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Stranger Than Fiction: Has reality gotten too weird for screenwriters?

Stranger Than Fiction: Has reality gotten too weird for screenwriters?

What is an aspiring screenwriter to do in this age of Orwellian absurdity?

Political developments this past weekend are enough to make you jump from the top of a tall building:

Meet John Don’t

Would anyone buy log lines like these?

“Newly elected governor confronts her controversial past when she is offered the position of Vice President by an old-school maverick politician.”

“Untested idealist thrust into national spotlight is eaten alive by the national press and the partisan political machine.”

“A female politician running for Vice President, gets slammed by the media and her rivals because of her history.”

“A small-town politician ascends to power on a platform of reform, only to fall prey to charges of corruption and abuse of power.”

“Dogged by false accusations that her teen-aged daughter gave birth to an illegitimate retarded child out of wedlock, a pro-life, abstinence only politician trumps her accusers by revealing that her daughter could not possibly have given birth to a child out of wedlock because she is currently 5 months pregnant.”

Meet Sarah

“Looking for hip-Hollywood credibility, a (slightly) crazy, old-school, shoot-from-the-hip Maverick politician hires the Hollywood insider who vets Eddie Murphy’s scripts to “cast” his Vice Presidential candidate.”


Don’t give up writers! We still want to read your screenplays. I’m sorry the McCain campaign just made your life that much more difficult.

Friday marks the FINAL deadline for the 2008 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition.

“The weekend went by wicked fast, I felt like I’ve made some excellent contacts with all [the Atlanta Film Festival Staff] and the writers and mentors. I only wished it could’ve lasted longer.”
Yarrow Wayman, 2007 Atlanta film Festival Screenplay Competition Finalist

Also…lest you think these ideas are too far-fetched, we offer affordable script coverage to bring your script back to the realm of plausibility!

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