How does it work? Well, you have to use your imagination of course. The gin geniuses at Bombay Sapphire asked the Academy Award winning Screenwriter of Precious, Geoffrey Fletcher, to write a script. To enter the competition you have to use the script to write a treatment for a film up to five minutes long (if you don’t know what a treatent is then you need to brush up on your cinema lingo). The thing is, the script is seriously sparse on detail. It’s basically just Character A and Character B having a conversation, so the genre, style, location, casting, it’s really all up to you. Sound like a challenge you want to take on? Read the full script and find out how you can enter over on the Imagination Series website.
After the entry deadline of 1st August 2012, Fletcher and the rest of the judging panel will choose five winners from a shortlist who’ll each get that all important £50k budget to make their ‘picture,’ as they say in Hollywood. The winning films will be unveiled at exclusive screenings in early 2013. Imagine having that on your CV, eh wannabe directors?
It’s a worldwide competition so chances are you’ll have some healthy global competition. The contest was originally announced at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York but I went along to the London launch event recently in the heart of media town, Soho. While sipping a gin and tonic from a glass roughly the same size as my head (I know my head is tiny but this thing was gigantic) we listened to Fletcher talk about the competition and why he decided the get involved. Fletcher described how he suffered ‘years and years of rejection’ before he made a breakthrough with Precious. He knows how hard it is to make it in the film industry and hopes that the contest will open some doors for aspiring filmmakers. ‘Perhaps we’ll find some geniuses and they’ll go on to great careers,’ he said.
Need a bit of help to get started? First up, check out the video below for some hints and tips from Geoff himself. Bombay Sapphire will also be hosting ‘Learn How to be a Film Director‘ interactive workshops on Monday 16th and Wednesday 18th July at the Bombay Sapphire Blue Rooms at Zenna Bar (6-8.30pm). Tickets are £15 each and reservations are via firstname.lastname@example.org. An experienced lecturer from a local film school will talk about how to get into the film industry, washed down with gin cocktails of course.