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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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Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter & 2015 Fresh Voices Headline Judge Hossein Amini on What is a Fresh Voice?Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter & 2015 Fresh ...
Oct 14 2015 - Hossein Amini

For me a fresh voice is something we all have. It’s our unique view of the world and our unique emotional response to it. The tricky thing with screenwriting isn’t necessarily how to find that voice but how to free it from all the other acquired voices in our head. That’s not to say being influenced by other people’s work is bad, just that our inspiration from that work should also be fresh and singular. Nobody reads a book or watches a film in the same way. Tarantino’s writing is huge [ ... ]

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What is A Fresh Voice & Why It Matters To Your Screenwriting Career Part IVWhat is A Fresh Voice & Why It Matters To Your Scr...
Sep 21 2015 - Joel Mendoza (Producer & Founding Partner Fresh Voices LLC)

Part 4)   How Do You Hone Your Voice And Keep It Fresh? All the old adages on how to write and develop your voice are true: Write from your experiences, write what you know, write the story you want to see. We’ve heard these all before and they are all tried and tested methods for advancing your voice. We have seen why this advice plays such an integral role in developing your voice throughout our three previous articles on “What is a Fresh Voice and Why it Matters to Your Career” [ ... ]

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What is A Fresh Voice & Why It Matters To Your Screenwriting Career Part IIIWhat is A Fresh Voice & Why It Matters To Your Scr...
Aug 30 2015 - Joel Mendoza (Producer & Founding Partner Fresh Voices LLC)

Part 3)  Why a Fresh Voice is Your Key to a Successful Career? As a literary agent, manager and producer, selling writers and their screenplays for eighteen years before becoming a founding member of Fresh Voices, I have learnt that the paramount quality you need to establish yourself as a successful screenwriter is to find, develop and hone your own unique voice.  It is on this guiding principal that Fresh Voices was found. Let’s face it. While many writers aspire to lau [ ... ]

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What is A Fresh Voice & Why It Matters To Your Screenwriting Career Part IIWhat is A Fresh Voice & Why It Matters To Your Scr...
Aug 16 2015 - Joel Mendoza (Producer & Founding Partner Fresh Voices LLC)

Part 2)   What Makes Your Voice Fresh? In Part 1 we brought a better understanding to what the Screenwriter’s Voice is, and equally important is understanding what makes the screenwriter’s voice Fresh. Every writer has their own unique voice, but what makes their voice fresh? For a voice to be considered fresh, it needs to connect with and excite an audience. Film is one of the most powerful forms of communication known to man. Why would somebody make a film just to keep f [ ... ]

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What is a Fresh Voice & Why It Matters To Your Screenwriting Career Part 1) The Screenwriter's VoiceWhat is a Fresh Voice & Why It Matters To Your Scr...
Jul 29 2015 - Joel Mendoza (Producer & Founding Partner Fresh Voices LLC)

Part 1) What is the Screenwriter’s Voice?I am often asked, what does Fresh Voices look for in a winning script? Can a character-driven script that isn’t very commercial still win? Can an awesome concept trump great execution?
he answer goes well beyond what we look for in the competition. The answer is the key that sustains a long and successful career as a screenwriter.

Fresh Voices was founded on the belief that the single biggest factor in building a successful screenwriting career  [ ... ]

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Fresh Voices Headline Judge Hossein Amini Sees His Film Fresh Voices Headline Judge Hossein Amini Sees His...
Jul 28 2015 - Fresh Voices

Fresh Voices Headline Judge Hossein Amini will see his film “Shanghai” released in the US by The Weinstein Company. TWC originally opened the Mikael Håfström directed film in China in 2010 but it was never released in the US. That is all about to change as the film has been slated for a limited theatrical run starting August 21, 2015. The film, starring John Cusack, Chow Yun-Fat, Ken Watanabe and Franke Potente is a neo-noir set during the Japanese occupation of China during World War II. [ ... ]

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