A dramatic way to pitch a feature-length screenplay is to shoot a faux (preproduction) trailer for it. The first step in doing that is to script the trailer. And that’s what this contest is all about.
The Challenge: Write a 3-page (or less) script for a movie trailer that sells your screenplay.
Because the script is for a preproduction trailer, look for inexpensive ways to capture your big ideas and big scenes. Effective faux trailer scripts often rely on voiceover narration (rather than dialogue), text cards, a limited number of actors and locations, and few or no special effects. You can find tips on writing a faux trailer plus sample faux trailer scripts here.
Prizes: All prizes will be awarded. These include:
- Grand Prize: $1,000
- Four Genre Prizes: $100 each for the best trailer script in categories such as comedy, drama, horror, science fiction, or thriller
- Script notes for five entries
- Free copy of Moviemaking Illustrated for all entrants (value $15)
Additional prizes will be announced throughout the contest period.
Criteria: Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
- Originality: Does the trailer script pitch an interesting story?
- Producibility: Would it be possible to shoot the trailer on a modest budget?
- Persuasiveness: Does the trailer script make the reader want to read the underlying full-length screenplay—and then see the movie!
Deadline: October 30, 2011, 11:59 PM Pacific Coast Time (US)
Entry Fee: $25 (US) payable online via credit card or PayPal
Prepare a copy of your trailer script: maximum 3 pages + title page. The title page must include the following information:
- Title of your script
- Genre of your script (comedy, drama, horror, sci fi, thriller, etc.)
- The first and last names of the writer or cowriters
- Email address
- Physical address: street, city, state (province), country, postal code
- Telephone number
- Guardian’s name and phone number/email if you are under the age for making a legal contract (18 in most U.S. states)
- Logline describing your story in 25 words or less
- Number of pages of the full-length screenplay represented by your trailer script.
Save your script as a PDF or as a Word document.
Complete Your Submission
After you complete your payment you will be directed to a submission URL. Fill out this form and your entry will be finalized.