THE CINESTORY PODCAST: CONCEPT

This month on the podcast, we share with you a discussion about the most fundamental element of a screenplay: its concept.

Recorded at CineStory 2012, in this session pro writers Mark Fergus and Philip Eisner discuss what makes for a great concept. Between them, Mark and Philip have been responsible for films such as CHILDREN OF MEN, IRON MAN and EVENT HORIZON.

Meet the 2013 CSA Finalists...


Once again our judges had their work cut out for them in determining the finals contenders. Out of a field of truly great scripts, this year's eight finalists are:

2013 CSA FINALISTS

 

CAKE - Patrick Tobin, Long Beach, CA

CUTTING NUMBERS - Morgan von Ancken, New York, NY

DEAD DOLORES - Michael Yagnow, Brooklyn, NY

FLOATING PRINCESS - Lyvia A Martinez, Burbank, CA

FUTURE SCHOOL - David Ullendorff, Los Angeles, CA
OFFSIDES - Rebekah Reaves, Houston, TX    

SIX WEEKS IN HEAVEN - Chris Phillips, Sydney, Australia                        

THE MOONBEAM FISHERMAN - John Dummer, Chicago, IL

      

Best of luck to these writers, each of whom is in the running for the grand prize, the CineStory Fellowship, valued at over $17k.    

          

Stay tuned for announcements regarding the winners in early July.

Congratulations to the 2013 CSA Semifinalists!

After more careful, and difficult, deliberations, we are proud to announce the semifinalists of the 2013 CineStory Screenwriting Awards. Each writer below has earned an invitation to the 2013 Retreat and is in the running for the CineStory Fellowship. Congratulations to you all!

2013 CSA SEMIFINALISTS

11 - Troy Taylor, Melbourne, Australia

ALBERT'S LIE - Judy Vann, Los Angeles, CA

ANOTHER GOODBYE - Ryan Christopher Churchill, Toronto, Canada

ANOTHER LIFE - Sal Bardo, Weehawken, NJ

CAKE - Patrick Tobin, Long Beach, CA

CUTTER'S DAUGHTER - Curtis David Sackett, Los Angeles, CA

CUTTING NUMBERS - Morgan von Ancken, New York, NY

DEAD DOLORES - Michael Yagnow, Brooklyn, NY

EXVITRO - Maria Hinterkoerner, New Orleans, LA

FIRST LIGHT - Douglas Stark, Glendale, CA

FISH STICKS - Stephen Buck, Marina del Rey, CA

FLOATING PRINCESS - Lyvia A Martinez, Burbank, CA

FUTURE SCHOOL - Uli Izar, Los Angeles, CA

I, OF THE HURRICANE - Ken Pearson, Scottsdale, AZ

JOKERS & THIEVES - Mark Rathaus, Westlake Village, CA

KEENER - Corey Mayne, Windsor, Canada

LOUSY LAY - Robert Keith Watson, Sherman Oaks, CA

LUCY GOES BALLISTIC - Charlie Lyons, Somerville, MA

NEVERSLEEP - Giles Daoust, Bruxelles, Belgium

OFFSIDES - Rebekah Reaves, Houston, TX                      

SEVEN DAYS IN ROSETOWN - David Hudacek, Lexington MA

SIX WEEKS IN HEAVEN - Chris Phillips, Sydney, Australia

SNAPPER - Claire Fowler, Bronx, NY                                  

THE BECKONING BUSH - Deborah Vajda, St. Paul, MN

THE CLEAR HORIZON - William Flannigan, Glendale, CA

THE CROSSING - Shawn Pittard, Sacramento, CA

THE MOONBEAM FISHERMAN - John Dummer, Chicago, IL            

THE RIM OF THE WORLD - Bettina Moss, Los Angeles, CA

THE TURNING SEASON - Monique Mata, Little Compton, RI

WRATH - Abraham Frank, Los Angeles, CA

Congratulations to the 2013 CSA Quarterfinalists

Each year, we are truly honored to read the work of those writers who enter the CSA's and want to extend a heartfelt thanks to each and every one for sharing their work with us. Thanks also to all our judges for their efforts.

After much careful deliberation, we are delighted to announce the 55 scripts advancing to the next round of the competition. Quarterfinalists are in the running for an invitation to the 2013 Retreat as well as the CineStory Fellowship, valued at over $17k.

 

2013 CSA QUARTERFINALISTS

1066: THE BASTARD - Marc Heberden, Bellingham, WA

11 - Troy Taylor, Melbourne, Australia

A REVERANCE FOR SPIDERS - Faiza Ambah, France             

ALBERT'S LIE, Judy Vann, Los Angeles, CA

ANOTHER GOODBYE - Ryan Christopher Churchill, Toronto, Canada

ANOTHER LIFE - Sal Bardo, Weehawken, NJ

BALLERS - Kayne Gorney, Los Angeles, CA

BLUEBIRD - Nat Bouman, Brackney, PA

CAKE - Patrick Tobin, Long Beach, CA

CRATER - Luke Pimentel, Petaluma, CA

CUTTER'S DAUGHTER - Curtis David Sackett, Los Angeles, CA

CUTTING NUMBERS - Morgan von Ancken, New York, NY

DEAD DOLORES - Michael Yagnow, Brooklyn, NY

DIVERSION - George Covic, Capistrano Beach, CA

EXVITRO - Maria Hinterkoerner, New Orleans, LA

F_CK YOU MONEY - Matt Straquadine, New York, NY

FIRST LIGHT - Douglas Stark, Glendale, CA

FISH STICKS - Stephen Buck, Marina del Rey, CA

FLOATING PRINCESS - Lyvia A Martinez, Burbank, CA          

FUTURE SCHOOL - Uli Izar, Los Angeles, CA

HOLY MOLE - Marie Roughan, Mill Valley, CA

I, OF THE HURRICANE - Ken Pearson, Scottsdale, AZ

INTERVIEW - Ray Gettman Bush, St. Louis, MO

JOKERS & THIEVES - Mark Rathaus, Westlake Village, CA

KARMA - Cuban Gore, Brisbane, Australia

KEENER - Corey Mayne, Windsor, Canada

LIFE IN THE MINORS - Stephen Bralver, Pacific Palisades, CA

LOUSY LAY - Robert Watson, Sherman Oaks, CA

LUCY GOES BALLISTIC - Charlie Lyons, Somerville, MA

MANDROID & WIFE - Marjory Kaptanoglu, Belmont, CA

ME & SIMON BAKER - Michael Klug, Hollywood, CA

NEVERSLEEP - Giles Daoust, Bruxelles, Belgium

OFFSIDES - Rebekah Reaves, Houston, TX                           

OLE - Jon Price & Jerry Rapp                                                    

SEVEN DAYS IN ROSETOWN - David Hudacek, Lexington, MA

SIX WEEKS IN HEAVEN - Chris Phillips, Sydney, Australia

SNAPPER - Claire Fowler, Bronx, NY                                       

THE BECKONING BUSH - Deborah Vajda, St. Paul, MN

THE CLEAR HORIZON - William Flannigan, Glendale, CA

THE CROSSING - Shawn Pittard, Sacramento, CA

THE FINAL DAYS OF RALPH WALDO - Brian Rawlins, Topanga, CA

THE GOOD COACH - Scott Sublett, San Jose, CA

THE LONG SHOT - Lorrie Smith, Silver Spring, MD

THE MOONBEAM FISHERMAN - John Dummer, Chicago, IL 

THE OVERSEER - David Weston, Santa Monica, CA

THE PHANTOM KNIGHTS - Rex Carter, Portland, OR

THE PRAIRIE BOYS - Ash Corristine, County Laois, Ireland

THE PRICE OF FLOWERS - Ashley Charbonnet, New Orleans, LA

THE RIM OF THE WORLD - Bettina Moss, Los Angeles, CA

THE SECRET LIFE OF SISTER JANE DARE - Debra Vance, Santa Barbara, CA

THE TALOQUAN NETWORK - Robert Hestand, Los Angeles, CA

THE TURNING SEASON - Monique Mata, Little Compton, RI

THROUGH THE CRACKS - David Rocchio, Stowe, VT              

WRATH - Abraham Frank, Los Angeles, CA

YOUR PLANET OR MINE - Richard Hohenrath, Cary, NC    

2012 Fellow Lukas Hassel on his fellowship and his winning script

Halfway through his fellowship year, CineStory checked in with Lukas Hassel to see how his project is progressing and how his fellowship is helping shift the needle.

CineStory: For those who don't know, give us the logline for your fellowship-winning script, LE MECANO:
Lukas Hassel: "An introverted mechanic is haunted by the brutal lynching of a gay young man in his Algerian hometown.  Propelled by reasons unknown even to himself, the Mechanic goes on a mysterious journey to track down the young man's life in Paris."

CS: Where did the inspiration for the story come from and how long did you work on it before submitting for the 2012 CSA's?
LH: Every day the news are filled with stories of women and minorities having to suffer unimaginable terrors in the name of piousness. Women's noses cut off, acid thrown in faces for refusing marriage proposals, gay men hung purely for their sexuality. I knew I wanted to explore this. Explore the silent approval of the many who let this happen, not just the few who perform the heinous deeds. It was probably the easiest script I've written to date. I had a clear vision, a clear outline, a clear understanding of my characters. Took me less than a year from beginning to end (as much as it's ever "ended"...)

CS: What's your aim with this script? Are you looking for a sale or option or are looking to direct it yourself?
LH: This is a script that I plan to direct. I have a good basis for arguing that I'll be the best option for this. I know this story, know its heartbeat. It won't be easy, but with a good crew and team for support, it'll happen.

CS: What has been happening with your script since you won the fellowship back in August 2012?
LH: The CineStory Fellowship generated a huge amount of interest. Backed up by great results in both the Nicholl and Big Break contests. I'm in talks with several producers, all trying to figure out a way of making it happen. It's a difficult script. Harsh and in your face. Not for everyone. For producers it's a unique puzzle to fall into place with a possible co-financing between US/Europe. Thankfully a great handful of believers, CineStory included, works hard for Le Mécano to get made.

CS: How has your fellowship year fared so far? What's it like working with your mentors and how have they help to advance your progress with LE MECANO or with your career in general?
LH: My mentors are amazing. Both incredibly busy with their own careers, they have found a way to be involved and very hands on. Susan Cartsonis, in particular, has been outstanding. We are in constant contact and I've already learned so much about the aftermath of writing a great script. It's really just the beginning.

CS: What's the most important thing you've learned from your mentor-fellow relationship so far?
LH: Not being afraid to reach out, and ask the tough questions. Think creatively about what you need. Don't sit back and expect everyone to work hard for you, but stay involved, stay hungry, stay focused.

The April Hotsheet

INTRODUCING THE CINESTORY HOT SHEET

It's easy to lose track of everything going on in the industry, but staying on top of trends is vital in this ever-changing landscape.

So each month CineStory will bring you the latest news and articles from the world of screenwriting, filmmaking and new media. Here are our top picks from the last month:

And watch below for an excerpt from the AMC pilot, MALKOVICH'S MAIL, about the query letters and approaches that John Malkovich's production company receives from screenwriters around the country.
Malkovich's Mail - PART 1
Malkovich's Mail - PART 1

Podcast Ep 106: The Hyphenate Question

THE HYPHENATE QUESTION – IS IT STILL POSSIBLE TO BE ‘JUST A WRITER’?

From writer-directors to writer-producers, many writers make their mark by wearing two hats. What kinds of opportunities does the hyphenate open up? Does having a reel, short film or webseries that you directed or produced add value to your career?

In this informal room from the 2012 Retreat, Seth Jaret, CEO of Content Engine, and Josh, a literary manager, speak to this question and the implications of the changing mediaverse for writers trying to succeed in today's Hollywood.

And if you enjoy this podcast, check out Seth's Hollywood Drive & Talk series more great advice on navigating the business:

Drive & Talk

One Week Left to Launch Your Career with the CineStory Screenwriting Awards and Fellowship

Don't miss out on your chance to be the next CineStory Fellow or to attend the 2013 CineStory Writers Retreat. Enter the CineStory Screenwriting Awards today!

Late deadline: February 15th, 11:59pm
Entry fee: $65

SPECIAL OFFER: 2 entries for $90

If you've already entered one script, pay the difference and enter a second at this discounted rate. Just email us for instructions: contest@cinestory.org.

Grand Prize includes $5000 cash, free admission to the Retreat and a 12-month fellowship program.

Here's what 2011 and 2012 Retreat attendee Ken Pearson has to say about why any writer should attend.

2012 CineStory Retreat - Writer Ken Pearson
2012 CineStory Retreat - Writer Ken Pearson


Enter here: http://www.cinestory.org/enternow