Hello Fellow Frenzy Alumni of 2007,Do you remember where you were on June 1 last year?I was sitting in an uncomfortable chair that caused my right leg to fall asleep, with my feet resting on a hard table, and my laptop—tired out from the extra work—reaching temperatures that could cause third-degree burns. But I was happy. Really, really happy. Script Frenzy had started, and there was no turning back.
My name is Jennifer Arzt, and I’m a filmmaker living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I fell in love with the Frenzy last year and am excited to be able to say that I’ll be your tour guide, AKA Program Director, through the crazy, whirlwind adventure of Script Frenzy 2008.
Much has changed here at the Frenzy since FADE OUT ’07. Have a seat, and I’ll get you up to speed.
First off, Script Frenzy has moved to April (get your taxes done now!), and the goal is 100 cumulative pages instead of 20,000 words. Also, all types of scripts are now encouraged. Screenplays, stage plays, TV shows, short films, comic book and graphic novel scripts, adaptations of novels—any type of script your heart desires! They just have to add up to 100 pages, and be written between April 1 and April 30.
The Donation Station and Store has nifty new Script Frenzy gear including, my favorite, a space-age travel coffee mug. It’s so cool, it could have come from the future. (The Office of Letters and Light has powers well beyond its years. If it can inspire writers around the world to write 100 pages in 30 days, then why couldn’t it also have a time machine? I’ll do some reconnaissance and report back.)
With just over three weeks before FADE IN, there’s plenty of time to outline your plot, meet your characters, and tell your friends and family that you’ve got plans and won’t be seeing them again until May. Of course, you might also want to mention your favorite take-out choices, just in cas e they want to show their love and support through deliveries of food.
If you crossed the finish line last year, congratulations. If you came close, or found a hiding spot on Day Three, this will be a whole new chance to reach the winners circle. Things that were hard during the first attempt will be easier on the second. Writing an entire script in a month is no small feat, and we all win just by trying.
So come by the website and say hi. Let’s have some coffee and chocolate, and talk about our April stories.
Your fellow Frenzy participant,
ps: If you know of any young scriptwriters in need of inspiration, our Script Frenzy Young Writers Program is back, bigger than ever. You can check it out at http://ywp.scriptfrenzy.org.