Other Worlds Austin News!

Excited to announce that Script Butcher is an official sponsor of the Other Worlds Austin Sci-Fi Screenwriting Contest!

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Categories

  • Shorts: 40 pages or less, must be original material.
  • Features: 70 pages or more, must be original material.
  • Television
    • Pilots: may be sitcom or one-hour, network or cable (anything longer than one-hour should be submitted as a feature, i.e. a made-for-tv movie), must be fully original, no spinoffs.  Sitcoms tend to be 22-40 pages depending on formatting, one-hours 45-70 pages.
    • Specs: should be for an existing show, on air in the US (BBC America or Showcase shows on Syfy are fine) either currently or in the last year.
    • Retro-Specs: may be for a long-cancelled series (Lost In Space), a spin-off (CSI: Mars), or a television series based on an established property (The Dragonriders of Pern) and should be 22-75 pages in length.  Recently cancelled series (last ten years) are highly discouraged although not prohibited.

Each category finalist will receive a free book from Save the Cat!, a copy of Save the Cat! Story Structure Software 3.0, a free set of Script Butcher notes, and $250 in cash.

Grand Prize Winner selected from the three category winners receives an additional $250 cash.

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Deadline for entries is September 30th! 

http://www.otherworldsaustin.com/screenplays

National Screenwriters Day: Script Butcher Client Success Stories 

Happy National Screenwriters Day! Today we celebrate the unsung heroes of cinema, SCREENWRITERS. After all, before it goes on the screen, it starts on the page.

I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the 2017 successes of some of my hardest working screenwriting clients.

Suzan Battah – Basatai

Two worlds under threat by a blood curse, born in one to cause uncertainty and chaos for all. Humanity will fall if the curse is fulfilled. All BaSatai are on edge. No one will survive a blood curse to destroy us all.  www.basatai.com

“Basatai” was chosen as an Official Selection of the 2018 Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival. It has also won numerous awards in past years.

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Suzan on IMDb – imdb.me/suzanbattah

Suzan’s Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SassySuzanB/

Suzan’s Twitter – https://twitter.com/SassySuzanB

James Helsing – Modus Operandi 

Jack the Ripper is in the headlines again as a troubled gay San Francisco homicide inspector and an unorthodox Miss Marple hunt a madman who is recreating his murders.

The “Modus Operandi” logline placed in the Top 100 in the Thriller/Suspense Festival in Toronto. The feature script placed as one of the best scripts to read in 2017. This script also garnered James multiple writing assignments.

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James on IMDb – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1545070/

James’ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/james.helsing.7

James’ Twitter – https://twitter.com/JamesHelsing

Eric Winkler – Sober & Inhumane

SOBER – Can Kacey Cohen, a quirky and kindhearted high school guidance counselor, survive her severe alcoholism and find happiness?

“Sober” was a Semifinalist in the 2017 BlueCat Screenplay Competition.

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INHUMANE – A sadistic, small-town sheriff and his cronies brutalize a young woman and leave her for dead in the woods. Bitten by a werewolf and bestowed with supernatural abilities, can she retain her humanity as she exacts revenge?

“Inhumane” is currently in pre-production as Eric’s first produced feature film. The team recently completed a trailer for prospective investors.

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Eric on IMDb – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm9363829/

Eric’s Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ericwinkler

Inhumane’s Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/InhumaneFilm/

Inhumane’s Twitter – https://twitter.com/InhumaneFilm

Herschel Medlin and Dale Baker – Turn The Tables

Two young DJ’s, determined to leave a musical legacy behind in their home town before they join the Marines, compete for their love interests, their honor, and the title of 1991 world DJ champions. The only thing in their way is a rival DJ gang known as “The Crew”, that have some information on them that could derail their futures for good.

“Turn The Tables” won the Diamond Award for Best Script at the 2017 Hollywood Film Competition.

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“Turn The Tables” also won second place for Best Feature Script at the 2017 NYC Indie Film Awards.

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Herschel on IMDb – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm9489700/

Dale on IMDb – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm9489701/

Herchel’s Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/herschel.medlin

David Crispino – Taft Sturgeon 

Taft Sturgeon follows the adventures of an Uncle Buck-esque intergalactic social worker who saves the galaxy one child at a time.

Taft Sturgeon was printed as a 6-part serial debuting in the pages of Image Comics Shutter.

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David also successfully Kickstarted the comic book project this year as a 35 page, single issue story.

While not a screenwriter, I still wanted to celebrate David’s accomplishments on a day where writers are meant to be praised.

David on Comixology – https://www.comixology.com/David-Steven-Crispino/comics-creator/32085

David’s Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/davidcrispinocomics/

David’s Twitter – https://twitter.com/DCrispino

 

As a script consultant, nothing brings me more joy than watching writers work hard to improve their scripts and hone their craft. These clients have put in the blood, sweat, and tears it takes to succeed in writing full proof scripts that slice through the competition.

The last few months of the year I started working with a crop of new talented clients. Given the work ethic they’ve displayed, I have no doubt I’ll be sharing their success stories as well.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to help writers on a daily basis. I look forward to working with new screenwriting clients in the coming year.

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