Thursday, February 21, 2008

Script That Classic Update

Hey guys.  Quick update.

1)  Some scripts coming in.  Would like to see a lot more.  I'm going to set a deadline for script entry:  Monday, March 31st.  (I'm out of town a lot in March)

2)  I am still discussing this with Steve Worth.  We'll be chatting later in this month about his role in this.  It's important to me that the ASIFA ARCHIVE be the judge of a good script.  That's my point.  But "none of the above" and "they all suck" is not an acceptable answer.

So... Rules still apply!
Contest is still on!
Solid dates in place!

Scripts sent to

Thursday, February 7, 2008


So, by now, some of you have probably figured out what I was thinking about... but maybe you didn't figure out all of the details.

I think there are writers who can write lyrically, visually and well enough that they can script out a classic.

I am not so vain as to think it's me.

But I do believe that person is out there.

And so, in honor of this week's "Annie Awards," which also includes script writing as part of its list of honors... I'd like to propose, announce (and God Help Me, fund) the First annual Script That Classic Contest!

And the classic I'd like to propose be scripted - retrofitted backwards from classic cartoon (as listed by our friend and periodic poster Stephen Worth) is "Falling Hare."

The rules are pretty simple:

Watch the cartoon. Write a script in Final Draft, or in RTF format. Mail it to me at Include your name, address, contact information, etc.

I will then log it, anonymize it (remove all names, etc.) and then submit it for judging.

And while I plan on reaching out to other board artists, directors and story people to help go through the stuff and give opinions, I would like the final judge of this to be Stephen Worth.

Pick the best of the bunch. Show script writers what's right.
And in return, you can take the worst of the bunch, and gut it.

Here's what happens when a winner is picked.

The winner will be announced, and un-anonymized. I will see that the winner is paid a "teleplay fee" for a short-subject script - as determined by the IATSE/TAG 839 rules. I think it's a little less than $2000. This may be out of my own pocket, but I'd like to see this person be paid to punch up an existing project. (Note: If the winner is from out of state, travelling to a punch up meeting would be on them.)

I will personally make an in-kind donation to the ASIFA-Archive.

I humbly ask other producer on this 'blog to chip in work as well. (Hell, the more that gets chipped in, the less out of pocket I face. I'm not an idiot. :) )

But it boils down to this: I will only do this if Stephen judges, in deference to his knowledge of the past. I freely admit - I know less about this than a lot of people. So I'll need the assistance of people with artier minds than I.

The cartoon is picked - one of the classic cartoons of all time. Chosen by someone with not only an encyclopedic knowledge of animation... but who directs the archive that honors it.

I'm in for the parts I can bring to the table. My time. My scripty-producer head. Cash. And opportunity.

Stephen? Whattya think?

Monday, February 4, 2008

Just in case anyone was actually waiting...

...I'm dragging a little ass.

Nothing like a whirlwind trip to the superbowl to slow down your animation experiments.

Will return to posting, probably, Weds.

- Steve

Friday, February 1, 2008

"Falling Hare"

Classic. Really awesome cartoon.

One of the few in Steven's list that I'm kicking around for what I want to announce next week.

A quick: "I'm learning as I do this side note," as I was trying to track down "The Big Snooze" I found a Chili Willy cartoon of the same name. I was assuming you didn't mean that.

"Big Snooze" is a little harder to find (in other words, didn't instantly show up on Youtube) but find it I shall. And find it I did!

I loves me the Bugs Bunny. These are both excellent choices because Bugs is a smart ass, there is verbal to him...

Look for the "What the F*** is this all about" post Monday or Tuesday.