Amazon joins the crowd-sourcing craze with Amazon Studios, a website that provides opportunities for screenwriters, filmmakers and movie enthusiasts get paid for collaborative filmmaking. The Amazon Studios workflow begins with an idea, and can end with a feature film that could be considered for production by Warner Bros. Pictures. Read on to learn more about creative opportunities with Amazon Studios.
Overview of Amazon Studios:
Amazon Studios is interested in giving a voice to original screenplays that wouldn't usually have a chance to be heard. Screenwriters can submit an original screenplay either publicly or privately, and it will enter a 45 day review period. If the screenplay was submitted publicly, other Amazon Studios users will be able to contribute comments in addition to those made by Amazon. If the script is approved, the writer receives $10,000, and the script is moved to the Development Slate. Here, suggestions will be made to the story to prepare it for the big screen.
Here's where the opportunities for directors and movie fans are. Once the script is brushed up, it's turned into a test movie that will give reviewers a better idea of the look and feel of the final film. Directors get paid to make test movies, and fans get paid to give feedback on test movies to make them better. If the test film is chosen to be made into a feature film, the original writer will receive another $200,000.
Get Started With Amazon Studios:
Uploading Your Work:
If you're a filmmaker, this is where you can upload a trailer for ideas that are currently on the development slate. Your trailer will need to use MPEG-4, MPEG-2 or H.264 compression. Detailed instructions for uploading your video content can be found here. You can also submit short promo videos to pitch an idea for a series, as Amazon Studios is looking to develop content for Amazon Instant Video.
If you're a writer, there are plenty of opportunities for you to submit your work. You can upload an original screenplay or series idea, revise current scripts on the Development Slate, or write for an existing series. Since it's free to upload content, and every submitted script will be reviewed by Amazon Studios, you don't have much to lose!
Applying For Paid Opportunities:
If you're looking to get a foot in the door of the movie industry, but don't live in New York or Los Angeles, Amazon Studios is a great way to get involved without breaking the bank.