Monday, April 20, 2015
Screening for Success
The arrival of spring is now considered screenwriting season in my world.
Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day and Memorial Day are the major holidays that fall in the three-month period when April Showers bring May Flowers.
During this time of year, aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters are polishing up their scripts for various contests around the world.
With that in mind, I've decided to enter two contests this year.
The first one is the Sidewrite Short Screenplay Competition in Birmingham, Ala.. The Aug. 28- 30 competition has entries for a 15-page, original screenplay.
I took one of my unpublished E-books, Winning the Lottery and made it into a screenplay called Game Changer. It's about Dana Rossi who unexpectedly retires from singing to pursue a dream to own an NBA team in her hometown of Birmingham.
The second contest I'm targeting is the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in Huntsville, Ala. They've got writing entries in the fall. (Yes, the late Goober Pyle from the Andy Griffith Show has a contest for directors and writers).
I made my first E-book, Picking Cotton, into a 60-page screenplay called Nobody's All-American. It's probably my most successful book.
For those who haven't read Picking Cotton, it's about African-American M.L. Cotton chasing a dream to play quarterback at a major college in 1986. Blacks weren't given many chances in those days to play quarterback. Cotton, from the tiny Alabama town of Spanish Fort, is determined to make it happen.
I'm a huge underdog as I compete against experienced screenwriters, but I'll borrow a page from Benjamin Franklin's playbook: "paint a negative outlook and when the results come in your favor, you're pleasantly surprised."
Thanks for listening. If you want to purchase any of my E-books at Smashwords, http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=ktbishop, or click to the covers on the right.