August 27th, 2008

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Cinema Spec: Space opera? High fantasy?

I want to talk a bit more about the kind of things I'd like to see in the slush pile for Cinema Spec: Tales of Hollywood and Fantasy, but a few caveats first. I've now read submissions sent through August 15, so it's possible that when I say I haven't seen this or that type of submission, there's something in the unread folder that may fill the bill. In general, when I offer these tips on submitting to Cinema Spec, I'm trying to give guidance to people who haven't yet submitted or may be planning to submit again (after a rejection or two). It's not my intention to panic those who are still waiting to hear, although that seems to happen every time I do one of these little posts. So, chill, dudes. :-)

In any case, certainly a generous portion of Cinema Spec will contain stories and poems about movies as we know them now--shown in theaters, produced in Hollywood, starring the glitterati, etc. But I did mention in the guidelines that anything on the theme of "moving pictures" would be appropriate, and I'm not seeing as much invention as I'd hoped. How about a high fantasy? A space opera? I'd like to see more future extrapolations of motion pictures and more past/magic analogues, as well as settings other than present/near-future Hollywood, despite the anthology's title. I'm not going to get any more specific than that, because I'd rather not limit your imagination, but these are the types of stories and poems that will stand out from the rest (assuming they're well done, of course).