by M.J. Moneymaker, Board Member of The Bechdel Group
Last week, Alexa shared what she's learned reading script submissions to The Bechdel Group. I was struck by number two on her list: 18% of the scripts she's read do not pass the test.
Attention to the details of submission guidelines are important. You never know who will be a reader for your screenplay or stageplay and your submission form is your first impression.
At least, that is how I look at it when judging for the New York Festival International TV & Film Awards, Scenarios USA, and Webby Awards. The titles, descriptions, and the criteria are what I have to go by before watching video submissions.
This month's podcast is a ten-minute play that we feel passes the test. But what do you think? It is from one of our 24hr Writing Challenges which happens twice a year. Our challenges are a little different because we invite writers first and then they write the scripts within twenty-four hours for our reading night.
So, let's review the test's criteria before you listen to this play:
Please comment below and let us know what you think...
"Getting The Cat Jar" is written by Eddie Emma about a dream to inherit a cat jar after Mom's death.
The three women who play The Father, The son, The Holy Ghost:
Alex Sapozhnik reads stage directions
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