTANDING TV NEWS… Tonight’s episode of VH1’s new series Daytime Divas entitled "Baby Daddy Drama," airing at 10/9c, was written by our very own 2006 PAGE Award winner Davah Avena!! DAYTIME DIVAS is set behind the scenes of a long-running daytime television show, chronicling the fireworks that erupt daily between the five female co-hosts. The cast includes Vanessa Williams (THE GOOD WIFE), Tichina Arnold (SURVIVOR’S REMORSE), Chloe Bridges (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS), Camille Guaty (SCORPION) and Fiona Gubelmann (WILFRED). Davah, who is now a Producer on DAYTIME DIVAS, previously wrote for Hulu’s first and only series with an all-Latino cast, EAST LOS HIGH, and was Executive Story Editor and Co-Producer on Lifetime's drama-packed show DEVIOUS MAIDS. She was also Story Editor for two seasons on the NBC series MEDIUM, starring Patricia Arquette. We are so happy for Davah’s continued success and can’t wait to see tonight's episode of her new show!!
BOOYAH, it's time for a brand new SATURDAY FILM SCHOOL!!! Class, the sun's out and the outdoors are calling so let’s have some fun... Did you know there are only 37 basic stories you can tell? Well, according to this 98-year-old manual that's all there are. and they’re all listed here. Click on the link below and NEVER HAVE WRITER’S BLOCK AGAIN!
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