We were floored by the outpouring of creativity from the scripts submitted to the 48-Hour Screenplay Throwdown! With over 1500 writers from all over the world entering the contest, the WriterDuet writing community exceeded our wildest expectations.
All writers had just 48 hours to craft a screenplay that embodied the Throwdown Theme Tough Love and incorporate a few other confinements from the contest rules.
The quality of work we received from the scripts submitted was beyond fantastic, making the selection process incredibly difficult. But! Five special scripts rose to the occasion, and we are proud to share those writers with you now!
THE FIVE FINALISTS
- As You Wish – Noah Perez Hamilton
- Coffee – James Cameron
- Disarming – Sam Lifshutz & Dan Gifford
- On a Clear Day You Can See Forever – Melissa Center
- Poseidon’s Rest – Max Hallam
THE 1st PLACE WINNER
Coffee – James Cameron 🏆
In four pages, one scene, on one ordinary set, Coffee by James Cameron tells a complete story involving three characters as they quickly, unexpectedly, break each other’s hearts. The storytelling is subtle, the dialogue realistic, the characters relatable. On the surface, it’s an ordinary slice of modern life, but by the end the reader can fully imagine the off-screen story that leads us up to this point, and thus fully appreciate the twist that informs the unforeseen payoff to the ending. One can easily imagine these four pages being a key turning point in a larger, longer story, but it certainly wouldn’t have to be. In this very short length, Coffee manages to contain a beginning, middle and end, and would succeed on its own as a most satisfying short film.Daniel Petrie Jr.
ABOUT THE FEATURED JUDGE
Daniel Petrie Jr. is an Academy Award-nominated writer, producer, and director of film and television. He is best known for pioneering the sub-genres of action comedy and buddy cop films through films like Beverly Hills Cop and Turner & Hooch. He served as President of the Writers Guild of America, West between 1997 and 1999, and then again between 2004 and 2005.
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