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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest - Robert Mark Kamen

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UPDATE 11/5/12

"The Disciple Program" tops 2012 Bloodlist

Just in time for Halloween, Tyler Marceca's thriller "The Disciple Program" has been voted to the top of the 2012 Blood List. "(The)Disciple Program" sparked a bidding war back in May, when Universal beat out Warner Bros. for the project. Mark Wahlberg is attached to star and produce with Steve Levinson; Morten Tyldum ("Headhunters") is attached to direct.  - Variety October 31, 2012

UPDATE 6/1/2012:

"The Disciple Program" sells to Universal Studios with Mark Wahlberg attached to star and produce

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, just like this round's winner, Tyler Marceca with The Disciple Program.

The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest is an international competition that facilitates relationships between new writers and Industry leaders looking to help aspirants embark on writing careers, and Tyler's winning script garnered Industry recognition and attracted the attention of Agents, Managers, Executives and Bloggers.

"I sat down to read The Disciple Program with the intention of giving Tyler notes. By the time I reached page 10, I had forgotten about the notes. By the time I reached page 50, I was wondering if it could sell. By the time I reached page 100, I was wondering how much it would sell for," states Carson Reeves (Scriptshadow). Carson continues by saying, "The Disciple Program was the best non-professional script I had ever read, period."

Carson's buzz and press around his anticipated posted review of The Disciple Program on his blog caused a frenzy in the Industry as people clamored to be the first to get their hands on the script. The result? Tyler signed with William Morris Endeavor before he even flew to Los Angeles for his lunch with Robert Mark Kamen and meeting with Benderspink

After a whirlwind courtship with the biggest and brightest stars in Hollywood, Tyler became an overnight success when Mark Wahlberg was attached to star and produce and Morten Tyldum to direct. Shortly after, a bidding war began, with Universal Studios winning out in a mid six-figures deal. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter "the real story here is Marceca. An unsigned writer from Brooklyn, he wrote [fifteen] pages as part of a screenwriting contest run by The Writers Store." 

Tyler has been enjoying the spotlight, but took a moment to talk to us about his experience with the contest:

"No other 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. Not only was my Story Specialist, Mario Moreno a consummate professional but an invaluable source of critical feedback. He brought tremendous energy and insight to each of our weekly sessions. You would think he was earning a ten-percent manager's cut. Mario (expletive) rocks."

UPDATE 2/25/2012:

The third round of the Industry Insider Screenwriting Competition took place in the fall of 2011, 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 Robert Mark Kamen's logline:

"After waking to find his wife dead in their backyard, a man conducts his own investigation, and uncovers the hidden life of a woman he thought he knew."

UPDATE 9/15/2011:

Kudos go out to the talented finalists, who each received a copy of Movie Magic Screenwriter, the professional screenwriting software for film, TV, and plays, along with a congratulatory letter from Robert Mark Kamen.

The finalists entered 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.

Top 10 Finalists:

  • “The Disciple Program” by Tyler Marceca - Brooklyn, NY - WINNER
  • “The Alien Underground” by Kari Ciardi - Bothell, WA 
  • “The Brave” by Tommy Cleary - Tampa, FL 
  • “Carrier” by Jess Phillips & Eric Day - Sherman Oaks, CA 
  • “The Dark Side of Eden” by Alexander Gillies - Williamsburg, VA 
  • “Enclosure” by Nick Cotton - Los Angeles, CA 
  • "The Magnesian Protocol" by Dan O'Donahue - Torrance, CA
  • “Nano” by Donovan Davis - Burbank, CA
  • “Not That Easy” by Hal Land - Newark, DE (Unavailable)
  • “Salmon Falls” by John Torma - South Wayne, WI

Want to complete your own screenplay in just 12 weeks or less? Sign up for sessions with The Writers Store’s Story Specialists now!

CONTEST DETAILS:

Think you can turn this logline from Robert Mark Kamen, A-List Screenwriter of The Karate Kid, Taken and The Fifth Element into a killer script?

After waking to find his wife dead in their backyard, a man conducts his own investigation, and uncovers the hidden life of a woman he thought he knew.

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 Robert Mark Kamen
  • The top 10 finalists are chosen from the submissions, and receive a personalized letter of congratulations from Robert Mark Kamen
  • 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.
  • Robert Mark Kamen 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:

Chateau Marmont

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!

The Ivy

One-on-One with Robert Mark Kamen at The Ivy

First on the agenda? Lunch with screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen 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 Kamen, while filling up on the Ivy’s famous nouvelle American cuisine.

Benderspink

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!

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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.

Looking for the regulations and answers to specific questions? Check out the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest’s Rules and FAQs.

Robert Mark Kamen

Robert Mark Kamen is a screenwriter with twenty-one films to his credit. A native of the Bronx, he attended New York City public schools, and graduated from NYU with a degree in literature, later earning his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

After spending a year in Afghanistan in 1971, Robert wrote a novel based on his experience. At the urging of a director friend, he turned the novel into a screenplay, bought by Warner Brothers in 1979. His second screenplay, TAPS, was released in 1980. This fall sees Robert’s twentieth feature, COLOMBIANA, released and his twenty-first film, TAKEN 2, begin production.

For the past sixteen years, he has been a frequent collaborator with director/producer Luc Besson. In addition to being a full-time screenwriter, Robert grows grapes and makes wine on the vineyard he built thirty-one years ago in Sonoma, California.