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Eastgate Films, LLC Write-A-Scene

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Eastgate Films is looking for a handfull of talented screenwriters to write select scenes for a motion picture titled The Shiloh Prophecy. If you have the gift of muse, structure or dialogue please visit us @ http://www.eastgatefilms.com/contests.htm for more details.

Contact: Producer @ info@eastgatefilms.com

Deadline: January 15, 2009

Notification: http://www.eastgatefilms.com

Objective: EASTGATE FILMS is looking for the next slate of talented storytellers.  

Eligibility: Open to anyone

Entry Fee: $25 (by January 15, 2009). Dates reflect deadlines for electronic submission or postmark of mailed scripts.

Rules: See website for details.

Awards: $1000 first place. Your written scene (and four other finalists) to be filmed and cut into the upcoming feature The Shiloh Prophecy. A Copy of Final Draft 7 to all five contestants.
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It sounds like an interesting concept -- but I don't know if I would want to pay $25 bucks and then get the requirements for the story.

The title could be anything from horror to a squishy romance, you know?

If you want sci-fi people (or whatever), then you should let it be known you are looking for sci-fi people -- or you might just wind up with a bunch of writers who really do not fit the bill at all.

Anyways, just a thought.  You guys might want to reconsider playing it so close to the vest.  Best of luck with it, of course.


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Yeah I was wondering, will refunds be offered if the desired genre is nowhere near that which the writer is used to working in?
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Personally, I would like to know the genre before I invest $25
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I do think it's a little weird that you don't get the genre until after you pay, but when you're dealing with something that will ultimately go into a feature film, it's game time.  Time to write like a pro.


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I wouldn’t worry about the genre. Although it’s preferable to know it, you have to learn to write on assignment.

This concerns me more than anything:


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Your written scene (and four other finalists) to be filmed and cut into the upcoming feature The Shiloh Prophecy.


This seems kind of ridiculous to me. Obviously the plot to a movie is woven into the film, with scenes intertwining. To write a generic scene and have it spliced with other generically written scenes seems a bit Frankensteinian to me. What about the plot? What about layering, you know? Foreshadowing? What about one thing in one scene contradicting something in another scene? It just seems like the plot is destined to be muddled with this technique.


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Quoted from Breanne Mattson
...seems a bit Frankensteinian to me.


What a lovely adjective.


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...but when you're dealing with something that will ultimately go into a feature film, it's game time.


Well, no doubt.  My point was that -- assuming Eastgate hopes to put forth the best product possible -- they should take steps to ensure they get the kind writers they hope for.

I mean, what if "Shiloh Prophecy" is a noir-comedy-porn-superhero story...and they end up with a bunch of Breannes in their stable of writers?

Surely one would shudder at the prospect...  


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But, they will make the best production possible.  For every person that enters. gets the genre, and decides they can't do it, there's somebody that can.  Either it will be the genre of their choice, or they can write outside the box and totally nail it.

I'm still of the mind that it's weird to do it that way, but ultimately, they'll get what they want.


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Quoted from Shelton

I'm still of the mind that it's weird to do it that way, but ultimately, they'll get what they want.


$$Money$$

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$$Money$$



I can't say I totally disagree with that, but being skeptical doesn't get a writer's work out there.

I've seen contests that cost more to enter, without really offering anything, get eaten up.



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Quoted from bert
…what if "Shiloh Prophecy" is a noir-comedy-porn-superhero story...


Ah man, that sounds awesome!


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…being skeptical doesn't get a writer's work out there.


You’re right of course. If it wasn’t for the monetary prize going to the winner, I would say this would be a little like paying an agent up front. Then again I sometimes wonder if these types of contests aren’t essentially the same thing with a new hook. But you’re right. One has to consider all options.


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Quoted from Eastgate Films Website
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There will be five winners for this contest. We will provide a storyline and select five scenes which we will offer the entrants of the contest. The entrant will choose a scene he/she would like to write, and submit a scene no longer than five pages. All five winners will see their scene in the movie. One of the five will receive a cash prize of one thousand dollars. All five winners will receive a copy of Final Draft screenwriting software and credit in the movie, The Shiloh Prophecy, as assistant writers.

By entering, you agree to the following: You agree to have your scene appear in the movie without any additional compensation other than that which is offered as a prize. You agree that your name and likeness may be used for promotional purposes by Eastgate Films in any venue, national or international. Eastgate may edit your scene as we see fit. All entries and all rights to the material become the property of Eastgate Films and cannot be returned. Storylines belong to Eastgate Films and may not be used, reproduced, or redistributed, nor may derivative works be made in whole or in part, in any venue, except by Eastgate Films, or with the permission of Eastgate Films. All decisions pertaining to this contest are made by Eastgate Films, LLC and are final and binding. All online entrants will be notified within three business days. Entry fee is $25.00.

If you are interested in Writing A Scene for The Shiloh Prophecy enter your $25.00 submission fee below. After we recieve [sic] your payment our judges will confirm your entry and provide a synopsis to you of the motion picture The Shiloh Prophecy along with a scene list. You may select any scene you wish. All entrants may submit additional scenes for a fee of $10.00 each.


You get a synopsis and scene list and select whatever scene you want to write. I think that’s fair creatively. I think most writers could find something to work on, regardless of whatever specialty they may have genre wise.

First place is a thousand bucks. That’s always nice. Writers will have to determine individually if an “assistant writer” credit, whatever that is, and no further compensation, is worth the effort.


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Quoted from bert
I mean, what if "Shiloh Prophecy" is a noir-comedy-porn-superhero story..


Ron Jeremy in A Case of the Clap,


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When I did a search for the title this came up:

The Shiloh Prophecy
EASTGATE FILMS, LLC is looking to aquire either Dakota Fanning or Miley Cyrus to play the lead in The Shiloh Prophecy. Hollywood Movie, Nickelodian, Nic at ...
http://www.eastgatefilms.com/The%20Shiloh%20Prophecy.htm - 4k - Cached - Similar pages

When you click it just brings you to a page that says Coming Soon...

But the words Dakota Fanning, Miley Cyrus, and Nickelodian should give you an idea of what type of story it'll be.


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The only I've been able to find is that they're a new company and anything that is mentioned about them is their own publicity.

Personally, I think this is a bad idea for a competition.  Writing a five page scene of a feature will not mean much on your resume.  And that scene will probably have a disjointed feel to it.


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