Q: Will 168 randomly assign foundational scriptures or does the writer choose the verse?
A: 168 supplies the verse based on the same theme that will be used for the next 168 Film Project. Thus these screenplays fit with the theme and can be produced for the 168 Film Festival.
Q: What kind of stories is the contest looking for?
A: Redemptive stories are ideal, even if it's just a hint of redemption. If you choose to write a tragedy, then make sure there are real consequences for actions. Winking at or poking fun at hell, taboos and bad behavior is not a good idea for this contest.
While you are free to imagine any storyline with a wide variety of locations or a cast of thousands, your script is more likely to be reach the screen if it is easily producible by teams under constraints of 168 filmmaking, e.g. 2 or 3 main characters, common private locations such as a house or church, and easily achievable special effects.
Q: Can I write as a team?
A: You can write by yourself or with a group of no more than three. If participating in the Write Of Passage Duo competition, a minimum of two team members are required.
Q: How do I interface with my Development Executive/Mentor (DE) if I live in another region?
A: Your DE may be thousands of miles away and thus, he/she will use email. If possible, teams will meet face-to-face and/or talk by phone. If you live a long distance from each other, you can also use programs like Skype .
Q: How many screenplays may I enter?
A: As many as you like, but you must pay one entry fee per script.
Q: What's in it for writers?
A: The winning writer gets a cash prize, VIP treatment, phone meetings with Hollywood elites. Writers may get nominations and awards, which can help in marketing your talent. If produced, you will get a writing credit and input on rewrites for the film.
Q: What's in it for DEs?
A: Being a DE is excellent practice for those working towards a career in story development. You are the point person for a new creative community invigorated by your leadership. You learn to motivate and encourage a creative team to achieve excellence. Your sense of story develops in amazing ways. IF YOUR WRITER WINS: You get a cash prize. You are introduced as part of the creative team. You get an Executive Producer credit if the movie gets made.
Q: Do Write of Passage Spotlight Films compete with "168" Signature Speed Film entries?
A: No, they compete only with each other so it’s fair.
Q: Can writers just submit scripts to the 168 Office?
A: No, you must work through your DE.
Q: What if I don't like the DE who is assigned to me?
A: Writers will not be reassigned unless there is an extreme situation. It is important to learn to be flexible and be able to work with all sorts of people.
Q: Do I have to make all the changes my DE suggests?
A: No, they are just there to help and suggest. You are in control of your script, but remember DE’s judge the first round. You will learn that sometimes a client or executive will ask for changes that are detrimental. Choose your battles wisely.
Q: How important is it to integrate the verse into the script?
A: This is called SCRIPTURAL INTEGRATION (SI) and it is Very important. In fact it's so important that if you don’t do this, you will not be a finalist.
Q: What is SCRIPTURAL INTEGRATION (SI) and how will it be judged?
A: No scripts will advance without good S.I. This is how skillfully, artistically, and ingeniously the producer uses the verse as a foundation to the story. It is not simply jamming the verse into the story or reading it at some point. This will be judged thusly: take the verse on face value, asking yourself “Are all of the verse’s story points addressed?” Writes will get extra credit for representation of the verse’s context in the story. DE’s will watch for subtleties and symbolism (i.e. one character represents Jesus or Israel, etc.) especially if they can’t see the SI at first. The best films will communicate the spirit and the letter of the verse in a wondrous way.
Q: Can I submit a script I've already written?
A: No, this is a speed screenwriting competition. Everyone writes with the same restrictions.
Q: Why should I grant a license to students? Won't they just make an amateur film and make me look bad?
A: At 168 we want students to succeed. Since the biggest problem is STORY, this license starts them off with a great foundation, so they can concentrate on learning filmmaking. That's where you come in. Writers grant a non-exclusive license of your script to students for use in producing a film. You will receive credit on the film (if desired). Students shall consult with writers and will change the name of the short film to an acceptable title if the writer so desires. The film shall be credited as “A Write of Passage Student Film.”
Q: After the winner is announced, can writers continue revising their scripts and enter the film in the 168 Film Festival? A: Yes, that is perfectly fine, but the finished script should not exceed 12 pages because the finished film cannot be longer than 11 minutes (all told, including credits).