The Producers Guild of America informed us that SPUN made it to the Top 10 ! The red carpet and screening will be in downtown Los Angeles on November 9, 2013.
Ida knows the online dating scene is a numbers game, but after 22 failed dates she’s desperate for Mr. Right. When her next date (with the seemingly normal Louis) comes to a strangely abrupt end, Ida is hell-bent on getting a second chance, even though it means competing with Louis’s best friend — a giant talking spider.
SPUN was made for the Producers Guild of America Weekend Shorts Challenge. And guess what? We made it to the Top 10 out of all the entries in the nation!
Last year, the PGA Challenge was in honor of Producer Debra Hill (Halloween, The Fisher King). This year the PGA Challenge was in honor of Laura Ziskin (Spider Man, Pretty Woman, As Good As It Gets).
The Challenge: write, shoot, and edit in just two days.
The Judges for 2013: James Franco, Sean Young, Paula Wagner, Meg Ryan, Laura San Giacomo, Tim Gibbons, Donald Deline.
Scoring: Creative Merit 40%, Technical Execution 30%, Execution of Assignment 30%.
The Assignment for 2013:
Genre: ROMANTIC COMEDY
Two of Laura Ziskin’s signature films, Pretty Woman and Murphy’s Romance, are archetypal romantic comedies, while many of her other films (including As Good as it Gets, Hero and To Die For) include RomCom elements, often filtered through a darker or more complicated sensibility.
Setting: RESTAURANT or CAR
Many of Laura’s films feature memorable scenes set in restaurants (e.g., As Good as it Gets, Spider-Man 2) or cars (e.g., No Way Out, Pretty Woman). Films are not required to take place exclusively within a restaurant or car but the main action of the film must take place in one of these settings.
Story Elements: a BOUQUET OF FLOWERS, a SPIDER, a NECKTIE, a CREDIT CARD, an AMERICAN FLAG
Each of these objects has played a key role in one of Laura’s films. Entries in the contest must include at least three of these items in some fashion. Furthermore, at least one of the items must have a central or important function in the story.
Theme/Motif: Films must utilize one of the following motifs or themes:
AN UNLIKELY COUPLE
Laura’s films frequently paired dynamic, magnetic or ambitious women with male counterparts who were reticent or withdrawn, and even in some cases outright misanthropic or anti-social.
HEROES OR ANTI-HEROES?
Characters in Laura’s films often maintain our sympathy (and even complicity) despite making choices that are evidently selfish, manipulative or destructive, requiring us to (re)consider the nature of our attachment to and investment in these figures and their stories.
To be updated soon!