This past Saturday was epic for aspiring writers everywhere. For the first time ever, there was a “twit-pitch” logline contest via Twitter hosted by ScriptShadow (aka Carson Reeves). The rules were simple: pitch your feature script logline in 134 characters or less along with the hashtag #tp12 from 2pm-4pm PST. The best logline authors will have to forward the first 10 pages of their script for review. The top 20 will submit their full script and 1 winner will be chosen. If you’re not familiar with ScriptShadow or how much of an industry gatekeeper he’s become recently, I suggest going over there pronto.
Most recently, Carson helped bring one unknown writer, Tyler Marceca (THE DISCIPLE PROGRAM) into rooms with Hollywood producers through his weekly script reviews. Crazy, right? Read about this screenwriter fairytale here: http://www.writersstore.com/industry-insider-screenwriting-contest-with-robert-mark-kamen. With the recent buzz around Tyler and his script, Carson could be the indie writer’s fairy godmother (or godfather?). Who knows what fame could lie ahead for the winner of the Twit-Pitch?
There are two writing sites that I live by (The Script Lab and Go Into The Story), but just recently ScriptShadow broke into my top 3. Many site hosts review scripts, that’s nothing new. What I enjoy most about ScriptShadow is that each review ends with a ” What I learned” segment. Sometimes I think that’s where the best advice lies.
In you have a Twitter account, you can search for #tp12 to see the many loglines submitted. I was skimming through the countless entries on the actually day of and definitely give props to everyone who submitted.
What I learned: Crafting a good logline is hard, but making one that is 134 characters is near impossible. Clearly, an experiment like this proves that there are a lot more aspiring screenwriters out there than one could ever imagine. Many of the script loglines involved the following: sheer violence, sci-fi, horror, time-travel, historical characters/events. These “high concept” pitches surprised me because they felt so Hollywood big-budget. I do hope that some of the smaller character-driven smaller stories don’t get lost in the mix. Also, as usual, very few female-driven ideas, but maybe next time.
Stay tuned to Scriptshadow to find out who will be the chosen one!