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“The Commuter Pod” Cartoon Write the Next Webisode Contest - Storyline Submission Guidelines
 
  1. In order for a storyline submission to be considered complete and eligible for winning “The Commuter Pod” Cartoon Write the Next Webisode Contest, the storyline submission must contain all of the following elements.
    1. An online uploaded storyline submission of text following the style of “The Commuter Pod” sample storyline script. The storyline should be written in a manner that when the animated content is actually produced into an animated webisode it will take 30 seconds to view.
    2. Fill in your name, address, phone and email in the spaces provided on the storyline submission form. Entries that do not include your name and if applicable the name of the other member of your writing team will not be considered.
    3. Read the Storyline Submission Release Agreement. Participants are required to print out the Storyline Submission Release Agreement, read it carefully, sign it and fill out the spaces on the signature page and then either scan it and email it to Mentor@StartupTime.com or fax to the Contest at 310/388-1418. Entries that have not faxed or e-mailed a signed Storyline Submission Release Agreement will not be considered for the Contest.
 
  1. “The Commuter Pod” Cartoon Write the Next Webisode Contest storyline submission must contain all the current characters and transportation vehicles that currently exist for “The Commuter Pod.”

    “The Commuter Pod” has existing characters that you are required to write about. These characters are Winston, Bellalina, Professor, CEO, Boss, Security Guard, and Trucker. There are also two transportation vehicles to feature: the Commuter Pod and the Oil & Ga$ Truck. These characters and vehicles are featured in the pilot webisode of “The Commuter Pod.”

 
  1. Mentorography, Inc. owns the rights to the submitted storyline from the participants of the Contest.

    Please read the Rules and the Storyline Submission Release Agreement carefully; the ownership terms are included therein. The rights in your submission must remain with the Sponsor because the characters used in your submission are the property of the Sponsor.

 
  1. The person who is selected to write the next webisode of “The Commuter Pod” will be announced after the submission deadline.
    1. The Deadline for submitting entries is midnight PST on Thursday, August 9, 2007.
    2. On Saturday, August 15, 2007 the winner will be notified via the telephone number provided in his or her entry or on a date thereafter once the selection procedures have been entirely satisfied.
    3. On Saturday, September 15, 2007 the selected Storyline Submission will be announced at www.StartupTime.com. The name of the winner or two winner team can be obtained by postal mailing a self-addressed first class 41 cent stamped envelope to: Mentorography, Inc., 409 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite 352, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
 
  1. “The Commuter Pod” storyline submissions will be selected by the following judges utilizing the following judging process and criteria.

    The judges are members of the Mentorography, Inc. Board of Directors and Guy Kawasaki, the author of The Art of the Start and managing director of Garage Technology Ventures. He is also the co-founder of Truemors, a website that enables people to post news, rumors, and stories in order to "tell the world." Another judge for the contest is Michael Bellavia the managing director of Animax Entertainment which is the inaugural Broadband Emmy Award winning studio that produces character driven content for all screens. Animax Entertainment produced the first webisode of “The Commuter Pod” and will be producing the winning entry. Accomplished actress Mariel Hemingway is a special guest judge of the contest and she is the author of Healthy Living from the Inside Out: Every Woman’s Guide to Real Beauty, Renewed Energy, and a Radiant Life and Finding My Balance.

    1. A three step judging process will take place to select the winning storyline submission.
    2. In Round 1 of judging, Molly Lavik, Co-creator of “The Commuter Pod.”, and Hans Lavik, both Co-owners of Mentorography, Inc. will review all entries for compliance with the Rules and will select up to ten finalists. The storylines will be judged on the following skill-based criteria and will be assigned points based upon the following criteria:
      1. How inspiring the storyline is for motivating young adults to be socially responsible.
      2. How well the entire current cast of characters of “The Commuter Pod” are utilized. Please note that when visitors to www.StartupTime.com click on the main red tab that says “Meet the Cast” site visitors can view all the cartoon characters that should be used in the entry.
      3. How well the storyline communicates the story in 30-seconds.
      4. How compelling of a cliff hanger of intrigue the storyline communicates.

        The top ten scoring submissions will go on to round 2. In the event that the tenth and any following submissions score an equal score, the Round 1 judges will rank such scoring submissions in the order of most comprehensible and greatest suspense leading into the next webisode as well as relevancy to the series’ environmentally friendly message.

      In Round 2 of the judging, up to ten finalists are ranked from 1 to 10 with 10 representing the best entry and 1 representing the entry that scored the fewest points toward being the best entry. The judges for Round 2 are Sarah Wauters, producer, entrepreneur, photographer and attorney; Jeff Gaul, Financial Consultant, Jeff Rozic, Co-creator, “The Commuter Pod” and Guy Kawasaki, the author of The Art of the Start and managing director of Garage Technology Ventures. He is also the co-founder of Truemors, a website that enables people to post news, rumors, and stories in order to "tell the world." Another judge for Round 2 of the contest is Michael Bellavia the managing director of Animax Entertainment which is the inaugural Broadband Emmy Award winning studio that produces character driven content for all screens. Animax Entertainment produced the first webisode of “The Commuter Pod” and will be producing the winning entry. Accomplished actress Mariel Hemingway is a special guest judge for Round 2 of the contest and she is the author of Healthy Living from the Inside Out: Every Woman’s Guide to Real Beauty, Renewed Energy, and a Radiant Life and Finding My Balance.

    1. The criteria for judging for round 2 are as follows:
      1. Written in a manner that would be appealing to Generation Y
      2. Written in a manner that is compelling toward coming up with an alternative energy solution.

    In the event of a tie breaker among three or more finalists during Round 2, the tie breaker will be broken by asking the judges from Round 1 to also vote on the finalists involved in the tie breaker by additionally considering which of the finalists involved in the tie they feel have best written their storyline submissions for the next webisode of “The Commuter Pod.”

    1. Round 3 of the judging occurs when Molly Lavik and Hans Lavik review the 2 finalists and select the winning entry. The criteria for judging the Round 3 of the 2 finalists will consist of analyzing:
      1. Which entry is the best written
      2. Which entry evokes the most inspirational message
      3. Which entry is written in the best way for inspiring the invention of a better world today!

    In the event of a tie breaker the 6 judges from Round 2 will be asked to also judge the 2 finalists based on the Round 3 criteria listed above.

    The selected final entry will be notified via the phone that they are the selected finalist. Upon the selected finalist providing notarized identification that they are 18 years of age or older and a resident of one of the United States or District of Columbia that selected finalist becomes eligible to become the winner. In the event that the selected finalist is not able to produce a notarized document then the runner up will be selected as the winner.

    Additionally, the selected finalist is not the winner until they sign the writing contract. Once the selected finalist(s) signs the writing contract the selected finalist(s) will become the winner.

 
  1. The prize for the Contest as well as the value of the prize is as follows:
    1. The winning entry for the Contest will receive a contract for $1,000 for their signature to officially write the next webisode for “The Commuter Pod” and their profile featured on StartupTime.com along with some additional publicity that includes the announcement of the winner featured in a press release that is distributed via a wire service and prominent mention of the winner on the StartupTime.com website. The person who writes the selected storyline will also be sharing a story that has the potential to help Invent a Better World Today! The retail value of the prize is estimated at:
 
    Cash Prize:   $1,000-paid to the winner
    Cost of Press Release Distribution valued at:   $   400-spent to promote the winner
    Cost for website developer publicizing the winner valued at:   $   200-spent to publicize the winner
    Cost of making the winner’s script into the next webisode:   $1,000-spent to pay animation studio
    Total value: *$2,600 overall value
 
    *The $2600 overall value of the prize represents $1,000 of this prize is paid in cash to the winner or divided into equal payments with the sum total overall being $1,000 paid out to all the members of the winning team while the remaining $1600 is spent on publicizing the winner and producing the winner’s submitted storyline into the next webisode of “The Commuter Pod.”
 
  1. An affidavit of eligibility is required of the identified winner.
    1. Until the winner(s) has notarized that they are in fact who they claim they are on the entry and have this notarized that they reside in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, that they are at least 18 years old and they sign and have also notarized the writing contract for writing the next webisode of “The Commuter Pod” they are not the official winner. Once the selected finalist completes the affidavit of eligibility and signs the writing contract the selected finalist will become the winner.