Top Screenwriting Contests and Fellowships of 2018

Want to make it in the film industry as a writer, but you just don’t know how? One way is to win a screenwriting competition. Screenwriting competitions are great for several reasons. One reason is that if you have a deadline to finish a script it’s far more likely that you’ll complete it. Another is that you’re having talented people judge your scripts. You may not have feedback on the script from them, so a piece of advice before you submit would be to get some professional script coverage. Finally, the cash prize is great incentive, but the best thing that can come out of it is that your script can be made or a big agent may want to sign you. Pretty cool. Screenwriting competitions are fierce, and a very small percentage come out on top. That being said, if you want to take screenwriting seriously this is a great avenue to go down. At the very least you’ll be gaining some great writing experience.

Here’s an article of some of the top screenwriting contests in 2018:

Good In A Room – The Top 14 Screenwriting Contests To Enter In 2018

Also, keep a lookout on our Twitter page, where we’ll now be announcing upcoming deadlines for the biggest competitions.


Lilly and Lana Wachowski On Writing

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Would you choose the blue pill or the red pill?

This picture isn’t the most recent since Andy Wachowski has become Lilly, but I couldn’t find any current ones of the two together. Nonetheless, these are the Wachowksis. The two of them have created some amazing films, and to be sure some of my favorites, like “The Matrix,” “V For Vendetta,” and “Cloud Atlas.” The Wachowskis are co-directors and co-writers, and have created some of the most amazing film experiences you can imagine.

There’s a great interview here that goes into their inspirations. It’s a retrospective on their films, leading all the way up to “Jupiter Ascending.” If you’re a fan of any of these films this is worth a watch. It’s long, so make some popcorn before checking it out!

Friday Fun – Fill In The Blanks

This week for Friday Fun, I’m going to let you tell me the jokes for once! They better be at least, if not more, funny than mine. It’s “Calvin and Hobbes,” so really this should be a piece of cake. If it’s creative enough, I’ll post the one I like the most next week! This is a great exercise. Give it a shot if you have a few minutes, or are trying to warm-up for your next writing session.

How To Write Great Dialogue

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Great dialogue can make or break a movie. This is why I suggest replacing all dialogue with emojis, and having the actors improvise the scenes based off of those emojis. It would certainly make our jobs as writers easier!

I found a great article about writing better dialogue, and it uses “Manchester by the Sea” for all of it’s examples. There’s a lot more to writing great dialogue, but this is a very helpful article that points out most issues people have when writing it.

Here it is: StudioBinder: 6 Essential Screenwriting Tips for Writing Better Movie Dialogue

Alfred Gough and Miles Millar On Writing

This week we’re traveling into some cool territory, straight “Into the Badlands.” Action movies and shows are aplenty, but I haven’t seen a good martial arts story in a while. If you need your fix,  this is where you can get it. Every episode of this show has epic and amazing fight scenes that are every bit as good as they used to be on the big screen. This show is a dystopian story about a cold-blooded killer in a post-apocalyptic world. Part Western, part Asian, part futuristic. It’s the perfect recipe. If the first season doesn’t get you hooked the show evolves in an amazing way during season 2, so it’s worth sticking around.

Alfred Gough and Miles Millar are the creators of “Into the Badlands.” They’re otherwise well-known for having written “Smallville“, “The Shannara Chronicles,” and “Spider-Man 2.”

A few questions from the interview:

As the writers of Smallville, you really shaped the view of Superman as a character before the influx of superhero movies. How did you come to write martial arts films?”

How do you take a character like Sunny (Daniel Wu), who is a cold-blooded killer, and make him someone who is likeable after the first season?”

In a recent interview, Daniel Wu mentioned that the rain fight took about six days to shoot. What does something like that look like on paper? How much detail goes into writing a fight, or is that all up to the choreographer?”

Here’s the link to the interview: Creative Screenwriting – Into the Badlands: Blood-splattered Heroes and the One Degree of Jackie Chan

Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffer and Ben Karlin On Writing

Future Man” has to be one of my favorite shows of the past year, and I haven’t heard mention of it anywhere. I can’t believe I haven’t posted about this show yet, but it’s absolutely worth a watch. This Hulu Original is a crazy comedy about time travel, borrowing influences from classic movies like “Terminator” and “Back to the Future.” It’s very clever, and has the style of an R-rated comedy.

Kyle and Ariel are more well-known for having written “Sausage Party,” “The Night Before,” and “50/50.” Ben is more also wrote “50/50,” but is otherwise well-known for his work on “Modern Family” and “A.C.O.D.

A few questions from the interview:

How was it that Future Man became a television project?”

You and Ariel write adult comedy for the big screen so was it tough finding the right network that would allow you to write R-rated TV comedy?”

Now with any story that tackles time travel, there’s the potential black hole of paradoxical storytelling. With Josh jumping all through time, was that a concern or were you like, ‘Who cares!’?”