The Shoot Your Sizzle Experience
What is the best way to make your project or concept stand out? A script is no longer enough. Time is limited, so producers want a shortcut to understanding your TV Pilot or Feature idea.
50% Off Your 2nd Script Entry *All scripts must be submitted on the same entry form to receive the discount.
More chances to win!
As the Shoot Your Sizzle Grand Prize Winner you’ll receive over $40,000 in Funds, Production and Post-Production Services, Professional Consulting and more to produce a sizzle or scene for your feature/pilot script. When completed, you will have an excellent calling card that the ISA Development team will champion alongside your script to dozens of companies like Eclectic Pictures, ICM, Bohemia Group Originals and more. Open to screenwriters of all levels!
You don’t need to be a filmmaker to apply, you just need a great TV Pilot or Feature script. We’ll help with the rest. The Shoot Your Sizzle winner will get professional guidance to produce a proof of concept—or “Sizzle Reel”—for your screenplay just like the Writer/Director of La La Land, Damien Chazelle did with his first film Whiplash, which was Oscar Nominated in 2015.
“I’d written Whiplash as a feature, and that’s what I wanted to do. But, as it turned out, the producers’ idea was a brilliant one. Not only did it arouse interest in the project that hadn’t existed before, it also allowed me to get my feet wet, to fine-tune what I really wanted this movie to be.”
– Damien Chazelle (Oscar Winning Writer/Director of La La Land, Whiplash)
“Winning the Sizzle Reel contest has been a real game changer for me. I can’t thank Emerging Screenwriters enough for the gigantic leap forward this contest has afforded me. Unlike other contests, where a win brings the hope of producers reading your script, this one gives the winner a concrete tool to sell and promote their story. It’s been an eye opening experience and a real delight to work with such a great and supportive team of professionals!”
– Jodi Levitan (Grand Prize Winner 2016)
[On the set of the sizzle shoot of 2017 Grand Prize Winner, Jodi Levitan's, Finding Distance]
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
1st 20 Pages Feedback (1-2 Pages) – So much of the opportunity available to your script is spent within the first twenty pages. You need to make sure the hook, teaser and cold open grabs the reader and presents you like it should. This feedback will give you those answers.
Full Feedback (2-3 Pages) – You know your work inside and out, now it’s time to get a second opinion. We’ll read your full script, and you’ll receive a detailed personalized critique on what we see, what we think, and suggestions on where to go next.
ISA Development Evaluation (5 Pages) – This is for those looking to submit to the ISA Development Slate. Writers who select this feedback will not only be considered for the Slate but receive suggestions on how to improve overall writing, story, structure, commercial appeal and more.
ISA-Certified Script Readers are experienced industry professionals with a variety of success in screenwriting, producing, and literary management. They are here to empower you to improve your work based on their well-informed perspective and how it relates to the structure and technique contained within your script. We strive to give you something more than just a pat on the back; we’re here to propel your script to the front of the line.
2015 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition Participating Writer:
“I just wanted to let you know that I have entered numerous contests over the last 3 years with this script and I am thrilled with this feedback. Usually coverage from contests means vague book reports, but the coverage I received makes it clear what needs to be done to improve the script. I can’t thank Emerging Screenwriters enough!” ~ Sam Lunay
(If you are a writer and want to be considered for the TOP 25, you must be an ISAConnect Member)