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Geoff Holder's Oscar-bait screenplay ZOMBIE PATROL has won the International Horror Screenplay Competition run by Visceral Films. It's now in development for their 2016 production slate with a $2million budget.
A newly-created zombie wants to return to life so he can woo the girl he loves - but first he has to deal with the vicious biker gang who want to take over the horror theme park where he works as a pretend zombie.
Visceral Film's President Scott Wohlstein said: "Geoff Holder's story works in so many different ways - it's a character-driven horror rompfest complete with humor and a great story arc. It highlights the Land of Illusion theme park and the mission of the contest perfectly."
With a cast that includes Voodoo gods, chainsaw maniacs and mad scientists, the movie's principal location is the Land of Illusion Horror Theme Park in Ohio.
Geoff also has a first-look deal wih Visceral Films for future projects.
October 2015, thriller NEXT OF KIN written by Niall Queenan won the Gold Prize in the Thriller/Horror category of the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards in Hollywood, California. As a result, Niall was signed by producer/manager Peter Katz of Story Driven in Los Angeles.
At the end of October his psychological thriller SHADOW OF THE BLACKBIRD also won the Bronze Prize in the Thriller/Horror category of the World Series of Screenwriting Awards in Hollywood, California.
2015 ended with NEXT OF KIN among the 100 semi-finalists chosen from over 1,400 entries for Table Read My Screenplay (Park City).
FEATURED PODCASTS (show more)
Interviews conducted by Script Magazine's Ashely Scott Meyers. Interview with Homeland Executive Producer, Alex Carey
Renowned Script Consultant, Jennifer Grisanti interview: Alex Cary was raised in London, spent seven years in the military, and came to Los Angeles fresh from the Gulf War in search of a career in TV & Film. In 2007, he was staffed on FX’s “The Riches,” then went on to USA’s “In Plain Sight,” before being hired on Fox’s “Lie To Me,” where he started as a story editor, quickly graduated to executive producer and finally showrunner - all in one season. Alex is now in his second season as an Executive Producer of Showtime’s thriller, Homeland.
TOPICS OF DISCUSSION
· Being a showrunner
· Preference for writing material
· StorytellingHollywood Insider Online Screenwriting Class Carole Parker is a produced, award-winning screenwriter who has written 26 features, 7 TV pilots and 5 short films, and has just started teaching an online screenwriting class. Villiage Roadshow Entertainment Group Through our film business arm, Village Roadshow Pictures Group, VREG co-produces and co-finances major Hollywood motion pictures that reach a broad worldwide audience. On the Edge Film Festival Cleveland’s own homegrown film festival celebrates its first year in 2015. It is produced by local company, On the Edge Films, host of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Mastering Story Structure with Emmanuel Oberg and Max Timm
In this recording of a live teleconference with Emmanuel Oberg and the ISA's Max Timm, you'll get an introduction to the Story-Type Method®, as Max and Emmanuel discuss:
1. Structure is everything, but what is structure? A good story is a metaphor for a problem-solving process. Identifying where the main problem lies - outside the protagonist (in other characters or nature); within the protagonist; in society - leads to the Story-Type Method®, which defines three main story-types: plot-led, character-led and theme-led. This innovative way of looking at story structure can help writers to develop any story: action movie, character driven piece, even hybrids and exceptions.
2. The Fractal Aspect of Story structure. The three-act structure can be used to design not only the whole film but also its parts: acts, sequences, scenes, subplots, strands... This is one of the many differences between the dramatic three-act structure and the more well-known logistical three-act structure, based on page numbers or minutes, such as the 30-60-30 paradigm. The dramatic three-act structure is more flexible, more powerful and is even optional, at least when it comes to designing the story as a whole.
3. How various tools can be used to manage information, which is another part of story structure. Tools like dramatic irony, surprise, mystery and suspense. Many films such as Tootsie, Avatar, The Lives of Others, Sleuth, Infernal Affairs and its remake The Departed have a structure based on managing information rather than simply managing conflict. The logistical 30-60-30 paradigm on its own can't explain how these stories are designed.Interview w/Exec Producer on Shameless & South Park, Nancy Pimental
Nancy is an Executive Producer on Shameless on Showtime. Nancy received her first of two Emmy Award nominations for her writing work on the iconic TV show South Park where she penned upwards of twenty scripts during her four seasons there. She was nominated on her second Emmy as the spunky, dry wooded co-host on Comedy Central’s Win Ben Stein’s Money. Preparing for career and entertainment, Pimental, a Massachusetts native, naturally received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Wooster Polytechnic Institute.
Upon graduation, Nancy took the traditional steps towards furthering her engineering career by moving to Los Angeles and performing standup, sketch and improv comedy. Her writing career began when she wrote a spec of South Park and it landed in the hands on one of the show’s creators. Around the same time, Pimental sold her first screenplay, The Sweetest Thing, starring Cameron Diaz, to Columbia Studios and wrote and produced her first TV pilot for Fox Television starring Jenny McCarthy. Nancy continues to work in film and TV for Sony, Disney, NBC, Fox, and Showtime. Having been on all sides of the camera, Nancy is now taking her experiences and skills from the past eleven years as a writer, performer and producer and is applying them to directing. Nancy can work with any actor to get the performance she needs just as easily she can talk to her crew and enlist their technical support to execute her vision. Nancy is a firm believer in collaboration and thinks that every person on set is a valuable asset to the film making process.
TOPICS OF DISCUSSION
• The journey up
• Dealing with male colleagues
My Little Rascal Production Company, LLC My Little Rascal Production Company, LLC was formed for the purpose of producing my screenplays. Looking for a full service production company to collaborate with us. Mia Terra Retreats Diana Osberg co-wr?ote the screenplay for the award-winning feature THE JOURNEY. Her thriller VIRTUAL WITNESS is featured in the book "Visual Mindscape of the Screenplay." Screamfest Horror Film Festival/Screenplay Competition A launching pad for burgeoning directors and screenwriters, Screamfest is dedicated to celebrating the often neglected and underappreciated horror genre. Screamfest was formed in August 2001 by film producers Rachel Belofsky and Ross Martin in order to give filmmakers and writers in the horror/sci-fi genres a venue to have their work showcased to people in the industry. We are very proud that the majority of the films showcased now have distribution. BOP TV Center for Media, Arts and Technology Arts Development program of the new Black on Purpose Television Network scheduled to launch in ROKU format February 2014 Above the Curve Theatre We provide a fun and safe environment for artists to cultivate new and current talents. All members are encouraged to write, act, produce and direct. Aperture Entertainment APERTURE ENTERTAINMENT is a boutique management/ production company founded by Adam Goldworm. The Documentary Filmmakers Group The Documentary Filmmakers Group - DFG - is the national organisation working to promote documentary filmmaking talent and innovation in the UK. My True Colors Film Festival The My True Colors Festival is a two week event promoting cultural diversity by presenting works for and by underrepresented LGBTQ storytellers throughTheater, Film, Original Web Series CMS Vatavaran Environ & Wildlife Fest Creating a platform to highlight environmental issues through film. Writing Essentials with Veteran Consultants, Craig & Judy Kellem
This is a recording of a live free teleconference dated, May 14, 2016.
The number one marketing tool is MATERIAL THAT WORKS. Be sure you write with fire, push your pages to the absolute limit, and honestly know when your script is ready for submission.
Compelling screenplays are born from writers being able to dig deep, access themselves, what they know, what they care about and then convey it all on the page. No matter what the genre is, from the goofiest lowball comedy to the most serious, high-minded piece of drama, great films effectively explore shared human experiences. We love what hits us in the heart - whether it made us double over laughing or left us in a puddle of tears. But how does one actually do this? How do you take that idea you had at 3am and turn it into material that will be an actual contender? We'll discuss key writing devices that will push you toward that mark.Florida Office of Film & Entertainment The Florida Office of Film & Entertainment serves as a link between industry and all levels of government to improve the business climate for the growth of the entertainment industry. Sex in a Submarine The adventures of a professional screenwriter and sometimes film festival jurist, slogging through the trenches of Hollywood, writing movies that you have never heard of, and getting no respect.
Voted #10 - Best Blogs For Screenwriters - Bachelor's Degree
William C. Martell written 19 films that were carelessly slapped onto celluloid: 3 for HBO, 2 for Showtime, 2 for USA Net, and a whole bunch of CineMax Originals. The Craft: Sequence 5, Success, Failure & the Villain, with Max Timm
So you're rumbling along on a road trip with your girlfriend, boyfriend, spouse, whatever. Let's just set that stage for a second. You've been on the road for a few hours. The high and excitement of hitting the open road has kind of dwindled, though there is still some eagerness there...but you're starting to get annoyed by your girlfriend's choice in music, maybe a little bickering over which highway to take or which hotel to stay in that night. Nothing really bad or enough to have the two of you decide to never speak to each other again, but...there has been a few sideways glances and increases in the volume of the radio in order to drown out the other person. You've just finished up sequence 4 of your trip! You've hit a couple setbacks - maybe you hit some snow in Iowa or heavy rain that you didn't expect. Maybe even a flat tire forced you to stop at a gas station or something, but you've plowed through. You've gone through it together, helping and assisting each other.
The trip is building toward something, even though you don't quite know what yet (and I don't mean the final destination). There is a level tension at the very least and you're realizing that if you continue to bicker, if you continue to dwell on the flat tire, that you've actually fixed, the trip will be disaster...it's time to move forward and move forward together. Whether it's a conscious choice or not, you both know this to be true.
You're easing into sequence 5 of your trip. And sequence 5 is the topic of today's episode, and like I said in the previous episode, sequence 5 is kind of a continuation of sequence 4, but with a very important distinction.Creating Memorable Moments Through Meditative Writing with Jess Hinds
“Meditative Writing truly is “assisted self-discovery.” For the same reason writers should take acting classes, Meditative Writing helps you get down into your body, to work a scene or character from the inside out. The practice has applications even beyond writing, into directing, pitching, and just being in the world. This class and subsequent practice has been extremely helpful to me in my work.”
– Christine Boylan, Writer, “Leverage,” “Castle,” “Once Upon A Time”
Who Will Benefit From Meditative Writing?
Whether you are brand new to writing, or a seasoned writer looking to inject energy back into your writing, meditative writing will change your writing life forever.
Designed for writers of all types, including screenwriters, playwrights, poets, novelists, and writers of any other genre, here are just a few of the many benefits of this approach
- Uncovering the Real Emotional Underbelly That Drives Great Films
- Discovering Your True Voice
- Creating More Provocative Dialogue, Images and Action
- Developing an “Inspiration on Command” Writing Schedule
- Injecting Joy Into Your Writing Process
- Getting in Touch With Your Characters
- Finding the Heart of Your Story
- Discovering Theme
- Natural Subtext
- Opening Up Your Creative Side
- Learning How To Write Even When You Can’t Find a “Quiet Place”
- Connecting Yourself To Your Characters and Story Even If You Are Working On Assignment
- Writing Cooler, Bigger, More Intense and Compelling Scenes
- Learning To Love Your Weirdness and Understand Its Value
- Banishing Writers Block Forever