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Damn!!! Why didn't I think of that? OK...no problem, cause they're already accepting scripts for 2009, so maybe I'll just keep what I've got and add 2 more song and dance scenes? For these 2 new ones, I think everyone should be dressed up like Leprechauns!
Oh my, so many possibilities...so much time...
To ski or not to ski...that's not even a question.
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GRAND PRIZE WINNER
MUFFIN TOP - Robert Ross & Ashkin Heydarypour
So we can expect to see a Muffin Top film in the future made on a budget of 4 million. But it looks like they plan to continue with the contest as their primary source of income. They’re referring to their contests as seasons.
Personally I’m concerned with the trend of promising writers their work will be produced if they win. It all sounds so good, and it certainly promises more than the average contest, but when the producers’ primary source of capital is from a competition then their commitment is primarily to the competition, not the film being produced.
If they have really found the script they’re searching for, the one that can put them over the top as The Blair Witch Project did for its producers, why not concentrate on producing the film? Wouldn’t a competition become irrelevant at that point? I question the motive here. The expressed motive was to find a good film to produce.
Just some thoughts.
Congratulations to the writers of Muffin Top. I hope this opens doors for them.
Yes Pia, there is a lot of preying on writers’ hopes and dreams. People need to understand that these competitions make their money off writers’ entry fees, not by making movies, and as long as they do, they have much more to gain by simply stringing writers along.
How many successful careers have been made as the result of screenplay competitions? I can think of very few. If one were to add up all the entries to all the competitions and compare that number to the number of success stories, one would quickly discover how dismal of a path to success competitions really are.
I believe that’s why competitions have begun this shift toward producing the winner. It gives the competition the air of offering a real chance of success and an edge over other competitions. But will it lead to any real success in terms of a career as a writer? Most likely not.