Have you heard of Amazon.com’s latest venture to get into the movie-making business…Amazon Studios? http://studios.amazon.com/ They have teamed with Warner Brothers to produce feature-length movies from original scripts and movies solicited from the public. Since mid-November, people have been sending their work in, hoping for exposure, big contest prizes, and that dreamed-of discovery by a major Hollywood studio. So far, 2335 entries have been submitted and more pour in every day. There are seven categories: Action and Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Kids and Family, Science Fiction and Fantasy and Thriller and Suspense. You find all levels of expertise.
They want original, written scripts in professional format as well as all sorts of video productions. So, independent movie makers can also enter their electronic trailers, short films or feature-length movies. Even power point slide presentations of storyboards are acceptable. Anything that pitches the concept of the future movie can go up.
There are LOTS of excellent scripts and movies being posted and people are constantly improving and reworking their material, posting new versions as they go. Reviews are encouraged and solicited for anybody’s work because we can download all offerings and even rewrite, if we want to or send ideas and suggestions to the author. It’s like a global Writer’s Workshop, where everyone’s material is easily visible on the table. We learn a lot just by reading other people’s work and paying attention to the reviews and chat lines. It’s all an experiment, but very well thought out and, apparently, attracting some serious writers.They have just posted the fifty semifinalists for the December monthly contest and two will be selected to win $20,000 each. What excitement!
On January 10, I just put my first script up – The Candlewick Question – in the Kids & Family category. Check it out at http//studios.amazon.com/users.10660 . Keep scrolling down on that page for most of the information. Please come to my page and download and read my offering. Already, I’m into my first rewrite because I’ve learned so much from others. I’m sure I will continue to learn new ways to improve it. Hopefully, I can put more of my scripts here as I rework them. This is a whole lot of work, but is the best way any of us unknowns, have for being read. Just to be in the herd is a wonderful opportunity. I wouldn’t be surprised if the professionals get involved, as well. It raises the bar for the rest of us, but we all learn how to bring our work up a lot of notches and the Amazon experiment gains credibility.
The best thing is that it costs nothing to join or participate actively in. Amazon is very serious about attracting new writers and is willing to pour money into prizes. They make everything easy for everybody in democratizing a field that once was the exclusive venue of agents and producers and Hollywood “suits.” The cover has blown off of another sacred cow, just as in the book publishing industry. How great to be right in the middle of it all!
Again, here’s the link to my page. Scroll down and take a look at my script. I need the downloads!!! I’d love to hear from you in the form of a review, as well. http://studios.amazon.com/users/10660