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FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JULY 31st
The final deadline for submissions to the
2017 Moondance competition is July 31st
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send in your entry RIGHT NOW!
Thanks a million for all the very fine submissions by talented filmmakers, writers and composers we’ve received, so far, for the 2017 Moondance competition!
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SUBTLETIES OF SUBTEXT: The True Art Of The Writer!
- Narrative feature, Short, Documentary, Drone & Animation Films • Feature & Short Screenplays •Film Scores • Short Stories, Stageplays & Audio Plays •TV Pilots, Episodics…and many more!LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM
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SUBTLETIES OF SUBTEXT
The True Art Of The Writer
By Cheryl O’Brien
Movies combine multi-layered text with many messages sent and received. Subtext is “a subtle or coded message sent and received.” Subtext is the message under the message. Subtext when made obvious becomes text. Text is received through our eyes and ears. Sending and receiving text is a mental and physical process.
Subtext is received through our intuitions, thoughts, and feelings. Subtext is a mental, physical and emotional process. Subtext is filtered by our own experiences, knowledge, beliefs, and values. Subtext in screenplays can be, and should be, visual as well auditory.
Screenplays open up a whole range of subtext not available in other written texts. Images, manner of the characters, props used, dress and presentation of characters are all subtle forms of subtext. Screenwriters need to be aware of the subtleties within each scene, use them, manipulate them understand their uses and the concepts, ideas, and images created that are implied in, or can be inferred from the subtext. It is this careful manipulation of subtext that will make one screenplay stand out from another. A reader will sense something is different with a carefully crafted screenplay with consistent subtext.
Life itself is full of subtexts. Every day we use subtext to communicate to one another the messages we really want to communicate. Pay attention to it and use it in your screenplays! READ MORE HERE:
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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
“Success results from a relentless accumulation of small effects that grow into a critical mass that becomes invincible.” From “Mind Over Water”, by Craig Lambert
“Culture is the sum total of the experiences people choose to have in common, and it provides the context and structure that facilitates all our collaborations and communications.” ~ Tennyson E. Stead
A MOONDANCER WRITES US:
“This is a fantastic concept, and when I read the words “Film Festival Without Borders”…. I just had to learn more. Its great to break and expand the barriers of territory and audience, bringing stories straight onto the world platform. Get the Art out there, without people in petty positions of power, gathering crowds to confined spaces of their own choosing. Let the world decide what films do it for them.” ~ Debbie Croysdale, Actor, screenwriter, director & filmmaker, London, England
“Big Wave” Photo credit: Clark Little