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If someone were to tell you to write a 100-page script in one month, you’d probably think he or she is joking. But for the tens of thousands of people participating in Script Frenzy, this task is no joke. Script Frenzy is a free, international online event in which anyone and everyone in the world is invited to write 100 pages of an original script in just the month of April. Participants create an account on the Script Frenzy website and starting April 1st, they can update their page count and work till it climbs to 100.

Why would anyone surrender themselves to such a daunting task as furiously scribbling as much material as what normally takes months or even years? For the million dollar prize of course! Not. Script Frenzy, just like its partner NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), does not award cash prizes for the many people who complete the challenge of writing the 100-page script. Instead, prizes include “happiness. Creative juices. Pride. Laughter. Bragging rights. A brand-new script.” In addition to these wonderful prizes, the Script Frenzy website comes equipped with a forum for participants to share their thoughts and build a community of old and new screenwriters, playwrights, authors— just people searching for an adventurous month full of creativity.

This is the place where one can hold another’s hand in the effort to give birth to that 100-page creation all in one month’s time. What better way is there to get your story out than alongside ten thousand other struggling writers in the international Script Frenzy!

To participate, create a Script Frenzy account and begin writing!

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Although we don’t get to see any snow here in Southern California, we do get to see an amazing display of Christmas lights in Torrance, a city about thirty minutes southwest of UCLA. Each day in December, hundreds of people from all over the South Bay flock to a neighborhood called Seaside Ranchos in Torrance where the warmth of the holiday spirit glows all night long. My friends and I had the opportunity to see this wonderful display of decorations on foot (though you can stay in your car if you don’t mind the traffic). From Jack Skellington to Shrek to The Simpsons, a whole bunch of characters appear on people’s lawns. Many houses go all out with lighting and candy canes and gingerbread men. Along with the characters and decorations, every house puts up white Christmas lights on the Chinese Elm Trees that line the streets. Such a transformation Read the rest of this entry »

The day after the 1925 silent film of The Phantom of the Opera was shown in Royce Hall (see the blog entry below), the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical had its final run in the Pantages Theater in LA, less than thirty minutes away from UCLA.  After running over twenty years, the tour closed Halloween night, leaving only the Broadway and Las Vegas productions still available for audiences in the U.S.

The story of The Phantom of the Opera, which has become widely known through Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version, actually had humble beginnings.  It all started with French novelist, Gaston Leroux.  In 1910, Leroux published the original novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra about a disfigured man named Erik who lived beneath the Paris Opera House.  The 1925 silent film that was shown last week in Royce Hall is the first adaptation of the novel, staying true to the story’s plot and characters.  It is said that original audience members fainted at the sight of The Phantom’s disfigured face.  In 1986, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical took the stage in London and soon moved to Broadway in 1988 where it has remained ever since.  Even though it is the most famous version of the story, Lloyd Webber’s musical is not the most accurate, changing the entire ending as well as keeping The Phantom a nameless figure.  (Also, audience members have yet to faint at the sight of the Phantom’s stage makeup – but it’s good enough).

Perhaps such changes were necessary to turn the little-known horror story into a popular love tale with the opening of the dramatic theme song on everybody’s minds.  Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera Read the rest of this entry »