2011 Script-to-Screen Round 1 Results

From 13 entries, SwW’s three judges have chosen three semi-finalists for the November round of the 2011 Script-to-Screen short script contest with the theme “after one won.” They are (in alphabetical order):  AND THE WINNER IS by May Chaplin, ESCALATION by David Erickson, and THE LAST BUS RIDE by Deanna Perchyshyn. All the semi-finalist scripts will be posted for members to read and vote on their favorite.

The deadline for the next round is 15 December. Three semi-finalists’ screenplays from November, December, and January will comprise the finalist pool of nine scripts total. By end of January the judges will narrow down the 9 semi-finalists to 3 finalists.  Then IFP-MN directors will pitch on the ones they hope to film and ONE director will win his or her choice of ONE of the three finalist scripts, which will then be shot over the Summer.

New Program: Last Wednesdays

New Program: Last Wednesdays

Last Wednesdays of every month beginning October 26, 2011. Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm Location: MCTC, Technical Building, Room T-4250

For members of Screenwriters’ Workshop to exchange ideas, information, tips, and contacts to promote the sale of members’ scripts. Must be a current member in good standing.

There will be no discussion of actual script concepts or content on Last Wednesdays. This would be strictly a marketing meeting only.

Let’s use each other’s knowledge to help Minnesota’s Screenwriters’ Workshop become known as a place to turn to for good scripts!

Possible topics:

Members will research what doesn’t work.

Guest speakers—about sales and marketing only

Set up marketing ideas into categories, i.e. contests, indie production, contacts, etc. Members choose a category and work on that one, reporting back to the group.

Facilitated by Eric Olson, SWW member, contest-winning screenwriter, entrepreneur, and professor of business and marketing at Normandale Community College.

Script Night: JENNA’S GONE

Script Night: Monday, November 14th 7pm, with social mixer at 6pm in the lobby of The Jungle Theater, at Lyndale & Lake in Uptown Minneapolis

Staged reading with professional actors and director of SWW member Russ Meyer’s contest-winning script.

Title: JENNA’S GONE
Genre: Mystery thriller

Logline: When the waitress they both love goes missing, the friendship of a young untried deputy and an exceptional hunting guide is strained as the two track across the desert after the kidnapper, both suspecting the other of a role in her disappearance.

Bio: JENNA’S GONE is Russ Meyer’s tenth feature screenplay and won The Best Drama Script Award in the Screenplay Search Screenwriting Competition, and most recently won The Contest of Contest Winners. It was a quarter-finalist in the Nichol Fellowship competition, as well as a finalist in six other contests. Russ recently became a full-time writer, found an agent, and is completing his thirteenth feature script.

SWW Board of Directors Q&A

Answers from the SWW Board of Directors to member-asked questions:

First of all, many thanks to former board members: James McConnell, who recently retired upon completion of his board term; and Brett Johnson, who resigned but will continue to consult as needed on our website.

1. How many more Script Night public readings will there be in 2011-12?
Just two, one in the fall and one in the spring at The Jungle Theater in Uptown Minneapolis.

2. News on the Script-to-Screen winning short?
While writer Karen Frank was on holiday in Norway, director Howard Day cast the actors and shot the S2S winner using MCTC’s new Red camera on July 9th. The budget was met and Trina was on set as the Script Supervisor. AND, Eric Olson –who won the runner-up spot this year– asked to have his short script shot at his own expense ($2,000 or more has been budgeted by Olson); this request seemed reasonable and so, yes, his project was assigned to a director and crew and was also shot in July. The winning film (and possibly runner-up) will be screened at the Annual Meeting on October 1st.

3. Does Trina plan any “mixers” for members soon?
These get togethers have been very popular. If anyone would like to take over as committee chairperson, please contact Trina0623 at yahoo dot com. If not, Trina says that she may continue to chair, but with a new format. Mixers will no longer be stand-alone events with only SWW members – the real value in this is to network with other disciplines (actors, directors, producers, crew, etc). Mixers will be combined to precede other SWW events or with other related organizations such as MN-WIFT, Directors Workshop, MN FTVB, IFP, Playwrights Center, etc.

4. What are the new S2S rules for 2012?
Come to the annual SWW meeting in October when all will be revealed. A few rule changes are being contemplated. As of now, we know that the three deadlines for entering will be 15 November, 15 December and 15 January.

5. Will there be pitching again at the annual meeting?
Yes, this year’s speaker, a producer, will hear and critique 3 to 5 pitches– probably very much like last year’s speaker (Judith James) did. Ed Leschke plans a fall workshop for those members interested in learning pitching techniques.

6. Can Script Night readings be recorded for pod cast or other use?
Maybe– but it depends upon whether or not union actors are performing; these union rules must be looked into and permission granted before taping is allowed.

7. Have membership dues been raised?
No. Fifty dollars per year is the on-going membership fee for regular ( non-student) members. Script group leaders will be asked to make sure everyone in each writing group is a SWW member, and it is necessary to be a member before a script is accepted to be read at Second Tuesday.

Annual Members’ Meeting October 1st

Annual Members’ Meeting October 1st

Saturday, October 1st Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Technical Building

9:00 am – Continental Breakfast & Social Time

9:30 am – SWW annual report, committee reports, announcements, Q&A

10-10:15 am – Break 10:15 – Guest Speaker: Stephen McFeely – “Writing the Blockbuster Film” with Q&A and pitches from 3 SWW members

12:00 to 12:30 pm – Screening of 2011 Script to Screen winning short film Announce 2012 Script to Screen Challenge guidelines Speaker

Bio: Stephen McFeely is part of a writing team with Christopher Markus. Their most recent release was “Captain America” (2011). Other titles include “The Chronicles of Narnia” [ Read More ]