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REBIRTH COVERAGE

Jan 5th, 2013 | By T.L. Lewis | Category: Blog, Interviews

These two reviewers are so brilliant– They both actually read the script! :)

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REBIRTH is a wonderfully written, historically accurate, and vividly imaginative script. The atmosphere is pulsing with energy; the setting is described with lifelike detail. The characters are rich with insight and dripping with humanity.

The storyline runs fluently and is engaging, offering elaborate detail, allowing the audience the chance to visualize this historical event from a fresh, unobstructed perspective. The sequence of dramatic scenes, all highly kinetic, visual, and expertly crafted, lend to the validity of the striking images described, as well as to reveal the depth of the characters that live within its creative boundaries.

The characters are skillfully constructed, portrayed as highly individuated, and idiosyncratic. Each serves ideals larger than themselves and possesses characteristics, which are consistent with historical accounts. These deeply rich, well-developed characters, drive the story forward, toward its captivating climax, all while helping to create a compelling and redeeming quality, which is sometimes lacking in scripts of this ilk.

Rebirth catapults its audience on a captivating journey wrought with peril and intrigue. Danger, romance, passion, and betrayal are used to weave the story together to form a historical tapestry of epic proportions. This rousing, sometimes romantic, and often chaotic adventure is laced with sorrow, success, fortitude and failure.

The story’s furious energy and surprising gravity provides a rare example of insightful, impassioned, perspective. It is an extraordinary achievement, being both a detailed account of world-shaping events and an exciting script, with flashes of levity and romanticism.

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Rebirth is a lucid and lively work that will engage both lovers of romance and intrigue, while appeasing those who are more engaged by sequences of action. It manages to make the period come alive, and whets the appetite for more, by delivering on the promise of emotions like love, patriotism and treachery, all while avoiding the impetuous style of so many historical period-pieces that are available today.

Rebirth captures the grandeur and the scope of the conflict it examines, by offering emotional intensity, and the deep understanding of the social and political factors that were at the heart of the struggle. This unique insight lends to the scripts staying power.

The dialogue is tight, the characters are brilliantly crafted and the chemistry between them boundless. The theme is compelling, and the storyline intriguing. In my opinion this script has all the classic markings of a Hollywood success.

In the end, Rebirth is an endearing, well-written script. It possesses the quintessential elements needed to piece together a successful epic, drawing the audience in and delivering on a number of levels. The story is well crafted and the plot is rich with historical accuracy, which provides more than enough substance to keep any audience interested.

The script is structurally sound, as well as stylistic, and easy to read. The growth within each of the essential characters is endearing, and their relationships are well established. Once again, this is a wonderfully spellbinding tale that would make for an exceptional viewing experience.

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Recommend! Grand Prize Winner. https://scriptvamp.com/tl_lewis.html#Rebirth

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GREENLIGHT COVERAGE:

Title: REBIRTH
Author: T. L. Lewis
Form: Screenplay
Page Length: 118
Genre(s): Historical Drama/ Action/ Romance
First Place.

Logline: A womanizing artist uncovers more than the nudes he captures on canvas when he discovers the courage to face his fears and finds love that changes his life.

Excellent (ALL)
Concept\Originality X
Plot\Storyline X
Characters X
Dialogue X
Structure X
Cinematic Value X

Recommend
Writer X
Script X

Concept/originality
REBIRTH breathes life into history in a way that captures the reader’s attention and draws them in from the opening to the epilogue. The concept and delivery of this script are original in their eloquence.

T.L. has created a beautiful world for us and delivered a masterful script. The scenes are dressed with a rich tapestry of contrast – violence and beauty, darkness and light. The writer has captured the essence of a tumultuous time in world history and delivered it to the page like a newborn ‐ naked, screaming, and with tenderness.

Plot/storyline
T.L. has crafted a wonderful love story full of pain and intrigue. You are quickly wound up in Edmunds struggle, his love for Genevieve, and a world in turmoil.

Characters
The characters in REBIRTH are full of life. It’s a tricky thing to do to develop characters that have unique voices and Rebirth does. We often have our readers read the script aloud to each other without reading the character names in an effort to distinguish one character from another based solely on the manner in which their dialogue is written.

You really do get a feel for who the characters are and the effect the world they live in is having on them. We see Edmund as a bit of a reluctant hero who is forced by circumstance to re‐evaluate his life, his beliefs, and reinvent himself.

Dialogue
There is a wonderful eloquence about the words spoken in this script. It’s tough to find fault in dialogue like “Your Mother is the reason the greatest story I ever told is the one I’ve lived.” Each speech seems carefully crafted bringing the emotion of the time and place to life.

Structure
The scenes are well crafted, in and out with very little room for critique. The writing is superb. Whether you’re a veteran or novice writer something that is difficult to do is write action blocks that are both concise and have some literary value to them. T.L. has found a good balance here, keeping them short and to the point, but written in a way that adds value to the scene. Word choice, delivery and descriptions are expertly used in every scene to develop a flow that is consistent throughout the piece.

BRAVO!!! RECOMMEND!!!
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I also once had another judge from a NY Screenplay Contest tell me that the marketability of Rebirth lies in the massacre, not the love story, that I should focus on the St. Bartholomew massacre. My answer: No, this story is NOT all about the massacre, but what led to the massacre, that Rebirth’s scope is a larger story than the violence, a story that transcends man’s inhumanity to man. It is no more about a massacre than the film “Titanic” is all about the shipwreck or “Gone with the Wind” or “Cold Mountain” all about the Civil War, or “The English Patient”, “Schindler’s List” “Rob Roy”, “Kingdom of Heaven” or “Braveheart” only about the violence. In “Rebirth” it is the real slice of life that shows the climate of intolerance that leads to the massacres.

Rebirth sets real people within these true events, and shows the intolerance and tyranny that allowed the hatred persecution to fester. The themes of love, justice and honor strike a chord within hearts and minds into a collective consciousness. This is why these stories are timeless to our struggles of intolerance and religious terrorism– still too real in our own time. Hopefully, the extreme emotions evoked in this film will awaken many. The theme is universal, and perhaps why the awards have been from the U.S., France, the U.K. and Canada.

This story was never intended to glorify or highlight gore, but to outrage, to touch hearts and ultimately to inspire with the ideals of family and freedom. With these timeless reminders of honor we create our own legacies, to know we too can rise above terror and tribulation.

This legacy of honor, this fight freedom did not die with a massacre, but rose above it with integrity that was handed down for generations, to spark revolutions and lay the foundation for the U.S. Constitution. Rebirth is a ‘true to life’ slice of a minority’s reality of terror and tragedy, within a timeless love story of tenderness and triumph.



MovieBytes Interview: The-GreenLight.com Writing Competition

Sep 5th, 2011 | By T.L. Lewis | Category: Interviews

An interview with screenwriter Teresa Lewis regarding The-GreenLight.com Writing Competition.

Q: What’s the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what’s it about?

A: ‘REBIRTH” is inspired by a true story, a provocative mix of lust, love, politics, war and religion; as it opens in the diffused white light of the Louvre, amid a grand library and gallery of Renaissance images.

The timeless works and heights of humanity are juxtaposed against the depravity of civil violence between religious factions and the corruption of Church and State.

In this world torn between Renaissance and genocide, a young boy loses his faith and his faith in humanity. Twelve years later, he’s grown into an amorous young man, a student at the University of Paris, who chooses to be largely oblivious to politics or the swirl of intolerance that still rushes around him. He soon finds love that changes his life, and risks it all in a fight for the civil liberties of a minority.

Ultimately, “Rebirth” reminds us of the perils of unbridled power, and inspires us to never lose sight of the true power of love and honor. I will never be the same for knowing or telling this amazing story, and will never look at our freedoms and the sacrifices for civil liberty never quite the same again. I hope one day, should the film be made, that it would also have a similar impact on the lives and legacies of others.

I tend to think that Rebirth has the passion of “Braveheart” and the promise of “Ever After.”

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I saw the Greenlight Competition posted on Moviebytes. and when I visited the webiste, I was very impressed with the content and professionalism. This is Rebirth’s Fourth FIRST PLACE WIN, and is ranked in the top five on Movie bytes/ Winning Scripts (along with many other wonderful screenplays) in Drama, Historical and Romance genres. Someone asked me recently, when are the AGENTS/PRODUCERS going to realize that winning scripts more likely will be winning films? I and a few other winning screenwriters, are anxiously awaiting their enlightenment. :)

I think with each placement or win, especially first place wins and consistency over time, gives a writer more credibility and attention. Then the query letters suddenly get more attention, or more requests are made to read your script. Actually “Rebirth” is now in the hands of a major agency, as I type. I still know the odds, but I know that it is also in good hands. Wish me well.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Extremely satisfied and impressed with the professionalism! Gordon Rogerson, the director, did everything promised and more. He also created a special page that highlights the top winners, their bio and showcases their scripts. http://the-greenlight.hostei.com/tllewis.html If the same level of professionalism continues, this contest is destined to be one of the biggest and best.

I would highly recommend this screenwriting contests to beginning writers as well as to seasoned ones. I would advise them not to get defensive, but to keep and open mind to keep learning, improving and enjoy the process.

The feedback was a huge plus and the main reason I’ve entered this and other contests. Most writers are sensitive, their writing very personal, and sometimes criticism hurts, even when it’s constructive. But, if you listen, it can make you a stronger writer. I was a writer, not a screenwriter– I needed feedback and guidance, and I think I am finally getting the hang of screenwriting. You tell me.

The following comments are from the Greenlight judges:

“One the best scripts we have ever read! The writing is superb. The characters, locations and story are exciting, rich, and would dazzle any cinema going audience…The writer has captured the essence of a tumultuous time in world history and delivered it to the page like a newborn naked, screaming, and with a tenderness. This is a gorgeous looking script. It has what we call the holy trinity… Sex, Violence and a well crafted story. BRAVO!!!! RECOMMEND!!!”

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: Since ”Rebirth” is an epic, the script took approximately eight months from the beginning of research (that filled a 3-inch binder). Then about eight more rewrites. The following year was spent in tweaking as I entered contests with feedback, then another ten- twelve drafts and polishes. I still polish. But as far as outlines: the more I learned of this heart wrenching story, the less of an outline I needed, because these characters so touched my heart, that they literally came to life and they led me on this journey into their lives of honor and courage. I couldn’t stop writing– and I truly felt as if I were living in the French Renaissance for many months in these “best and worst of times.”

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: MovieMagic seems to be all I need. I’m sure Final Draft and others are great too, but I won MovieMagic a couple of years ago in the Brass Brad contest, and have happily used it since. I think I’ve read every book written on screenwriting, and am partial to Truby and Campbell and the “Hero’s Journey.”

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: I cannot get through a day without writing. No matter how busy I am, it is my escape, my relaxation, a true passion.

Q: Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: N/A. I never run out of ideas, just hours in the day– in spite of needing only an average of 5 hours per night.

Q: What’s your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: Sometimes I am so driven to write I wonder if writing is part of my cellular memory, as I actually share 5th Great grandfathers’ and Grandmother’s with writers Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Alred Tennyson, Sir Walter Scott and Jacqueline Bovier Kennedy. I like to think writing is in my genes. I definitely share their love for a great story.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I lived in L.A. as a child, and always wanted to go “home” to visit. I know it would be quite emotional, as I have many fond memories. But with the advent of the Internet, and ‘ at the fingertips’ communication and transportation, it is not as critical to live there as it once was.

Q: What’s next? Are you working on a new script?

A: The REBIRTH Sequel… :) Seriously, I’m always writing and actually have several shorts complete as well as a few feature scripts in progress that I often work on simultaneously. I write daily for pleasure and in the case of “Rebirth”– for the passion to tell the story–to bring these amazing characters back to life on the big screen. I also want to congratulate the other screenwriter winners Rhys Gledhill, and Richard Sartore and wish all the other great writers that entered the contest only the best. And to all passionate writers, keep writing, not for the product but for the joy of the process. It’s quite an emotional roller coaster, but oh what a ride.



MovieBytes Interview: ScriptVamp’s Dream Quest 2010 Short Screenplay Contest

Oct 4th, 2010 | By T.L. Lewis | Category: Interviews

“BEYOND REASON”An interview with screenwriter T.L. Lewis regarding the ScriptVamp/Short Writing Competition.

Q: What’s the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what’s it about?

A: “Beyond Reason” is a true story, based on the life and love of Émilie Du Chatelet, and the famous, clever writer/philosopher, Voltaire. Voltaire is outspoken and always in trouble, mostly for his sarcastic criticism of church and state. Through Voltaire’s wit and charm, he is rarely at a loss for words, until he meets his match, the intellectual and sensual Émilie.

Émilie is a brilliant scientist, far ahead of her time, but best known for her blending of science with seduction. “Beyond Reason” a humorous glimpse at the polarity and passions of men and women and a tribute to all who know the ups and downs of true love and for those who do not quite fit into the “norms” of society.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I was first awed by Script Vamp’s professionalism and depth of coverage several months ago, when my feature screenplay “Rebirth” won their Grand Prize award.

“Rebirth”has three other first place wins and is ranked top five on Moviebytes Winning scripts, with three other awards for “Beyond Reason.” This is not to boast but to reveal my experience with more than a few screenwriting contests.

Therefore, I can easily say that Script Vamp/ Dream Quest is one of the best and I would recommend this contest, without hesitation, to all screenwriters for inexpensive, yet invaluable feedback.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: All promises kept without any glitches whatsoever and the professional feedback alone is worth the price.

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: “Beyond Reason” took only a few weeks for the first draft once I felt close to the characters. “Beyond Reason” was the Winner at WildSound in Toronto a couple of years ago, complete with a staged reading. I had actually put the script aside and forgot about it, until I decided to enter it in Dream Quest for feedback. One day I plan to write the feature version with more conflict and tragedy inherent in Voltaire’s and Émilie’s relationship, as Script Vamp and WildSound suggested.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: Actually, I use Movie Magic and Final Draft after winning both in previous screenwriting competitions. They are both much better than simple word processing programs and make formatting for screenplays and other scripts a breeze.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: I write EVERY DAY, even if I have to stay up into the wee hours. I go into withdrawal if I miss one day. I’m also an unapologetic workaholic and never have to be pushed to do anything I love. Procrastination is not a part of my world view.

Q: Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: Rarely ever do I have writer’s block. If so, I relax by surrounding myself with nature, fountains, the sound of waterfalls, yoga, a warm shower, or listen to music that inspires the genre I’m working in. I do whatever it takes to stimulate the alpha waves conducive to creativity.

Q: What’s your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I am a writer by nature and related to several famous writers, am a psychologist by education, an educator by profession, and a lover of great literature. Yes, on other screenplays, one epic that could even be considered for mini-series development. I have a love of research and writing, and am always learning, especially the craft of screenwriting.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I lived in L.A. in my early years and would love to visit. I actually have family still there. Thankfully, in the 21st century, direct communication is a much simpler matter.

Q: What’s next? Are you working on a new script?

A: In addition to marketing “Rebirth, I’m working on several ‘coming of age’ comedies, and one simply crude comedy. (I may need an alias.:) I’m also writing and polishing two other historical epics, one adaptation, one biography, and am challenging myself with an original pre-historical fantasy script. I really love crossing genres and working on several scripts at the same time. I am never bored.

I would also like to congratulate the top two winners and finalists. As writers, we have to encourage one another and above all–keep doing what we love that makes us feel most alive–to keep writing!





MovieBytes Interview:Dream Quest International Screenwriting Competition

Feb 19th, 2010 | By T.L. Lewis | Category: Interviews

An interview with screenwriter Teresa Lewis regarding the Dream Quest Writing Competition.

Q: What’s the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what’s it about?

A: ”Rebirth” is a mix of lust, love, peril and passion, inspired by a provocative true story, as it opens in the diffused white light of the Louvre, amid Renaissance images and timeless works of humanity. All of this beauty is juxtaposed against the cruelty and corruption of Church and State. “Rebirth” unfolds in this world torn between Renaissance and genocidein a time when speaking your mind can literally lead to the loss of your head.

Yet, as Nostradamus notes, “many are no longer able to accept the corruption of popes or the commands of Kings.” The Huguenot and Humanists are at the forefront in this civil disobedience and become targets of oppression and tyranny.

The central character, EDMUND DU CHASTEL, experiences this inhumanity as a mere boy of ten years, when he witnesses the beheadings of a hundred Huguenot noblemen. Young Edmund’s face is splattered by blood and tears. Traumatized by the butchery; this young orphan loses his faith in humanity. Twelve years later he is an amorous young man, a student at the University of Paris, a pacifist artist, who chooses to be oblivious to politics or the swirl of violence that still overflows in this country in chaos. Instead, he escapes into a life of pleasure as he seeks fulfillment and compromise in the arms of women.

One day, painting a portrait of a nude in the French countryside, he glimpses the sight of a stunning maiden running through wild flowers. Her name is GENEVIEVE (17). Little does Edmund know that he fixes his gaze upon the woman who will eventually shape and change his life — forever.

Atop a grassy knoll dotted with headstones and daffodils — Edmund and Genevieve try to come to grips with their own mortality in this world of torture and tribulation. They both agree that they can’t allow the dread of dying to rob them of their joy of living. Edmund believes that some things never die, that we all leave a legacy in our own life stories. Edmund’s real transformation is partially based on facing the pain of his past, his search for the meaning of honor, and his unexpected love for an extraordinary young woman, Genevieve. She is the love that changes his life and helps him find the courage to face his fears. Their love story sizzles as it warms the heart and transcends the turbulent time.

Edmund’s journey evolves from that of a fool into the hero’s journey as his conscience and courage are tested when he finds love that changes his life– only to risk it all in a fight for civil liberty.

Rebirth is the story of the abuse of absolute power versus the true power of love and honor. Rebirth is a tribute to all who share the ideals that enlightened people will not subject themselves to tyranny, but will rule themselves with wisdom, tolerance, and justice for all.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I tend to enter contests that offer coverage and a score card, at the least. I feel this has helped with the tweaking of Rebirth, to make it tighter, more commercial and has possibly led to the past three First place wins. This will be the Fourth and the feedback/coverage was the most comprehensive to date. It was obvious they read and understood the script.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Dream Quest/Script Vamp is one of the most professional contest that I’ve entered, and more than meeting deadlines, as they did, they treat a writer with the professionalism and respect they also deserve. Some of the bigger contests you tend to feel like they just want your entry fee… but not DreamQuest, they have been amazing.

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: Having read the book “Outliers” I believe I have put my 10,000 hours into “Rebirth” alone, not counting several other scripts. Rebirth was/is a work of passion, a story that I was literally driven to write. What began as more of a novel, was tweaked after hours of research and dozens of re-writes into a tight commercial script.

Writers have to accept that writing is rewriting and if it’s not the script you want to spend months with, write something else. Rebirth was a script that was difficult to let go of , because I truly loved the time, place and characters.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: Moviemagic. Although I’m sure Final Draft or Montage would probably also be great.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: I live to writer. Yes, every day, as many hours as possible.

Q: Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: Writer’s What? Very rarely. Nature, a starlit night, running Water, fountains, waterfalls, streams, ocean waves, even a warm shower stimulates alpha waves. A sure cure most of the time.

Q: What’s your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I am a scholar and student of life, a writer/educator who thinks writing is in my genes. I discovered this love at a very early age.

Only recently did I also discover that I actually do share distant great grandfathers’ and great grandmother’s with writers Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Alred Lord Tennyson and Sir Walter Scott. I definitely share their love for great literature.

I also won a First Place award for another short script, ”Beyond Reason” based on the amorous scientist ahead of her time, Emilie du Chatelet. She was best known as the love of Voltaire’s life. He knew she was far more.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: Lived in L.A. a few years as a child, and still have family there. I’d love to have yet another reason to visit.

Q: What’s next? Are you working on a new script?

A: The REBIRTH Sequel…:), the bio of Frederick Douglass “A Lion’s Heart”, A fantasy of epic proportion “In the Days of Kings and Queens”, and three comedy shorts:) Seriously, I’m always writing and actually have several shorts complete as well as a few feature scripts and playing with an adaptation, in progress. I often work on several scripts simultaneously. I write daily for pleasure and in the case of “Rebirth”– for the passion to tell this amazing story.



MovieBytes Interview: Big Apple Writing Competition

Jun 5th, 2009 | By T.L. Lewis | Category: Interviews

An interview with screenwriter Teresa Lewis regarding the Big Apple Writing Competition.

Q: What’s the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what’s it about?

A: ”Rebirth” was inspired by a provocative true story, found “by accident” during genealogy research and soon thereafter– day and night often blurred as I wrote determined to bring these amazing characters to life.

The story opens in the diffused white light of the Lourve, amid a grand library and a gallery of renaissance images. The timeless works of humanity are juxtaposed against the civil violence between religious factions and the corruption of Church and State. Rebirth is set in a world torn between Renaissance and genocide, where a young boy loses his faith and his faith in humanity.

Twelve years later, he’s grown into an amorous young man, a student at the University of Paris, who chooses to be largely oblivious to politics or the swirl of violence that still rushes around him in a country in turmoil. He soon finds love that changes his life, and risks it all in a fight for the civil rights of a minority.

His transformation is based on facing the pain of his past, seeking the meaning of honor, and his love for an extraordinary young woman. Their love story is woven throughout and transcends the turbulent time.

Ultimately, Rebirth reminds us of the perils of unbridled power, and inspires us to to never lose sight of the true power of love and honor.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I saw the BIG APPLE FF Competition posted on Moviebytes and Withoutabox. Rebirth has garnered 3 WINS, so far, and has placed in approximately one dozen Finalist and Semi-Finalist lists and also ranked in the top ten on Movie bytes/ Winning Scripts (along with many other wonderful screenplays) in the top ten of Drama, Historical and Romance genres.

Someone asked me recently, when are the producers going to realize that winning scripts more likely will be winning films? I and a few other winning screenwriters, are anxiously awaiting their enlightenment. :)

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Very satisfied and impressed with the professionalism! The letter of my win and the prize check and certificate for professional coverage by Script Sharp were all sent promptly.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: Their readers were extremely professional. From the feedback, I could garner that the readers at ScreenplayCoverage.com actually read the script and fully understood it. “Rebirth” was given a Score Card average based upon all the major elements in the story.

I was actually happiest with the “10” for Commercial Appeal, because that is the element I worked most on with my rewrite and polish. My goal was to make “Rebirth” even more commercially viable, without losing the essence of the story.

This win was also, in part, due to the personal review of Linda Seger, author of “Making a Good Script Great”, and especially the guidance of Barb Doyon, at “Extreme Screenwriting”, whose notes were invaluable in my polish of Rebirth, as well as Chris Sloth of the ” Million Dollar Mini Movie Method”, and Heather Waters and Marlene Neubauer of Creative World Awards. Not to forget my friends and my fellow screenwriters, also deserving of credit, who help with encouragement and motivation.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: Actually, the day the news was released, I had a Producer contact me via my website: tllewis.net, to sign a release. I just had my “wonderful” ( yes, wonderful) attorney, look it over and says to go full steam ahead. He also truly believes in the screenplay and calls it a classic. I have been surrounded by wonderful people who truly appreciate the story.

Q: What’s your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I am a writer/educator who actually shares 5th Great GrandFathers’ and GrandMother’s with writers Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Alred Tennyson, Sir Walter Scott and Jacqueline Bovier Kennedy. I like to think writing is in my genes. I definitely share their love for great literature.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I lived in L.A. as a child, and always wanted to go “home” to visit. But with the advent of the Internet, and ‘ at the fingertips’ communication and transportation, it is not as critical to live there as it once was.

Q: What’s next? Are you working on a new script?

A: The REBIRTH Sequel… :) Seriously, I’m always writing and actually have several scripts in progress that I often work on simultaneously. I write daily for pleasure and in the case of “Rebirth”, for the passion to tell the story.

I also want to congratulate the other two winning writers, Mike Bencivenga of RUNNING GUN and Stephen Hoover, HORROR COMIC, and wish them the best.



MovieBytes Interview: Blazing Quill Writing Competition

Apr 26th, 2009 | By T.L. Lewis | Category: Interviews

An interview with screenwriter Teresa Lewis regarding the Blazing Quill Writing Competition.

Q: What’s the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what’s it about?

A: “Rebirth” — is based on a provocative true story set in an ironic age of enlightenment, the renaissance, a time when art is life and knowledge is power. Sounds great, but many want truth to remain hidden– because knowledge equals power and a means to control the masses.

Rebirth reveals the struggle between those who abuse of power versus the power and honor of a few brave hearts– fascinating characters who give up their wealth, their estates and their rank and privilege in a cause greater than self. It is a powerful story that values honor and a love story that transcends time.

The Logline: A womanizing artist uncovers more than the nudes he captures on canvas, when he discovers the courage to face his fears and finds love that changes his life.

From the reviews of readers and coverage by professionals: these words resonate: “entertaining, exciting, refreshing, enlightening, inspiring, intelligent, it’s message transcends films that are predictable and gimmicky” etc.

Q: What made you enter the Blazing Quill? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: Honestly, I really liked the name. I have always loved the symbolism behind a quill pen. It reminds me that so many great poets and writers used them, not to mention documents like the U.S. Constitution — written and signed with a Blazing Quill.

Regarding wins, yes, also a recent First Place Win at Epiphany, and Brass Brad Mentorship, WriteMovies.com. Sasha Lauren of Epiphany wrote: “What could be better than centering a plot on the fight of good vs evil? This script has it all– from love and romance, to the martyrs and heroes staking their lives on the quest for peace and justice, to the heartbreaking tragedy, death and despair. This historical piece is a big story about a big topic and a movie that should be made. I LOVED IT!”

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: Actually, yes. I have two major players– both reading Rebirth. A Danish Production Company wants it included in their production slate and is luring me with “A List” talent and an award winning Director, but as of today, all of my options are open.

Q: What’s your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: My background is one of a scholar, someone who truly has a passion for learning for its own sake. My degree is in Psychology and Cultural Anthropology with additional training in Education, Digital Editing and Marketing. I especially love history and the lessons to be learned from it. I am always writing, and love to research. It is as genuine and as natural to me as breathing. I even write and direct in my sleep.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: Not at this time, although I lived there as a child. I would love to return and reminisce. My sister lives in Camarillo and is always asking me to visit.

Q: What’s next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I’m always working on a script, usually several at a time. At present– one I am especially proud of, a blend of science and seduction, called “Beyond Reason”, that recently made the finals in the British Short Screenplay Contest, as well as two off the wall comedies. I also have a winning reality show concept that I’m looking for someone to pitch… I just have to remind myself to breathe deeper sometimes and to stop and look at the stars– as numerous as my many blessings.

I can honestly say I have the most supportive husband and family in the world and have also met some awesome people through the writing and contest process. I try to keep in mind one of the lines from Rebirth that: “Love and honor are not bound by fortune nor fame, but found in humility– Not bound by our words nor our beliefs, but found in our humanity.”



MovieBytes Interview: Wildsound Writing Competition

Jul 1st, 2007 | By T.L. Lewis | Category: Interviews

An interview with screenwriter Teresa Lewis regarding the Wildsound Writing Competition.

Q: What’s the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what’s it about?

A: BEYOND REASON. A true love story, based on the witty philosopher Voltaire and the love of his life, Émilie Du Châtelet.

Emilie was no ordinary woman of her time, known for her “amorous nature” and brilliant mind, but best remembered as the woman who conquered Voltaire’s heart. Voltaire celebrated her, in her own right, as, a ‘great and powerful genius’, his equal.

Beyond Reason, is a humorous and timeless glimpse at the polarity of men and women that will touch anyone ever involved in a passionate relationship.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: Actually, Matthew Toffolo, at WILDsound, found me here on Moviebytes Winning Scripts regarding my feature script, Rebirth. Because of another Production company’s interest in Rebirth, my attorney advised me to enter another script– (Beyond Reason).

Prior, I also entered one of my first drafts of Beyond Reason in the British Short Contest and was suprised and pleased when it made the quarter then Semi-Finals. I have only entered it in one other contest, still in progress.

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Extremely Satisfied and would recommend WILDsound highly.

WildSound offers a monthly Reading Series for the top three screenplays and gives them the opportunity to hear their scripts read out loud by Top Actors. All three winners are treated equally. Not sure, but I think the audience votes at the end.

But no matter what happens, you get full feedback on your script on the good, the bad and ways to make it better. If you visit their website, you’ll get a sense of the energy, hard work, and creativity of this extremely talented Toronto group.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: Re: Feedback… it’s a writer’s dream. If you win in the top three, your script is read by professional actors in front of a large audience in Toronto, and you get to hear feedback from an Industry Professional who moderates the event and facillitates a Q&A with the audience.

Out of town Winners (like me) receive free hotel accommodation during the reading. I’m planning the trip to Toronto now. But even if a writer can’t make the event, they email a DVD copy of the reading of your script, plus the full moderation and audience participation.

To view actual taped readings, and so much more, you can visit their website www.wildcardpictures.com for more information. AMAZING– and the contest only costs 15 dollars!

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: Actually, I wrote Beyond Reason just because I enjoyed the feisty wit and brillance of the characters and I think others will likewise appreciate and identify with them.

I may be able to say more after the reading in later July. I’ll post either on my writing website: tlllewis.net or myspace.com/screenwritertllewis

Q: What’s your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I’m a scholar at heart, with a passion for writing with a love for a great story. I’m an educator who loves to learn, having taught myself film editing and also fortunate to have a backgound in marketing. This is a good thing, since I seem to spend much time on print, P.R. and web design for my scripts.

My genuine passion, is for my provocative, larger budget feature script, Rebirth and it’s 3D characters– to come to life on the big screen. I have several smaller production companies interested, including offered options, both in the U.S. and Europe, but am awaiting that lead producer to make Rebirth the classic film for profit and “for the sake of love and honor”. The process is akin to an emotional roller coaster that’s ‘highly adrenalin addictive’.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I lived in L.A. during most of my childhood and still remember, with fondness, the great weather and variety of terrain. My sister lives just north of the city, and I can visit whenever I want. I’m now pretty independent with my career and can travel when and if I wish. It’s not about where you are, but who you are and what you have to offer.

Q: What’s next? Are you working on a new script?

A: Actually, I’m working on another historical action script as well as developing three seperate comedies with my off the wall sense of humor. One I call DAYTONA DREAMING– a Comedy about a Florida State University Film student and a Surfer Dude – set in Daytona about two “losers”, who are inspired to follow their dreams after a Tony Robbins motivational CD gets accidentally stuck in their car stereo. To include sets at a Florida University, the Daytona Speedway, and the Daytona Auto Mall— and of course, Daytona Beach –at Spring Break.

And another comedy: SHORT BUS — about the power of expectations… When two transfer middle school students get their diverse IQ scores switched…The gifted student ends up riding the “Short Bus” and actually finds relief from the rigidity of high expectations, and the “slower” student gains new confidence, when everyone suddenly looks up to her. The possibilities– when laughter and lessons of life, converge.

”Days of Kings” — Fantasy/ Sci Fi Based on bits of Celtic Mythology and Mystery, “legend” of a Hollow Earth, a touch on Atlantis, but all tied to a Book of Life that records all actions, thoughts, our histories that create our future– with a twist . It could easily be set in NZ or, on the Isle of Man, off Ireland. And of course, others, but enough for now.

I write daily because it’s as natural and as essential to my well being as breathing. I’m always working on a script whether in the shower, in my dreams, or just vacuuming:). I have two 21 inch computer screens with 3-4 scripts open and in progress at any given time. I can honestly say that I’m never bored.



MovieBytes Interview: Epiphany Writing Competition

Sep 7th, 2006 | By T.L. Lewis | Category: Interviews

An interview with screenwriter Teresa Lewis regarding the Epiphany Writing Competition.

Q: What’s the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what’s it about?

A: REBIRTH, is an Epic/ Drama, based on a provocative true story that unfolds through the eyes of a womanizing artist. He finds the meaning of love as he fights for a cause that changes his destiny and alters the fate of a nation. Rebirth explodes with the passion of Braveheart, and climaxes with the promise of EverAfter. This awe-inspiring story engages the best in all of us as it explores love , loss and conflict bigger than life, yet explodes in a celebration of a new beginning.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: The name and reputation of Epiphany said it all, and exemplified the reason I was driven to tell this heart-wrenching story. I wrote Rebirth day and night for months, some nights losing track of time, many nights writing into the wee hours, touched on the shoulder by the sunrise.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Absolutely, Ms. Lauren of Epiphany Scripts: has been the most professional, so far. I received mail and email notification as well as a personal phone call when I became a Finalist and another phone call a letter congratulating me on First Place, along with the $1000 check. The money was a plus, but my fervent desire is to get my script read and into creative hands.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: Definitely. Sasha Lauren of Epiphany writes: “What could be better than centering a plot on the fight of good vs evil? This script has it all– from love and romance, to the martyrs and heroes staking their lives on the quest for peace and justice, to the heartbreaking tragedy, death and despair. This historical piece is a big story about a big topic and a movie that should be made. I LOVED IT!” Ms. Lauren also called me to give me pointers on polish and formatting to perfection.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: Too early to tell, but Ms. Lauren wants to pass the script to very high-profile British classical/Shakespearean actors/directors that she has contact with in England — perfect for this classic script. Rebirth is a script that, excites and enlightens, and desires a producer/director who seeks a riveting rebirth, much like the title. The word is not out yet that Rebirth is especially written for creative and courageous genius types, actors, directors and producers, who want to make a movie of the same caliber. All American, British and French geniuses– are welcome to contact me at tllewis@mac.com.

Q: What’s your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I have always been a writer, even as a teen, and have also taught creative writing, but it took a story that so touched my heart, to inspire me to write as never before.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: My sister lives in Camarillo and her son, is also a screenwriter and budding director at only age 23. He is now in the process his second production, now to direct two of his own creations. He would love to produce Rebirth, if it were a smaller budget. I have no immediate plans to move to CA, although I loved living there as a child.

Q: What’s next? Are you working on a new script?

A: The scribe in me is prolific, as I have several other scripts in progress, three comedies, a Drama and two historical epics in research and early-mid stage. A brilliant writer has also approached me for a possible corroboration. I also love research, freelance editing and video production. At the moment, I am most excited and focused on polishing Rebirth, and in finding the right avenue to bring these A List characters to life on the big screen.



MovieBytes Interview: Brass Brad Writing Competition

Jan 8th, 2006 | By T.L. Lewis | Category: Interviews