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MOONDANCE 2016 CALL-FOR-ENTRIES:
January 1 through June 30, 2016
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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
FESTIVAL NEWS FOR WRITERS:
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
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.
- The hunter must become the hunted This 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:
THE MOONDANCE DOWNTON ABBEY QUIZ:
- Which are your favorite characters on Downton Abbey?
- Which Downton Abbey characters do you dislike?
- Which Downton Abbey characters do you want to be?
- Who are the best Downton Abbey actors?
SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT TODAY:
“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
“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
“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
“Almost everything will work again if you just unplug it for a little while, including you!” ~Anne Lamott
MOONDANCE RECOMMENDS & SUPPORTS:
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.
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
HUMANS DEFENDING ANIMALS FROM OTHER HUMANS
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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