MICHAEL CARNICK SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

In All by Richard Gonzales

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION FOR A SHORT FILM TO BE PRODUCED THIS MARCH!

Students,

Last year, several of your fellow classmates at the extreme privilege of working with alumnus Michael Carnick on the production of the short film, STUDY ROOM. Michael has generously offered to do this once again and we will be shooting this year’s project over the weekend of March 16 & 17. This year he will be joined by MFA alumnus Melissa Harkness who will serve as a co-producer along with Michael.

BUT FIRST WE NEED A SCRIPT!

If you’re interested in submitting a script for consideration, please read the following rules. The FIRST PRIZE winner will receive a $100 cash prize and an option to see their film produced by a student cast and crew under the direction of award-winning filmmaker Michael Carnick if it meets all of the necessary criteria stated below.

In addition, TWO prizes of $50 each will be awarded to runner-up scripts if they also meet the standards set out by the project producers.

DEADLINE for submission in Friday January 25.

Please send all submission as a PDF to submissions@writetofilm.com

and to Professor Stu Krieger at skrieger@ucr.edu. The winner will be notified in early February.

RULES​ ​AND​ ​GUIDELINES

*​ ​Entrants​ ​must​ ​be​ ​currently​ ​enrolled​ ​in​ ​UCR.

*​ ​Entries​ ​must​ ​be​ ​​5-10​​ ​pages​ ​long.​ ​All​ ​genres​ ​are​ ​accepted.

*​ ​Entries​ ​must​ ​be​ ​in​ ​industry​ ​standard​ ​screenplay​ ​format.

*​ ​Entries​ ​must​ ​be​ ​in​ ​.pdf​ ​or​ ​.fdx​ ​and​ ​submitted​ ​electronically.​ ​No​ ​hard​ ​copies​ ​accepted.

*​ ​Entries​ ​must​ ​be​ ​original​ ​works​ ​of​ ​fiction​ ​written​ ​solely​ ​by​ ​the​ ​person​ ​making​ ​the​ ​submission.​ ​They​ ​must​ ​not​ ​contain any​ ​characters​ ​or​ ​story​ ​elements​ ​based​ ​on​ ​existing​ ​ideas​ ​or​ ​properties.

*​ ​Entries​ ​must​ ​not​ ​have​ ​more​ ​than​ ​​four​​ ​characters.
*​ ​Entries​ ​may​ ​contain​ ​any​ ​number​ ​of​ ​scenes,​ ​but​ ​are​ ​restricted​ ​to​ ​​one​ ​​indoor​ ​location​ ​(a​ ​single​ ​room​ ​on​ ​campus).

*​ ​Movies​ ​are​ ​magic,​ ​and​ ​this​ ​room​ ​can​ ​be​ ​dressed​ ​up​ ​to​ ​look​ ​like​ ​anything​ ​(a​ ​hoarder’s​ ​bedroom,​ ​a​ ​spaceship​ ​cargo bay,​ ​a​ ​police​ ​interrogation​ ​room,​ ​etc).​ ​However,​ ​entrants​ ​should​ ​keep​ ​in​ ​mind​ ​that​ ​their​ ​screenplays​ ​will​ ​not​ ​only​ ​be judged​ ​on​ ​creative​ ​vision,​ ​but​ ​also​ ​on​ ​the​ ​practicality​ ​of​ ​bringing​ ​this​ ​vision​ ​to​ ​life​ ​on​ ​a​ ​tiny​ ​budget​ ​and​ ​scale.​ ​No​ ​crazy VFX​ ​or​ ​stunts.​ ​Entrants​ ​should​ ​ask​ ​themselves,​ ​how​ ​can​ ​I​ ​tell​ ​a​ ​story​ ​that’s​ ​creative​ ​yet​ ​simple?​ ​Marrying​ ​imagination with​ ​practicality​ ​will​ ​be​ ​the​ ​key​ ​to​ ​success.

*​ ​No​ ​nudity.​ ​We’re​ ​not​ ​shooting​ ​soft​ ​core​ ​porn. *​ ​No​ ​children​ ​or​ ​animals.