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Big Break Competition Update!

Oct 18, 2016 Phil Parker 0 News, Screenwriting, Screenwriting News , , , , , , , , ,

21-11-16 UPDATE: The Third Bomb beat out thousands of other scripts to make it to the semifinals.

One of the world’s top 10 screenwriting competitions – Final Draft’s Big Break Contest – announced its quarterfinalists earlier this month and my WWII action/ adventure script ‘The Third Bomb’ made the list! Very excited!

All contest results for The Third Bomb

Normally the quarterfinals are nothing to crow about, but this time is different. Someone from a top Hollywood agency saw my script and read its logline (a brief description of the story) and contacted me. They were intrigued and wanted to read it! #blownaway

So of course I signed their release form and sent that, plus a copy of my script, back right away. Having this agency represent me would be a dream come true… but I’m under no illusions. I’ve already been at this game for a few years now, pitching my heart out, winning competitions and getting script requests, only for it all to lead to dead ends. It’s enough to put grey hairs on your head and a bit of jade in your soul. So, the chickens have not been counted yet.

Not by a long shot.

However, in order to survive, just like in any tough industry, you have to keep pressing on despite the incredible odds against you. Otherwise, what’s the alternative, right? Give up? Go back to a normal 11hrs-a-day industry job working for someone else? F**k that 😉

Besides, I’m already incredibly fortunate that ‘The Third Bomb’ and its success on the contest circuit has helped change my life.

I’m a working screenwriter!

…and that was the whole reason I slaved over that script. So that I could pursue my dream and make it real.

I’m incredibly stressed, but it’s an excited stress, because the long hours and uncertainty about where my next pay check will come from are fuel for my brand, my business, my passion. Not someone else’s.

If you’re chasing the same dream too, keep at it! Keep studying your craft. Keep practicing your craft. Network with other writers. Read tons of scripts and analyze tons of movies/ TV shows.

And do it today. And everyday after that.

Booyah! 😉

 

Phil Parker

Phil Parker is a working screenwriter with clients in several countries. His highly awarded WWII script 'The Third Bomb' has been optioned by BAFTA-winning producer Sias Wilson. He also recently completed screenwriting work on 'Kindred', an Aboriginal sci-fi script for Red Centre Films; and 'Catsaway', an animated adventure for Tent Pictures Productions. In a previous life, he wrote, edited and produced promos and original videos for broadcast on four different BBC channels. His spot for 'Frontline War' beat out competitors from around the world to win Silver at the Global Excellence Promax BDA Awards in New York. Phil also offers script doctor and script analysis services for Auspol Media. Available for hire.

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