Posted 19th Jan 2011.
Shine / Kudos / New Regency - Big Idea Competition Winner
We had to keep this quiet for a month or so but I can now be officially delighted to announce that Sam Callis and I have won the Shine Pictures 'Big Idea' screenwriting competition.
Shine Pictures is a joint venture between UK's Kudos Pictures (Eastern Promises, Brighton Rock) and Hollywood's New Regency (Heat, Fight Club, The Fountain). The competition offered an open invitation to submit a proposal and sample pages for a genre film, then for shortlisted entrants to pitch for a development deal.
From over 700 entrants, seven were invited to pitch. We presented our story to Executive Chairman Stephen Garrett, Head of Film Paul Webster, Head of Development Ed Clarke and Big Idea Project Manager Melanie Coombs.
Of those seven pitches, two proposals were chosen: ours, a romantic comedy provisionally entitled 'Three Nights In Fiction', and Stephen Keyworth's science fiction script 'Youngstown'.
Stephen and Paul said:
"We are genuinely delighted to have found these two exciting Big Ideas which clearly have global audiences in their sights. Nic and Sam's Three Nights in Fiction is a charming Romantic Comedy concept, and Stephen's Youngstown is an unsettling Sci-Fi proposal that is elevated genre at its best. We very much look forward to working with these writers to develop these terrific notions into compelling screenplays and then films."
We are absolutely delighted to be working with such respected and inspiring individuals and such successful companies. We're looking forward to collaborating with them to produce an engaging and entertaining film.
Many congratulations to Stephen Keyworth for his deal too.
And now, to work!
Sam Callis and Nic Alderton are long-time collaborators, although they also work on their own projects independently. Sam is also an actor and director and has recently completed a short film. Nic writes and directs for stage and screen and is in post-production with a short film.• film • writing •