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Thursday, February 4, 2010

The February One Week Challenge is coming… - post author Don

The February One Week Challenge is coming. This is a free challenge, open to anyone. On Friday, February 5th at 10:00 pm est, the genre and topic of the challenge will be release. Writers will have one week to write an 8 to 12 page script on the selected genre and topic. Can you do it? – Don

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Oscar Nominated Scripts - post author Don

The Oscar Nominations are out. Here are the nominations for screenplays.

Adapted screenplay

Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell (District 9)
Nick Hornby (An Education)
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche (In the Loop)
Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious)
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner (Up In the Air)

Original screenplay

Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker)
Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)
Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman (The Messenger)
Joel and Ethan Coen (A Serious Man)
Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy (Up)

A few of the nominated scripts are available on the Oscar Page.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Movie Poet – December Winners - post author Don announces the winners of the December 2009 short script competition. Third Time’s the Charm Third annual open challenge.

“Better Be Good” by Tim Westland ~ First Place
When a young boy finds Santa’s lost bag of toys in a nearby forest, his first thought is to return it. His big brother has other ideas, though, which might prove life changing for both of them.

“Mea Culpa” by Sally Meyer ~ Second Place
An old lady pays a visit to a prisoner, with surprising results.

“The First Hit” by Micah Ricke ~ Third Place
An aged hit-man wants out of the business, but a young up-and-comer stops by for some pointers and slowly reveals the intent of his visit is not a friendly one at all.

Each month, Movie Poet runs a free online five page screenplay contest. On the first of each month a new contest is announced. During that month, you can enter your script. During the next month, you can read, vote, and comment on all the entries. Finally, during the third month, the results are announced.

Head on over to Movie Poet and give it a go. – Don

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