6 posts tagged filmmakers
6 posts tagged filmmakers
The moment in Romeo + Juliet when Leo falls over in the church wasn’t in the script. The floor was slippery which caused him to fall over, but since it fitted in with Friar Laurence’s line “Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast,” it was kept in the film.
Did you know Amazon Studios is now accepting concept videos? Check out the latest submissions and let us know if you see any that you think should be made into feature films.
Amazon Studios’ open door for creators has now opened even wider. Filmmakers are invited to submit short “concept videos” that present a compelling idea for a theatrical feature film.
These short films – 2-15 minutes in length – will be evaluated by the Amazon Studios development staff and considered for option. The process works like script submission: You can submit publicly or privately. There is a 45-day option and evaluation period. Creators of projects added to the Development Slate receive a $10,000 payment.
So what is Amazon Studios looking for? These should be videos that express an idea that’s begging to be seen on the big-screen, in full-length, full-budget form. These could be bold, imaginative worlds, original premises, or unique perspectives.
A great concept video doesn’t need to lay out the entire feature film in all three acts, but serve as a solid foundation to build on.
See the full Amazon Studios Movie Development Slate.
Richard Linklater did a Reddit AmA, and talked about his movies (the Before series, Waking Life, Dazed and Confused), inspirations, and improvisation:
"The percentage of improv in the 3 movies is exactly 0%. It’s all scripted and rehearsed until Julie and Ethan practically lose their minds."
Read the whole thing.
Reblogged from somethingclassic
Mercenaries facing the ultimate evil in The Temple. A singer struggling with the demands of his career and his calling – demon hunting – in Velvet Elvis. Two filmmakers have been selected to receive $50,000 each from Amazon Studios to turn these scripts into full-length test movies, visual rough drafts that give a worldwide audience a chance to assess projects in development as feature films.
Dozens of filmmakers submitted proposals for test movie funding, and these were evaluated based on the filmmaker’s credibility, the feasibility of each proposal and overall awesomeness. The chosen two requested $40,000, and will receive an additional $10,000 to make their finished product even better. There were a number of strong contenders, and we appreciate the effort people put into sharing their vision.
The funded test movies are due to be completed by the end of the year.
Alex Greenfield co-wrote The Temple, Amazon Studios’ Best Script award-winner for July, and will direct the test movie, which he envisions as a motion comic that stands “as a wholly engaging entertainment experience in its own right.” Greenfield spoke at the Amazon Studios panel at Comic-Con this year, and sees the script he wrote with Michael K. Eitelman as one that will resonate with a Comic-Con/genre audience – and beyond. “Featuring incredible action, unsettling scares and vivid characters, The Temple has all the ingredients of a crossover hit like 28 Days Later,” Greenfield said in his proposal for funding.
Jeff Stewart and his ADP Films team demonstrated their vision for a live-action Velvet Elvis test movie by creating a short film featuring Kirk Ponton in the title role, which won them major style points. “Just the basic premise of a black Elvis impersonator who hunts demons is enough to hook practically anyone into the story, which is where we at ADP Films, were hooked,” Stewart wrote in his proposal for funding. “This film should be a great addition to the horror/comedy genre and very well could be the next Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
Amazon Studios also is working with established filmmakers, animators and others to produce three additional test movies: Touching Blue (Best Sci-Fi/Action Script winner), The Nevsky Prospect(Best Script winner) and ZvG: Zombies vs. Gladiators(Best Script semifinalist featured in the Script Spotlight Rewrite Contest). These also are due to be complete by the end of the year.
Amazon Studios offers monthly Best Test Movie awards of $100,000 and an annual Best Test Movie award of $1 million. (See here for the official rules.) The Amazon-funded test movies will not be eligible for these awards. Other test movies created for these projects still can compete, however, and we encourage filmmakers to take on their favorite script whether or not the project has a funded movie in the works. We welcome different takes on all Amazon Studios scripts, particularly the ones that have done well in contests.