3.01.2012

Blasians can benefit from ScriptFrenzy, too!


Have you ever watched a movie and thought you could do better? How about a television show? Have you read a comic book/manga and seriously thought about writing one, too? Or have you read a wonderful book and believed it deserved to be made into a movie? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then participating in ScriptFrenzy 2012 is the writing contest for you.

What is ScriptFrenzy? As stated on the site:

Script Frenzy is an international writing event in which participants take on the challenge of writing 100 pages of scripted material in the month of April. As part of a donation-funded nonprofit, Script Frenzy charges no fee to participate; there are also no valuable prizes awarded or "best" scripts singled out. Every writer who completes the goal of 100 pages is victorious and awe-inspiring and will receive a handsome Script Frenzy Winner's Certificate and web icon proclaiming this fact.

Even those who fall short of the page goal will be applauded for making a heroic attempt. Really, you have nothing to lose—except that nagging feeling that there's a script inside you that may never get out.

If you're interested in writing an original movie script, an adapted movie script, a comic book/manga or a television script, keep reading and find out how:


Script Frenzy in a Nutshell

The Challenge
Write 100 pages of original scripted material in the 30 days of April. (Screenplays, stage plays, TV shows, short films, and graphic novels are all welcome.)
When
April 1-30
Cost
Free. We run on donations.
Who
Everyone (worldwide) is welcome. No experience required.
Prizes
Happiness. Creative juices. Pride. Laughter. Bragging rights. A brand-new script.
How
Sign up! Tell everyone that you are in the Frenzy. Get ready to start writing on April 1.

The 5 Basic Rules of Script Frenzy
The Rules

1) To be crowned an official Script Frenzy winner, you must write a script (or multiple scripts) of at least 100 total pages and verify this tally on ScriptFrenzy.org.

2) You may write individually or with a partner. Writing teams will have a 100-page total goal for their co-written script or scripts.

3) Scriptwriting may begin no earlier than 12:00:01 AM on April 1 and must cease no later than 11:59:59 PM on April 30, local time.

4) You may write screenplays, stage plays, TV shows, short films, comic book and graphic novel scripts, adaptations of novels, or any other type of script your heart desires.

5) You must, at some point, have ridiculous amounts of fun.

Still unclear? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.


ScriptFrenzy's main site also has excellent writer resources. There are not only How to Guides, tips on Building Great Characters and Stories, Scriptwriter Bootcamps and Worksheets, but also How To Cameos written by professional scriptwriters and all of these resources are found on this page. It's worth it to click on the links, which includes advice on outlining, beginnings and endings, dialogues, scene and story, after the draft, structure and format, characters, on the process, and comedy. Pep talks and the forums are indispensable. Without this information, I would have been lost.

If you don't know what a movie script looks like, go directly to SimplyScripts and read at your leisure. The first thing you'll probably notice is that you can only write what you SEE in a script. Unless a character is speaking in voice-over, there's no character introspection or bulky description. As expected, without those elements that drive a novel, there's plenty of white space on a scripted page.

I participated and won ScriptFrenzy in April 2011 after failing NaNoWriMo in 2010. Thankfully, I was finally able to win NaNo in November 2011.

It was only after I'd found ScriptFrenzy that I realized that perhaps novel writing wasn't for me. I equally dislike reading and writing bulky description. Dialogue is my only strength and it is dialogue that drives a script, so this was perfect for me.

With April being one of the busiest months of the year for me, I thought I'd go crazy trying to write last year, but it turned out to be a wonderfully relaxing exercise after I learned how to manage the formatting. I used the Celtx writing program. Ultimately, I ended up with 106 pages and I was thrilled with the result. Despite my happiness, the script is hardly worth sharing.

Since I know I can write a movie script, I'd like to try my hand at writing a comic book/graphic novel/manga. In doing so, I would love nothing more than to work with either a Black female or Asian male graphic artist. A couple of years ago, I wrote a fairly decent piece of fiction that can be altered to spread Blasian love, respect and dignity. Any artist who volunteers will be able to read the "novelized" story before the comic book script is written. It would be ready around the 25th of this month.

This will be a serious challenge for me because the process and the format are completely different from the movie script and I'll have to consider the artist at every stage of the writing. I'll also need to be open to suggestions as it would be OUR story rather than just mine.

I hope my fellow blasians will join me on this new adventure. I can't guarantee that anyone will buy our Blasian scripts, but we have the power of the Internet at our disposal. Others have made their dreams come true online and so can we. In truth, we can do better. We can write, produce, direct and even one day distribute our own stories on the world stage.

10 comments:

  1. Hmmm...I like this concept and, I applaud you for your win

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    1. Thank you, M! Are you considering it? It was an amazing experience. Once I got the hang of the format, I just kept typing away.

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  2. Ooooh, shiny! NaNoScriWriMo. =D

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    1. Are you jumping on this shiny train?

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  3. Damn, LeoPrincess! I was thinking the same thing!

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    1. How about a Corruption script? I'll be curious at how you handle things that were once thought, but in a script has to be said. It will give a completely NEW dimension to Mo and Jordan's relationship.

      Writing the script last year helped me understand why I perceived actors to have gotten it "wrong" when they played a role a certain way. I didn't know that they were coming from a completely different perspective. If a script was based on a novel, many directors ask actors to NOT read the novel or base their interpretations based on what was written in it. Instead, they need to create their own version of the character based on what little they receive in the script.

      This proves once again that knowledge is power.

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  4. I did Script Frenzy last year and won. Afterwards, there is a sense of accomplishment that you feel in yourself after winning. I tried for NaNaWrimo last year and didn't win @o@ I was doing a Blasian story. I'm not sure if I'll enter script frenzy this year due to college overloading me with homework and exams. However, congrats on your win last year! I also would love to write for a graphic novel/manga. In fact, I plan on trying to find an artist to collaborate with, because I have a lot of ideas for a graphic novel that I would love to see drawn out.

    Nevertheless, good luck to anyone else who plans on entering Script Frenzy this year!

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    1. Congratulations on your win, Pandaninja. That is truly a great accomplishment. NaNoWriMo can be hell. I was also writing a story with a Blasian pair that actually never got around to becoming a couple. I'll need to work on that for awhile.

      Though I'll be overloaded in April, too, working up to 14 hours per day, script frenzy actually helps me filter out other distractions. I tell family, friends, buddies and others that I'm not available. It's my way of having *me* time.

      I hope that some of our regular members with artistic talent will join in. Though I'm not partial to romance, the story I mentioned in the main post is definitely one of those "how they got together tales." Getting to the sexy times is the whole purpose of the piece. The Black female, who is culturally and ethnically both East and West African is a kickass genius in her field and she can kick butt if she has to. The male, too, is a multi-ethnic Asian/Native American. I'm not big on monolithic slabs of anything. ;)

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