6 Screenwriting Lessons I Learned From Watching Ju...
by Vance Berk Since I first saw Jupiter Ascending in February 2015 it’s climbed the ranks as one of my all-time guilty pleasures. Why? Although the Waschowskis’ film was a catastrophic failure both critically and at the box office, I think it’s an important learning tool for any aspiring science-fiction writer on what NOT TO DO. At the time of its release, I was writing a feature-length spec script based on a universe I’d been developing since high school. L [ ... ]Articles & InterviewsRead More
2015 Grand Prize Winner Nadeem Rajwani Screenwrite...
Grand Prize Winner Screenwriter Interview FV: What was your inspiration for City In The Sun and how long have you been working on it. The story was loosely based on a couple of true events that took place in Kenya about five or six years ago. In the case of one of the threads, I knew the people involved. The other was based on a story that made the news and gossip rounds. The script was my first completed feature and was written about four years ago as a graduation piece f [ ... ]Articles & InterviewsRead More
Reel FX Studios Reels In Fresh Voices Winner Shane...
Shane Brown, first place winner of the 2015 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Thriller Category for his screenplay, The Ripper and the Thief, has been approached by Reel FX Studios to develop a synopsis based on an original idea. On the heels of his win, Fresh Voices submitted Shane's winning script to Reel FX's Director of Development, Nick Oleksiw. The period writing sample about a criminal mastermind working in Victorian London, at the same time Jack the Ripper terrorized the cit [ ... ]Success StoriesRead More
2016 Screenplay Competition - Call For Entries
Fresh Voices is pleased to announce the 2016 Screenplay Competition is now open for entries! We are all geared up for a new season and, as always, we are offering every screenwriter the opportunity to receive FREE FEEDBACK on their script, plus a chance to win cash & valuable prizes geared towards helping you develop and market your winning script. Since 2009, Fresh Voices has developed a successful track record of consistently identifying and nurturing exciting screenwrit [ ... ]News and UpdatesRead More
Query Letters: A Necessary Evil Or A Waste Of Time
When Should I Start Sending Query Letters to Agents and Managers? We get asked this question a lot! You’ve probably heard about actors, actresses and models getting their big break by an agent at the coffee shop, stopped at the traffic light, on the beach! A good look and a charismatic vibe can be spotted a mile away. But how do writers get noticed? Are you supposed to work your abs, get a fit bathing suit and hope your script gets discovered while you strut your stuff? I don't want to disap [ ... ]Articles & InterviewsRead More
City In The Sun Wins 2015 Grand Prize Award
Kenyan writer, Nadeem Rajwani, takes home Grand Prize Award plus 3 Spotlight Awards at Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Fresh Voices, headed by chairman Joel Mendoza, and guest judge, Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter Hossein Amini, have named City In The Sun by Nadeem Rajwani the Grand Prize Award Winner of the 2015-16 Screenplay Competition. City In The Sun was selected from nearly 1,500 entries in a unanimous decision by the judge’s panel. Through five extensive rounds of reading, C [ ... ]Success StoriesRead More
Congratulations 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Co...
Everyone who reads screenplays, whether a production company or screenplay competition, agent or manager, have certain markers they look for in selecting a great script. Compelling characters, engaging dialogue, rising tension, a clear three act structure, set-up and pay-off just to name a few.News and UpdatesRead More
4 Ways To Use Image In Your Screenplay
When a Picture is Worth 1,000 Words When you think of the greatest screenplays you probably think of films with witty banter or complex plot structure, what you probably don’t think about is image. Don’t underestimate the power of a single image on your audience. It’s a vibrant color on your palette, and here are a few ways to paint with it:Articles & InterviewsRead More
2015-16 Screenplay Competition Finalists & Spotlig...
Fresh Voices is pleased to congratulate the Finalists and Spotlight Awards Short List of Nominees of the 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition. Five Screenplays remain in each category. Two more rounds of judging continue. One winner and two runners-up will be chosen in each category. The winning screenplays from each category will ultimately be given to our Headline Judge, Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter, Hossein Amini, to decide and announce our Grand Prize Winner. Winners and th [ ... ]News and UpdatesRead More
2015-16 Screenplay Competition Semi-Finalists
We are pleased to congratulate the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Semi-Finalists. Advancing screenplays represent the top 5-10% of the nearly 1,500 screenplays entered. The list will be cut in half again as we announce the Finalists on March 22nd. Stay tuned and keep writing!! See the complete list of Semi-Finalists here!!News and UpdatesRead More