The submission period for The Quest Initiative runs from May 22-June 8. Each day I will provide an update.
Today: Marks the 2nd day of submissions for The Quest Initiative. Number of entrants: 121.
Question of the day: I am concerned about the safety of my story concept. Will you publish any of the loglines?
Answer: No, I will not publish any loglines including the winning entries of writers I might choose to participate in The Quest. Nor do you have to worry about me stealing your idea because I’d have to be pretty stupid to conduct such a public event as The Quest Initiative where writers who submit loglines have an electronic trail leading directly to me.
As noted previously, I am going to use The Quest to write my own spec script based on what I think is a killer comedy concept. If in the unlikely event somebody submits a logline even remotely close to mine, I will inform that writer I could not consider their logline for proprietary reasons. And I have my own electronic trail to prove that I have been developing my idea for months now.
Bottom line if you can’t trust me, a guy who has been blogging here faithfully for 5 years, answering as many of your comments and emails as possible, giving away free online classes classes, and — trump card! — received a Masters of Divinity degree from Yale, then I don’t know who you can trust!
Tip of the day: For 2 years, I have been saying Action-Comedy is poised for a comeback. And it looks like that is happening. One of the most highly anticipated movies this summer is The Heat written by Katie Dippold, starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. It’s so hot, 20th Century Fox has already announced a sequel… before the original has even been released. Combine that with the success of 21 Jump Street [also slated for a sequel], it’s no surprise that Action-Comedy spec scripts have been selling in the last year or so including Action No. 1, El Tigre, Caught in the Act, and Wildflowers.
To be clear: I’m not saying that you should only focus on Action-Comedy with your loglines. If the four best writers and story concepts submitted are all Dramas, and I feel like they have a shot at getting set up, that’s what I’ll choose.
What I am saying is I sold K-9 as a spec script. It was an Action-Comedy. It’s a cross genre I know well. If anybody has a great Action-Comedy story concept, something similar but different with a fresh spin, and a fun combination of characters, you’re in my wheelhouse.
Why The Quest Initiative: Hollywood needs new and different voices. What Franklin Leonard is doing through the Black List script hosting service has proven to be a successful entry point for writers outside the system to get exposure to industry insiders. It has opened doors for more than a dozen writers [when I last checked with Franklin], everything from obtaining representation to selling spec scripts to landing a two-film blind deal like writer Richard Corliner recently did with Warner Bros.
I consider The Quest Initiative to be akin to that, creating a new path into Hollywood for any writer.
I don’t care what gender, race, age, religion [or not], or even what state or country you live in.
In fact, I would dearly love to do what little I can to add more diversity to the ranks of professional screenwriters.
So if you feel like you have no way to break into the business, you live internationally, you’re a woman, a minority, over 50 years old, whatever… if you love movies, if you can write, if you have the drive to push yourself to excellence, and if you have a strong commercially viable story concept…
Why not submit a logline for consideration to The Quest Initiative?
By the way, Richard Corliner was a finalist for last year’s Quest Initiative. Who knows? Maybe a bit of Quest good karma rubbed off on him.
For specifics on how to submit loglines and general background, hit more.