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Terrific input thus far. Please do keep chiming in! I'll check out the scripts mentioned thus far. We'll definitely want to have a number of them stockpiled and ready to go BEFORE we go live. It's just safer that way. (Hey Blonde - will touch base soon!!)
Just to clarify one thing, since it popped up. At least as I understand it now, we're not looking to monetize the site. What we'll be doing is providing talented writers (both from here and elsewhere) with a place to show their stuff. We'll be actively reaching out to other writer and film maker sites to create awareness, as well as film schools, and possibly script contests and festivals.
As for cred and reputation - that will come with time, although being affiliated with SS (a long time existing site) will certainly help. One thing to remember - Scriptshadow came from nothing, too, and isn't a working writer. Proof positive that legwork, time and having something worthwhile - ie: a pre-selected showcase of shorts and some feature length scripts - can pay off in the longrun!
I also love somewhere nice and dark... I mean The script.
In terms of suggestions you may also want to hunt out those that have done well in competitions - adds a certain kudos. I know Pia, your Phil and others have had success ( cough cough I have a couple as well )
I would also consider dividing shorts by size. There is quite a difference between a five pager and a 15/20 pager. One page scripts are an art form and often of interest to producers.
This may set the blog apart form others, although I appreciate the money is in features.
For the five pager scripts, Movie poet is packed full of them - the Tower of Wishes by Matias, mr Z, remains the highest scoring script so far, but there are many other great ones.
Some have had great concepts but been knocked back for a few writing issues which ignores the fact there is a very sound story within.
There are also a few pilots around here, so don't forget TV, not that I have ever written anything for TV.
The Elevator Belonging To Alice - Semi Final Bluecat, Runner Up Nashville Inner Journey - Page Awards Finalist - Bluecat semi final Grieving Spell - winner - London Film Awards. Third - Honolulu Ultimate Weapon - Fresh Voices - second place IMDb link... http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7062725/?ref_=tt_ov_wr
Interesting idea. And I agree, we need to reach out to sites like Movie Poet, etc. I know you and Pia are pretty active over there. I don't suppose either of you guys might want to reach out to the folks there (since I'm not particularly known myself) and let them know what we're looking to do? (Again - probably not going to be going live for at least a month. We need to have our writing ducks in a row, first.)
Huh. Inner Journey made finalist status in Page? Makes me think that's something I need to look at...