4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

SD Latino Film Festival and Nickelodeon Collaborate on Script-Review Competition

First came the outrage. Dora the Explorer putting in yearly personal appearances at the San Diego Latino Film Festival is one thing. A script review competition in cahoots with Nickelodeon that encourages budding writers to basically trace their favorite television shows, another.

During this year's festival, which runs March 8 - 18 at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center, industry professionals from the Nickelodeon cable channel will be on hand to critique the screenplays of emerging local scribes.

Here are the requirements: Applicants need to submit a spec script based on any 30-minute comedic television series currently in production and airing on primetime network or cable. The good news is, the script need not be based on a Nickelodeon show, nor does it need to be "kid-friendly." Too bad Mr. Ed is off the air. I've long had this idea rattling around my brain on how to get Ed in a time machine so he could hook up with Catherine the Great.

Here's the rub: why not encourage a creative spirit as opposed to goading writers into imitating the style and material of others? It is not my goal to knock any of our town's film festivals, but having a reputation for constantly calling films out on their lack of originality, it would be disingenuous of me not to at least bring it up for discussion.

I stopped by the Media Arts Center this morning to run my thoughts past friend and colleague Glenn Heath. Looking over the following specifications, a rookie author gets a good feel for how the finished product should look when held in a producer's hand.

Image

It's important to remember, even though there are three holes in the script, only use two, not three, brass brads to hold it in place. You don't want to look bad your first time out. Most sitcoms are derivative time-wasters that wouldn't take much to improve. A lot of sitcom fans know their material almost as well as the series creators, and in many cases bring a fresher outlook to the material. As Glenn points out, there's even a chance for betterment on the part of the applicants.

It took a bit, but Glenn won me over. Portfolio review applicants are required to submit a request for consideration to [email protected] Submission must be received (not postmarked) no later than 5 p.m. on February 1. For additional information, including further submission criteria and entry deadlines in regards to Nickelodeon’s Artist Fellowship Portfolio Review, please click here.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Mikkeller Global taps San Diego as the site for its 15-year anniversary celebration

20 breweries, 70 brews at Mikkeller's 15th anniversary
Next Article

The massive, small molcajete at La Sinaloense

How regionally inspired mariscos fill a restaurant patio in La Presa

First came the outrage. Dora the Explorer putting in yearly personal appearances at the San Diego Latino Film Festival is one thing. A script review competition in cahoots with Nickelodeon that encourages budding writers to basically trace their favorite television shows, another.

During this year's festival, which runs March 8 - 18 at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center, industry professionals from the Nickelodeon cable channel will be on hand to critique the screenplays of emerging local scribes.

Here are the requirements: Applicants need to submit a spec script based on any 30-minute comedic television series currently in production and airing on primetime network or cable. The good news is, the script need not be based on a Nickelodeon show, nor does it need to be "kid-friendly." Too bad Mr. Ed is off the air. I've long had this idea rattling around my brain on how to get Ed in a time machine so he could hook up with Catherine the Great.

Here's the rub: why not encourage a creative spirit as opposed to goading writers into imitating the style and material of others? It is not my goal to knock any of our town's film festivals, but having a reputation for constantly calling films out on their lack of originality, it would be disingenuous of me not to at least bring it up for discussion.

I stopped by the Media Arts Center this morning to run my thoughts past friend and colleague Glenn Heath. Looking over the following specifications, a rookie author gets a good feel for how the finished product should look when held in a producer's hand.

Image

It's important to remember, even though there are three holes in the script, only use two, not three, brass brads to hold it in place. You don't want to look bad your first time out. Most sitcoms are derivative time-wasters that wouldn't take much to improve. A lot of sitcom fans know their material almost as well as the series creators, and in many cases bring a fresher outlook to the material. As Glenn points out, there's even a chance for betterment on the part of the applicants.

It took a bit, but Glenn won me over. Portfolio review applicants are required to submit a request for consideration to [email protected] Submission must be received (not postmarked) no later than 5 p.m. on February 1. For additional information, including further submission criteria and entry deadlines in regards to Nickelodeon’s Artist Fellowship Portfolio Review, please click here.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Comments
1

Who wants to eat boiled potatoes when you can dine on tacos?

Jan. 19, 2012

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close