Screenplay Contest

April 20, 2011

Are you a budding screenwriter? Do you have a screenplay hidden away in your desk drawer? Watch this:

To recap:
- Send a screenplay to
- The screenplay can be up to 3 minutes long. (You can read it out loud to check the timing.)
- All ages are welcome. Ralph would love to see entries from your kids!
- Ralph will pick 5 screenplays and make 5 movies using only props he has access to in our house.
- Ralph will post all 5 movies on Youtube and you will get a chance to vote for your favorite.
- The screenplay writer of the video with the most votes will win a $100 Amazon gift card. Woot!
- Screenplays are due one week from today: April 27, 2011.

P.S. — At your suggestion, Ben Blair and I have been brainstorming ways to give our kids more space on this blog. We’ve discussed different columns they might like to write and will be experimenting here and watching for feedback. For the first effort, we thought this contest would be fun for you and your kids. Watch for a DIY post from Mimi coming shortly. Let us know what you think!

P.P.S. — A big thanks to the barber shop at Intermarché for letting us film during Ralph’s haircut. (Ralph’s brilliant idea, by the way.)

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Esther April 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Fun! I’m not a screenwriter, but I love Ralph’s ideas. And I’m definitely interested to see more clever ideas from your kids! Let me know when you’re in Amsterdam! xxx


2 shari April 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm

that wink and “send it in” at the end was hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!! I also love this idea and look forward to seeing the videos!


3 Robin @ Our Semi Organic Life April 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm

so cool! Can’t wait to vote on the entries!


4 barchbo April 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm

It’s destiny! I have been writing a screenplay at work by telling it to my colleagues in installments over lunch. It’s “inspired” by real-life people in my workplace but not set at work (boring). Now I must get it on paper and submit to “Astro” Ralph Blair. Stat.

My kid is 6 months’ old, so he won’t be submitting a screenplay…yet!


5 terina April 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm

love intermarche!!! they have some of the best cereals!!!!


6 Diane @ kitchen-dreams April 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Ralph’s creativity just kills me! So talented and so funny! Love the very, very end of this call for entries….”send it in”.


7 Kate April 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Ralph is awesome! I’m not a screenwriter, but can’t wait to see the results!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


8 Genevieve April 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Ralph is so adorable! Love his sense of humor!! My husband and I got such a kick out of his April fools joke and this video is too cute! Follow your dreams, Ralph! You have a very creative career ahead of you!

I’m going to see what my 5 year old can come up with…


9 nikki April 20, 2011 at 10:35 pm

What a brilliant young man that Ralph is! Looking forward to seeing the entries!


10 alice April 21, 2011 at 12:08 am

amazing!! super idea!!
i am looking forward to read your kid’s posts!


11 Kholisa April 21, 2011 at 12:55 am



12 Petra Morvay April 21, 2011 at 2:36 am

yey R is soooo funny


13 Jennifer April 21, 2011 at 5:03 am

This is so sweet & inspirational! I think my oldest is probably still too young, but I am sure he’ll love Ralph’s video! Great idea to include your kids in the blog. Many people seem to make the opposite choice as their kids grow older, but including them in a way that they wish to be included is perfect!


14 Heather April 21, 2011 at 7:56 am

He’s got a great career ahead of himself! Wow, do I have some screenplays for you…but I think they’re a little beyond what he’s thinking. My husband has been writing screenplays as a hobby, and has actually gotten very good. He came in 3rd at the Vail Film Festival, and placed in several other prestigious competitions but we don’t know where to go from here!

Good luck to Ralph, it will be fun to see what he comes up with!


15 Margie April 21, 2011 at 8:00 am

I love the wink at the end …. this boy is TOO MUCH!!!


16 megwrites April 21, 2011 at 8:17 am

I love the idea of involving your kids more in your blog. So fun!


17 Monica April 21, 2011 at 8:48 am

I’m sorry but your boy CRACKS. ME. UP. “I know, let’s do the video while I’m getting my hair washed!” So random and brilliant. :)


18 sarah April 21, 2011 at 9:57 am

this is a great idea. you guys are the coolest.


19 Karen M April 21, 2011 at 11:29 am

I love, Love, LOVE the idea of getting your clever kiddos involved in your blog like this! I can’t wait to see what comes next!


20 Susan April 21, 2011 at 11:48 am

Haha, he is GREAT! Love the idea, and the location of the shoot, brilliant! ;)


21 Andrea April 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I just hope with all my heart that my children have as much creativity as Ralph does in his pinky finger. I truly admire how you and Ben Blaire foster their creativity. Now if only my 8 month old knew how to write a screenplay :)


22 kristi April 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Oh, the charisma! You rock, Ralph!


23 Crystal April 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I honestly can’t wait to see Ralph’s final movies. He cracks me up.


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