Thief (xiao tou) is a 25 min short film is set in an exotic night market of Taipei where it is the perfect place to be if one is looking to crowd, shop, eat, and game, but on this night it’s not just fun and games for those who steal things from others.
-Winner Best Short Film, Golden Horse Film Festival (Oscars of Asia)
-International Premiere at Dubai International Film Festival
-Winner Honorable Mention, LA Pacific Asian Film Festival
-Winner Best Director, Golden Harvest Awards
-Winner Jury Prize, Golden Harvest Awards
-Winner Special Jury Prize KaoHsiung Film Festival
-Winner Audience Award, Golden Lion Awards
-Winner Silver Lion, Golden Lion Awards
-Winner of RTP – Onda Curta Awards at Curtocircuito International Short Film Festival
-N.A. Premiere at San Francisco AA Film Festival
-Japanese Premiere at Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival
Directed and Shot by Jay Chern
Screenshot from the film below: Jenny chases after the thief, or is she? (Left, Zhu Zhi-Ying Right, Chou Heng-Yin)
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Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival (A&J-D)
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Where to begin?
There are certain problems which might occur with any rookie screenwriter on the first steps of his career. First of all, as a movie writer or a script writer you need to think as a movie maker (producer). After you has realized that you have some idea, some plot try to pen it down on paper – that’s gonna be your sketching
As in Word or as in any other text editor it’s easy to set the following margins:
- Dialog left margin of 2.7” right margin of 2.4“.
- Character names left margin of 4.1“.
- Parenthetical direction within dialog left margin of 3.4” and a right margin of 3.1“.
- Scenes transitions such as CUT TO: and FADE OUT. have a left margin of 6.0″.
- Scene/shot numbers: When a script is numbered in preproduction, the left number is placed 1.0″ from the left edge of the page and the right scene number is placed 7.4″ from the left edge of the page.
- Top page margin is .5″ (or three single lines) before the page number. A single blank line separates the page number from the body of the script, which begins with either a CONTINUED: or a new shot heading/slug line.
- Bottom page margin is at least .5″ (or three single lines) following the (CONTINUED) or the end of a scene.
- Total page length is a maximum of 60 lines, including page number and CONTINUEDs (but not including the 3 line margins at the top and bottom of the page).
- Paper size is 8.5″ wide by 11″ long.
Use 12-point Courier (not Courier New) or Prestige Pica. These are fixed-pitch fonts that yield ten (10) characters per horizontal inch and six (6) lines per vertical inch. You can download those fonts on the bottom of this page and import it ot your text editor.
Visual Example of your movie script
Download movie script template!
Just download the movie script template with preset margins and start writing your movie immediately.
Download the Final Draft Courier font!
Don’t forget to download the Final Draft Courier font for free, because it comes only with the software and many word processing programs do not include them. Now using these templates and fonts you can have your own screenwriting software for free!
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Hollywood needs ideas – Idea protection
Hollywood needs idiots who will bring those ideas to them for free. No law protects the ideas because the idea is unidentified as a matter. You can create a book or a movie script and that will be a finished idea. But the idea about creating the particular book or a movie plot is unprotected.
[blockquote_message]The law too is ambivalent about ideas. It provides some protection to those who submit ideas to others (against the unauthorized use of those ideas), and it also provides some protection for those who receive idea submissions (against unwarranted claims by those who submitted them). Part of the law’s ambivalence is explained by nothing more than its efforts to balance competing interests.[/blockquote_message]
Copyright law is the first aid for writers and movie producers. Copyright law is the place where legal protection for literary and dramatic works. And that statement is already makes sense for you if you have a little bit brain in your head.
Create your idea in tangible material and submit it to Copyright Office (also online) and your rights are already legally protected. You can refer to that document, the certificate of the copyright in any time and it will be the best, not the only, but the best proof and ground for your claim!
Appeal to the Copyright law
[blockquote_message]In the 1950s, courts were confronted with several cases in which ideas had been used without authorization (or at least without compensation) under circumstances that seemed unfair, even though no copyrights had been infringed. Thus some courts—especially those in California—embarked on a search for legal doctrines other than copyright that would provide protection for ideas.[/blockquote_message]
Another point if the Hollywood producers will try to recreate your book or a movie script, using the same ideas but that will be a different movie script or a book in result. Check out the Copyright law about the recreation and reproduction.
However, you can still sue them for that. Moreover, it has not a big practice amongst movie studios, because for many movie producers is simply to buy your rights than create such hassle situations.
Don’t rush to the movie monsters to share your idea they will steal it in 100%. As we mentioned, no law protects ideas, hence no law prohibits to steal them. But if you will write down the movie script or a book and protect it legally as a particular literary and performance work, nobody will even risk to do that because of the law.
Choose the steps which are backed by the law!