Originally published on MovieBytes.com (Friday April 13, 2012):

An interview with screenwriter Jim Schweitzer regarding the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.

Q:  What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: The script is called "Take Out," and it's an action/comedy project I co-wrote with my longtime pal Ryan Myers. With it, we wound up placing 2nd in the "Action" category of the Fresh Voices Original Screenplay Competition. 

RIP Eli Richbourg - March 2013

You will be greatly misssed by everyone you touched.

Eli Richbourg Head shotEli Richbourg is a WGA writer and has been given the task of rewriting scripts for many of Joel Schumacher’s films, including the recent Nicole Kidman, Nicholas Cage film Trespass. Most recently, Eli sold his pitch for a new installment of the Rambo franchise to producer Avi Lerner at Millenium/ Nu Image. Other Executive Producer and Associate Producer Credits include: The Number 23, The Phantom of the Opera, Phone Booth, Bad Company, Tigerland. In this informative interview, Eli explains his background, how he got his start and his approach to the art and business of screenwriting.

2010 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Grand Prize Winner

patrick caulfield headshotPatrick Caulfield won the Grand Prize of the 2010 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition with his comedy script, Saint Patrick's Day. The script is about 3 best friends struggling with the obligations and responsibilities of adulthood. When they find their annual Saint Patrick's Day celebration under threat, events begin to spiral out of control. Read what Patrick has to say about screenwriting, his  experience winning the Fresh Voices competition and what has been happening since. 

Joel Mendoza - Co-Founder Fresh Voices/ CEO Attraction Entertainment

Hollywood SignLooking back on movie releases from the last 20 years, it’s easy to see why one would believe that Hollywood is stuck in remake rut, relying too heavily on sequels, prequels, adaptations, reboots, and remakes. One could even be forgiven for arguing that there are no original scripts coming out of Hollywood anymore.

But don’t be discouraged. Many original screenplays break through the Hollywood gridlock and find huge success at the box office. What’s even more exciting is that many are written by previously unproduced writers.  Below is just a partial list of successful films based on original screenplays written by unproduced screenwriters.  (Box Office numbers as reported by Box Office Mojo.)

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