Moondance “Downton Abbey” Quiz & Mid-January News!


Illustration by Elizabeth English

Illustration by Elizabeth English

Bienvenue à Moondance! ¡Bienvenido al Moondance! • Benvenuto al Moondance! • Willkommen Bei der Moondance! • Bem-Vindo ao Moondance! • ΚΑΛΏΣ ΉΛΘΑΤΕ ΣΤΟ ΤΟ Moondance! • ЛАСКАВО ПРОСИМО НА Moondance! • Welkom Bij de Moondance! • Velkommen til Moondance! • Pōwhiri ki Moondance! • Welcome to the Moondance!

MOONDANCE 2016 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:

Accepting submissions

January 1 through June 30, 2016

  • PLEASE VISIT THESE PAGES ON THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO:

LINK TO SUBMISSION CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO AWARDS CATEGORIES LIST

LINK TO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

LINK TO OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

LINK TO AWARDS BENEFITS 

LINK TO MOONDANCE SUCCESSES 

LINK TO THE MOONDANCE MISSION STATEMENT

The Moondance winners’ star award The Moondance Star Award “I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become!” ~ Carl Jung

The Moondance winners’ star award

Moondance is also accepting submissions at:

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https://filmfreeway.com/festival/MoondanceInternationalFilmFestival

WHAT’S IN THIS NEWS-BLOG:

  • CALL FOR ENTRIES
  • FESTIVAL NEWS FOR WRITERS
  • Moviebytes offers Moondancers $5 discount
  • Logline Clichés to Avoid!
  • “DOWNTON ABBEY” QUIZ
  • MOONDANCE RECOMMENDATIONS
  • The UN Refugee Agency
  • Blue Voice
  • Save the Manta Ray
  • SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

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FESTIVAL NEWS FOR WRITERS:

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MOVIEBYTES members can get a $5 discount on Moondance entry fees until the regular submission deadline, with the special MovieBytes code! And it’s free to become a MovieBytes member.

LOGLINE CLICHÉS TO AVOID!

InkTip.com article by Michael Kim

jerrol@inktip.com

When you read logline after logline, patterns emerge. These patterns are sometimes exact copies of each other, clichés based on expressions that are hammered into our heads in taglines we’ve seen on movie or show posters, or in voiceovers we heard in trailers by the late, great Don LaFontaine.

Here are clichés to avoid in loglines and how you can overcome them. Keep in mind that using these can scream “novice writer” to a reader. In most cases, the solution to these is to simply be more specific as to what you are really trying to say when you use them.

  1. The hunter must become the huntedThis is a clichéd tagline that appears in loglines. If the premise involves the hunter becoming the prey, then your logline should illustrate how.

Example: A corrupt cop discovers the man he helped put behind bars twenty years ago is released and angry. Now, the hunter becomes the hunted.

This is better: A corrupt cop learns the wrongly-convicted genius he helped put behind bars twenty years ago is released. Now, his paranoia increases as he sees evidence he may be stalking him despite moving across the country to a farm. READ MORE:

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THE MOONDANCE DOWNTON ABBEY QUIZ:

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http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/character-hub/series/downton-abbey-s5/

  1. Which are your favorite characters on Downton Abbey?
Male: ________________________________________ Female: ______________________________________    2, Which Downton Abbey character(s) are you? Male: ________________________________________ Female: ______________________________________
  1. Which Downton Abbey characters do you dislike?
Male: ________________________________________ Female: ______________________________________
  1. Which Downton Abbey characters do you want to be?
Male: ________________________________________ Female: ______________________________________
  1. Who are the best Downton Abbey actors?
Male: ________________________________________ Female: ______________________________________

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SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT TODAY:

LADDERS + MAN @ WALL

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EYES + POINTING-ANI

“Hold onto what is individual about you; don’t allow your ambition make you try to imitate the success of others. You’ve got to find it on your own.” ~ Harrison Ford

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Photo by Stephan McGhee

Photo by Stephan McGhee

“I can think of few heroic actions which cannot be traced to an artistic impulse. Whomever does great deeds, does them from an innate moral beauty.” ~ Walt Whitman

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“Scriptwriting is like cooking. Shooting the film, the part I like most, is like eating. Editing the film is, well, the washing up.” ~ Claude Chabrol, French film director, a member of the French New Wave group of filmmakers

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Andrew Wyeth painting “Master Bedroom”

“Almost everything will work again if you just unplug it for a little while, including you!” ~Anne Lamott

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MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS & SUPPORTS:

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http://www.unrefugees.org

REFUGEES WALKING

Hala is Syrian, and she lost her mother, her home, and her childhood in one terrible moment when a bomb hit her house when Hala was outside, playing in the courtyard. Hala has become the “mother” of the family. She prepares the food, cleans, and attends to her oldest brother, 18, injured by the bomb that took their mother. Hala is not in school … she gets little rest … and she could use more food. In spite of all that, she is brave and resolute. If Hala was an 11-year-old American girl, the video she made with Angelina Jolie Pitt would probably be the high point of her life. WATCH THE VIDEO: Find out what happened to Hala.

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Saving Dolphins and Whales, Protecting the Oceans

Make 2016 the year we save thousands of dolphin and shark lives. Early in the new year we will complete filming our documentary of the whole vicious process of killing dolphins, overfishing sharks and commercializing the meat and fins. When released worldwide on television, this will put huge pressure on Peru to enforce its laws – already on the books – to protect dolphins and end overfishing of sharks. Together we will save the lives of thousands of dolphins and sharks. The dolphins of Peru are depending on  you. www.bluevoice.org

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Dolphins in Bimini, photo by Atmo, www.Wildquest.com

Dolphins in Bimini, photo by Atmo, www.Wildquest.com

Animal Petitions

HUMANS DEFENDING ANIMALS FROM OTHER HUMANS

Stop Killing Manta Rays for Their Gills!

MANTA RAY

http://animalpetitions.org/

Rare, majestic manta rays are being killed by the thousands in Sri Lanka to meet demand for their gills in Chinese markets. Urge the Sri Lankan government to stop the slaughter of these gentle creatures. please-help@animalpetitions.org

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