Over the last couple decades it has appeared that the film industry has become increasingly profitable and movies seem to be making more and more money. While this is good for the long-term staying power of the industry, it raises some serious questions about what lengths these production companies are willing to take to maintain their momentum. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas recently went as far as saying that they predict the face of the film industry to change dramatically in the near future. In order to keep making money, production companies will need to keep investing in large, universally appealing projects (blockbusters) rather than small, personal niche films. Those big projects are less risky and appear to be a more prudent investment.
Break Media and New Regency Productions have something to say about that, and they think you do too. Their new contest, called “Prototype” is looking for new film ideas from you in the sci-fi, action, or effects-driven film genres. Contestants simply submit their idea in the form of a script for a short 8-10 minute film. 8 scripts will be selected and their writers will be given money to film those scripts. Out of those 8 film maker finalists, one idea will be selected as the winner. That winner gets a production deal with the opportunity to develop their idea into a feature film.
Check out the official press release:
LOS ANGELES — June 20, 2013 — Break Media, digital media company and leader in male-targeted digital content creation and distribution, today announced the launch of “Prototype,” an online film program in partnership with New Regency Productions, the studio behind “Fight Club” and “The Internship.” The program, which kicks off today, will utilize Break Media’s vast digital platforms to discover up and coming directorial talent and connect them directly with Hollywood. Eight promising filmmakers will be awarded $20,000 each to direct their own action, sci-fi or effects-driven short film. One of the eight finalists will win a coveted production deal with New Regency with the opportunity to develop their vision into a full-length feature. Filmmakers can visit www.BreakMedia.com/Prototype to submit a short film script, treatment for their full-length feature and directing sample to enter.
“Prototype is a way to discover and cultivate talent by providing them with the financing, distribution, and access to the entertainment industry that they wouldn’t otherwise have,” said Greg Siegel, SVP Entertainment Development, Break Media. “Our partnership with New Regency will help aspiring filmmakers break through to larger audiences than they have traditionally had online.”
Eight filmmakers will be selected to receive $20,000 each and the guidance of creative executives from Break Media and New Regency to make a 5 – 10 minute short, which will be distributed to Break Media’s web, mobile, YouTube and OTT platforms. One filmmaker of the eight will be awarded a production deal with the opportunity to develop their short into a feature-length film, produced by New Regency Productions. As selected by creative executives at Break Media and New Regency, the eight shorts will be revealed in the Fall with the winning short announcement to come in early 2014.
“Digital platforms have proven to be a hub for exciting new intellectual property and talent,” said David Manpearl, SVP of Production, New Regency. “We’re excited to partner with Break Media, one of the leaders in digital entertainment content, to uncover and cultivate the future of our industry online.”
Break Media is continuing to expand into feature-length entertainment and is currently in production on Higher Power, a high-octane, effects-driven sci-fi thriller. The project is being produced co-produced by Break Media and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, GI Joe) and will be directed by Hollywood filmmaker and VFX specialist Matt Santoro (300, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) from a script by Julia Fair.
This is an awesome opportunity for aspiring film makers and writers alike. Do you think you have what it takes? The contest is open now for submissions, but the deadline is August 31st, 2013. Visit the contest’s website here for more information.