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:
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
|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.)|
|Free. We run on donations.|
|Everyone (worldwide) is welcome. No experience required.|
|Happiness. Creative juices. Pride. Laughter. Bragging rights. A brand-new script.|
|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
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.
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.