Friday, 24 March 2017

Shore Scripts 2017

With $35k in cash and prizes, Shore Scripts 2017 is now open for submissions:


Shore Scripts 2017 - Now Open For Submissions





We've added some great new prizes, judges and production companies for 2017's contest. Our winners will meet with top producers, agents, and managers, as well as winning substantial cash and industry prizes. 
There's more opportunities than ever before to get your screenwriting career off the ground with Shore Scripts!



Today we have added the actress Thora Birch to 2017's roster of 37 Oscar, Golden Globe, EMMY, Bafta, and Cannes winning filmmakers, all of whom are on-board to read this year's best screenplays. 





'I would like to applaud each of the writers and thank them for allowing me to read their wonderful work. Each writer is clearly at a level that assures me that if they are not already working (paid to write), that time is nigh.' Judge - FRANK RENZULLI - writer of The Sopranos, The Walking Dead
'It rips your heart out to have to choose.  All five entries were unique, outstanding and something fresh.' Judge T. Rafael Cimino, Executive Producer HBO Films
'I was very impressed with the short scripts I read for Shore; vibrant, unusual ideas were in abundance, each explored with creativity, imagination and nuance. I hope that these words take the next step and are realised cinematically, as I am confident that they would be striking pieces of work.' Judge Lydia Beilby, Short Film Programmer at The Edinburgh Film Festival
'Can I go on record as saying how high I thought the standard was. Every one of these writers is a talent.' Judge - MATTHEW GRAHAM - writer of Doctor Who, Life on Mars
'Another great crop of scripts this year. I very much look forward to the Shore Scripts contest as the quality is always surprisingly high.' Judge - STEPHEN WOOLLEY - producer of Carol, Great Expectations, Youth, The Crying Game


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1st MARCH - 31st MAY 2017



Many Thanks, 
The Shore Scripts Team.






It's Oscar season once again, so this month we have expert film reviewer Jeff Bottemley asking what exactly makes a winning script, former Hallmark writer/developer Carley Smale talks writing Christmas TV movies, and the producers at Seventh Crow delve into writing award winning web series, plus all the rest. 




What is a Golden Screenplay?

Jack Bottemley, a regular contributor to the UK Film Review, takes a thorough look at this years Oscar nominees for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay. Taking the awards rich history into consideration, he looks at what it takes to become a winner in both these categories. Read the full article here

Christmas Comes Early with Carley Smale

Although Christmas is firmly behind us, the business of writing and producing this years new crop of Christmas TV movies is already well under way. Former Hallmark Channel writer and developer Carley Smale gives us an interesting insight into the world that is Christmas movies. Read the full article here.


Writing an Award Wining Web Series

We got together with writer/director Pavel Shepan and producer Bianca Herold from Seventh Crow, creators of the award winning supernatural drama Judas Goat, to pick their brains about the process of writing and developing a web series. Find out just why you should be writing small screen content, issues surrounding episodic structuring, getting to know the market and much, much more by reading the full article here
You can also view the trailer for Judas Goat below and watch the gripping series in its entirety on Stream




Improve Your Screenwriting Skills



Script Reader Pro are running a discount for all Shore Scripts subscribers on their downloadable screenwriting course, Script Hackr.
Forget all the confusing and vague “fluff” found in most screenwriting courses, coverage and books. Script Hackr will skyrocket your screenwriting skills by utilizing rarely talked about hacks and hands-on practical exercises to de-mystify screenwriting theory.
 The course retails at $299 but you can get it for just $99 by using this coupon code at checkout: SRSCRT3
You can check out more details on the course by going here:





The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon (2008) written and directed by Richard Gale has so many shots, scenes and sequences packed into ten minutes, it may well indeed be described as epic. I love shorts that use the trailer format, condensing a story down to the minimum and it does feel like you’ve pretty much watched an entire movie here. The irony is, this short possibly runs the risk of shooting itself in the foot by taking the long drawn out repetition to the max. You be the judge. You can find the short here on YouTube too.



Script of the Month

With conformation that series two will air this Halloween, take the chance to sit down and read the pilot script for the hugely successful Stranger Things, written by the Duffer Brothers with its effectively written description that's spaced out fantastically, drawing your eyes to all the important details. Well worth a read

Music of the Month

Soak up the unsettling yet melodic dark presence of piano, xylophone, and guitar harmonics created by Scottish post rock band Mogwai written for the French supernatural drama Les Revenants (The Returned). It's both relaxing and disquieting at the same time, listen to the full album on YouTube here.   



You better be quick if you want to make use of the #RadarAwards earlybird deadline price of £20 as the deadline closes March 5th. Photographers, designers and directors - all visual content creators - are invited to apply. All shortlisted entries receive industry feedback and top-level networking with fantastic mentorship opportunities for winners. For more details go here:




Joseph Heller 
Flannery O'Connor
Edward Albee
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Screenwriters, and all creative’s, we want to see you at Work, Rest and Play. Do you want the world to see what you’re doing, then simply upload an Instagram video or photo and tag us @shorescripts with #shorescripts. Each week on a Monday we will pick our favourite three and regram them. We look forward to seeing all of your #shorescripts photos and building an Instagram community together!













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