UPDATES That Amazon Studios Screenplay Contest
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This article was printed from http://www.deadline.com/2010/11/video-for-scribes-from-scamazon-studios/
That’s pretty funny! So essentially this doesn’t really change anything as Scamazon will do to the writer’s exactly what the current studio’s do with net profit participation: “We F you, so bend over”! I like the fact they’re at least being up front about it!
Pony. This is frakking genius. Love it!
I second that. F**ING CLASSIC! Truly brilliant take on the Amazon Studios (when you read their fine print). Love the Scamazon slogan.
Classic. Yes, retaliate against the piggies with their arrogant corporate bloodsucking. No, the entertainment revolution will not be according to your rules. Great parody of the Deter/Marcel Marceau deadness of our host.
Amazon suddenly suuuckss
Not funny. Writers have to take opportunities when they present themselves. Now go read my script, “Big Monkey Love Jerk-fest And Chipmonks Also Fist Pump” on Amazon. Actually, don’t just read it. Feel free to re-write it. Actually, do a page 1 rewrite. But remember, I own 1 percent of the finished product. Amazon owns 99%. You own nothing.
Someone would probably call you a greedy bastard for wanting that 1%. SHIT!, I just had a great idea ! Everybody send their worst fucking scripts to Scamazon! Got to go now, I have to finish my remake of Vanishing Point,- in CLAYMATION! And NO, I didn’t bother to get the remake rights, why should I?, this is SHIT ON WRITERS MONTH.
Where’s the outcry against Warner Bros. for going along with this?
HILARIOUS BECAUSE IT’S SO TRUE!!!
It’s funny ’cause it’s true.
This is the perfect response to Scamazon.
So is not moving your eyebrows the New Thing now? Zuckerberg, Eisenberg, the Amazon guy and now this berg…
Hmm, wonder if I can post this video to the Amazon site and make some dollas?
“The one with the least monkey scratches…”
Yes. F**king great stuff.
Scamazon Studios! Love it! I say we plague them with the worst scripts you can think up. Let them drown in a deluge of crap!
Hysterical!! That made my Thanksgiving morning!
Unfortunately, I’m afraid that there will be thousands of people who fall for this scam…but maybe fewer than would’ve, originally, thanks to videos like this one.
What blows my mind is that even people who want to compete with Hollywood are under the impression that rewrites are an absolute must. How cool would it have been if they’d decide to really stand out and announce that the script with the most general public votes will get made AS IS, nobody is allowed to touch it!
And what’s wrong with short films or shooting a selected scene? Do these people have any idea what it takes to make a decent movie? Not every screenplay can be shot like Paranormal Activity.
The greatest new storyteller could be living somewhere in the Appalachian Mountains with no access to skilled actors, camera or a fancy Mac with final cut.
They did that. It was called SNAKES ON A PLANE.
Appealing to the lowest common denominator work great. /sigh
Get over yourselves. I’d rather have a shitty deal with Amazon than no deal at all.
Um…here is what would happen. You film if it got made would bear no resemblance to your original script for which you’d be lucky to get above WGA minimum for. Hardly retirement money. Most likely the film will suck and YOU, DEAR SIR (madam?) will have that on your IMDB resume FOREVER.
One crappy film re-written by a million little voices. And that will be the end of your career.
So…do you really want that deal? Because the way this is set up, there will be no original scripts, just scripts pecked to death by other losers who are dumb enough to think they’re actually being creative. Don’t be one of these losers. Enter real contests like Triggersteet.com and the ones on the tracking boards. If your scripts are good enough someone will notice.
I have had a film produced and yes, the planets had to align perfectly. But I can tell you in my darkest hours I NEVER would have fallen for this nonsense and I delivered pizza and worked every crappy job imaginable for 8 years before I got my break.
Keep the faith.
Not being contrary here, just curious: wouldn’t Triggerstreet or any of these online contests allow for the same exact idea stealing Amazon’s contest would?
Play the patsy in their game, you’ll end up with both …
Folks I hate te say this but iTunes will be launching a similar program called iScore. People will be able to make their own soundtrack and win a chance to have the soundtrack changed by iTunes subscribers.
But I think the biggest blow to our industry is gonna be Walmarts WalMogul. That’s where shoppers can enter to win a chance to run Walmart Studios.
Shit, then there’s Best Buy’s Best Unions contests.
Target’s Targagent contest.
Gonna be in interesting 2012.
Well that’s OK. There are a *hell* of a lot less struggling composers than there are screenwriters.
In fact, scoring for film has become a lost art form with some recent deaths and retirements (Goldsmith, Bernstein, Barry…) Bring it on I say!
Great video. Someone needs to do one of those Hitler Youtube thingies for good measure though. Maybe Hitler sent in a script to Amazon and his generals have to break the bad news to him on how Amazon stole his idea.
How did Jeff Bezos ever sign off on this concept? If he was unaware there are serious communications issues at Amazon. Makes the company look stupid, out of touch and predatory all at the same time. Time to call a PR firm boys.
Between this and the Kindle, they look very 2005.
I wonder whose Amazon head is going to roll.
I’m keeping the rights to this story: when good brands do terrible, terrible things. The only question about the head roll is broad daylight or by stealth in dark of night.
it is so depressing !!
As all other studios, Amazon it’s not ” looking for new Voices “, they are looking for new business. It is not about art or individual expression but about Movies that can entreating and be commodities for audiences and that are ” commercial “. They are cynically open about that…as the other Mother F..!!
Only few real filmmakers and film lovers survive…Cinema is dying.
Someone should loop this about 50 times then upload it as a “test movie”. I have a feeling it would rise to the top of their popularity listings, a little civil disobedience in their idiotic “democracy”.
That… was… AWESOME!!! If anyone dives into this as a means to move ahead in this industry; you deserve everything you got coming to you.
What a hilarious video LOL! They have done a nice editing of added pictures to interpret the message of this clip.
Thank God for the friggin’ internet and digital age!
Not only is the DIY all on us…better and cheaper than film will ever be,
But we get to show the corporate elite of Hollywood and the publishing worlds
just how worthless they can be.
Agree with this video and also the coms on why no one’s nailing
Warner Bros. to the wall for going along with this.
In other words…no scamming Amazon. I’ll just do my own thing on my own dime and go the Paranormal Activity way…and hit the festivals,
Even if Sundance sticks its agent -hand in hand attitude at me.
Sooner or later I’ll break through without resorting to all the bullshit.
Note to Amazon programming staff: Creativity can’t be crowd sourced. Sorry, now go back to writing what you know best. Code.
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