Screenwriting Competition Guidelines
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Set in an adult club with dark and shady characters needing spectacularly evil, expensive and illegal bailouts and the central character collecting their souls to pay off her own debt.
10 different characters to write and a story arc that spans time.
Central character Ruby appears in all episodes.
7 different episodes. Write one or write them all.
Each episode has as its theme one of the 7 deadly sins.
Each episode steps back in time revealing more of Ruby’s story through her interaction with the other characters, until the final episode snaps forward to today for the conclusion.
Each Episode deals with the character at hand but also introduces us to the nest character in the series.
Each episode must stand alone with a character arc that is self-contained but also contribute to the larger narrative.
When writing an episode think about how the primary character Ruby is progressing through her journey. She is our main focus so every episode needs to progress her as a character.
Think about which one of the Seven Deadly sins the episode is about. Of course, that is directed to the secondary character of the episode but also think about how it applies to Ruby as well. Add that nuance.
Will X (the character) be able to Y (what they need to do) or else Z (the consequences of failure).
The primary consequence is loss of their soul but that’s a given – what else is there? What is the real consequence facing the character in this situation? What has brought them to this level of desperation? What type of person would risk their soul? And what makes it worth it? How will they try to get out of the deal? What will catch them up?
What is the lie your characters believe? And what is causing them to confront that lie bubbling away under the surface?
And remember they all want something (hint is in the episode title) but do they get what they want or what they need?
Get to your first plot point fast. Each episode is about 8 minutes so we need to make a big impact early.
And she suffers along with her punters the same deadly sin they are portraying in the episode.
Work with this.
The series moves around in time but the series is not about time travel so it doesn’t need to resolve the issues presented by that.
If this needs to come up Ruby would address it by saying – you are making a contract in eternity. No matter what happens that contract stands.
This series is a little top heavy with themes, constructs and so on already – strippers, Satan, Faustian deals, the 7 deadly sins, etc. Please don’t introduce any more, no matter how attached to it you are.