A few weeks ago, I read about this cool screenplay competition: A ONE PAGE contest. Yes, tell a complete story in a single script page.
If you've worked in a screenplay format, you know there's not a lot of room for verbose language. This isn't standard prose. A single script page works out to roughly a minute of screen time.
Oh, and this isn't a hook, or an intro to a larger story. It's a complete mini-plot.
I read about the competition and became intrigued. I have several stories started... just little scenes that I want to flesh out into something bigger. Most of them are just languishing on my hard drive. But I had this one. One that I thought started out pretty funny, but the punchline to to the opening gag was in the middle of page two. So I started cutting and trimming, honing and polishing. Eventually, I got what I wanted down to a single page. (And only 2 lines of dialog).
Maybe I can post it here. I'll see if the contest promoters don't mind.
Anyway, I am one of 30 finalists. On November 12, 10 winners will be announced. Those 10 scripts will be read aloud on Nov. 21, then people will vote online for their favorite. The winning script will be made into a short film.
So, help me out here. Vote for me (but only if you like mine the best). Thank you!
UPDATE - 11/13/08: My screenplay is one of the 10 finalists!
The 10 finalists scripts will be read on Dec. 19 (pushed back from the original date).