Submission Deadline: July 31, 2008
Submission to Include: Screenplay (120 pages max.) or Play (two-to-three acts)
Entry Fee: None
Awards: $50,000 salary for a one-year period.
The Disney Company offers Fellowships in the feature film and television areas through The Walt Disney Studios and ABC Entertainment, respectively. No previous experience is necessary; however, writing samples are required. Fellows will each be provided a salary of $50,000 for a one-year period tentatively scheduled to being in February 2009.
The program boasts an impressive roster of alumni who are now enjoying successful careers in the television and the feature film-writing workforce. As the program's level of prestige has increased, its graduates have been called upon for assignments spanning every studio and network in the industry.
Appropriate writing samples for the feature film division include: a live-action motion picture screenplay (no longer than 120 pages) or one (1) play, in two-to-three acts. Appropriate writing samples for the television division include: a full-length script appropriate for a half-hour or one-hour television series, based on a current prime time television or cable broadcast series currently in production.
One of the interviews I've done for WritingSpirit.com (which I will be launching on August 8, 2008) is with film director Arthur Hiller. He directed Love Story, The Hospital, The Americanization of Emily, The Man in the Glass Booth, Silver Streak, Outrageous Fortune, Plaza Suite, The Out of Towners, Man of La Mancha, and so much more...
We talked about what he looks for in a script, the relationship between screenwriter and director, Neil Simon, Paddy Chayefsky, and, dare I say it again, so much more...
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Here's the transcript cover: