Rules and Guidelines for Screenwriters...

...Before getting neck deep in rules and guidelines

...there are some things you MUST know and accept about Create50 and The Impact50.

This is an initiative to platform talent, connect talent and improve our skills in filmmaking and marketing.

 

If you see it as a competition only, you will miss the greatest benefits.

 

Dates and deadlines tend to be soft and moveable. We do this as we discover things on the journey, and modifying the process will likely result in a better film. The whole process will take longer than we all anticipate, in line with all filmmaking endeavors.

 

We operate in as transparent a way as possible and share many updates via the News section. We invite you to get involved in conversations.

The story theme of 'The Impact'

  • The story begins with the President of the United States delivering the devastating news in a global newscast. 
  • Your scripts should tell a story of what happens between the announcement and the impact.
  • Your story can take place before the Impact OR after the Impact while awaiting the blast wave.
  • One or two stories will feature the blast impact as the earth shakes.
  • The theme is expressed through the human interactions that will take place in your stories. It is not science fiction. It's human drama with a science fiction backdrop.
  • Some stories may make us laugh, others should make us weep. All of them should move us and make us think about who we are.
  • Your story can take place over several hours as we visit your characters, though most will likely be told though a more compressed timescale.
  • In our story, the world does not descend into total anarchy or chaos (we can't stage this on challenging resources). There will be some chaos of course, and many people would of course abandon their jobs and services would most likely grind to a halt, like transport, communications, the internet. Of course, some people would remain to serve others. Just avoid large scale 'on screen' social breakdown.

Notes For Writers

If we get the scripts right, the films will be knockout and we will have a compelling movie that will make audiences 'feel’ very deeply. And that is the core ingredient for a hit.

Make no mistake, we are building on everything that we learned from 50 Kisses and we are determined to produce a film that will attract both broad audiences as well as broadcasters and distributors. We want this film to play very widely.

We learned a great deal from 50 Kisses. Here are some thoughts.

  1. Scripts MUST be two pages or less. Very few people submitted one page scripts, and there is no reason why you should not do so.
  2. Give your script an original title and do not call it 'The Impact'.
  3. Anyone can enter from anywhere around the world, though scripts must be in English.
  4. Scripts MUST be submitted in English although the subsequent films can be translated into any language.
  5. Do submit several scripts, especially the one you think is a great idea, and the one(s) that scare you to write. Be bold or controversial.
  6. Do redraft, rewrite and polish before uploading. 80% of scripts submitted to 50 Kisses contained typos, redundant words and just plain, first draft writing. Be excellent and you will rise to the top of the pile.
  7. Don’t obsess about punchline stories with big character arcs and melodrama. Small and understated stories can work just as well, even portraiture in some cases.
  8. But if you do have a killer ‘big’ story, do write and submit it. Remember you can submit more than one script and we urge you to write something radically different for your second submission.
  9. To help filmmakers, unless absolutely essential, we would avoid naming cities / countries in your scripts. This will allow filmmakers ANYWHERE to produce your script and in the correct timezone for their own shooting location.
  10. Consider producing a film, even if it’s not your script. The value is in the journey, process, new relationships and experience.
  11. Consider production issues. Someone who is cash strapped but overflowing with passion and chutzpah may shoot your film. Ask yourself, how could I arrange what’s in the script? If you feel it would be possible, even a challenge, it’s probably OK.
  12. Avoid obvious ‘first idea’ stories. No matter how good it is, if it’s an obvious thought we may well get a lot of scripts on that same theme, and we can only take one script that tells ‘that story’. In ‘50 Kisses’ we had around 100 ‘deathbed in a hospital confession’ scripts, and we could really only take one or the film would start to feel very ‘samey’. By all means write it and submit it, but also write a second one that is not that ‘brilliant first idea’ you had.
  13. Be prepared to engage with the community in a positive and constructive manner.  Expect to receive feedback, some of which you may not like. But remember this is a critical part of the writer's process and will be a constant throughout your writing career.  
  14. Be prepared to engage in the process beyond the writing of your script. We encourage you to engage and collaborate with the filmmakers and you should also expect to get involved in the marketing (online and via traditional press) of the final completed film as it goes into distribution (be that in theatres, television or online).  Though your script may be one of many shorts included, ultimately this is YOUR film and YOUR career you are advancing.
  15. To submit a script you MUST pay the entry fee AND sign the contract. Your script remains YOUR property but you do give us the right to produce it, and to allow the community to produce it.