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American Gem Short Screenplay & Literary Festival
2011 Screenplay Contest

Enter your Short Screenplay, Short Story, Treatment in American Gem Short Screenplay Contest / Literary Festival. 

Winning Screenplay in the American Gem Short Screenplay Contest will be Produced.

Grand Prize Winner / Short Screenplay Gets to Pitch Screenplay to Producers, Studio Executives and Agents. Certificate of achievement awards to the Top 25 scripts and top 3 in each of the other categories.

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FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards
Screenplay Contest Interview


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The Dead Stars - Jesvinder Singh Judge

The Dead Stars

Jesvinder Singh Judge
of Western Australia, Australia



Jesvinder Singh Judge

Jesvinder Judge is a surgeon in Western Australia, where he has lived since the age of 7. His first screenplay, “The Dead Stars”, was first place winner in its category in the 13th Annual Filmmakers International Screening Awards 2014. He is currently working on the sequel.


Following a global terrorist attack, a cop is sent to a foreign land – an alternate 1980s – to solve a series of murders, and in the process unearths the devastating truth about his past.



Part 1.


I knew I wanted to be screenwriter when........

at the age of 15 I heard the words "I am your father" from the mouth of Darth Vader.

I know I've succeeded when........ 

my name is on the rolling end-credits of a movie.

My inspiration to write The Dead Stars.....

arose from two completely different sources. First was the fear for my two young children growing up in a post 9/11 world and the realization that the era I grew up in (the 1980s) seemed much safer and innocent. Second, was my increasing irritation at reality shows, selfies and the fascination with being famous. I could visualize a good story combining the two, and at the same time indulging my childhood recollections of 80s pop-culture.

Part 2.


FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

Jesvinder Singh Judge: I have been obsessed with movies as far back as I can remember. The "entertainment factor'" of movies for me has always been the careful dissection and analysis of camera angles, editing, the soundtrack and, of course, the dialogue, much to the annoyance of the unfortunate person accompanying me. Writing a screenplay gives me the joy of watching the movie I have created in my head come to life on paper.

FilmMakers Magazine: How did you prepare yourself to write your first script?

Jesvinder Singh Judge:

FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script and how long did it take you to complete?

Jesvinder Singh Judge: "The Dead Stars" is my first script. I've spent several years writing down the story. I initially toyed with the idea of writing it as a novel, but realized I was writing it completely visually and that it was more suited to a screenplay format. When this decision was made, it took two years to reach this stage.

The Dead Stars was as fun and fast paced to write as it is to read, and it required very little research. I will definitely return to this genre some time in the near future -- probably a sequel.

FilmMakers Magazine: Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?

Jesvinder Singh Judge:
I usually wrote when my family were asleep, for 2-3 hours per night 4 night per week, unless I had a creative streak and went on a "writing bender".

FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests are important for aspiring screenwriters and why?

Jesvinder Singh Judge: Most definitely, especially for a first time write. It is a great way to get exposure to industry personnel.

FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards / Screenplay Contest?

Jesvinder Singh Judge:

I like the fact that the Filmmakers International Screening Awards treated all entries in a non-biased way. It seemed that all entries, irrespective of age, writing background, geographical location, were given equal respect and consideration. I also found the studio feedback component very informative and helpful.

FilmMakers Magazine: What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?

Jesvinder Singh Judge: "
Little Miss Sunshine" by Michael Arndt because it is a perfect blend of comedy, drama and pathos and has a brilliant ending. The fact that it won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and was his first produced screenplay is incredible. There is hope for us all!

FilmMakers Magazine: Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?

Jesvinder Singh Judge: Music, across all decades and genres. I am constantly amazed at how music can create such a wide range of emotions. A movie soundtrack factors considerably in my enjoyment of the movie. Not surprisingly, music is name checked extensively in "The Dead Stars".

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

Jesvinder Singh Judge:
Quentin Tarantino. He broke all screenwriting rules in terms of narrative, word count, and he showed us that there were no boundaries about what you could make your characters talk about. The "tipping scene" in Reservoir Dogs still gets me every time.

FilmMakers Magazine: Name the director you would love to work with and why?

Jesvinder Singh Judge: Steven Spielberg. I remember watching Duel for the first time and was amazed how a director can transform a seemingly simple story with essentially one character into a gripping thriller. I am also certain that in most other directors hands, Jaws would have been a forgotten footnote rather than the first "blockbuster".

FilmMakers Magazine: Name the actor you would love to work with and why?

Jesvinder Singh Judge: Bradley Cooper. His versatility with comedy and drama is amazing, especially so early on in his big screen career.

I actually wrote my latest screenplay, TEARS FOR ICARUS, with him in mind to play both the angel and the demon.

FilmMakers Magazine: Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?

Jesvinder Singh Judge: I still feel that the story is everything, so don't rush your submission. I found the studio feedback offered as part of the Filmmakers International Screening Awards extremely helpful.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Jesvinder Singh Judge: "The Dead Stars", is Part 1 of "The R.I.D. Trilogy", and I am currently working on the sequel. Where Part 1 delves into issues of fame and identity, Part 2 will explore mass population brainwashing by social media.

FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five years from now?

Jesvinder Singh Judge: Hopefully I would have completed the Trilogy and will be writing another screenplay.



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