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Posts Tagged ‘Alexander Payne’

Amazon Awards Aspiring Director $1 Million

Amazon Studios has awarded $1 million to Rob Gardner for his test movie, 12 Princesses–”family friendly musical tale about a love-struck farm boy in a magical world.” Follow this link to watch the 12 Princesses test film.

In addition, Matthew Gossett won Amazon’s $100,000 best script award for Origin of a Species, “a thriller about an ex-cop facing the greatest obstacle of his life.” Follow this link to read the script for Origin of a Species. Every year the  studio collects scripts and test movies from aspiring filmmakers, rewarding the best work with annual prizes.

Here’s more about the program, from the release: “Amazon Studios first launched in November of 2010, since then the Amazon Studios community has submitted more than 700 test movies and 7,000 scripts. In the last year, 39 scripts, test movies and trailers were highlighted in contests and awarded more than $1.9 million in cash prizes. Additionally, Amazon Studios recently attached prominent producers to three projects discovered through the community to help further their development process.”

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Rex Pickett on Surviving Rejection

Novelist Rex Pickett recently shared the story of how his writing life fell apart in the 1990s, coping with countless rejections and personal problems before publishing Sideways.

On the Other People podcast (founded by author and Nervous Breakdown founder by Brad Listi), Pickett explained how he survived this dark period. Sideways would later be adapted into an Academy Award-winning film by Alexander Payne.

Check it out: “At the time that I wrote it, I was in such a state of despair and destitution (if you want to know the truth). My fear was that if I wrote a novel that was despairing–which mirrored the state of my soul at the time–that no one would read it … The 90s was a tough decade for me to hang in there. I wrote a mystery novel … but we couldn’t sell it. I takes a long time in the traditional publishing world to find out. We’re talking 70 to 80 rejection letters.”

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