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Wattpad 'Cupid's Match' Original Series Project
Create a teaser for the popular Wattpad story, 'Cupid's Match'.
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Due August 28th, 2017 - Bring the massively popular Wattpad story “Cupid’s Match” to life as an original series for CW Seed by first creating a Teaser Video that will get fans excited! Want to create a brand new show for CW Seed – the CW’s digital network? Submit your Pitch to create a Teaser/Trailer based on the hit Wattpad story "Cupid’s Match" with 29+ million reads online!

In a world where everyone has their perfect romantic match, what if you were matched with the dangerous, and notoriously good-looking, original bad boy… Cupid himself?

This is the line that teases this sensational Wattpad story. “Cupid’s Match” tells the story of LILA BLACK, a 17-year-old high school student who finds herself in a supernatural world of romance, adventure, and betrayal when the mysterious Cupid’s Matchmaking Service contacts her to let her know she’s been matched with the one and only Cupid, which is in fact NOT a good thing.

Lila discovers that there is a whole secret organization of other cupids, and their #1 rule is they can never be matched up with anyone. The fact that THE original Cupid has been matched up is unprecedented, and legends say that VERY BAD things will happen if Lila falls for Cupid… who of course is quite irresistible. Soon there is a chaotic frenzy as everyone around Lila and Cupid works to try and understand how this match happened and how they can stop it! Enemies assemble, mythical arrows fly, and an evil Goddess is awakened.

With the eventual goal of creating an original digital series for CW Seed around this hit Wattpad story, Tongal wants you to come up with a take on how “Cupid’s Match” can live as an awesome scripted show, and create a Teaser Video that will function as a trailer, teeing up all of the romance and adventure, the twists and the turns… and the cast of sexy characters. That’s right, sexy characters, because, well, let’s be honest, what is this story without a bunch of great looking people in it?! Seriously.

To get your creative juices flowing, check out Teasers/Recaps from other popular shows in the genre, like “The Vampire Diaries,” “iZombie,” "Teen Wolf," and even “Riverdale.” Also get familiar with CW Seed shows that are good companions with the prime-time schedule, especially featured originals like "I Ship It," "Saving the Human Race," and "How to Be A Vampire." The most successful entries will demonstrate that they love genre shows, and they also know how to execute great stories with a CW Seed twist: emotionally authentic storytelling with a knowing wink to pop culture and romantic expectations.

There’s incredible potential here, and CW Seed is watching intently with interest in actually developing the entire series with you, Wattpad and Tongal.

The goal of this project is to create a Teaser Video that is up to 120-seconds in length to get audiences hyped about a potential series for Wattpad’s fantasy adventure / supernatural teen romance story “Cupid’s Match” for CW Seed. Your Video will have to introduce the main characters, capture the voice, look, feel and tone of your potential show, and tee up the narrative that’s going to drive the series forward.

Two Pitch winners will get to produce their Teaser Video, and of those two the Grand Prize Winner may lead to the production of a Pilot Episode. So in addition to getting fans excited to watch your show, you should clearly demonstrate that you have the chops to create a pilot.

Broadly speaking, much of what you will include in your Teaser Video depends on your vision for “Cupid’s Match” as a series, so you should put a lot of thought into how the story might function as a scripted narrative (likely formatted as ten (10) 7-11 minute episodes in Season One). In a series, sustaining something for multiple episodes means you need a more dynamic narrative with characters and the world that is fully developed and full of conflict, so you can feel free to expand upon what’s included in the original story, and take creative license in your adaptation!! Don’t forget the fans and ignore the elements that make this successful, but don’t feel locked into the original narrative either.

In terms of the elements that make this successful: this is soapy, this is sexy, this is the world you’re building… and your Teaser should capture that. Plus this is also a supernatural fantasy adventure/teen romance with lots of mystery, betrayal, and action, so you should tease the vast scope of the world and the story. You’ve got a lot of great stuff to work with, and for inspiration, you might consider successful shows in the same category like "The Vampire Diaries," "Supernatural," "Teen Wolf," and even "Riverdale." Make sure to look at what’s successful on CW Seed now, including originals like "I Ship It," "Saving Human Race," and classics like "Everwood" and "Hellcats."

Practically, your Teaser Video can be Live Action OR Animation, and it’s going to be shown publicly to "Cupid’s Match" and CW fans, so you’ve got to create something entirely original, and you can’t just cut together scenes from any other properties. You should look to cast talent for the Teaser Video that can be cast in the series itself, so take that very seriously. Your cast will help sell your potential series as much as your vision, style, and storytelling. Diversity in storytelling makes your narrative more relatable, specific and modern, so build your cast and crew accordingly!

If you’re selected as a Pitch Winner, a Tongal producer will email you to help walk you through the Pre-Production and Approvals process.

Click the link below for Official Rules and more details.

Prizes

Pitch Awards (Submissions due 8/21/17)
The most compelling Pitch will be selected and, upon submitting the Winner’s Affidavit and the IP Assignment, will each receive $2,500 to help create the Video. Additionally, upon submitting a Video that satisfies the criteria laid out in your winning Pitch, the Pitch winner will also be GUARANTEED a winning place in the subsequent Video Phase.

Pre-Production (Due 9/12/17)
The Pitch Winner from the Pitch Phase will enter the Pre-Production Phase, which means you will be required to submit certain items for Approval before moving onto the Video Phase.

These items are:
   *SCRIPT
   *STORYBOARD
   *HEADSHOT

Video Awards (Due 10/5/17)
Once the Pre-Production Phase is complete, the Pitch Winner will create a 120-second Teaser Video based upon their winning Pitch. All other creators are invited to enter a Wildcard submission. After revisions are completed, the two Pitch winners, along with the one Wildcard creator selected, will receive prizes. Winners of the Video Phase will each $2,500.

Revisions (Due 10/27/17)
Once the Video Phase has closed, the winning submitters will enter the Revisions Phase. During this phase, filmmakers will perform reasonable edits on their Videos according to the Sponsor’s feedback. Once the Videos are finalized, the Sponsor will rank the Videos and winners will be announced.

Eligibility
Open to Tongal community members (it's free to register!), ages 13 and older.

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