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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

$20k from Amazon Studios: Amazon tells us how to win...

$20k from Amazon Studios: Amazon tells us how to win...

It's a great time to be a part of Amazon Studios.


I just uploaded the latest scene from my test movie here, so watch and review it if the desire speaks to you. Thanks!

Folks are busy hustling to get their screenplays uploaded to Amazon Studios before the first December 31, 2010, deadline -- and Amazon Studios is doing everything they can to keep folks updated on how to get closer to winning those first $20,000 script prizes by chiming in on the forums and on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

The cool thing is, not a lot of folks know about the contest yet -- and even few folks have uploaded any kind of "movie" to go with their writing at all. As of this writing, Amazon Studios shows only 183 projects with movies on their site. (Mine is listed at #30 and rising, thank You, Jesus!)

So it's best to get in on the ground floor, when the competition is little compared to what it will be when folks finally get hip to this thing. At least we've got longer than the December 31, 2010, deadline to get our full test movies uploaded. Grateful for favor indeed...

Sunday, December 26, 2010

New Amazon Studios test movie clip video

I am having a ball creating video clips on Amazon Studios that will eventually become one at-least-70-minutes-long test movie that will take home the top prizes in 2011.

So for those of you with a creative bend that love writing, I suggest you throw your hat in the ring and write a script "quick fast and in a hurry" and try your hand at creating videos, too.

I've been so into YouTube and the creations folks are coming up with and the variety of ways people use YouTube -- plus using Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection V14 for creating movie clips.

At first I felt bad since I'm not yet using Final Cut Studio on a new Mac Book Pro and the like, but this kid on YouTube gave me inspiration yesterday.

He has some fabulous movies, and he urged his viewers and readers to just borrow a video camera if they didn't have one, saying it's all about the creative process, not the "non-top-of-the-line" equipment.

Stay tuned for more video clips, and give me some views and comments over on Amazon Studios, please.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Amazon.com paying $20,000 to winning writers of screenplay contest

Amazon.com paying $20,000 to winning writers of screenplay contest

I'm so geeked that Amazon.com has launched this new screenwriting competition on Amazon Studios -- I uploaded my script From Slut to Saint on their website Friday, December 3, 2010.

If you're a writer with a great screenplay sitting around your laptop -- or with one in your head -- I suggest you polish it up and enter the contest.

It's not like your average, every day screenplay where you see a lot of hype combined with a hefty entry fee. Amazon Studios' competition is free to enter.

Plus, they've partnered with Warner Brothers Pictures in an exclusive first-look deal that will get the top writers' work at least seen -- and hopefully green-lighted -- by Hollywood insiders.

It's so cool how God brought this competition around in a time where I'd written the script in 2009, and finally gathered the latest revision up again in Windows Explorer before I'd even heard of Amazon Studios.

And the night I discovered it whilst searching for video capture software on Amazon.com -- and saw their meager little link off to Amazon Studios, seemingly put there just for my eyes alone that blessed evening -- I dug up that script and took days and days to rewrite.

A combination of factors play into who will be the first winners announced in January. But here's praying I win... and whatever writer is reading this post now, perhaps that other $20k prize is just for you!

Paula Neal Mooney