Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest - Randall Wallace
The fifth round of the Industry Insider Screenwriting Competition took place in the fall of 2012, bringing in almost 1,000 entries that were eventually narrowed down to 10 Finalists. We are happy to be able to share with you the First 15 Pages of the Finalists' scripts based on Randall Wallace’s logline:
“A soldier returns from an 18-month deployment and finds that the family home is missing- even the address no longer exists.”
Winners Dave Merlino and Dustin Sweet, praise the contest and their story coach, Kay Tuxford:
"When we first heard that we were finalists we were quite obviously elated. I mean Randall Wallace and Benderspink were going to read our work, but then a sinking reality set in... we still needed to write the script. Luckily for us our story specialist, Kay Tuxford was a Godsend. Bloodlines was far beyond any project we had ever tried to tackle before. It was bigger in scope, description and world building than we had ever tried and there were points we thought we had bitten off more than we could chew. Kay was right there the whole time to put voice to the nagging concerns we couldn't identify, offer spot on notes to help us fix problem spots, and whip our butts back into form when we went off course (nicely of course). We like to think we were pretty good writers before this contest, but we know that we are better writers after it. This is an absolute, don't even think about it, must enter contest. It will make you a better writer, it will enhance the skills that are needed to be a professional writer (deadlines, taking notes, re-writing, etc...) and it will open doors for you. We were already generating some interest just from being finalists. Who know what the future holds, but it is looking up thanks to this contest."
- Dave Merlino
"We would not have won this competition without the help of our story specialist; Kay Tuxford. Kay understood the ideas driving our story right away, and helped us focus on character development and story pacing, and helped the script develop naturally. Where we would have gotten lost in the weeds of back story Tuxford kept us focused on the tale we were developing at the moment. Our other scripts operate within a world very similar to the one we live in today, and are streamlined with that shared human experience. Bloodlines happens in a fantasy world and we were concerned about creating that sense of shared space. With her help we were able to identify our weaknesses and smooth out the explanations needed to convey our fantasy world. I would highly recommend both the contest, and Kay individually, to any writer who wanted to move their script from "good" to "excellent"."
- Dustin Sweet
The winner has been chosen!
Congratulations to writing team Dave Merlino & Dustin Sweet, winners of the Industry Insider Contest with their script, "Bloodlines"
With each round of the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest it becomes more difficult to narrow it down to the 10 finalists, yet we managed to make the tough decision and are happy to announce the top 10 deserving entrants for the Randall Wallace round:
- Jacob Snyder, "PTSD"
- Rodney Lomax & Dan Phairas, "Silver"
- Demian LeClair, "Under a Gili Moon"
- Jonathan S. Ross, "Red Boat"
- Eric Humble, "Timeframe"
- Christian Cernauskas, "The End Mark"
- Maria Hinterkoerner, "Ex Vitro"
- Tim Simmons, "Drug War"
- Rory Haines, "The Calling"
- Dave Merlino & Dustin Sweet, "Bloodlines"
Kudos go out to the talented finalists, who'll each receive a copy of Movie Magic Screenwriter, the professional screenwriting software for film, TV, and plays, along with a congratulatory letter from Randall Wallace.
The finalists will also enter into a 12-week mentorship program with The Writers Store's Story Specialists, which comes complete with personalized coaching and detailed Development Notes on their completed screenplays.
A soldier returns from an 18-month deployment and finds that the family home is missing - even the address no longer exists.
Click here to learn about the success of last round's winner, Tyler Marceca, and his winning script "The Disciple Program."
Break out your scriptwriting software and get to work, because the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest gives you the unique opportunity to turn this idea into a solid spec screenplay that could be your ticket to Hollywood success.
The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest is an international screenwriting competition that facilitates relationships between new writers and Industry leaders looking to help aspirants embark on writing careers.
Working from this A-list logline, you’re challenged to create up to the first 15 pages of an original script based on the given concept. Make it your own - drama, action, sci-fi... anywhere your imagination takes you.
But it doesn’t stop there. The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest goes much further than your average competition, by providing the top 10 finalists with mentors to guide them through the entire script creation process, with the goal of completing a spec screenplay to be judged by a panel of Hollywood power players.
Here’s how it works:
- Entrants write up to the first 15 pages of a script based on the logline above, provided by Randall Wallace
- The top 10 finalists are chosen from the submissions, and receive a personalized letter of congratulations from Randall Wallace
- Each of the 10 finalists receives a copy of Movie Magic Screenwriter to professionally format their work as they enter into a 12-week Story Specialists mentoring program, consisting of feedback for every 10 pages submitted, with the goal of completing a spec screenplay based on the given logline
- After the mentoring, the finalists submit their rough drafts to our professional script readers for comprehensive Development Notes, and then have two weeks to work with their mentor and notes to complete the final draft of their screenplay for judging.
- Randall Wallace and production company Benderspink judge the completed screenplays and choose a winner
The lucky winner of this scriptwriting contest receives a classic Industry experience, including transportation to Los Angeles and:
Lush Accommodations at the Chateau Marmont
The chic Chateau, conveniently nestled right off the Sunset Strip, will serve as the home base for the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest winner. Thinking of the many opportunities to network and hobnob with the Hollywood elite that frequent this hotspot is mind-boggling!
One-on-One with Randall Wallace at The Ivy
First on the agenda? Lunch with screenwriter Randall Wallace at Robertson Blvd.’s uber-popular bistro, known for its steady stream of celebs and location near power-agency ICM. The winner will take in some serious knowledge and know-how from Wallace, while filling up on the Ivy’s famous nouvelle American cuisine.
Meeting with Benderspink
The Hollywood treatment continues through a conference with Benderspink, a diversified management/production company with credits including The Hangover, American Pie, and The Ring. Aspiring screenwriters dream of this kind of opportunity to meet with such an influential group, a fantasy that will come true for the lucky winner!
Movie Magic Screenwriter - Professional Formatting Software
Format your script and outline it, too, with the newly redesigned Movie Magic Screenwriter 6! This award-winning screenwriting software formats movies, television, novels, stage plays and even comic book scripts, making it the only program for all types of creative writing.
The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest can give you the tools and the resources you need to complete a saleable screenplay. But besides the experience and the mentoring you could receive, placing in this competition shows that you can take another’s idea and turn it into a winning script - a trait that’s truly valued in Hollywood, and serves as a priceless addition to your screenwriting resume.
RANDALL WALLACE is the Oscar®-nominated creative force behind the epic storytelling of such critical and box-office hits as BRAVEHEART, WE WERE SOLDIERS, PEARL HARBOR, and most recently Disney’s SECRETARIAT.
Wallace’s career has been unconventional in Hollywood, to say the least. Born in Jackson, Tennessee, he went on to attend Duke University, where he studied Russian, religion, and literature, which he says made him acutely aware of how the past can be shockingly relevant to the present and would later influence the vibrant, dynamic way in which he would bring to life epic stories from history. He then put himself through a graduate year of seminary in a typically unusual way, by teaching martial arts (he is a black belt in Karate.)
After managing an animal show at Nashville’s Opryland, signing a contract as a songwriter and writing articles for Architectural Digest, Wallace was taken under the wing of leading television producer Stephen J. Cannell and spent several years writing for television in the late 80s and early 90s....
Want to know what the judges are looking for in the First 15 Pages? Click the orange button above to download the winning entries from this round’s finalists.
If you are an Industry Professional and have interest in reading any of the completed scripts, please contact Sadie Dean at The Writers Store.
Due to the subject matter, please be advised that some of the material in the pages available for download may be inappropriate for children.
- Contest Begins: February 2012
- Early Deadline: March 31, 2012
- Early Fee: $40
- Standard Deadline: May 15, 2012
- Standard Fee: $50
- Extended Deadline: June 15, 2012
- Extended Fee: $75
- Finalists Announced: Late June 2012
- Mentor Program Begins: July 2012
- Mentor Program Completes: October 2012
- Winner Announced: November 2012
- Lunch with Randall Wallace: January 2013
- Meeting with Benderspink: January 2013
“No other screenplay contest offers what the Industry Insider Contest does — a chance to develop your script alongside an industry professional. Some contests are about cash and prizes. The Industry Insider Contest is about advancing your career and developing material that can be successful in the marketplace. It’s about opening up doors.
- Tyler Marceca, The Disciple Program – Contest Winner (Robert Mark Kamen Round)
“There’s a really wonderful sense – from the beginning of the contest on — of how invested everyone at The Writers Store is in helping the finalists write a great script. From Mario’s, my Story Specialist’s, weekly call to the amazingly detailed Development Notes after the rough draft, to the terrific, encouraging updates and emails throughout, there’s a great sense of motivation and professionalism that’s very inspiring. I can’t say enough about this screenwriting contest. If I could, I would be a perpetual finalist!”
- Joshua Rebell, Old Boys Club – Contest Winner (Allan Loeb Round)
“I have a B.A. in Screenwriting, but I am an even better writer for having been a finalist in the Industry Insider Competition. This is boot camp for screenwriters — and it only takes fifteen pages to open the door to an invaluable experience. You’d be crazy to pass this up.”
- Kelsey Rude, Imaginary Bachelor (Allan Loeb Round)
“The whole experience was just fun — and instilled in me a work ethic and a drive to write which has persisted even after the contest’s end. Because of the Industry Insider Contest, I’m a better writer and I have a complete screenplay that I never would have written otherwise. It’s way too awesome an experience for any writer to pass up.”
- Zan Gillies, The Dark Side of Eden (Robert Mark Kamen Round)
“Just like a character in a screenplay, I started the contest hoping the reward would appear at the end of my journey and then realized that the reward was the journey itself. This is a contest you have to enter if you want to become a better writer.”
- Dan O’Donahue, The Magnesian Protocol (Robert Mark Kamen Round)
“If you are going to enter a screenwriting contest, then pick this one. In my opinion, this prize package is one of the very best in the industry.”
- Kari Ciardi, Alien Underground (Robert Mark Kamen Round)
“I wish everyone had the opportunity that I did and wish all of the future contestants the best of luck. Remember, being in the ‘top ten’ IS winning because the rest is up to you.”
- John Torma, Salmon Falls (Robert Mark Kamen Round)
“I had an amazing experience during the Industry Insider Contest. My story specialist, Anthony, was wonderful and the experience working with him was invaluable. I’m walking away from this competition with a well written screenplay and insights that I will carry with me throughout my screenwriting career. I recommend this competition to anyone who wants to challenge themselves and really take their screenwriting to the next level.”
- Tiffany Diamond, Imaginary Bachelor (Allan Loeb Round)
“Working to deadlines, re-writing and re-working after notes and comments is the life of a professional screenwriter, and this competition has given me an invaluable chance to experience that first hand. And most importantly I’ve come out the other end with a screenplay I’m really proud of.”
- Adam Cece, The Last Viking Stag (Allan Loeb Round)
“All in all, no matter what the outcome of the contest, you walk away with pages of valuable notes and a completed spec script. The perfect reward.”
- Stephen Judge, The Man-Up (Allan Loeb Round)
“Writing a feature is such a big investment of time and energy, it’s not always clear whether or not it’s worth it. However, writing the first 15 pages of a screenplay is such a relatively small investment, you almost can’t afford not to. Then, if you’re lucky enough to be chosen as a finalist, you definitely can’t afford not to write the whole feature length script.”
- Alex Berger, Onu (Simon Kinberg Round)
“Of all the screenplay competitions in which I have been fortunate to be a finalist, this contest has been the most rewarding to my growth as a screenwriter.”
- Kenneth Lemm, Drum (Simon Kinberg Round)
“Thanks to all of you for a fantastic experience. I learned a lot about writing. More than I could have just reading the books or going to writing groups. The screenplay contest and my work with Anthony have been an integral part of my development as a writer.”
- Araby Patch, Spy Dad (Simon Kinberg Round)