Blog Contest: I’ll Name A Character After You In My New Screenplay!

HollywoodLast night, I was chatting with Matthias, the Producer/Director who hopes to make .33 Reverse Gunther his next film.  He is on his way to L.A. to meet with potential investors and actors, so I’m cautiously excited about what the future holds.

Over the course of the conversation, Matthias once again mentioned how important this blog is going to be to Gunther’s production.  He wants me to keep a production diary once we get a green light, and I’ve assured him that my blog friends and followers will share the posts to help spread the word about the movie being made from my screenplay.

To reassure Matthias that this blog has a great reach, I told him I would conduct a test this weekend.  I had already planned to write this contest post, so I thought I’d add a sharing element to it and report back to Matthias with the results.

I’m about to start a new screenplay.  I put a great deal of thought into the minute details like character and location names.  I’m sure you’re aware of that from reading this blog.  Think of the recurring characters.  Do their names pop right into your head?  I once jokingly referred to my home as The House on the Hill, and that name has stuck.  I so like the name Three Toads & A Wicked Lady that I’ll think up ways to mention the popular Witch Bar in as many posts as possible.

starThe new screenplay has a key scene set in a bar in the first ten pages.  I want you to name the bar for me.  If I pick your entry, I’ll name the bartender in the scene after you.  How does that sound?

It’s a romantic comedy, and in the scene, the sidekicks drag the male protagonist to the local bar to try to get his mind off of his recent break up.  It’s no specific town, but assume it’s in Maine.  It’s not a dive bar, but rather a place locals go every weekend and feel at home.

The bar might come up again later in the script, or at least get a mention in the dialogue, so I need it to be something memorable.

Share your suggestion in the comments.  Feel free to add a little background about why the bar has that name, or why you think it’s perfect for my screenplay.  I am impressed by creativity.

Because this is also a dry run of how wide the blog’s reach can be, bonus points will be given for sharing this post on other forms of social media.  When you send your entry, make sure to tell me where you shared this post.  I’ve got share buttons for Facebook, Stumble Upon, Twitter, and Reddit at the bottom of the post for your convenience.

I’m excited to read your entries.  Enter as many times as you’d like.  I’ll announce the winner next Saturday.  If I pick a name entered by more than one person, the tiebreaker process will include how often you shared the post, any creative back story you included, and who submitted the name first.

enter to winI also reserve the right to not pick a winner if nothing tickles my fancy.  Let’s keep it clean, as this is a family friendly blog.

Remember, I’ve had two of my screenplays produced (check out the trailers on my About page) and a third one hopefully about to go into production.  I like your chances of the winning entry making it to the big screen.

Good luck!  Thanks for entering the contest and sharing this post!

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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154 Responses to Blog Contest: I’ll Name A Character After You In My New Screenplay!

  1. grannyK says:

    Unless it has something to do with preschool, I have no creative juices. But I sure will share this on my facebook pages, twitter and reblog what is needed.

  2. grannyK says:

    Reblogged this on granny reports blog and commented:
    This sounds like a lot of fun for all of you creative types!

  3. Great idea!
    Here’s my entry: Auerbach’s Cellar. I don’t know if you are familiar with the famous German novelist and playwright Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe and his play Faust. It’s about an uptight academic who makes a pact with the devil (Mephisto): Mephisto has to introduce Faust to worldly pleasures and in return, he’ll get Faust’s soul in the end. Auerbach’s Celler is a tavern in the play where Mephisto offers him wine, women and song.
    I will spread your word on my Facebook page. Unfortunately, I can’t offer more because I’m an uptight intellectual who wastes his time reading. So I would love to see a hipster bartender named after me.

  4. D. Parker says:

    Maine Attraction?

  5. rowanaliya says:

    Daryl’s vote is Daryl’s. Hmmm. I don’t really want a character named after me so I’m not sure if I should contribute. Off the top of my head though Rue 31 or Brue 31 and I kind of like the name of the biker bar Daryl frequents, Take a Break Bar.

  6. floridaborne says:

    I’d rather you were doing a screenplay for my book but…but this looks like FUN!
    How about
    Friedman’s Suchi and sports bar

    • Austin says:

      Any time you want to hire me to adapt your book into a screenplay, just let me know. 😉

      Intriguing entry. Thanks for the reblog!

      • floridaborne says:

        You’re quite welcome.

        My editor and I will be starting on book 2 in a month. I’m not expecting huge profits, just hoping that in a few years all 6 book in the first series make enough so that I can pay for the editing on the second 6 in the series.

        Multiple book happen when you mix together OCD and insomnia. 🙂

      • Austin says:

        I can imagine. Good luck!!!

  7. floridaborne says:

    Reblogged this on Two on a Rant and commented:
    Help Austin show his stuff! Come up with a name for a bar and maybe your name will be in his screenplay.

  8. D. Parker says:

    Reblogged this on yadadarcyyada and commented:
    Name the bar in Austin’s screenplay…he’ll name the bartender after you. Cool.

  9. Two weathered gray concrete lions, salvaged from the old city library, guarded the front entrance of the “Lyon’s Grin.” The bar’s name, referred to owner Bill Lyon’s chagrin, when the stately old building was razed.

  10. djblue1654 says:

    How about “Sip In” ?

    • Austin says:

      Not bad. We’ll throw it into the mix and see what the judges think.

      Thanks for entering. 🙂

      • hollie says:

        If I ever owned a bar I would name it “The Gym” so people could be like “yeah I was at The Gym” all night. There could be plays on words about 12oz curls. Also, if I had my own bar, I would have one of those old school Whack-A-Mole games in it…doesn’t that seem like it would be fun to play drunk, particularly when your hand/eye coordination is not at its best?

      • Austin says:

        I bet you would be a fun bar date. 🙂

        Thanks for sharing this post on your blog, Hollie!

      • hollie says:

        Yes, yes I would be. 🙂 No problem! I hope my readers can come up with some sweet names for your fictional bar. We have a bar in my college town called the Sip n Spin because it used to be a Laundromat. The bar right next to it is called ‘The Home” although now I think people refer to it as the HPC (Home Party Club) which is it’s official name. When I was in college my mom looked at me so confused like when I said we were going to go to “the Home” to dance… she said, “Don’t those old people get upset that you are there so late?” Uh, not the rest home mom.. sheesh!

      • Austin says:

        Well, if Gunther gets made, I know I can count on you to share my posts and spread the word. And wear high heels to the premiere. 🙂

      • hollie says:

        When not if. I’d love an excuse to wear a pretty dress and buy some new heels!

      • Austin says:

        And be my date? Super! 😉

      • hollie says:

        Of course! Duh!

      • Austin says:

        Hubba hubba!

      • hollie says:

        There is also a bar called “The Library” in a neighboring town…. talk about the Library being your teacher, babysitter etc. lol. Takes on a whole new meaning!

      • Austin says:

        Do they let you take home bottles of booze like the library lets you take home books???? 🙂

      • hollie says:

        I’m not sure but it would not surprise me since it is in such a tiny town.

  11. hollie says:

    Reblogged this on My blog is my boyfriend and commented:
    Bar names….my friends should be up to this challenge!

  12. annesquared says:

    A few ideas pop into mind: 1) “Wicked Good Libations” (bar/pub/tavern) – “wicked good” meaning “GREAT!” in Maine (Though this may get confused with your “wicked witch lady” where you use the word in a historical, traditional sense – though it could be a juxtaposition; and not all witches are wicked. 2) “The Library” (always thought this would be a great name for a bar); 3) Maineland, U.S.A. (self-explanatory).

  13. annesquared says:

    Reblogged this on Anne Squared and commented:
    Would you like a character named after you in a screenplay? This re-blog tells you the details on how to enter the contest…

  14. Barb Foran says:

    “NO BANANAS” SHOULD BE THE BAR’S NAME.. MAINE SUPERSTITION… BABS IS THE BARTENDER, OF COURSE…WILL WORK AS LOCAL…LOL

  15. Heather Free says:

    Just name it “Dive “. That is all

  16. List of X says:

    Bears&Beers. Legend says they once found a bear inside a bar, or maybe the was a beer.

  17. JED says:

    Ales, Shells and Lobster Tails Bar and Grill.

    Sounds like a pretty nice place with a Maine influence.

  18. JED says:

    Reblogged this on Okay, What if ? and commented:
    What if you could be a character in a screenplay? Help Austin pick a bar name for his new screenplay and maybe you can.

  19. quiall says:

    The Broken Anchor. The original owner of the bar was a man named Cecil. The story was that he was a captain of a fishing boat who’s anchor broke during a storm and caused the death of four shipmates. He took what insurance money there was and opened a bar. He never spoke about that night and he always poured four shots of rum and left them at the end of the bar. When he died it was in his will that the new owners of the bar not change the name and always leave five shots of beer at the end of the bar. Some say they have seen Cecil peering in the front window when there is a bad storm brewing.

  20. markbialczak says:

    I hope Matthias reports with good news about .33 Reverse Gunther, Austin.

    I would name the joint Bar Mitts Fuzz, and have the two owners, a former baseball player who had a cup of tea with the Yankees and New York City policeman, always be two of the regulars in the place.

    One of the requirements for entering the bar is to put on a yarmulke, and Yogi the cop and Sarge the ex player make sure everybody follows the rule, but none of the other regulars ever can figure out the reason why.

    I am going to share this on my Facebook page and Twitter account now, for special good luck.

  21. Harbor Lights….(like the old Platters song…)

  22. “Love Me Suds”! 😀

  23. ksbeth says:

    the rock lobster – local maine bar, with 70s-80s rock cover bands, never good but the crowd just accepts it as background noise and lots of spirit.

  24. I’d like to offer a variation of my original submission. “Pandora’s Bocks” – a craft brew joint with an appreciation of the bock style of beer.

  25. “Uncorked – Wine Cellar and Bar”
    The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have set off to the side a small garden area away from the cotton candy and the carnival rides. Wines of every kind are available with a wine of the day spotlighted. There’s a small stage and they offer local musical talent. It’s a great place to “uncork” before or after the rodeo. YeeHaw!!

  26. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    WELL…HERE YA GO! ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO BE CREATIVE—FOR REAL FAME—IF NOT FORTUNE 🙂 !

  27. The Lonely Pint – He is after all trying to forget a girl. If we see someone on their own over here is not unsual to say “Ach look at oul lonely pint over there” lol

  28. Reblogged this on The Indecisive Eejit and commented:
    Can anyone think of a bar name to help Austin? He’ll name the bar tender after you. Have a read 🙂

  29. Ann Koplow says:

    “Poor Sports.” Why? Because New England is crazy for sports. (I live in Boston, but I’ve visited Maine, many times.) However, people in Maine, I think, are more sardonic, and further away from the “action,”, so I could imagine that as a possible bar name. If you wanted to make the name punnier, you could use “Pour Sports.”

    Also, before I came up with this, I googled “Maine bars” and — while nothing like this name came up — that was part of my creative process.

    I blog once a day here and haven’t been doing re-blogs, but I will think of other ways I might be able to spread the word about this wonderful contest. Thanks for the fun time, this morning!

  30. CMW says:

    The bar’s been around for as long as the locals can remember. Only three owners, all related. Father to Son to Son. The sign on the door is long gone and to the tourists, it is just a door to an unknown space. The locals call it simply, The Saloon. When the season is over they open the door to let in the clean fall breeze.

    • Austin says:

      Very intriguing. I think the judges are going to like that one… 🙂

    • CMW says:

      The Bartender’s a lush and everyone knows it. She will help to supplement a low on cash customer and pour an extra shot just for them and herself. She’s about 60 years old but looks younger. She knows all the towns secrets and doesn’t forget to remind certain people.

  31. buffalotompeabody says:

    My suggestion is-
    “Tom Waits’ Table”
    Which, of course, leaves Buffalo Tom Peabody as the bartender. 🙂

  32. notavogon says:

    The Bar Ber ‘I’m just going to the barber today, jeez!’ It would be very easy to slip out of commitments at the Bar Ber, and it is also, awesome if I do say so myself

    A Trickle of Treacle, since you like witches so much, haha Also, it reminds me of Macbeth and Hecate

    The Restaurant at the End of Maine (a hitchhiker’s reference, obviously! Had to throw one in there! Hopefully they would serve old janx spirit and a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster)

    Shades of Grey Goose (because of the Jasper Fforde book about a society where everyone only sees in one color .. Or you could choose the alternate back story if you really wanted to)

  33. Perhaps you should name it the House of Hounds Pub….I’m sure you get the House part…the Hounds just “HOWL” at the arrival of pubites!

  34. Joe Pizzo says:

    Name of the bar – Friends and Neighbars

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  36. How about “The Doc”? As in the docks lining the majestic Maine seashore or, as in the place where people with broken hearts go to get advice or forget their troubles (Dr.’s orders).

  37. idiotprufs says:

    The Dead Lobster.

  38. Jessica says:

    Blackwood Bar and Grille.

    I always imagined Maine to be full of classy hole-in-the-wall type places. (I’ve never actually been there myself.) It gets its name from the dark, nearly black wood that makes up the bartop, liquor shelves, and tables. The place was nearly burned down in 1987, making some of the well-worn wood on the outer walls black with ash. They left it that way because the owner said it “added character” to it.

  39. quiall says:

    The Broken Anchor

    Five shots of rum
    at the end of the bar
    four for the men
    whose deaths left a scar

    a face in the window
    forlorn with despair
    the dead on his hands
    his gaze now beware

    A storm drives the rain
    the fog cloaks his sin
    that night in the past
    him of reeking of gin

    the anchor they trusted
    so safe in a bay
    with Cecil on watch
    with the fog and the spray

    But a man who is drunk
    May soon fall asleep
    the waves of the storm
    overboard they did sweep

    So Cecil survived
    to remember that night
    the bodies ne’er found
    the sea holds them tight

    In memory of the lost
    each night in a shot
    are measures of rum
    the ghosts drink them naught

    a fifth spirit walks
    the wind and the rain
    look carefully in the dark
    you may see his pain

    he peers in the window
    through the dark and the mist
    longing for his shipmates
    from that long-ago tryst

    • Austin says:

      Goodness, that’s quite impressive. Thank you. I’m having a rough day and that made me feel a little better…

      • quiall says:

        I must thank you for getting me started on this. I’ve had fun. Last one I promise.
        Five Shots for The Broken Anchor

        Andrew heaved a sigh of relief. It had been a busy night but now the bar was empty and he was looking forward to cashing out and going home. Not bad for a summer gig but it was exhausting work. As he turned around to polish down the bar one more time he noticed a man sitting at the end.
        “Hey man I didn’t see you sitting there, sorry about that. What can I get you?” Andrew looked expectantly at the man and wondered if he’d seen him somewhere before. He looked familiar.
        The party in question raised his head slightly and quietly said “beer, whatever you got on tap”.
        Andrew hurried to comply. The sooner this guy drank up his beer the sooner Andrew could get out of here. As the bartender turned back to his patron he noticed the man looking at the five shots of rum that were always kept at the end of the bar.
        Ever a friendly sort Andrew proceeded to explain. “There’s a cool story about those shots of rum. The original owner of the bar and his four shipmates went down at sea in a storm. These are to honour them. Cool story don’t you think?” Andrew expected this patron to react the way everyone else did: to smile and then to go on to talk about something else. No one likes to talk about death too often it’s, well, depressing.
        “It was’na cool, it was cold. Bitterly cold. You have’na got the story right.” The person speaking barely raised his head and he spoke so quietly that Andrew had to stop what he was doing and pay attention.
        “Only four died that night on the Cecil B. Tonight. 100 years ago tonight there was a storm. They thought they were safe. They anchored in a small bay and left one on watch to make sure everything was okay. Everything wasn’t okay. It was cold. Just one quick little sip of gin would warm you up. Problem is one little sip ended up becoming a whole bottle. It was a bugger of storm. But sailors are used to sleeping when the boat rolls. They count on their shipmate on watch to let them know if there’s any danger. But he fell asleep. Too much grog. When the big wave hit he got tossed into the drink. Saved his life. Shipmates were asleep below deck. The sea took ‘em. The sea doesn’t give back what she takes. She’s a jealous mistress.”
        Andrew was stunned. “How do you know this? How do you know what happened? And what happened to the fifth guy that went overboard?”
        The man looked up and Andrew could see his face and realized that he was an old man. He looked broken and sad. Andrew looked a little more closely and realized where he’d seen his face before. He took a step back and watched.
        “Insurance money paid for this bar and its name tells the story of what happened that night: The Broken Anchor. One man survived that night and lived with the guilt of what he had done. He lived and for the next 40 years made a toast to his four shipmates every night with four tots of rum. Their ghosts can’t drink them but everybody should know how they died.”
        “Cecil. His name was Cecil. I remember now. He was buried at sea. When he died he asked that the name of the bar never be changed and a measure of rum be added to the others so that there are now five. I love the history of the area and that is definitely one for the books. Man that is so cool! You must be a relative, you look just like the picture in the office. ” Andrew was excited and turned away to grab a pen and a piece paper to write down this new-found knowledge. When he turned back the party he had been speaking to was gone. There was water pooling on the stool and the floor. There was another damp spot on the bar along with a piece of seaweed and an empty shot glass.
        At first he was confused thinking he’d imagined all of this but when he looked to the end of the bar the remaining four shots of rum were also gone, emptied. A chill went up Andrew’s back and for the first time in a very long time he grew afraid of the dark.
        At that precise moment he heard the local church bell ring 2 o’clock am. Gusts of wind rattled the panes of glass in the front window and Andrew for just a moment was sure he heard several men singing. He couldn’t quite make out the words but was pretty sure he heard the name Cecil B.

      • Austin says:

        Wow. Thanks!

  40. mcsmith187 says:

    Stumble Inn. I remember a place named that in Nevada. The door on the inside said Stumble Out as you were leaving.

  41. Finicky Finnigans was the first idea that popped in my head. It just sounded like a bar name! And there is usually that friend that is more negative than you, but you enjoy hanging with them, so being finicky isn’t always bad, in a friend context.
    Taphole – because Maine produces syrup, and beer is on tap. 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity! I tweeted it!

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