Once you get past the 1-page synopsis and 2-3 page treatment, then the final short film scripts should range from 10 pages to 15 pages ONLY (this does not include the title page). Make sure it is properly formatted in Courier New 12-pt. font with proper margins.
2. What type of stories/scripts are you looking for?
Very good question. We don't have any specific stories we want to see but we are pretty sure of what we DON'T want to see. We don't want young folks sitting in a room talking about the internet or their girlfriends/boyfriends. We don't want yet another take off on The Walking Dead (or basically anything to do with zombies) or hipster youth spouting a bunch of snarky dialogue to show how cool they are. Sounds harsh? Yeah. But your brain would be fried too if you have been reading script after script that are all written with the same subject over and over...However, if you think you have a totally original and fresh take on those subjects, then go ahead and submit it. But we've warned you.
2. Why are you charging us to submit?
We are charging a very small fee to pay for our time to read and give give you meaningful feedback. Also to manage the website. For the chance to get your short film funded while learning with professionals, this is a great deal.
3. Will I be able to direct the movie if my script is chosen?
That is our intention. We want to give you an opportunity to grow and learn but since this a real world experience, you will not be given "free reign". You will need to be prepared and willing to defer final creative decisions to us if we think it is necessary.
4. If I don't want to direct it, what can I do on the film?
It depends on what talent and ability you can bring to the set. Our minds are open though. We want you to have a great learning experience so we are confident we can accomidate what you are interested in doing.
5. Do I get "final cut" of the film?
This is where that "real world experience" rears its head again. In the real world, very very few directors get final cut. However, we do guarentee that you can do a "director's cut within a certain timeframe. But, as the studio financing your work, we retain the right to "final cut" of the movie.
6. Can I submit more than one 250-word story idea?
Certainly! We encourage that. But each submission must still be its own separate form and $20 fee.
7. How soon until I hear back from you regarding my 250-word submission?
You should get a response to either "move forward" with submitting your treatment or ideas from us in order to get to the treatment stage within 7 days. If you don't, please make sure to contact us right away.
8. If I take your ideas and re-write my synopsis, story or script and re-submit it, do I need to pay another $20?
No. The $20 is a one-time fee per story submission. However, our feedback will be specifically geared towards each story idea to advance that particular story forward. If you decide to start over from scratch and totally change your story, we reserve the right to charge another $20 fee as a new submission.
9. What if, after I get all the way to submitting an actual screenplay, it doesn't get chosen for production?
If you get as far as submitting a proper screenplay to us, then we want to keep in touch with you. This means that whatever script we did end up green lighting, we want to try and make you a part of the production somehow. Either as a crew memeber, actor, extra or even if you just want to observe. We want to provide an opportunity to gain experience.