Jameson and Trigger Street Launch First Shot
Aspiring screenwriters and directors from South Africa will have the chance to write a screenplay for a short film that will be produced by Trigger|
Street Productions and will star Kevin Spacey.
One winner each from South Africa, Russia and the USA will have a chance to have their movie made by Kevin Spacey’s production company Trigger Street Productions. The name “Trigger Street” is a reference to an actual street in Spacey’s boyhood home of Chatsworth, California where a friend of his lived on the ranch of infamous American cowboy actor, Roy Rogers.
The multi-Academy Award winning actor, director, producer and screenwriter said: “I want to give talented people out there a shot at reaching their goals for the first time. Jack Lemmon once said to me – ‘If you’re doing well, send the elevator back down’. I’ve done incredibly well and it’s because the material I found early in my career was from first-time writers, first-time directors, first-time playwrights. If it weren’t for that talent I wouldn’t have a career. So if one person gets a break then the competition has been successful.”
Filmmakers are invited to submit a script to the Jameson First Shot website written around the theme of a ‘legendary, humorous or very tall tale’. The shortlisted entrants will be judged by Kevin and the president of Trigger Street Productions Dana Brunetti. The nominees will then enter a second round where they will be asked to direct a scene selected by Trigger Street.
The winner from each country will be flown to Los Angeles to shoot their script and direct Kevin Spacey. They will be supported in this by Trigger Street, the company that produced The Social Network and 21. The three finalists will be voted on by the public to decide on an overall winner.
The actor, who is also the artistic director of the Old Vic in London, has pioneered new content and distribution models with the creation of TriggerStreet.com as an online community for unrepresented screenwriters and short film directors. The site immediately took off with thousands of online users uploading their work, reviewing work created by their peers, and participating in online competitions and short
Howard Southern, the international marketing director for Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard,
who produce Jameson Irish Whiskey, said: “We are delighted to be working with Kevin Spacey and Trigger Street Productions on such a unique film
project. Jameson First Shot perfectly embodies our attitude towards film; whereas public perception is of a closed and exclusive world, we want to open it up and give emerging talent the opportunity to be mentored by some of Hollywood’s biggest names. It’s a truly exciting proposition and we look forward to seeing three fantastic films.”
Some of the helpful tips for screenwriters on the Jameson First Shot website include: “Write with good structure – try and write a script with a beginning, middle and end; Come up with a good story that you will be able to make into a short film; Make sure your short film has good shots and good sound; Enter your script by the deadline – this business is all about making deadlines; Create something that makes you stand out.”
The closing date for entriesis 31 December 2011. Entrants must be 25 years or older and a legal resident of South Africa, Russia or the United States. For full details on how to enter plus exclusive videos and tips from Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti, visit www.jamesonfirstshot.com