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Screenplay Competition

FALL 2019 SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN!

DEADLINE: AUGUST 20TH, 2019

Guidelines:

Email your script WITH NAME REMOVED FROM THE SCREENPLAY FILE to production@brownmotionpictures.org

FORMAT: Type set your screenplay using screenwriting software such as CeltX or Final Draft. CeltX is free and can be downloaded on their website ww.celtx.com. Do not put your name on the screenplay! All submissions will be read blind. You may submit as many scripts as you would like but they must be in CORRECT SCREENPLAY FORMAT, as ensured by these screenplay softwares. Another great free software is writer duet - https://writerduet.com.

If you don't know what a screenplay format looks like, you can also check out screenwriting websites such as www.screenwriting.info that provide step-by-step instructions on proper formatting. You can also find scripts for some of your favorite films at www.simplyscripts.com

On the title page of your script, include a log line of your film. A LOGLINE is a one-sentence summary of your script. Check out examples here: http://www.filmdaily.tv/logline/top-box-office-logline-examples

PAGE LENGTH: Short films should be 5-20 pages. We do not accept any scripts over 25 pages. DO NOT submit films over 25 pages. Should your script be longer than 20 but shorter than 25, you run the risk of edging out of producibility. Consider skimming for necessities and cut out what does not have to be on the page.

DIRECTING: If your screenplay is selected as a finalist and you would like to direct it, you must apply separately as a director and will be then take part in an interview process. If a writer wants to work on their own script, they are only allowed to direct or work in post-production (such as editing or sound design) in order to avoid creative conflicts on set.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR when reading scripts:

STRONG CHARACTERS: Interesting and different characters with specific voices will set your screenplay apart. Try to think of characters that we haven't already seen or might not have seen before. Avoid college dorm roommates or stock college student characters. Brainstorm interesting qualities or occupations for detailed characters with back stories.

IMAGINATIVE LOCATIONS: Envision Brown Campus/surrounding areas in Providence as something else. Providence has beautiful architecture representing multiple time periods. There are potential medieval castles or 1890′s mansions available with a few clever camera tricks and some solid planning. Should you want to set it on a college campus, have a good, creative angle to make it original!

PRODUCTION FEASIBILITY: We are not only looking for great scripts but also ones we can produce on a limited budget with a student cast and crew. Sometimes we have to turn down a great script simply because it would be too difficult to produce. Think creatively — there are always ways to fake high-speed car chases — but keep in mind production limitations. Most actors will be college students, so try to avoid elderly people or children. We are unable to work with animals as well.

REVEAL PLOT POINTS VISUALLY instead of verbally: Remember that screenplays are for filming and not for simply stage or page. Put the content and plot twists in the images and not the dialogue. Dialogue should not take up the entire page.

CLEAR AND POLISHED STORY ARC: Does the order of your scenes make sense? Does it help to reveal the plot? Do you have a beginning, middle, and an end? Would it be more interesting if you screenplay unfolded in reverse?

QUESTIONS? Please email the Screenplay Coordinators at screenplay@brownmotionpictures.org

***If your screenplay is optioned for production, you MUST be open to REWRITES AND MEETING with our screenplay coordinators***

AGAIN: We will NOT read scripts that are not written in SCREENPLAY FORMAT!!!

Submitting past the deadline without any prior arrangements will result in your script not being read!