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AnthonyCawood
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Found this over on Stage 32 posted by the guys running the competition...  some of the details look a little sketchy so I've sent them an email and asked a few questions, will post updates on here.

In the meantime, if you fancy trying to writer a horror script 70-90 pages and set in the Land of Illusions theme park... well get a move on, you've got 6 weeks!!!

Oh, and the winner gets their script produced, and gets paid for it too...

http://www.visceralfilms.com/contest/

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Looks a good one. I haven't written anything in around a month. May be something worth attempting. The only thing with this is that the script will unlikely be able to be offered anywhere else. It's a do or die type of deal.

You going to have a go at this Anthony?


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AnthonyCawood
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Hey Dustin

I had a couple of ideas for this type of theme park after visiting Halloween Horror Nights at Universal, so I'm hoping I can adapt one of these to this setting...

6 weeks means it may be a little rough and ready but I've just finished the thriller I was working on and the Jameson short is more or less there too...

So yes think I may give it a shot and try make it expandable/adaptable to a more generic setting on the off chance I don't win

You?

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Dustin
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I would like to. Something to get me writing again. With Xmas though I may find myself pushed for time.


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Yeah, it's always a busy period but I'm guessing the competition wont get too many entries due to that and the timescales needed to complete it and the use of the specific setting...

GL if you do decide to enter...

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Dustin
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Thanks mate, good luck to you too.


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You guys can do it! It's just one week less than the 7WC!!!

Why aren't you writing Dustin? You used to crank out a lot of material?

PS: Any of you need a read before sending in your entries, I will try my best to help out in a hurry.  


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Thanks Pia - may very well take you up on the read offer!

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Quoted from Dustin
Looks a good one. I haven't written anything in around a month. May be something worth attempting. The only thing with this is that the script will unlikely be able to be offered anywhere else. It's a do or die type of deal.

You going to have a go at this Anthony?


For copyright reasons, or just because the plot will be based in such a specific place?

We could always make it at Blackpool Pleasure beach, or somewhere similar.
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AnthonyCawood
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Think Dustin means due to location, but you're right there's a few Halloween horror type mazes and events in US and UK now, so it'd just be a case of adapting... of and then the usual needle in a haystack chore of finding someone who wants to make it

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Dustin
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Yeah it's the specificness of everything. It's not just locations but also props and even antagonists. It would be difficult to tailor this for another park. Not just that, but even if you did tailor it for another park, you would have to find a prod co interested in making such a thing.

A month is a long break, but I don't want to force the issue. I once stopped writing for 10 years, so a month or two isn't much in comparison. I wasn't going to start again until after Xmas, but something like this is tempting. I have a few ideas on where to take this. Not sure if I want to write any of them yet, but at least the ideas are flowing and the itch to write is there.


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Sounds interesting. If I had to give it a shot, I'd probably aim for the Voodoo bayou thing or the Demon Drop. I've done enough mazes and tunnels.  I'm rewriting The Feed right now (the original draft was lost to the four winds) and then my next planned script was something to do with killer spiders, which has been on my mind for a few months.


I'll investigate some more.
Maybe I'll be in.



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I've made a start, have the basic idea in my head and the major plot points more or less mapped too... five pages into act 1 now, figure with a relatively quiet Xmas then it should be okay... thought might have to be an earlier draft than I'd normally like ;-(

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So I posed these questions to the organisers...

1) It talks about been paid for the winning script, what is the payment and will there be an option payment and then purchase when it goes into production?
2) In terms of Option and Purchase, what are the terms?
3) I assume itís intended that this will also serve as promotional aid for LOI, so will they be looking to film off season?

Below are the answers I got...


Hellos Anthony,

          The payment is not yet fixed in stone.  Based on another film we are doing this year, the writer should make at least the same money as the producer and will receive a percentage ownership of the underlying LLC. These films will be made for budgets 2 million or less.  It will be non-DGA, non-WGA.  It will be a SAG, IATSE film.  The film will be budgeted and that will determine the final payment.

I can tell you that for the last film the 2 producers make 50k each. The exec producer makes the same instead of the standard 10% finders fee for the money. The writer makes 6Ok.

The normal Indy option for a script is 2 dollars for 1 year.  That is because we must spend substantial money to package the film, get actors, directors and investors to agree to participate. Do the legal work, apply for tax credits, etc.  We do this with this film as well as established Hollywood writers.  We do purchase the script prior to official pre-production commencing.

As for Land of Illusion, they are an actual equity partner in the film this is not for their publicity except to sell dvd's there. We will have access to the entire site.  Yes we will film not when they are open, but months earlier.  We will be using many extras.

The earliest we can go into preproduction is July 1, 2015.  The next rounds of tax credits for Ohio become available at that time.

Just also remember that financing people can and do drop out occasionally. These people are providing post production services in New York, and Visual effects in India and China.

Hope this helps,

Richard Uber


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Interesting but I'm going to take a little break from screenplays and start writing a novel. Best of luck to those who enter and if you want some feedback before you do, don't forget to pop it on the forums or PM me and I'll review it for you.


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