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Universal Animation Writers Application

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Submission Requirements

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Those applying must include the following:

  1. APPLICATION must be completed in its entirety.  Incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  2. MATERIAL – Please select either Feature Animation or TV Animation
    ALL READS ARE BLIND. ONLY PROVIDE THE NAME OF THE SCRIPT ON THE TITLE PAGE.
    1. FEATURE ANIMATION applicants must submit the following scripted material to be considered: Family, Comedy, Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Kid/Teen. Please note, while live-action or a hybrid of animation is acceptable, material must demonstrate the writer’s ability for world-building and visual humor
      1. ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY that best reflects the writer’s distinct voice and global perspective. Submitted screenplays must adhere to the following (1) Follow a three-act structure; (2) be between 90-120 pages in length; and (3) have a clear beginning, middle and end. Any scripts less than 90 pages or exceeding 120 pages will be disqualified. The applicant must be the sole owner of all original material submitted. We are not able to accept projects with multiple writers attached.
      2. ORIGINAL TREATMENT* that is not based on the submitted original screenplay. Submitted treatments that are the basis for the submitted original screenplay will be disqualified. Submitted treatments must adhere to the following formatting guidelines: (1) Title (2) Logline (3) Brief key character descriptions (4) Three-act structure (5) Must not exceed five/5 pages (6) 1.5-inch line spacing (7) 1-inch margins all around (8) nothing smaller than an 11 font-size. Treatments that deviate from this format will be disqualified.
    1. TV ANIMATION – KIDS 6-11 candidates submit the following scripted material:
      1. LIVE ACTION OR ANIMATED ORIGINAL PILOT SCRIPT that captures the writer’s unique, tone, style and point of view. The live action or animated original pilot script can be one of the following genres: Family, Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Kid/Teen, Serialized Adventure. The applicant must be the sole owner of all original material submitted. We are not able to accept projects with multiple writers attached. Submitted pilots must adhere to the following: (1) Follow a three-act structure; (2) have a clear beginning, middle and end; and (3) abide by the listed page counts. Any scripts not adhering to the page count formats will be disqualified. 

Animation

  • 11 Minute              16-20 pages
  • 22 Minute              27-32 pages

Live Action

  • 30 Minute Single Camera Comedy          22-45 pages
  • 30 Minute Multi-Camera Comedy            52-58 pages
  • 30 Minute Dramedy          22-45 pages
  • 60 Minute Dramedy          45-75 pages

*Material that is a hybrid of animation and live-action will NOT be accepted.

    1. SPEC SCRIPT based on a series listed in the Kids 6-11 “Accepted Shows” list. The spec script should demonstrate the writer’s ability to adapt to an existing format while simultaneously infusing a unique perspective and sensibility. It is the applicant’s responsibility to research the selected show to determine the show’s script structure and production page count. Below are suggested page counts based on industry standards, but please defer to what is typical for your selected show.

SUGGESTED SPEC SCRIPT PAGE COUNT:

Animation

  • 11 Minute (e.g. Steven UniverseLoud House, etc…) 11-18 pages
  • 22 Minute (e.g. TrollhuntersRick and Morty, etc…) 22-30 pages

Live Action

  • 30 Minute Single Camera (e.g. Black-ishModern Family, etc...) 22-45 pages
  • 30 Minute Multi-Camera (e.g. The Big Bang TheoryFriends, etc...) 52-58 pages

c. TV ANIMATION – PRESCHOOL 3-5 candidates submit the following scripted material:

  1. LIVE ACTION OR ANIMATED ORIGINAL PILOT SCRIPT that captures the writer’s unique, tone, style and point of view. The original pilot script material can be in the following genres: Family, Kid/Teen, Action Adventure, or Character Driven Fantasy. Please include characters who are eccentric, but lovable and timeless.The applicant must be the sole owner of all original material submitted. We are not able to accept projects with multiple writers attached. Submitted pilots must adhere to the following: (1) Follow a three-act structure; (2) have a clear beginning, middle and end; (3) consider what would be developmentally appropriate for the audience; and (4) abide by the listed page counts. Any scripts not adhering to the page count formats will be disqualified.

Animation

  • 11 Minute              16-20 pages
  • 22 Minute              27-32 pages

Live Action

  • 30 Minute Single Camera Comedy          22-45 pages
  • 30 Minute Multi-Camera Comedy            52-58 pages

*Material that is a hybrid of animation and live-action will NOT be accepted.

  1. SPEC SCRIPT based on a series listed in the Preschool 3-5 “Accepted Shows” list. The spec script should demonstrate the writer’s ability to adapt to an existing format while simultaneously infusing a unique perspective and sensibility. It is the applicant’s responsibility to research the selected show to determine the show’s script structure and production page count. Below are suggested page counts based on industry standards, but please defer to what is typical for your selected show.

SUGGESTED SPEC SCRIPT PAGE COUNT:

Animation

  • 11 Minute (e.g. Curious George, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, etc…) 11-18 pages
  • 22 Minute (e.g. Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure, Sofia the First, etc…) 22-30 pages

Live Action

  • 30 Minute Multi-Camera (e.g. That’s So RavenFriends, etc...) 52-58 pages

3. RELEASE FORMS must be completed, signed, dated and uploaded for submissions to be accepted. Incomplete release forms will result in disqualification. Download here

4. RÉSUMÉ – A two-part document (2 pages or less). Part 1 (required) -- chronological paid employment history. This may include entertainment and non-entertainment positions, education credits, internships and full-time non-profit volunteer work. Part 2 (optional) – chronological creative history that may include credited produced and distributed projects, creative honors (e.g. festival wins, screenings, and panels).

5. PERSONAL ESSAY that articulates the applicant’s unique perspective and background as it relates to their storytelling. Must not exceed 750 words. Essay Topic: Universal Filmed Entertainment Group creates narratives that appeal to global and diverse audiences. Please share a personal anecdote describing how your lived experiences influence you to create characters, stories and/or worlds reflecting multicultural and/or underrepresented groups.

6. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (Optional) from entertainment industry professionals who have read the applicant’s material and can comment on the applicant’s writing ability are strongly encouraged, but not required. Acceptable letters must be on business or personal letterhead, dated in the current calendar year and include the author’s title and/or industry affiliation. No more than two letters per application will be accepted. Letters must accompany the submission and may not be submitted separately via email or mail. Any recommendation letters emailed or mailed to the Program will disqualify the writer’s application

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be eligible to work in the United States. This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.
  • Minimum age of 21 by June, 2020.
  • Applicants must be the sole writer of any material submitted. Material from writing teams will not be accepted.
  • Entertainment industry experience is not required, but strongly recommended.

Any candidate who does not meet the aforementioned criteria will be disqualified.

SUBMISSION PERIOD

Applications will be accepted now through 17th January 2020. Applications will not be accepted after 11:59 p.m. PST on 17th January 2020.

NOTIFICATION

Due to the volume of submissions received, those not accepted will not be notified. Please check our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for updates.

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