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Hey, Quest entrants!

As you may know, last summer I promised a free Core or Craft class to each person who submitted a logline for consideration for The Quest initiative. I had no idea there would be 1,500 writers emailing me over nearly 4,000 loglines. But I’m a man of my word and to date over 400 Quest entrants have either taken a free Core or Craft class, or received the lectures from one class as an equivalent.

On Monday, December 3rd, I start teaching the week-long online screenwriting class Core VIII: Time. You can go here to learn more about the class.

I will say this: It is unique as I don’t know anybody who has taken the time — pun intended — to dig deeply into the subject of screenplay time. The influence of past, present, future. Writing in the moment, nonlinear storytelling, narrative drive. Even specific time-related devices such as set-ups and payoffs, montage, series of shots, flashback, flashforward.

It’s the last SMC class I will be teaching in 2012 and the last individual Core class I will be offering until 2nd quarter 2013, so I encourage everyone to take this important course.

As for you Quest entrants, one thing I have been doing is offering free slots per each Core class to the first 5 writers who submitted a logline for The Quest.

In the spirit of the holiday season, I have decided to open that up to 10 slots.

So if you have done the following:

* Submitted at least one logline for The Quest.

* Have not claimed any other free Core or Craft class.

You may email me to let me know you’re interested in the Core VIII: Time class and I will accept the first ten.

Note: During the first quarter of 2013, I will be offering eight weekly Craft classes beginning with the hugely popular Pixar and the Craft of Storytelling. So give yourself an early present: Join me for one [or more] of the Craft classes. Go here for more information.

Spec Script Sale: “Priority Run”

Arclight Film acquires action spec script “Priority Run” written by Terrance Mulloy. From THR:

The story centers on a small group of correctional officers and inmates who must band together to fend off a mysterious attack when their prison bus is sabotaged on a remote stretch of highway.

Mulloy is from Australia. Off the top of my head, there was “Viral” from writer Dustin T. Benson who lives in Norway, and “Divorce Party” from writer Mukilan Thangamani who lives in New Zealand. That’s at least 3 spec scripts originating from well outside the U.S. that have been set up in 2012.

Does this reflect another aspect of the internationalization of the Hollywood film business?

By the way, I am in the process of getting an interview with Benson.

Mulloy is repped by UTA and Benderspink.

By my count, this is the 91st spec script sale of 2012.

At this point last year, there were 100 spec sales.

Spec script sales are down 10% year-to-date compared to 2011.

Spec Script Sale: “Leave”

QED International acquires thriller spec script “Leave” written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. From Deadline:

A group of U.S. soldiers suffer from post-traumatic stress while on leave in Thailand.

Writers are repped by WME and Prolific Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 90th spec script sale of 2012.

At this point last year, there were 100 spec sales.

Spec script sales are down 11% year-to-date compared to 2011.

Spec Script Sale: “52 Percent”

QED International acquires romantic comedy spec script “52 Percent” written by Zina Zaflow. From Deadline:

A longtime married couple is contemplating divorce. A clash develops between their daughter, who hopes for reconciliation, and a jaded young divorce attorney unwilling to lose a client without a fight.

Zaflow is repped by Chad Snopek Management.

By my count, this is the 89th spec script sale of 2012.

At this point last year, there were 100 spec sales.

Spec script sales are down 12% year-to-date compared to 2011.