Sunday, April 21, 2013

Contest Alert!

Only twenty bucks for early submissions. Seriously considering this one...

2013 SCREAMCRAFT  Horror Script Contest In Association With The Blood List

Is your script the next “Paranormal Activity” or “Saw” franchise?  Whether you have a contained thriller or a big effects-driven horror film, WE WANT TO READ YOUR SCREENPLAY.  The judges panel includes 3 development executives at Lionsgate, Paramount and Sony.
    • First place prize is $1,000 cash + consultation with agent Kailey Marsh, founder of The Blood List, + personal recommendation of your script to the list’s 100 industry insiders who determine the top 13 dark genre scripts every October!
    • Second place prize is $100 cash and a phone call with a top literary manager.
    • All Top 10 Finalists will receive a page of development notes from one of our judges.
    • Early submission fee is only $20 until April 30th.  Enter now:

Orphan Black

Sarah Manning discovers that she has multiple doppelgangers, and someone is killing them off.

Absolutely fantastic premise but the pilot really didn’t grab me. Too much time spent on Sarah’s crummy life, crummy ex-boyfriend, stolen cocaine, etc. However, I suppose that information was necessary in order to justify why she would swap places with a recently deceased cop/doppelganger.

Tatiana Malsany is quite the chameleon. I didn’t realize that she was in one of the Ginger Snaps sequels until I looked her up on the imdb. She really seems to enjoy juggling all the wigs, outfits, and accents. 

All in all, the pilot reminded me of a grimier version of the CW’s short-lived Ringer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. But instead of a soapy melodrama, Orphan Black has great potential to be an effective police procedural and sci-fi thriller. My biggest criticism would be the pacing. The entire episode felt like several episodes of a web series stitched together into a loosely connected 60 minute movie. Subsequent episodes have been much stronger.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

R.I.P.D. Trailer

Based on the trailer, it would be difficult to ignore the obvious similarities between R.I.P.D. and Men in Black: a secret organization, mismatched partners, gruff older guy and the cocky younger guy, fish out of water, special effects driven, etc. We’ve come a long way from the days of 48 Hours and Lethal Weapon. Audiences have shorter attention spans and demand lots of spectacle. I do like the concept of otherworldly cops though. I haven't read the comic that it's based upon, so R.I.P.D. could very well be a completely original idea, but the marketing folks probably thought this was the best way to sell it. Only time will tell...

Sunday, April 14, 2013


The only thing I hate more than deadlines is missing them... The Nicholl final deadline is May 1st. Now I don’t want to jinx myself and say that I’ve finally gotten over the hump, I but feel pretty good about meeting that deadline with a completed polished script. I even have time to throw up a few posts this week. Stay tuned...


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