"Spruce Up the Holidays" makes ScreenCraft's Animation Competition Quarterfinals
My short animated screenplay "Spruce Up the Holidays" has just been selected as a quarterfinalist in the 2020 ScreenCraft Animation Competition. This follows their 2019 contest, where my feature IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THADDEUS THACKERAY was one of the finalists.
Again, the story for this script originated years ago, designed as an animated holiday TV special similar to RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER. A friend of mine at a VFX/animation company told me they were looking for ideas for a cartoon Christmas-themed project. I made a few pitches, and he and his company liked SPRUCE UP THE HOLIDAYS the most -- so I wrote the script in a little under 2 weeks, including multiple drafts based on the company's feedback. Unfortunately, their animation development plans were eventually scrapped, but I kept the idea in the back of my mind.