About the Short Film Screenplay Contest

About the Seraph Films’ Inaugural Short Film Screenplay Contest

Tips & Tricks

Seraph Films has a long history of making quality independent shorts and web-series for low production costs. Over the years, we’ve developed some techniques to help keep our budgets reasonably priced. Consider the following when submitting your project:

  • Try to use the smallest number of locations possible to tell your story.
  • Minimize the number of characters so that every role feels important and the cast doesn’t get out of hand.
  • Opt for indoor locations instead of exteriors whenever possible.
  • Use visual effects sparingly and only when they’re essential for the story.
  • Always try to keep your page count to a minimum. Unnecessary pages tend to dilute the story.
  • Avoid giving specific camera direction or editing instructions. Production elements will tend to influence these decisions in ways that the writer couldn’t anticipate.
  • To get a sense of Seraph’s past short films, check out the Seraph YouTube page.

The Judges

Gene Blalock

Gene Blalock

A graduate of film school at Columbia College Chicago, Gene has had an extensive career in the entertainment industry. After performing as the front man for the rock group, The Faded, Gene founded Seraph Films, a production company in Hollywood dedicated to horror/thriller, community-focused indie film making. He’s since directed 15 short films, won dozens of international and domestic awards, launched multiple web series, and produced or directed four feature-length documentaries.

Jhan Harp

Jhan Harp

Jhan has served as the senior reader at ScreenCraft, a boutique script consultancy, since 2013, and has evaluated 10,000+ scripts and has provided in-depth feedback on myriad client projects. Previously, he served as the Story Department Coordinator for Scenario LA, a literary management and production company in Hollywood. Jhan heads the Development Team at Seraph Films, bringing a wealth of experience in collaborative group storytelling, script consultancy, and screenwriting, utilizing a combination of perspective gained from reviewing thousands of scripts and his education in both science and the arts, courtesy of a B.S. in physics and a B.A. in theatre, both with magna cum laude honors, from Purdue University.