Write a screenplay (a script for a movie) in fewer than 1500 words that begins with something getting damaged by fire. What gets damaged, how it gets burned, and who/what starts the spark is up to you!
This happens to be what kicks off the plot of Prom, the new movie written by Katie Wech. Katie will also be judging the contest!
To make your play ready for film, we’re also asking you to include these fun extras:
1) The suggested music of each scene (if any). Include the name of the song & the artist at the top of each scene/group of scenes.
2) A suggestion of who your ideal actors would be. You may include this in the description of your play. (“LISA: Eva Longoria. MARK: Zach Galifianakis”)
As in a play, you should include a character list at the very beginning of the screenplay (Characters: LISA, MARK) , scene direction/description (SCENE 1: Outside a large building, in the shade of a large tree. Two characters, LISA and MARK, are sitting on a blanket), character tags (“LISA” before she begins to speak), direction of movement for your actors in the middle of dialogue (LISA turns away from the sandwich, grabs a knife), and any more particular (fancier) play/screenwriting formatting you wish. We will not judge you on the correctness of the format of your screenplay, but on its content.
For more help learning how to write a screenplay, or for examples, go here. Below is an example of a screenplay, taken from PROM by Katie Wech:
How to Enter:
1) Start something new
2) Write your entry, press “publish now”
3) On the “details” page, tag your story as screenwritingcontest
4) Wait the hour or so it sometimes takes for your entries to appear below.
The deadline is Sunday, June 5 at 6pm EST. Then YOU determine the winners by hearting your favorite entries; the top hearted contest entries on Sunday, June 12 at 9PM will get sent to Katie Wech, who will choose the winner! The winner will receive 3 fantastic movies with prom in them: Pretty in Pink, Napoleon Dynamite, and 10 Things I Hate About You. Good luck, Figs!
1. One entry per person, please.
2. The promotion of your contest entry is not allowed on Figment. This includes self-promotion and the promotion of other users’ contest entries in the Figment forums, the comments and reviews of stories, and the Figment Facebook page. Independent promotion on sites unrelated to Figment, like personal Facebook or Twitter accounts, is fine.
3. Works must be submitted according to the instructions above between the announcement of the contest and the closure of the contest. Entries created before the start date or after the end date will not be included in the pages of contest entries and will be ineligible to win. This means a new story must be created for the contest; adapting an old story published before the start of the contest will make the entry ineligible to win.
4. The rules of the contest are both strict and open to interpretation by a moderator.
5. The creation of multiple accounts to heart or otherwise vote for your contest entry on Figment is prohibited, and may result in the disqualification of that entry, the deletion of your Figment account, and/or the blocking of your IP address permanently from the site, at the moderator’s discretion.