A civilisation-destroying meteor, heading towards earth, is discovered by NASA. It’s terrifying, devastating and inevitable impact is announced from the White House. With only two hours left for humankind, what would happen?
One that will deeply move the reader and, subsequently, the audiences who watch the final film?
If you can then enter your screenplay into our Script Contest for ‘The Impact’. Full rules and guidance below. If you are one of the final 50, you will share screen credit with Hollywood screenwriting legend Joe Eszterhas. Read the rules, write a script, submit it, get feedback then rewrite it and resubmit. Read other submitted scripts and offer feedback. Create50 is not just a competition, it's creative community and self taught screenwriting school.
Once the script stage of the competition closes, we will select the 50 best scripts and release them on the internet so filmmakers across the world can download and shoot their own versions. The best of the final films will be edited together to make an extraordinary feature film for cinema, TV and online.
This will be our second feature film produced through the Create50 process, the first '50 Kisses' was premiered in February 2014, netting the second biggest box office of a UK film in the week of release. It's now online and you can watch at www.50KissesFilm.com.
With 'The Impact' we are taking the game to a much higher level.
|Ted Tally // Screenwriter
Oscar winner for ‘Silence Of The Lambs’... MORE
|Lisa Albert // Screenwriter and Producer
All eight seasons of 'Mad Men'... MORE
|Nicole Perlman // Screenwriter
'Guardians Of The Galaxy'. Enough said. MORE
|Ashley Pharaoh // Veteran TV
Producer and writer of 'Life On Mars'... MORE
|Simon Kinberg // Screenwriter
'Star Wars' Episode VII and more... MORE
|William Nicholson // Screenwriter
Oscar nominee for 'Gladiator'... MORE
|Iain Smith // Producer
'Mad Max: Fury Road'... MORE
|Chris Jones // Create50 founder, team leader
Filmmaker and entrepreneur... MORE
|Gub Neal // Executive Producer
Former Head of Drama at Ch4... MORE
|Joe Eszterhas // Screenwriter
Writer of the opening script to 'The Impact’... MORE
|Eddie Hamilton // Consultant Editor
Currently cutting 'Mission: Impossible'... MORE
|David Nicholas Wilkinson // Distributor
Heading up distribution... MORE
|Tina McFarling // Consulting Publicist
PR powerhouse in the UK film industry... MORE
We wanted to create a storyworld that would challenge screenwriters and filmmakers to dig deep into a human narrative that transcends politics, religion and petty differences.
We want to explore the idea, ‘As we look into the face of death with certainty, who would we choose to be in those last few hours?'
We also want to tie the fifty stories together with a single global incident.
Based on the location of each story, the writers and filmmakers will know at what time of day their individual tale will be set. This will allow us to move around the planet to explore and experience scripts and films from many countries and cultures whilst tying them into a specific and rigid timescale.
‘The Impact’ will have an absolute time and place and reality. So no aliens, zombies or the paranormal please.
It is not country or language specific (though screenplays must be submitted in English). In fact we encourage diversity and non English speaking versions of films once we enter the filmmaking stage. Again ALL scripts in English please.
Both the project and the final film will begin with a short but powerful announcement to the planet by the President of the United States.
The Impact has a VERY strict time construct, to which you must adhere.
Critical to the screenwriting and filmmaking is the blast zone and WHEN it will impact your story / shooting location. Above is a world map for a rough guide.
To help us, we suggest you write a story that takes place in one of the three major acts. Your story can fragment and be told over two or three acts of course (person trying to get home told over the entire duration of the story for instance), but most stories will take place during a single act. You can add your suggested Act number to the title page of your script.
If we get the scripts right, the films will be knockout and we will have a compelling movie that will make audiences 'feel’ very deeply. And that is the core ingredient for a hit.
Make no mistake, we are building on everything that we learned from 50 Kisses and we are determined to produce a film that will attract both broad audiences as well as broadcasters and distributors. We want this film to play very widely.
We learned a great deal from 50 Kisses. Here are some thoughts.
We recognise that some scripts don’t read as immediately accessible, but they are driven by a director's vision. If your script is NOT selected for the final 50, it can still be part of the process but ONLY as a second film submission from a filmmaking team. To be clear, a filmmaking team MUST make a script from the final 50 (and can make as many as they like from the final 50). But after making ONE film, they can select ANY script from ALL submissions to produce and submit and it will be eligible for inclusion in the final film. This is a wildcard film and, like Jokers in the pack, we will select two Wildcards for the final film.
Screenwriters, if your script is selected for the final film, you will need to assign the rights to us so that we can offer it up for production.
This will be an exclusive deal for two years after which the rights will revert back to you. You will always own your own script. Everyone who was involved in 50 Kisses did this and we had no issues.
If you have a two page idea, if you want to see your scripts filmed, if you want to launch a career, if you want to create powerful relationships with other creative people, filmmakers and writers... THEN GET INVOLVED! (rules below)
Please read the whole of this document, including the guidelines for submission.
We are inviting composers, musicians and performers to submit music for ‘The Impact:50’.
We are looking for music that will be used in the end credits (songs as well as score), the trailer music (around 3½ minutes of score and possibly a song), and score and songs that the filmmakers can use in their films.
Listen to music submitted to 'The Impact:50' HERE. Submit with the red button on the menu bar at the top of the page (we use soundcloud for uploads: please add your music to soundcloud and use the link for uploading).
We will be inviting designers to create the movie poster for ‘The Impact:50’.
Submissions should be in JPG format / portrait aspect ratio and in high resolution. Please keep original PSD files should we choose to evolve the design or change text and fonts on posters.
Check out poster designs for 'The Impact:50' HERE. Submit with the red button on the menu bar at the top of the page, then select Upload Design.
At the premiere and awards, we will announce the winners as selected by our panel of industry judges. The categories include...
Ted Tally // Oscar winner for ‘Silence Of The Lambs’
Ted wrote the screen adaptation of The Silence Of The Lambs, for which he won an Academy Award. He also wrote the screenplays for Red Dragon, White Palace, Before And After, The Juror, and All The Pretty Horses and did rewrites and served as Associate Producer on the Brian De Palma film Mission To Mars, and as Story Consultant on Shrek 2, Madagascar, and Shrek The 3rd.
Nicole Perlman // Screenwriter ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
Nicole was a member of the Marvel Writers Program from 2009 to 2011 where she first began developing Guardians of the Galaxy. She is currently developing the ‘Matthew Swift’ fantasy book series for Skydance Television, and writing a comic book series for Marvel Publishing. Nicole was listed in The Playlist’s Ten Screenwriters On the Rise in 2013.
William Nicholson // Screenwriter Oscar nominee for 'Gladiator'
Nicholson rose to success with Shadowlands, after which he wrote Nell, First Knight, Grey Owl, Gladiator (as co-writer) for which he received a second Oscar nomination, Elizabeth: the Golden Age, Les Miserables and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. He has also written a number of plays including The Retreat from Moscow, which ran for five months on Broadway and received three Tony Award nominations.
Lisa Albert // Writer and Producer Mad Men
Lisa Albert was born in New York City into the kind of family that makes you a writer. Her TV credits include: Murphy Brown, Major Dad, Living Single, Hannah Montana and most recently she served as Producer and Consulting Producer on all seven seasons of Mad Men. She has won three Emmy awards, four Writers Guild awards and a Peabody for her work on Mad Men.
Ashley Pharaoh // Veteran TV writer 'Life on Mars'
Ashley has created and written several long-running series for the BBC and ITV including Life Support, Down To Earth and Paradise Heights as well as smash hits Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes. A vocal supporter of emerging screenwriting talent, Ashley is a perfect fit for judging Create50.
Simon Kinberg // Star Wars Episode VII and more...
Simon’s credits include three X-Men movies, Mr and Mrs Smith, Sherlock Holmes, Elysium and Cinderella. Next up are is The Fantastic Four and The Martian directed by Ridley Scott. He is also writing and producing one of the upcoming Star Wars films. He is serving as consultant on Star Wars: Episode VII, and he is the creator and executive producer of the animated show Star Wars: Rebels.
More Screenwriting judges will follow soon.
Iain Smith // Producer 'Mad Max: Fury Road'
Both prolific and a great supporter of emerging talent, Iain is an established international film producer and recipient of a BAFTA for Outstanding Achievement in Film. His many production credits include Chariots of Fire, Local Hero, The Killing Fields, The Mission, 1492-Conquest of Paradise, The Fifth Element,Children of Men, The Fountain, Spy Game and Mad Max: Fury Road.
Evan Jacobs // Visual Effects Supervisor, Guardians of the Galaxy
Award winning Visual Effects Supervisor, Evan has contributed to some of the most successful blockbusters of recent times, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Olympus Has Fallen, Alice In Wonderland, and Titanic.
Picture from the dashcam of a driver in Russia who saw the Chelyabinsk meteor
*Picture above from the premiere of ’50 Kisses’ where we all signed a poster.
Chris Jones // Director, founder and team leader
Filmmaker, author and creative entrepreneur. Chris has made feature films, an Oscar shortlisted short, runs TEDxEaling, The London Screenwriters’ Festival and has written seven books in his Guerilla Filmmakers Handbook series. Chris also founded Create50 and led the team behind 50 Kisses.
Judy Goldberg // Producer
A producer and screenwriter, Judy also manages the London Screenwriters’ Festival. Judy has worked on over 50 music videos and commercials, as well as several big budget feature films including three of the ‘Resident Evil’ franchise starring Milla Jovovich. Most recently Judy founded the community short film initiative ‘Be Heard’ which was created, written, directed and produced by survivors of abuse.
Daniel Owen van Dommelen // Web technologist
Daniel has over 16 years of experience as a senior software engineer, working in many different fields. An expert in cutting edge languages such as Ruby, combined with his experience in social network development and filmmaking, makes Daniel an ideal fit for Create50. He is also a filmmaker and film lover like us all.
Vanessa Bailey // Online Community Manager
Vanessa loves social media and sharing knowledge and inspiration via online platforms. She is also a professional actress (with credits including ‘Southcliffe’, ‘Doctors’ and ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’). Her experience building and managing online communities is invaluable for Create50 and will provide a continual conversation throughout the whole process.
David Nicholas Wilkinson // Distributor
David has produced and/or distributed almost 150 feature films and has acted as a consultant on over 300 more, advising on behalf of institutional financiers, individual investors and numerous film and television production companies. David also distributed 50 Kisses and was instrumental in its success.
Joe Eszterhas // Hollywood Screenwriter
Joe Eszterhas is an American screenwriter and best-selling author. He has sold nearly thirty screenplays, seventeen of which have been produced, and his movies have grossed more than $1 billion at the box office. Joe’s most notable credits include ‘Basic Instinct’, ‘Jagged Edge’, ‘Flashdance’, ‘Sliver’ and the cult classic ‘Showgirls’.
Gub Neal // Executive Producer
Gub is an award-winning producer, formerly Head of Drama at Channel 4 and before that Controller of Drama at Granada. There he co-created ‘Cracker’ and won an Emmy for ‘Prime Suspect’. Most recently Gub produced both seasons of the BBC’s smash hit ‘The Fall’ starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan.
Eddie Hamilton // Consultant Editor
Eddie’s most recent credits include ‘X-Men: First Class’, ‘Kick-Ass’, ‘Kick-Ass 2’ and ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’. Eddie is currently editing ‘Mission Impossible: 5’ with Tom Cruise returning as Ethan Hunt and Chrisopher McQuarrie directing. Eddie’s unwavering dedication to his work and infectious energy never fails to inspire anyone who comes within three feet of him.
Tina McFarling // Consulting Publicist
Tina is a PR powerhouse in the UK film industry. Currently serving as Media Advisor for the BFI, previously Tina spent three years with Premier PR at Director, Corporate PR and before that was Head of Industry Communications at the UK Film Council. She has also worked for the British Film Commission, Moving Pictures International and Screen International.
‘50 Kisses’ opened the doors for my first time exhibiting a film in a festival, the first time going through an entire creative process, the first time people looking at me like I could really be a filmmaker. But more than this, showed me what we can achieve if we join forces and work toward our goals.
Carolina Rodrigues, Filmmaker (Brazil)
‘50 Kisses’ has shown that collaboration on a global scale is possible and it can yield beautiful and cohesive results. It pushed us all to deliver to a very high standard and then to give ourselves up to unpredictable, exciting and possibly brilliant interpretations of our work. Witnessing so many different interpretations of my script, being part of such a large project and collaborating with people from all over the world was extraordinarily rewarding.
Nigel KariKari, Screenwriter (Australia)
'It has been amazing to be part of something so global. As a result of ‘50 Kisses’ I have met and collaborated with filmmakers, screenwriters, producers and agents from around the globe.'
Jo Buckman, Screenwriter (America)
'After being selected as one of the final 50 scripts I was contacted by producers, agents, directors and became friends with plenty of my fellow 50 kisses writers/directors. One of those producers was ‘50 Kisses’ director Stare Yildirim who I ended up writing a TV Pilot for, for Turkish TV. This was my first ever paid writing gig and it came out of the exposure my 50 Kisses script got. Between the paid writing gig and the huge 50 Kisses world premiere I got to take a peek at my future. Loved what I saw and want more.'
Stephen Cooper, Screenwriter (UK)
'After I put my film entry up on the ‘50 Kisses’ website I got all this wonderful and constructive feedback from other ‘50 Kisses’ filmmakers and I could then re-edit and improve the film before the deadlines closed. Over the 2 years of the project I have met so many other filmmakers, actors and writers in the 50K community and it’s spun off into so many other projects.'
Phil Peel, Filmmaker (UK)
'The breadth of opportunities available are vast if you’re willing to accept the challenge. I was part of a team distributing '50 Kisses' commercially which, as a writer, was invaluable in understanding audience, the importance of concept and how a film is marketed. It will certainly effect how I view my own writing projects going forward.'
Tracey Flynn, Screenwriter, ‘50 Kisses’ (UK)
‘I take my hat off to Chris, Judy and their hardworking team. What they achieved on a shoestring is incredible - give them a little bit of funding, help and support and they'd blow our minds!’
Mark Pallis, Screenwriter, ’50 Kisses’
Join us in creating a powerful and moving film that reflects the world we live in today. Where some will find fear and hate, through this film and the stories contained, we will find courage and kindness. Can you tell a story in a two page script? One that will deeply move the reader, and subsequently, the audience who watch the final film? If you can, then enter it into our Script Competition for ‘50 Moments of Courage and Kindness’.
Twisted50 vol 2 is a collection of 50 tales of wickedness, evil and the paranormal. If Hammer House of Horror, Tales of the Unexpected and Pans Books of Horror set your pulse racing and mind spinning as a youngster, then writing a short story for ‘Twisted’ offers a deliciously macabre feast for the darkest recesses of your heart. You know you shouldn’t. But you know you will. The 50 best stories will get published in both paperback and online.
You can read about Twisted vol 1 HERE.
An asteroid is discovered hurtling toward earth, with only hours before impact. And it’s so big it’s a planet killer. ‘The Impact:50’ is a crowd created feature length film and screenwriting initiative that explores the question… ‘As we face death as a species, who do we become in our final two hours of life?’ Can you write a two page script about what would happen in these final two hours? Can you make a script into a short film? Get involved…
Twisted50 is a collection of 50 tales of wickedness, evil and the paranormal. If Hammer House of Horror, Tales of the Unexpected and Pans Books of Horror set your pulse racing and mind spinning as a youngster, then writing a short story for ‘Twisted’ offers a deliciously macabre feast for the darkest recesses of your heart. You know you shouldn’t. But you know you will. The 50 best stories will get published in both paperback and online.
Fifty Kisses is the first feature film produced by Create50, a film with multiple stories connected by one thing – a Valentines kiss. Irreverent, charming, ridiculous, moving and at times wonderfully profound, 50 Kisses features everything from love struck zombies, androids and teddy bears to… fatigue fighting lesbians! 50 Kisses is the world's first crowd generated feature film; a multi-cultural and global reflection of pop culture’s vision of love in the 21st century.