Posted at 5:14 PM on May 16, 2007
by Euan Kerr
The folks who brought you NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) are expanding into the movie world, or at least into scriptwriting.
In case you missed it NaNoWriMo works under the premise that what writers need more than anything is a deadline. So each November people sign up to produce at least 50,000 words between 12:01am on the 1st and midnight on the 31st.
In 2006 79,000 people signed up, and 13,000 people got the job done. While a number of NaNoWriMo novels have been published, it's acknowledged that this is a exercise in quantity not quality. However organizers encourage people to look at what they have written as a first draft which will be markedly improved in the rewriting and editing.
So what's this got to do with movies? Well, NaNoWriMo is launching ScriptFrenzy which aims to have people spending their June writing either a screenplay or a playscript. The word target is just 20,000 words, but of course a script is more technically involved with all those directions and things.
Another thing that makes NaNoWriMo fun is the way people in geographic communities get together either on-line or sometimes in person to support each other in their writing.
The ScreenFrenzy folks hope to do the same, but a note went out from the Twin Cities liaison today saying only 12 people have signed up so far. So they're looking for a few aspiring screenwriters.
There's a great deal of information and more than a few tips on the ScreenFrenzy site if you want to give it a try.