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Team of Graduate Students in the DePaul Digital Cinema program (Chicago, IL) are in need of one original short screenplay we wish to produce for a class project. The entire film will be finished and turned in for a grade by June 15th. As a result of the deadlines there are some requirements and restrictions we need to work with. These are listed below. Please read them carefully before submitting any work.
This is not a contest and you will not be compensated in any way for submissions BUT if your piece is accepted it will be made into a short film. You will receive a screen credit and two copies of the completed film on DVD. We are totally committed to make something great that we can not only turn in for a grade but submit to festivals in the future as well. We will be casting professional actors for this project and it will be shot and edited with state of the art equipment.
Requirements are as follows:
1. This must be an original work, or an adaptation of a literary work which you own the rights to. The script you submit must never have been produced for the stage or screen before. You as the writer must be 18 years of age or older. Part of these constraints are because of curriculum requirements for our class. The other reason is we don't want any rights hurdles to jump over if and when the film is submitted to festivals.
2. Your script must have a minimum of 10 pages and a maximum of 30. Any submission over 30 pages will not be considered.
3. Constraints/Story Requirements
a. Your screenplay should not require stunts. Sorry but we can not afford the insurance liabilities of projects that have stunts.
b. Your screenplay should be do-able without getting too carried away with special effects. As an example, if your film is about fighting a gigantic cockroach that crushes the city it will probably be passed on just because it takes a really long time to do super-advanced visual effects.
c. We don't mind violence but if every scene of your film is a zombie slash-fest, or pyromaniacs running around burning stuff we probably are going to pass on that too, just because it takes a long time to clean up for retakes when there's lots of blood and complicated makeup to deal with.
d. We would prefer stories that involve a maximum of three or four characters, simply because of our time constraints. Casting more people than that will take more time than we have.
4. Every effort will be made to secure locations, characters, and devices that serve the literary integrity of the piece, but understand that budgetary and time constraints may require us to alter some or all of these things, depending on what is available to us. By submitting work you agree that we can make directorial changes that may alter some of your writing.
5. We prefer .pdf formatting for submissions but we will accept .fdr and .doc formats if you can't make pdf's. Please use industry standard formatting of your script.
6. Please send us your name, email address and telephone number with your script.
SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN APRIL 15th 2009. If your script is accepted, you will be contacted for rights clearance.
Since this is not a contest, we do not have a website set up for this. If you have any questions please email them to us.
Please submit scripts and/or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a date set for when you'll be selecting the script?
If so, will you be posting the announcement of the winning script here?
Thanks for your interest. We need to start casting around the last week in April so we can start rehearsing our actors. We are reviewing submissions as they come in and expect to make a decision shortly after the deadline. If a script is chosen that was submitted from this forum, it will be announced here.
Any particular genres that you guys are looking for?
Drama, Thriller, Romance, Comedy... but we are very open to reading and considering anything within the parameters of the original post. Speaking for myself as the DP I am very interested in making a noir piece or something really visually stylized.