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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Twelve Years a Slave Best Adapted Screenplay – John Ridley - post author Don

12 Years a Slave – undated, unspecified draft script by John Ridley – hosted by: Fox Searchlight – in pdf format

Based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

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Original Script Sunday for March 2nd - post author Don

Over on the Unproduced Scripts page are eighteen original scripts for your reading pleasure.

– Don

Oscar Nominated Screenplays - post author Don

Just a reminder that you can read 43 screenplays from some of the 2013 Oscar Nominated movies.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Movie Poet winners for December and January - post author Don is proud to announce the winners of their December Short Script Competition.

“Naughty” by David M Troop ~ First Place
Santa Claus visits the home of a very naughty girl.

“Phantom Pain” by Pete Barry ~ Second Place
Sam tries to find his voice.

“Lost and Found” by Bill Sarre ~ Third Place
Alone in an airport terminal, a man discovers he has lost something rather important.

And is proud to announce the Semi-Finalists for their annual Feature Length Contest.

First Place: Kelley Allen

Second Place: Ammar Salmi

Third Place: Paul De Vrijer

Honorable Mention: Fred Koszewnik ~ Kenneth Hurd ~ Philip Whitcroft ~ Sean Chipman ~ Tim Westland ~ Travis DeStein

Top 30: Angela Abrams ~ Binky Fonblanque ~ Byron Matthews ~ Calvin Peat ~ David Kurtz ~ Denise Jewell ~ Greg Scupholm ~ Greg Tonnon ~ Jonah Yarden ~ Kirk White ~ Margaret Ricke ~ Martin Gomez ~ Michael Berg ~ Michael E. Bierman ~ Mohammad Nawaz ~ Nicholas Cariddo ~ Piotr Jamroz ~ Rod Thompson ~ Seth Kozak ~ Trent Carroll ~ Zach Jansen

These 30 semi-finalists submitted the top loglines and will be moving on to our second round in April when they will submit their first ten pages. Then in August, the top ten writers will submit their feature length screenplays.

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

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