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Shelton
Posted: May 11th, 2007, 2:28am Report to Moderator
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Came across this free contest for scripts no longer than 1 page.

http://www.wildsound-filmmaking-feedback-events.com/one_page_screenplay_competition.html

The deadline is the 15th, but I figured since it's a 1 page limit it might garner enough interest.


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Hey cool, thanks Mike!  Good stuff.


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1 page or less... Hm, exactly how can you have less than 1 page? Whether you have it full or only a sentence, you've still used 1 page...or that's what my word processor states. Odd way to word it.


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I print my less then 1 pagers on flash cards and hand them out at football games and cocktail parties.

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Shelton
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Quoted from George Willson
1 page or less... Hm, exactly how can you have less than 1 page? Whether you have it full or only a sentence, you've still used 1 page...or that's what my word processor states. Odd way to word it.


Shush.

You know as well as I do that a script can take up a half or 3/4 of a page.  I suppose I could have gone on about how the script must not exceed one page to be technical, and just how many words you would be alloted, on average, to accomplish that in pure encyclopediac fashion, but I'm not Kevan.  He left the boards.




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I think I have a one page Bad Penguin script.  Let's see what happens.


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I print my less then 1 pagers on flash cards and hand them out at football games and cocktail parties.


That must make you quite popular.

So, I wrote a one pager and entered this thing. But I'm curious what everyone (or anyone) else did.  Maybe when this contest is over we might all agree to submit our entries here?

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I haven't submitted anything for this yet.  I got a page and a half short... that was going to be an advert for a play I wrote. I started expanding it recently to put up on SS as my first short.  So now I'll be working on 2 versions - short and extremely short.  Oh well.  I'll put both versions up when/if I get them done.  

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1 page?? is that possible? i barely get out of my character intro in 1 page.. how do you tell any sort of story?


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I sent one I had written earlier for this.  I had to cut it down 1/4 of a page (it was meant to be something easy to film).  The only problem I see is that there wasn't room for dialogue so I'm not sure how professional actors could really read it, but oh well.

As for posting on this board, I'm down for it or if that doesn't happen, I'd be willing to do an email exchange with someone else's because I'm interested how mine compares with other people's.

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I submitted one.  I was thinking since it's only 1 page that I might just paste it into a post here, instead of making Don go through everything to upload it and create a thread.

Anybody else notice the other contest for features?  It's $15 bucks and the winner gets a live reading of the script.  Even if you don't win you get feedback from a group of 6 people.


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Sounds good to me - we can post our one pagers into this thread.  You want to post them now or wait until after June 1st - when the winners are announced?

And, yes, the $15 contest did seem interesting.
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Okay, I lied.  I submitted two...hahaha.

Hell, I'll bite.  Here's one called "Twisted".  Stupidity at its finest.  Sorry that the format's a little off due to the pasting.


int. hotel corridor - night

LARRY, early forties, stands against the wall at one end of the long hallway.  At his side is an OLD MAN, early eighties.

The Old Man lifts a decrepit, wrinkled finger, pointing beyond the row of doors to the other end, where a final door is positioned dead ahead.

old man

Begin your journey, young Larry, and remember what waits at the other end is not what it seems.

Larry stares at the old man's finger, before shifting his gaze and staring him dead in the eye.  He nods in confidence and slowly makes his way toward the other end.

With each door he passes, a sound emits from the other side.  First, a cat's meow, followed by a chainsaw, a moaning woman, and lastly, a skipping record that keeps repeating the phrase "turn back".

Slowly approaching the final door, the sound of "turn back" gets louder and louder, until it forces Larry to cover his ears with his hands.

He reaches the door, grabs the handle and pushes it open with authority.  The music stops, and Larry stands only a few feet from a LARGE BLACK MAN, who looks at him in fear.

Larry

Large black man.  I'd say you're definitely what you seem.

Large Black man

A ha!  There's a twist!

The large black man starts dancing the twist.  Larry's eyes open wide with fear, and he screams at the top of his lungs until his head explodes.


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Heh,

Well done, funny too. You did a great job creating a spooky atmosphere and then you turned it on it's head at the end.

I'll post mine a bit later, when I get home from work.
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Here's my entry.  Tried for drama.  Wahoo.

INT. BAR - NIGHT

BRAD (25), handsome but shy, grins. Boyish. Laid back.

BRAD
Could I maybe buy you a drink?

ERICA (23), warm, sincere, gestures for him to sit. Smiling.

INT. BEDROOM - DAY

Hands clasped. Fingers intertwined.

Brad and Erica make love.

BRAD (V.O.)
You live around here?

ERICA (V.O.)
Thinking about settling down.

INT. CHURCH - DAY

A minister smiles as Brad eases a ring onto Erica's finger.

BRAD (V.O.)
Settling down?  You're young.

INT. HOME - DAY

Brad and Erica hold their boy's hands. His first steps.

ERICA (V.O.)

So are you.  You look settled.

The boy stumbles, falls.

INT. BAR - NIGHT

Brad still smiles, but there's a defensive hurt behind it.

BRAD
Settled here?  Nah.  Heck, doubt you'll see me round here again.

ERICA
Yeah.  Or me.

Brad mumbles something, leaves. Hands in his pockets.

Erica's fingers drum on the wooden bar.


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