8. WRITERS' RESOURCES
Student Filmmakers Summer Shorts Contest
Now Open to All - student and independent filmmakers
Deadline: September 15, 2005
To learn more about the Summer Shorts Contest or to submit your work
online, go to:
Winners will receive a trophy from studentfilmmakers.com and the following
prizes from their sponsors:
- CHIMERA® 8005 Lighting Kit (Retail Value $695)
- The Kinoflex Camera Package (Retail Value $599)
- Final Draft 7 and the Syd Field Screenwriting Workshop DVD
- Adobe Software
More prizes still to be announced!
Go to www.studentfilmmakers.com/summershorts/awards.shtml
to check out the awards.
Free How-to Seminar and Screenplay Workshop -- Different
nurtures the development of motion pictures and television by bringing
together writers, actors and filmmakers. Selected original screenplays
receive moderated public feedback after being read in a workshop environment
with working actors. Mostly comedies, romantic comedies and sitcoms are
This is a family-friendly workshop that meets every Monday night at The
Writers Store in Westwood.
For details, visit: www.ScreenplayLab.com.
Million-Dollar Screenwriting Seminar
Here's what people are saying about the first Million-Dollar Screenwriting
Graduate NYU Dramatic Writing Program
"I feel like I've found the Holy Grail!"
"My story's 10 billion times better, thanks to these methods!"
Writer, prone to hyperbole
to learn more.
Date: September 16 & 17 (Location TBA)
Only $250 for Registered Final Draft Users. Special offer ends
To receive the $100 discount, contact Chris Soth directly:
Directing Commercials Seminar and DVD
An incredible resource for information on how to become
a commercial director
Breaking into the lucrative field of commercial directing can be a daunting
task. Craig Worsham's 2-day seminar teaches everything you need to know
about the business of directing spots. From your spec reel and preproduction
to contracts and pitching, this will transform you from a complete novice
to a well informed professional ready to tackle the market.
Worsham, an established commercial director, provides insightful commentary
on several spec reels that will help you understand why a commercial fails
If you have ever considered becoming a commercial director, this is the
seminar that you cannot afford to miss.
Universal Studios, Hollywood
This popular 2-day class is now available on DVD. Everything the class
offers is on the 4-disk set including all the handouts, spec spots and
To reserve a seat and see video previews, go to:
10th Annual Fade In Awards – Get Discovered
can now be downloaded from
www.fadeinonline.com for the 10th Annual Fade In Awards or
enter online. Up to 16 finalists will be chosen. Plus, winners will appear
in an edition of Fade In magazine and Variety.
Fade In Award winners work!
Over the last nine years, seven of the nine Grand prize finalists
and five of the finalists have gone on to become professional working
writers/writer-directors! To read about their experiences, go to
then enter for your chance to get discovered.
Fade In Board of Advisors
David O. Russell
Steven de Souza
Entry fee: $40 (per entry)
Prizes: Over $15,000 in cash and prizes, including an
iMac and an expense paid trip to Los Angeles to meet with executives,
agents and managers.
Deadline: October 31, 2005
Hollywood Creative Connection Short Script
Call for Entries
Hollywood Creative Connection, a new service making connections between
artists and the Los Angeles film and television community, announces its
first script contest: The Short Script Competition 2005 (5-45
Prizes include up to $1,000 cash, Final Draft scriptwriting software,
a career consultation and script evaluations by feature and television
professionals and a streaming video presentation of the winning script.
Deadline for entries is September 15, 2005.
For more information, go to: www.hollywoodcreativeconnection.com.
Learn To Write a Screenplay in Just Four Weeks
you have an amazing idea for a movie but don't know how to begin writing
it, this self-paced online course is for you. Screenwriting Basics,
the result of over 23 years of helping writers succeed, guides you from
FADE IN to FADE OUT for only $49.
There is no easier way to learn the fundamentals of writing a page-turning
Session begins September 5th.
Go to www.WritersUniversity.com
and sign up today.
This course and many others are brought to you
by Writers University, a division of the Writers Store.
The Spec Market
your project for the largest audience of entertainment professionals in
the world. Baseline StudioSystem's Spec Market posting directory provides
an exciting new arena to list your screenplay, novel or story.
Entertainment professionals can browse, search and locate available content,
giving you the best possible opportunity to get your script in the hands
of the real decision-makers.
To register go to: www.scriptshark.com/specmarket/index.cfm.
Online Writing Workshops
Rated Best of Web by Forbes
comprehensive online screenwriting and TV writing courses offered by New
York's acclaimed Gotham Writers' Workshop have been selected as Best
of the Web by Forbes. Each 10-week workshop is taught by
an industry professional and features everything you would expect in a
live workshop including insightful lectures, class discussion
and extensive feedback on student work. New classes begin in July and
September. Class size is strictly limited.
To learn more or to register, visit: www.WritingClasses.com.
Action/Cut Filmmaking Seminar
The most acclaimed and comprehensive filmmaking seminar in the film industry.
Los Angeles: October 15 & 16
New York: October 22 & 23
Chicago: October 29 & 30
St. Louis: November 5 & 6
Providence: November 12 & 13
Fort Lauderdale: November 19 & 20
9AM to 6PM both days.
An essential seminar for filmmakers and screenwriters -- from networking
to visual writing!
In two days, gain first-hand career knowledge from a working director/writer/producer
with audio-visual scene studies of the skills to take your project from
page to finished film.
Guy Magar - Seminar Director, international film instructor and contracted
to Miramax Films.
Professional credits include over 50 feature films and television network