Steven de Souza
David O. Russell
Now, I don't expect to actually win any of these prizes, but it sure would be fuckin' cool if I did.
GRAND PRIZE: iMac Computer, plus an expense-paid trip (hotel & airfare) to meet with top literary agents and studio executives for three days and two nights (or cash equivalent).
FIRST PRIZE: (in each category): $750, script analysis by WGA-credited writer, Waterman fountain pen, and one-year Fade In subscription.
SECOND PRIZE: (in each category): $500, script analysis by WGA-credited writer, one-year Fade In subscription.
THIRD PRIZE: (in each category): $250, script analysis by WGA-credited writer, one-year Fade In subscription.
Winners will appear in an up-coming issue of Fade In, Variety and/or Hollywood Reporter.
Why Did I Write DEAD MEAT?
It was around 2002, when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to write after my Santa Monica zombie story. I was starving to death, because I didn't have any money. My friends at CineFile took pity on me and let me rent DVDs for free and fed me on occassion. It then I revitalized a sense of doing something that I wanted to do. Something that didn't cater to the likes of the average homogenized Saturday Night movie-goers, but something I wanted to do if I had carte blanche. Basically, a movie that couldn't ever be made because of its twisted subject matter, but still had the formula of a hardcore action flick with douses of sci-fi and horror. I said, "Yes, I wanna write something about the fast food industry and the heroes would be these society misfits. Yeah, that's what I wanna do." That's right about the time my fuckin' HP broke the fuck down and I had to raise money I didn't have to buy a new computer.That's when I got back to reading books and comics. Oh, thanks, Robert, for loanin' me all your comics. They really opened my eyes to what was possible beyond the media of film. I started sketching some pictures of Popcorn Rockaway. I said, "That's my first heroine. Now I need some villians. Ah, how about these dudes called the Troubleshooters."