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FILMMAKERS ANNOUNCES QUARTER FINALISTS
Best Emerging Artist of the Year Award  

Beverly Hills, CA -- Filmmakers is pleased to announce the Semifinalists in the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards Screenplay Contest.

The finalists to be announced on

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AMERICAN GEM ANNOUNCE CALL FOR ENTRIES
American Gem Literary Festival  

Beverly Hills, CA -- American Gem issued a call for entries to all writers for the 10th edition of the American Gem Short Script Contest and Literary Festival. There are two categories: Short Script and Short Story Winning Short screenplay produced.

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 INDUSTRY HEADLINES 
FilmMakers Int'l Screenwriting Awards Winners Announced
Troy Perkins for Solomon's Train  

Beverly Hills, CA -- Troy Perkins won First Prize of $2,500 CASH for his Comedy "SOLOMON'S TRAIN".

Logline: A cranky old farmer, stuck on his family farm all his life, discovers that he does not have long to live and decides to chase the one dream he has always had Ė steal a train and drive it across the mighty Mississippi.

Beverly Hills, CA --  The 11th annual Filmmakers Int'l Screenwriting Awards announce the winners. Congratulations and salutations to all the winners and runners-up

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AMERICAN GEM LIT. FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS
Luke Affholter for The Other Line  

Beverly Hills, CA -- Luke Affholter won 1st Prize of $1,000 CASH for his short script "THE OTHER LINE", a drama.

Logline: A man and woman discover emotional connection and physical desire unlike anything they have ever known. Unfortunately, this love affair is bridled with uncertainty, guilt, betrayal, and confusion. Will they risk everything for each other?

Filmmakers and Write Brothers are pleased to announce the winners in the 9th annual American Gem Literary Festival.

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 FEATURES 
Interview with Marc Hernandez, Crescendo Entertainment 
Marc Hernandez, Crescendo Entertainment
Marc Hernandez is managing partner of Crescendo Entertainment Group, a literary management and production company in Los Angeles.
Interview with Bill Lundy, Scriptwriters Network 
Bill Lundy,  Scriptwriters Network
Scriptwriters Network was ubiquitous throughout the expo and itís former chairman who is currently industry liaison, Bill Lundy, gave me a great overview of what organizations like his can do for writers who attend conferences like this.
What You Need to Know When Shooting Abroad - One of the perks of being a freelance DP is unexpected travel to often exotic places around the world but you should know where you're going and what you're getting Into.

Giving Your Script a Fighting Chance to Reach Maturity - Youíre staring at a blank screen. Is this the hardest part of screenwriting? The beginning? What about the end? Not the end of the script, but the end of the process, when your vision becomes a reality in the theaters and homes worldwide.

Top Screenwriting Software - What better way to start 2004 than to upgrade to one of the most popular screenwriting programs if you aren't using one already? Filmmakers tested some of the top on the market.

Independent Film Making - Making an independent film takes talent, ambition, knowledge, salesmanship, persistence and a bit of luck.

Film Editing - There is no common pattern for how long it takes to become an editor... It can never be stated enough that the feature editor must find "truth" in the fictional work in order to make an emotionally rich film.

The Film Director - Some directors say they must concentrate primarily on the inherent beauty in the narrative and dialogue patterns in the script. Other directors are... 

Cinematography: The art of painting with light - The primary responsibility of the DP is to create the mood and feel of the picture with their lighting.  It is the DP's task to fulfill the wishes of the director on how the film should look. 

Writing Treatments That Sell - If a screenplay focuses the story for a film, the treatment does the same thing for a screenplay. A treatment could be considered a written pitch...

The Film Producer - Richard Zanuck once stated, "The producer is like the conductor of an orchestra. Maybe he can't play every instrument, but he knows what every instrument should sound like." 

Writing a Great Screenplay - A script must be designed to be read easily, flowing from page to page in smooth transition.

Actors on Acting - For many actors, part of making characters and scenes most effective is by doing research.
 
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