- Published: Tuesday, 05 April 2016 01:44
- Written by Jim Dee
Each spring, there's a screenwriting contest put on by the people that run the Oscar's. It's called the Nicholl Fellowship, and is the top screenwriting contest in existence. They receive thousands of entries each year -- and it's only increasing in popularity. If you win a Nicholl, you get something like $35k in prize money, for which you're supposed to write another feature screenplay during the following year. So, you basically live on that money while you write. Not bad, eh? It's highly prestigious, of course; if you win a Nicholl Fellowship, you've got instant (and significant) credibility in that field and can likely parlay the prize into a screenwriting career, if that's your desire. Not only that, but if your screenplay is good enough to win, you'll likely also sell it, which makes the prize even more lucrative.
I entered one other time, about 10 years ago, and plan to do so again, mostly because I enjoy screenwriting. Ideally, if I were in that industry, I'd probably like to write and direct my own films. But, for the purposes of the contest, one has to hold back from too much direction. The industry famously doesn't like it when screenwriters direct (meaning offering too much direction-type language within a screenplay), although many movie-fanatics intrepid enough to get into screenwriting probably have natural tendencies to want to direct, as well. So, that can be a challenge. Yet, each year, many thousands enter this giant, crazy contest.
What I wanted to address here in this web design blog, though, is a similarity I often encounter between the two fields. I call it the "Second Act Slump for New Web Sites." The word "new" there is key, as this phenomenon applies mostly to new sites rather than existing ones.