A Look Inside Contests:
The Reader Tells All!
Michael J. Wood
Want to know how the script competitions manage selecting the winning script from hundreds of submissions?
Michael J. Wood wants to share what he learned as a reader and competition manager. He is the former manager of the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, which he helped found by bringing the concept of a screenwriting competition to the Festival Directors. He has read scripts for Morgan Freeman’s production company, for the Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, and more.
He is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, with a degree in Writing for Screen & Television.
He is ready to take your questions at the regular TSA meeting on October 15th. Be there!
Don’t forget! Our meetings are free and open to the public!
Thanks Cameron McCasland
That’s How To Make a Micro-Budget Film In Nashville:
Many thanks to Cameron McCasland for speaking to the TSA in September’s Speaker meeting.
Cameron shared a lot of the “rubber meets the road” benefits and challenges he experienced when writing, casting, financing, producing and directing his highly lauded micro-budget old school slasher flick, The LASHMAN.
The Lashman is screening at FANtastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego and has been nominated for three awards. Best Director for Cameron, Best supporting the lovely Kaylee Williams, and best special effects or Make Up.
Thank You Philip Cioffari
Big thanks to author, screenwriter & director Phillip Cioffari for sharing the story of how he made and paid for his award winning indie film, LOVE IN THE AGE OF DION. That is how indie is done. And thanks to all that braved thunder, lightning and rain. Phillips’s writing credits include noir thriller novels, Dark Road, Dead End, Jesusville and Catholic Boys.
Thank You Robert Orr!
Great talk with working screenwriter Robert Orr at last Wednesday night’s meeting. Lots of great insight and practical guidance on what and how to write for TV from a successful professional writer in Hollywood.
A native Nashvillian, Robert’s credits include Tears of The Sun, Underworld: Evolution, Savior, The Resident, Blind Turn and more.
Our meetings are free and open to the public!
THREE PAGE CHALLENGE!
Challenge Accepted! In two weeks four writers have stepped up and accepted the challenge, each wielding three pages of awesome original story at our regular Wednesday night meetings!
Each received great feedback and ideas for their screenplays! Great job guys! It is NOT easy putting yourself out there but it always yields ideas!
This may develop into event at our next Script-com! What do you think?
Here’s a challenge!
Then bring those three pages to a TSA meeting with GENRE and logline for a table read. Then get feedback and praise! A great way to hear your work, what is working and what is not.
Two sessions with industry pros and filmmakers and a live stage read of the TSA screenplay contest winner. (More Details) Great day with great people! Pics and clips coming in the near future!
If you couldn’t make it, click here for a list of industry pro panelists and local film makers that you missed out on!
And the Winner is… EMPATHY by Elvis Wilson
Thriller: a neuro-researcher developing a therapy for psychotic behavior discovers one of her research subjects murdered her sister.
Honorable Mentions go to…
STALE CAKE by Reichert Wynn: A salesman checks into a motel for the night and gets more than he bargained for.
DENTS by Dennis Doud: It’s Balaam’s Donkey meets Maxx Headroom as God reaches the heart of a teenager using an asteroid, a broken computer tablet, and a strange old car.
MARTIN FOGG by Harold Ginn: Martin Fogg was a floppy-fingered liberal trying to “fight the power” until he got bitch-slapped by the insouciant hand of fate. Now he’s the worlds’ foremost Republican and Martin Fogg is on a mission to save America.
The grand-prize winner will receive :
CONGATULATIONS! What are you working on now, Elvis?
Join us at our weekly Wednesday meetings (members and non-members welcome) to participate in:
Process of Presenting Your Screenplay:
The following process enables us to provide you meaningful feedback early and often to aid in the development of your robust screenplay. Assuming you’re a member, your screenplay content is presented over multiple Wednesday meetings as defined below.
We do require presentation of your screenplay in the order above. IE You must present a step outline prior to page readings. Ideally you present, receive feedback, rework, then present again.