Subject: ~Lions Gate Films/SHOWTIME Feature Opportunity~
Independent/ Aspiring Filmmakers,
In association with Artisan Entertainment and Trimark Holdings, the CEO of Lions Gate Films, Mr. Jon Feltheimer, and Vice Charman, Mr. Michael Burns are offering young filmmakers across the country a chance in a lifetime opportunity.
Beginning May 21, 2004, Lions Gate Films will begin accepting original treatments, accompanied by several three page scenes from a larger 120 page, feature length screenplay, to be read and judged by myself, Mark Brown- Director, and Film Critic, Blake French.
Mark Brown, Director of Urban Comedy/Drama, "Two Can Play that Game" has recently signed a three picture contract deal with Lions Gate Films that shall open up the door for a newly expanded urban market department that Artisan Entertainment is financially backing, hosted by our company. As a result, we are sponsoring the 2004 BEYOND STEREOTYPE CONTEST that will provide our winner with a $675,000.00 sale of their original screenplay, the opportunity to act as the script supervisor during the production of their winning film, and a Winter 2005 paid internship/job in our newly expanded urban film market department.
Mark Brown will direct and produce the winning screenplay on the sound stages of our Canadian studio. You may be sitting directly by his side. The plot of this first of three projects for Mark Brown and our new Urban Department surrounds the trials and tribulations of four Black teenage boys who are attending a predominately white, conservative, private school in the suburb of somewhere. You create the characters, setting, trials, tribulations, conflicts, challenges, and resolutions. However, you MUST deliver your treatment in 300 words or less.
To accompany your treatment, you MUST also create a total of three, three page scenes where one, two, three or all four of the central characters are involved somehow. The first scene MUST take place in the community shower/bathroom, the second scene MUST take place in one of the dorm rooms, and the third scene MUST take place in one of the classrooms. Each scene should provide some ideas, concepts and viewpoints that extend beyond the cliche's and stereotypes of Black Men Living in America. Don't be afriad to tackle the ideas of homosexuality, substance abuse, learning disabilities, racism, class differences, and other social issues in your scripts. WE DO NOT WANT ANY COMEDIC or HORROR SCREENPLAYS! Once ALL of your ORIGINAL material has been received by Saturday, June 5, 2004,accompanied also by your 1 PAGE RESUME, the judging process will begin.
On Saturday, June 19, 2004, our 10 semifinalists will be contacted by a member of our Urban Market Team. At that time, each semifinalist will have ONLY 1 MONTH to incorporate their three scenes into a 120 PAGE, FEATURE LENGTH SCREENPLAY. By July 19, 2004, all of the screenplays from the 10 semifinalists should be received by our judging panel. During that following week, we will be reading and rereading all of the 10 screenplays. Your screenplay will be read TWICE by each judge. On July 30, 2004 a FINAL decision will be made as to which screenplay will be put into production by Lions Gate Films, Directed by Mark Brown. The winner will be contacted via phone and email, and given specific details on travel and location procedures.
The winner will receive $675,000.00 from Peter Leitch of Lions Gate Films for the rights to their original screenplay. The winner will be flown to Canada for the 24 day production of the film shoot, all expenses paid. The trip will include only 2 tickets and hotel accomodations.
*It is best advised that ALL semifinalists have their screenplays copywritten on or before the date that the material is sent to our judges panel.
ALL TREATMENTS AND 3 PAGE SCENE materials should be forwarded DIRECTLY to me, in an ATTACHED email, via this address. ALL semifinalists will forward their 120 page scripts DIRECTLY to our Vancouver Studio.
Mailing Address will be...(ONLY FOR 120 PAGE SCREENPLAYS)
555 Brooksbank Avenue
BC V 70 335
PLEASE DO NOT USE THE ABOVE MAILING ADDRESS UNTIL YOU ARE CONTACTED AND INFORMED OF YOUR TOP 10 SEMIFINALIST STATUS.
Saving the BEST NEWS for last... The ENTIRE production process in Canada will be filmed by SHOWTIME, and aired NEXT SPRING. The winning Filmmaker will be highlighted throughout each of the 13, hour long episodes.
We look forward to working with you and possibly turning your independent drive into a Hollywood dream come true!
DEADLINE FOR TREATMENTS AND 3 SCENES: SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2004.
Chaseton B. Hammond
Lions Gate Films
Urban Market Recruiter