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Great Movie Idea Contest Finalists

13th Great Movie Idea Contest Results

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Grand Prize Winner Mommy Is Missing by Matt MacDonald Born with a fiery passion for storytelling and high-SPF sunblock, writer/director Matt MacDonald grew up in the sweltering desert heat of Phoenix, Arizona. Scourged by the sun’s villainous UV rays, Matt opted at an early age to embrace air conditioning — devouring books, video games, and large quantities of sugared cereal. An accomplished voice-over actor and nationally published author, Matt received his MFA in Film & Television Production from the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts. His work has screened at more than 40 film festivals worldwide (including the Palm Springs International ShortFest and San Diego Comic-Con), been highlighted multiple times as a Vimeo Staff Pick, and featured by the likes of Mashable, Kotaku, io9, Bloody Disgusting, Rolling Stone, and HBO’s Project Greenlight. Matt’s dad frequently tells him to “keep up the good work.” As a writer, director, and editor, Matt has…

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12th Great Movie Idea Contest Results

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Grand Prize Winner The Maidservant Cap by Jeff Opdyke Jeff Opdyke is a Louisiana-born writer who has traveled the world for his jobs (62 countries, six continents). He spent 17 years at The Wall Street Journal and seven with a Florida-based newsletter traveling globally to write about geo-politics, economics and investing. He has also written eight books under his own name and two as a ghostwriter for others. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1989 with a B.A. in journalism. He recently chucked everything in his life to relocate to California to attend UCLA, with an eye toward pursuing a lifelong dream of writing for television and movies. He’s currently at work on a comedy pilot. Wherever he lives, you should probably flee, since he moved to Los Angeles just in time for the Rodney King Riots, which he covered for the Orange County Register; he was in New…

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11th Great Movie Idea Contest Results

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Grand Prize Winner Curly Sue Found Dead by Natalia Arias Natalia Celine Arias is a multifaceted artist and designer from Miami, Florida. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art, where she also strongly focused on Video/Film Arts. With a passion for creative direction and writing, she dedicates herself to music, film, and pop culture while emphasizing strong ties to diversity in the entertainment industry within her work. She lives in Baltimore, MD and works as a Senior Graphic Designer for Jean Hill Studios, a full-service impact media firm specializing in film, design, photography, and social impact events. – www.nataliacarias.com   Runner-Up Guilda by Francine Labrecque

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10th Great Movie Idea Contest Results

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Grand Prize Winner The Jersey Tapes by Pierce Vaughn & Steven Freeman Pierce Vaughn is a British-American filmmaker who was born in France and raised in Germany. He has Swedish, Portuguese, Russian, Brazilian and Scottish ancestors. Today, he lives on the island of Borneo in faraway Indonesia. In 2009, he graduated from Berlin’s Broadcast School for Audio Visual Media Design, working in German television as editor and motion graphics designer. That same year, he and his brother moved to Borneo, Indonesia, where they started Borneo Productions International (BPI), a film production company that went on to produce numerous documentary films about environmental and social issues. Clients include the BBC, United Nations, Channels NewsAsia, and multiple others. His film company has won several awards, including a Peabody Award shortlisting. Pierce has written numerous scripts, directed several short films, and supports young filmmakers in Borneo develop their passion for film. After meeting Steven Freeman…

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9th Great Movie Idea Contest Finalists

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Grand Prize Winner The Interlopers by Jason Vaughn Jason M. Vaughn earned a degree in Painting from the University of Kansas back in a majestic time called “the nineties,” then drifted away from visual art and found himself addicted to books. Writing naturally followed. His poetry and short prose pieces have been circulated by various print and online journals, including Contrary, Monkeybicycle, and The Missouri Review. His first screenplay, The Synth House Wife (now titled The Green Sea), was a grand-prize winner in the 2012 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. His third feature script, tentatively titled Interlopers, is being developed with Script Pipeline following a Great Movie Idea Contest win. Runners-Up The Somali by Andy Criss The Wellness Plan by Wendy Burt-Thomas

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7th Great Movie Idea Contest Finalists

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Grand Prize Winner The Starter Marriage (Romantic Comedy) by Matthew Tolbert Matthew Tolbert is an award-winning screenplay, comic strip, comic book, short story, and greeting card writer. And beer snob. His works have been syndicated and published nationwide. Proving that espresso works, he has written for Marvel, Malibu, and other comic book companies, has had science fiction, fantasy, nonfiction short stories, and poetry published in a variety of magazines, and greeting cards produced for Gibson Cards, Allport Editions, and Beyond.com. The Starter Marriage, a romantic comedy, is his first feature length screenplay. Present writing projects include his fifth script (this one is on Leif Eriksson) and a nasty email to his cable company. Finalists Download Me (Sci-Fi/Comedy) by Mel Hamill Hell Week (Comedy/Horror) by Monica Byrnes & Toria Sheffield VMS (Sci-Fi/Action) by Alexander Janko

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