SCREENPLAY COMPETITION FOR A SHORT FILM TO BE PRODUCED THIS MARCH!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
and to Professor Stu Krieger at email@example.com. 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.