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Posted by: Shelton, May 11th, 2007, 2:28am
Came across this free contest for scripts no longer than 1 page.

The deadline is the 15th, but I figured since it's a 1 page limit it might garner enough interest.
Posted by: Heretic, May 11th, 2007, 2:57am; Reply: 1
Hey cool, thanks Mike!  Good stuff.
Posted by: George Willson, May 11th, 2007, 5:52pm; Reply: 2
1 page or less... Hm, exactly how can you have less than 1 page? Whether you have it full or only a sentence, you've still used 1 page...or that's what my word processor states. Odd way to word it.
Posted by: Dethan, May 11th, 2007, 9:51pm; Reply: 3
I print my less then 1 pagers on flash cards and hand them out at football games and cocktail parties.

Posted by: Shelton, May 12th, 2007, 2:01am; Reply: 4

Quoted from George Willson
1 page or less... Hm, exactly how can you have less than 1 page? Whether you have it full or only a sentence, you've still used 1 page...or that's what my word processor states. Odd way to word it.


You know as well as I do that a script can take up a half or 3/4 of a page.  I suppose I could have gone on about how the script must not exceed one page to be technical, and just how many words you would be alloted, on average, to accomplish that in pure encyclopediac fashion, but I'm not Kevan.  He left the boards.

Posted by: dogglebe (Guest), May 12th, 2007, 6:27am; Reply: 5
I think I have a one page Bad Penguin script.  Let's see what happens.

Posted by: mcornetto (Guest), May 13th, 2007, 12:08am; Reply: 6

Quoted from Dethan
I print my less then 1 pagers on flash cards and hand them out at football games and cocktail parties.

That must make you quite popular. ;)

So, I wrote a one pager and entered this thing. But I'm curious what everyone (or anyone) else did.  Maybe when this contest is over we might all agree to submit our entries here?

Posted by: Dethan, May 13th, 2007, 12:30am; Reply: 7
I haven't submitted anything for this yet.  I got a page and a half short... that was going to be an advert for a play I wrote. I started expanding it recently to put up on SS as my first short.  So now I'll be working on 2 versions - short and extremely short.  Oh well.  I'll put both versions up when/if I get them done.  

Posted by: SwapJack, May 13th, 2007, 12:31am; Reply: 8
1 page?? is that possible? i barely get out of my character intro in 1 page.. how do you tell any sort of story?
Posted by: BrandNew, May 15th, 2007, 7:29pm; Reply: 9
I sent one I had written earlier for this.  I had to cut it down 1/4 of a page (it was meant to be something easy to film).  The only problem I see is that there wasn't room for dialogue so I'm not sure how professional actors could really read it, but oh well.

As for posting on this board, I'm down for it or if that doesn't happen, I'd be willing to do an email exchange with someone else's because I'm interested how mine compares with other people's.

Posted by: Shelton, May 15th, 2007, 7:52pm; Reply: 10
I submitted one.  I was thinking since it's only 1 page that I might just paste it into a post here, instead of making Don go through everything to upload it and create a thread.

Anybody else notice the other contest for features?  It's $15 bucks and the winner gets a live reading of the script.  Even if you don't win you get feedback from a group of 6 people.
Posted by: mcornetto (Guest), May 15th, 2007, 8:29pm; Reply: 11
Sounds good to me - we can post our one pagers into this thread.  You want to post them now or wait until after June 1st - when the winners are announced?

And, yes, the $15 contest did seem interesting.
Posted by: Shelton, May 15th, 2007, 11:56pm; Reply: 12
Okay, I lied.  I submitted two...hahaha.

Hell, I'll bite.  Here's one called "Twisted".  Stupidity at its finest.  Sorry that the format's a little off due to the pasting.

int. hotel corridor - night

LARRY, early forties, stands against the wall at one end of the long hallway.  At his side is an OLD MAN, early eighties.

The Old Man lifts a decrepit, wrinkled finger, pointing beyond the row of doors to the other end, where a final door is positioned dead ahead.

old man

Begin your journey, young Larry, and remember what waits at the other end is not what it seems.

Larry stares at the old man's finger, before shifting his gaze and staring him dead in the eye.  He nods in confidence and slowly makes his way toward the other end.

With each door he passes, a sound emits from the other side.  First, a cat's meow, followed by a chainsaw, a moaning woman, and lastly, a skipping record that keeps repeating the phrase "turn back".

Slowly approaching the final door, the sound of "turn back" gets louder and louder, until it forces Larry to cover his ears with his hands.

He reaches the door, grabs the handle and pushes it open with authority.  The music stops, and Larry stands only a few feet from a LARGE BLACK MAN, who looks at him in fear.


Large black man.  I'd say you're definitely what you seem.

Large Black man

A ha!  There's a twist!

The large black man starts dancing the twist.  Larry's eyes open wide with fear, and he screams at the top of his lungs until his head explodes.
Posted by: mcornetto (Guest), May 16th, 2007, 12:10am; Reply: 13

Well done, funny too. You did a great job creating a spooky atmosphere and then you turned it on it's head at the end.

I'll post mine a bit later, when I get home from work.
Posted by: Heretic, May 16th, 2007, 1:22am; Reply: 14
Here's my entry.  Tried for drama.  Wahoo.


BRAD (25), handsome but shy, grins. Boyish. Laid back.

Could I maybe buy you a drink?

ERICA (23), warm, sincere, gestures for him to sit. Smiling.


Hands clasped. Fingers intertwined.

Brad and Erica make love.

You live around here?

Thinking about settling down.


A minister smiles as Brad eases a ring onto Erica's finger.

Settling down?  You're young.


Brad and Erica hold their boy's hands. His first steps.


So are you.  You look settled.

The boy stumbles, falls.


Brad still smiles, but there's a defensive hurt behind it.

Settled here?  Nah.  Heck, doubt you'll see me round here again.

Yeah.  Or me.

Brad mumbles something, leaves. Hands in his pockets.

Erica's fingers drum on the wooden bar.
Posted by: mcornetto (Guest), May 16th, 2007, 3:10am; Reply: 15
Hey! That was pretty good.  Reminded me of a graphic novel for some reason. Don't know why?

Here's mine anyway.  I went for a drama too.

               EXT. BEACH - DAY

               GRANDPA sits on the sand. He is building a sand castle.
               Young TOMMY groans as he sets down a bucket of water

                         Why couldn't we build it closer
                         to the water, Grandpa?

                         Because it has to be far enough
                         away. From the tide.  The further
                         away from the water it is the
                         longer the castle will stand.

                         It isn't going to last forever?

                         Nothing lasts forever Tommy.

                             (hugs Grandpa)
                         I bet you will.

                         I certainly hope so.
                             (hugs Tommy)
                         Let's finish this before the
                         Tide turns.

               He tickles Tommy. Tommy shrieks then pushes himself away.
               Grandpa wriggles his finger at Tommy.  Tommy runs away
               toward the water's edge, smiling as he screams.  

               Grandpa chuckles. He shakes his head as he stands. He
               hobbles off after Tommy, unintentionally knocking over the
               bucket of water in the process. The water floods the
               castle's side, eroding the wall it touches.

               Grandpa nears Tommy. He wriggles his fingers again.  Tommy
               shrieks and laughs.  A wave's wake washes against Grandpa's
               leg.  He stumbles but he continues his journey toward

               Tommy hops up and down, happy, excited, looking for the
               next direction to run.  Grandpa is quite close now. Another
               wave's wake washes against his leg.

               Grandpa stops. Alarmed.

               Tommy quiets, concerned as he watches Grandpa fall to the
               ground. He hurries to Grandpa's side. He kneels next to
               Grandpa and shakes him. Tommy cries. Another wave's wake
               washes against them.
Posted by: Shelton, May 16th, 2007, 3:24am; Reply: 16
All good entries so far, but I think we all managed to make them quite visual, which would probably be weird in a live reading.  Can't expect to squeeze to much dialogue into a 1 pager though, I'd imagine.

Here's my other one.



PHIL, early forties, enters through the automatic doors
holding a red stained towel over his right forearm.
He takes a seat in one of the waiting room chairs next to a
YOUNG WOMAN, early twenties. He looks over to her and nods.

Hi, Iím Phil. Whatís your name?

The young woman does nothing but stare at Philís bloody
towel. Phil looks down at the towel, then back to the

Just a little scratch. Nothing to
be alarmed about. What are you in

Phil lightly chuckles as a NURSE, early thirties, rushes
over to him.

Sir, I think we need to get you in
right away.

No, Iím fine really. Itís just a
flesh wound. I can wait.

Sir, please. At least let me look
at it.

The nurse attempts to remove the towel, but Phil moves his
arm around, evading her advances.

They struggle back and forth, swinging their arms, grabbing,
and evading.

The towel falls from Philís arm, revealing a small tube with
a bag of red dye attached to it. They both freeze, staring
into each otherís eyes. The nurseís mouth wide open in

Phil lowers his head, still maintaining eye contact with the

Iím so lonely.
Posted by: mcornetto (Guest), May 16th, 2007, 3:58am; Reply: 17
That was quite good, Mike. I didn't know whether to laugh at or feel pity for the poor guy.  I did end up laughing but I felt really guilty about it. Very complex.  Nice.

As far as the reading goes, I would imagine they would have a narrator sort of person reading the actions.
Posted by: Helio, May 16th, 2007, 9:12am; Reply: 18
I did too.
Posted by: BrandNew, May 16th, 2007, 2:41pm; Reply: 19
Damn, yours are all so much better than mine, but I'll post it anyway.  There's probably no way mine will win because it has absolutely no dialogue.


JOHN, 16, sits on a couch in his basement.  He holds a lollipop in front of him.
Delicately, John licks the lollipop.

TED, 17, walks in from the hall and stands in front of him.

They stare at each other intensely.

Suddenly, Ted steals the lollipop to John’s surprise.  Ted puts it in his mouth.

John stands up.

Ted smacks John.

Tears stream down John’s face.  He runs off down the hall.


John enters the bathroom crying.

He peers into the mirror and observes the red mark left by Ted.

He imagines the lollipop.



John slams a dollar bill against a store counter.

A lollipop replaces the money.

John shoves the wrapper into his pocket.

The lollipop flies upward into John’s mouth.

John smiles and moans in satisfaction.



John removes the wrapper from his pocket and shreds it to pieces.

Posted by: Heretic, May 16th, 2007, 4:03pm; Reply: 20
Hey, I think these are all great actually.  Mcornetto, I especially liked yours - a nice powerful moment in one page.

Yeah, perhaps we will all suffer from the lack of dialogue.  I just couldn't really tell a story in one page through dialogue...
Posted by: George Willson, May 17th, 2007, 12:23am; Reply: 21
These are all pretty decent for one page. Just to put something in perspective, commercials (you know, those little irritating spots that take us away from our favorite shows?) are classically anywhere from 15-60 seconds, and the majority are 30. In 30 seconds, they tell a complete story, and pimp a product. That would be about half to a full page. Think about it.
Posted by: Heretic, May 17th, 2007, 12:41am; Reply: 22
That's an interesting point, George.  I've been watching a lot of commercials lately, specific ones from good directors like Spike Jonze.  I think it must be a great exercise for a writer and director to have to do so much in so little time.

DoP really gets a workout, too, in creating a know what I find really impressive are those ads where you know what the product is four seconds in because it just "looks" like one of those ads.
Posted by: BrandNew, May 17th, 2007, 4:14pm; Reply: 23
Yeah, I never even thought to look at it that way which is weird because I love good commercials and I should have made that connection.  Spike Jonze makes excellent commercials, but my favorite is Jonathan Glazer.  Also, David Lynch's PS2 commercials are good.

The only drawback with the commercials relationship is that I've never seen a commercial script.  In a booklet that came with my Jonathan Glazer collection, it just shows him writing out the ideas and scenes just with bullets, but perhaps I'm wrong.

Posted by: Helio, May 30th, 2007, 1:39pm; Reply: 24
The result will be announced on June 1st !

Good look to all that got in!
Posted by: dogglebe (Guest), May 30th, 2007, 9:54pm; Reply: 25
If my Bad Penguin script doesn't win, then I'll know it's fixed!

Posted by: mcornetto (Guest), May 31st, 2007, 6:14am; Reply: 26
Sorry Phil. The winners have been announced and there isn't a Bad Penguin on the list.  Mine isn't there either. There isn't a single name I recognize in the top twenty.  Good luck next time everybody.
Posted by: dogglebe (Guest), May 31st, 2007, 6:28am; Reply: 27
That's it I've had it!  Everyone, pack your things.  

I'm closing the internet!

Posted by: Helio, May 31st, 2007, 9:07am; Reply: 28
Posted by: Dethan, May 31st, 2007, 9:35am; Reply: 29
I'm in the final 20.  BALZAC = the 1 page version of The Biography.


A pen CLICKS on and off. FRANK sits next to a stack of tabloids on a sofa reading the NATIONAL INQUIRER. He folds the paper into his lap in exasperation.

All right.  I'll bite.  What is wrong?

Writer's block. I can't think of anything to write for my biography. Haven't you ever had writer's block?

Never... Fine.  On one occasion.  But it was peculiar. I lost a bet and had to get a tattoo on my scrotum.

CARL sits behind a small desk and chews on his pen for a second.

So, what did you chose?

The first amendment.

Freedom of speech?


Your lying.

Want to bet?

Carl nods. Frank gets up.  Walks around the desk and stands in front of Carl.  His back relaxes and he reaches down and unzips his pants.

Interesting handwriting font.  Whose is it?


I liked the 1 pages posted here more than mine.  Which is why I didn't post it till now... That and I've grown attached to the longer version.  This seems like a shadow of what it has become.

Posted by: Helio, May 31st, 2007, 10:24am; Reply: 30
Hey, man, CONGRATS!
Posted by: Shelton, May 31st, 2007, 12:08pm; Reply: 31
Glad to see that one of us got through.  Did you use a pseudonym?  It says Scott Jacobsen on the website.

I'm not sure what the other scripts look like, but having more dialgoue than description like yours did was a probably a big point since they're live readings.

Posted by: Dethan, May 31st, 2007, 12:26pm; Reply: 32

As for the psedonym... Scott cashs all checks.

Posted by: Helio, May 31st, 2007, 5:48pm; Reply: 33
Hey, Dethan, next time I will sign in Helio Scott J Cordeiro?
Posted by: Dethan, May 31st, 2007, 6:00pm; Reply: 34

That or James Scott J. Moen.  Or the inverse.  Either would probably work on my checks.

Posted by: mcornetto (Guest), May 31st, 2007, 8:19pm; Reply: 35
Congrats Dethan,

Good luck in the finals.
Posted by: Scar Tissue Films, November 16th, 2007, 2:51pm; Reply: 36
This contest, whilst undoubtedly fun, is a total farce!

I was looking for some 60 second scripts to shoot for a competition and came across this thread and it led me to the website.

There is a video on there where they are reading out a script that made the final called Sockdom.

It went on for 3.35 minutes! It's practically a novel, it just went on and on. How can you call for one page scripts and then allow stories that go on for such a length of time. That seems extremely unfair. :o
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