by Josh Gross
According to statistics that are repeated constantly but never sourced, approximately everyone on Earth thinks they have a screenplay in them. If that screenplay happens to be 10 minutes or less, set in a hotel and can feature a laptop in it, then you might want to consider getting thee to a coffee shop to hack it out right quick.
Why? Because Roman Coppola—son of Francis Ford, brother of Sofia—wants to see that shizzle by Thursday, Aug. 30, as part of the Four Stories: An Ultrabook Experience screenwriting contest.
From the contest description:
Submit a script for a ten-minute short film set in a W Hotel, featuring an Ultrabook as a key character in the script. Roman and a panel of judges will chose three screenplays that will be produced by Roman's filmmaking company, The Directors Bureau, at one of four W Hotels destinations worldwide (Maldives, Doha, Mexico City, or Washington D.C.). The films will premiere at red carpet events in select W Hotels destinations worldwide and be distributed online.
Not only is it a chance to get your film made by a genuine Coppola, but it's an opportunity to answer that age-old question: "What is an Ultrabook's motivation as a character?"
More deets can be found here. A silly video with screenwriters fighting ninjas to pimp the contest can be seen below.