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Query Letters: A Necessary Evil Or A Waste Of TimeQuery Letters: A Necessary Evil Or A Waste Of Time
May 08 2016 - Fresh Voices

I've Written A Number of Screenplays, 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  [ ... ]

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City In The Sun Wins Grand Prize Award!City In The Sun Wins Grand Prize Award!
Apr 14 2016 - Fresh Voices

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 [ ... ]

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Congratulations 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition & Spotlight Award WinnersCongratulations 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Co...
Apr 13 2016 - Fresh Voices

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. At Fresh Voices there is one thing above all in determining what makes a script stand out. For us the author’s voice is the single biggest factor in what will get a script noticed.  It is with th [ ... ]

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4 Ways To Use Image In Your Screenplay4 Ways To Use Image In Your Screenplay
Apr 10 2016 - Arik Cohen

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand 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: e a Great Opening Image The menacing ocean from Jaws, the small rebel ship being pursued by the large evil ship from Star Wars, the slow zoom [ ... ]

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2015-16 Screenplay Competition Finalists & Spotlight Award Nominees2015-16 Screenplay Competition Finalists & Spotlig...
Mar 22 2016 - Fresh Voices

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 [ ... ]

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2015-16 Screenplay Competition Semi-Finalists2015-16 Screenplay Competition Semi-Finalists
Mar 01 2016 - Fresh Voices

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!!

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2015-16 Screenplay Competition Quarter Finalists2015-16 Screenplay Competition Quarter Finalists
Jan 26 2016 - Fresh Voices

CLICK THE PICTURE TO VIEW THE COMPLETE LIST OF QUARTER FINALISTS After months of reading and evaluating approximately 1,500 screenplays, we are pleased to announe and congratulate the 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Quarter Finalists. Semi Finalists TBA March 1st, 2016

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2015-16 Screenplay Competition Announcement Schedule2015-16 Screenplay Competition Announcement Schedu...
Jan 05 2016 - Fresh Voices

Happy New Year. The last of the scripts are being read, and evaluations are being returned to writers as the first round of judging the 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition nears completion. For us, we are finally able to come out of hibernation as we dig out from the stacks of scripts and evaluations that have lined our walls like wallpaper for the last several months. But we are pleased to report, that there is a super excited buzz in the air here at Fresh Voices as we are once again  [ ... ]

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5 Screenwriting Lessons from 2015's Best Films5 Screenwriting Lessons from 2015's Best Films
Dec 29 2015 - Arik Cohen

Another year, another batch of wonderful films. To a regular moviegoer they're just entertainment, but to a screenwriter they are inspiration. Every film is a potential lesson for what to do (and maybe for what not to do). For your convenience, here are some of the best lessons you can take from the movies that lit up screens in 2015! 1) Don't Be Afraid to Put a Woman at the Center of Your Blockbuster (Star Wars: The Force Awakens / Mad Max Fury Road) Of course women have starring roles, but i [ ... ]

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5 Screenplays Worth Writing, Even If They'll Never Sell5 Screenplays Worth Writing, Even If They'll Never...
Oct 25 2015 - Arik Cohen

Aspiring screenwriters share a big dream: Selling a screenplay.  That’s the ultimate goal, isn’t it?  It’s with that in mind that most put pen to paper – or more likely put fingers to keyboard.  As such, writing a screenplay that’s un-filmable seems like a fool’s errand.  Why would you write a screenplay that no studio would want to purchase?  Well because it’s sometimes these screenplays that get attention and become your calling card to the industry. The  [ ... ]

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