Have a feature-length film idea? Amazon.com has launched an online movie studio, Amazon Studios, to help turn your original script into a commercial film. Well, it’s not that simple, but that’s the basic concept. If you’ve ever read a book on screenwriting, you’ll learn in the first chapter that Hollywood is hungry for story ideas. The difficult part is getting the right people to see your work.
Amazon is hoping to fill the void. Post your original script or test movie on their website. Once online, your work can be reviewed by anyone who chooses to do so. The idea is that peer review will help shape stories into their best form. Any member of the site can make a test movie of your script making whatever changes or improvements they see fit. Before long, there could be numerous versions of your original idea.
And then there’s the prizes. Amazon Studios has their own judges reviewing the work and every month they’re awarding $140,000 total to the best movie and two best scripts. The annual prizes total $1.1 million. And if your film idea goes the distance, Amazon Studios will be pitching your film to Warner Bros. Pictures….
So, anyone want to break into the movie-making business? For more details check out their website.