Purchase College Launches Their Own Black List Of Scripts Not Currently Optioned

Purchase College, SUNY's well respected Playwriting and Screenwriting Program has just launched "The Heliotrope List," a take off on the industry's Black List, which showcases the best scripts not currently optioned. Heliotrope refers to Purchase's unofficial school colors, which are Heliotrope and Puce.

Faculty of the Playwriting and Screenwriting program, which is part of the acclaimed School of Film and Media Studies at Purchase, have selected 16 plays and screenplays of various lengths and genres by students and alumni for the inaugural list. They plan to select new works annually. The 2018 List can be viewed on the Purchase College website. (https://www.purchase.edu/academics/playwriting-and-screenwriting/the-heliotrope-list/)

The List contains loglines and a pdf file of the scripts' first pages. Professional and student film and theater makers, directors, producers, and agents are encouraged to browse the List and contact the author directly to obtain the full script. All rights to the works are reserved by the authors and any production rights must be negotiated with the author or their representative. Low-budget and no-budget projects are welcome.

Associate screenwriting professor A. Dean Bell, who is one of the originators of the Heliotrope List, says, "Purchase has a long tradition of teaching some of the most innovative individuals working in film and theatre today. We're proud to showcase the next generation of talented writers and shine a spotlight on their fresh perspectives and voices. We're excited about launching this project and helping our students and recent alumni get noticed by film makers, producers, and other creators."

About Playwriting and Screenwriting at Purchase

In the playwriting and screenwriting BA program at Purchase College, students learn to write for both the stage and the screen. Students work alongside talented film and theatre majors, actors, theatre designers, musicians, visual artists, and dancers in a world-renowned artistic community few other schools can provide. The college's proximity to New York City provides a distinct advantage: students are taught by industry professionals and have access to all the culture and excitement the city has to offer, and to theatre, film, and television production facilities for their studies and internships. Because playwriting and screenwriting are performance arts, students are encouraged to present their work to an audience as much as possible. In their final year, students work with a faculty mentor to develop a substantial senior project: a full-length play, feature-length screenplay, teleplay, or documentary script.

About the School of Film and Media Studies at Purchase

Purchase College's School of Film and Media Studies offers interdisciplinary programs that combine research and hands-on training, encouraging students to become engaged makers and critical consumers of media. The School of Film and Media Studies offers four BA programs: cinema studies; media, society, and the arts; new media; and playwriting and screenwriting; a BFA program in film; four undergraduate minors: film/video production; media, society, and the arts; playwriting; and screenwriting; and a new MFA program in media arts and culture, to be launched in fall 2018. Alumni of the School of Film and Media Studies currently work and excel in all aspects of the film and media industry, from directing, cinematography, editing, production, screenwriting and playwriting, and critique and analysis of film, media, and video art.

About Purchase College, SUNY

Purchase College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network of 64 universities and colleges, was founded in 1967 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. His aspiration for Purchase was to create a dynamic campus that combined conservatory training in the visual and performing arts with programs in the liberal arts and sciences, in order to inspire an appreciation for both intellectual and artistic talents in all students. Today, Purchase College, SUNY is a community of students, faculty, and friends where open-minded engagement with the creative process leads to a lifetime of intellectual growth and professional opportunity. For more information about the College, visit www.purchase.edu

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