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Topic: Screenplay Challenge
Posted By: AbbawithanI
Subject: Screenplay Challenge
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2016 at 3:25pm
Hey all! Just saw they put up the call for the longer-form Screenwriting Challenge. Anybody here planning on doing that one?

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Posted By: tcFlash
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2016 at 4:25am
I want to try it, but I have no idea how to write a screenplay.  I'd have to do some research and practice between now and then.  

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Posted By: Kellie214
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2016 at 11:25am
Since I missed the short screenplay, I'll be doing this contest.

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Posted By: DBA Lehane
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2016 at 9:52am
I think I'll be in...

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Posted By: DunnEllis
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2016 at 10:09am
I'm in. Looking forward to the challenge. 

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Posted By: StephwithanF
Date Posted: 23 Mar 2016 at 9:24am
I signed up.  It gets me out of my box and writing.




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Posted By: KittNiss
Date Posted: 24 Mar 2016 at 5:32am
I'm in, but I will have to learn as I go. A couple of weeks of research at least. I had such a good time with the short story comp & very proud to have received an honorable mention with my first effort. 

Very bad at sharing things though - not being precious, just inept.

Screenplay writing is a different thing altogether. Good luck fellow writers :) 


Posted By: Reez
Date Posted: 24 Mar 2016 at 8:28am
I'm in and looking forward to it!

For anyone crossing over from short story for the first time, couple of things to consider:

1. Format, it's a bigger deal this side and can affect the score. Check out some of the past entries here. Some have it down to perfection. There are lots of formatting programmes out there, from professional ones like final draft to freebies, or you can apply margins and tabs to word, just check them before submission. Mine have blown and created craters with words strewn across pages!

2. The old adage: show don't tell. This got me in reverse on the short story side. For me the difference could be how to explain what you see to someone with their eyes closed, and try doing this objectively. Get out of the script and let the characters speak for themselves. I let my characters speak too much for themselves in short story which, without the grounding of time and space from the slug lines left a few people scratching their heads. Funnily enough, the scriptwriters got it! Lol!

I love the immediacy of scriptwriting and how you're right in there. Oh, 3rd point - start as Late as possible! Always go into a scene at the latest possible moment - no catching a bus to the location and thinking along the way...

Great screenplays to read: Rosemary's Baby, Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, Chinatown, Kind Hearts and Coronets, When Harry met Sally....

I'm sure there's loads to add. Feel free to jump in.




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Posted By: lucent
Date Posted: 24 Mar 2016 at 12:47pm
Originally posted by tcFlash tcFlash wrote:

I want to try it, but I have no idea how to write a screenplay.  I'd have to do some research and practice between now and then.  


tcFlash,

You don't need to practice or research before the competition. I mean, you can do that if you want, but I found that I was able to learn the basics on how to write a screenplay during the week of the first round of this particular competition last year just through googling the things I didn't know as they came up for me while writing and combing through the forum, reading Q and As and looking at others scripts to get an idea of format. Just saying, don't let your lack of knowledge now prevent you from signing up... it's better to jump in and figure it out than wait for the time to read a book about screenwriting!



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Posted By: Victoria Ellis Nye
Date Posted: 25 Mar 2016 at 5:26pm
I stopped registration for it because it said it was giving me a ticket for the short story competition, despite having clicked the screenplay selection.

Thoughts?


Posted By: BlackGate
Date Posted: 25 Mar 2016 at 8:32pm
I'm in.

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Posted By: Scarlet Screenwriter
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2016 at 8:03am
Originally posted by tcFlash tcFlash wrote:

I want to try it, but I have no idea how to write a screenplay.  I'd have to do some research and practice between now and then.  


Oh, Come on, Top Cat ... Ask Mr Google!  "How to write a screenplay"  I'm not kidding.  I can give you some simple rules  ... just enter NOW ... isn't the deadline tomorrow?

1.  Make sure you get the format right ... look at some examples of other screenplays here

2.  Go to The Internet Movie Script Database ... www.imsdb.com ... download and read a couple of screenplays on your computer for movies you've seen ... learn by osmosis

3.  Make your dialogue believable ... the way people talk ... not grammatically correct.  Read it out loud.

4.  No exposition ... only write what the audience can see or hear ... including in action print.

5.  Don't write camera directions or build big sets ... let the director and producer do their jobs.

6.  Keep it simple.  Start a scene with the Heading ... INT or EXT, where, time of day   ... then the first line of action ... The Slug Line" ... sets the scene.  Action should be sparse ... dialogue should be short and sweet ... in other words, be economical and effective

7.  Just write down the movie playing in your head!   You're using the same writing muscles, just different format ...

I'm happy to be a beta reader and a bit of a coach, especially if I'm not in your group ... send me a private message.  You're welcome to read any of my old screenplays here ... there are a few scattered around ... or I can email some ... and you can ask me anything you want. 








Posted By: Scarlet Screenwriter
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2016 at 8:08am
Originally posted by DBA Lehane DBA Lehane wrote:

I think I'll be in...


I guess we're putting the old band back together again ... Darren, Blackgate, Stef ... Though the comps are getting so crowded, I can't seem to get out of the gate ... beyond round one ... but I wouldn't miss it for quids ...







Posted By: BlackGate
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2016 at 2:19pm
Originally posted by Scarlet Screenwriter Scarlet Screenwriter wrote:

Originally posted by DBA Lehane DBA Lehane wrote:

I think I'll be in...


I guess we're putting the old band back together again ... Darren, Blackgate, Stef ... Though the comps are getting so crowded, I can't seem to get out of the gate ... beyond round one ... but I wouldn't miss it for quids ...


Let the fun commence! Good tips for new screenwriters above by the way Scarlet.


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Posted By: ykchris
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2016 at 8:24pm
I just registered for the upcoming screenplay contest.

Quick question: are the screenplays for the past contests (esp. the winning ones) all available to read somewhere?

thanks!


Posted By: DunnEllis
Date Posted: 21 Apr 2016 at 11:50am
You should be able to find some in the in 2015 review forum at the top of the page. 

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Posted By: StephwithanF
Date Posted: 25 Apr 2016 at 12:24pm
They actually posted the winning screenplays from last year.  

http://nycmidnight.us8.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=075fdfe03c8d1b8262cc91a99&id=00f3ce7dc6&e=94bf47d6a6

If that didn't work, check your email.  I just read all of his entries today.


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Posted By: steph9289
Date Posted: 26 Apr 2016 at 11:11am
I loved his last entry! :P

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Posted By: Mocambo
Date Posted: 27 Apr 2016 at 1:10am
First screenplay challenge, and I'm very excited. How many have you all done before this one?

-Tams


Posted By: Scarlet Screenwriter
Date Posted: 27 Apr 2016 at 7:42am
Originally posted by ykchris ykchris wrote:

Quick question: are the screenplays for the past contests (esp. the winning ones) all available to read somewhere?


If you go to the GENERAL DISCUSSION page ... Review Archive ... all of the entries for years are linked there ...










Posted By: PsychoKing1227
Date Posted: 28 Apr 2016 at 2:33am
Returning for my second year (got to round 3 in 2014).  Looking forward to conversing and competing with other great writers and thinkers. I always post my screenplays and always look for feedback from anyone who wants to lend an eye and constructive voice.  I'll do the same if anyone likes the thrill of critical responses.  Good luck, everyone!  Let's make some great stories this year!

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Posted By: paulene.turner
Date Posted: 28 Apr 2016 at 4:48am
Thanks for those pointers Reez.  I'm looking forward to it..I think.


Posted By: plkphoto
Date Posted: 28 Apr 2016 at 5:14am
I'm in… first time attempting a screenplay… should be interesting! Tongue

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Posted By: DBA Lehane
Date Posted: 28 Apr 2016 at 12:00pm
I'm in...

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Posted By: graymerc
Date Posted: 28 Apr 2016 at 2:44pm
After a couple years off, I figure I'll dust off the gloves. Let's get in the ring and bang. (wait that's weird) Let's write hard. Good luck everyone. 

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Posted By: pgamble
Date Posted: 29 Apr 2016 at 12:12am
This is my first year atempting the challenge.  Just getting used to this wacky web site.

Good luck everyone.


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Posted By: Reez
Date Posted: 29 Apr 2016 at 4:00am
Originally posted by paulene.turner paulene.turner wrote:


Thanks for those pointers Reez.  I'm looking forward to it..I think.


You're very welcome Pauline! It should be a blast. Can't wait to get the prompts, I'll be getting them at 5am tomorrow, so I'll set the alarm, take a look and then turn over and mull over them for a couple of hours in my sleep! Lol!

Completely forgot that we have the luxury of a whole 8 days for round 1, so lots of time to sink the teeth in!

Hope you enjoy, if you need a beta to give it a once over feel free to pm me.


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Posted By: paulene.turner
Date Posted: 29 Apr 2016 at 4:04am
Many thanks Reez.  I might take u up on that!  Good luck.  


Posted By: DunnEllis
Date Posted: 29 Apr 2016 at 9:08am
I definitely thought we got the prompts at midnight LAST night, and when I randomly woke up at 3:30 I scrambled to check my email. Whoops. 

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Posted By: Scarlet Screenwriter
Date Posted: 29 Apr 2016 at 8:36pm
Originally posted by DunnEllis DunnEllis wrote:

I definitely thought we got the prompts at midnight LAST night, and when I randomly woke up at 3:30 I scrambled to check my email. Whoops. 


Try living on the other side of the world and tomorrow ... West of the International Date Line ... For me, they come out on Saturday afternoon ... However, deadline is in the afternoon, too, so no losing sleep. 







Posted By: plkphoto
Date Posted: 29 Apr 2016 at 8:44pm
Originally posted by Scarlet Screenwriter Scarlet Screenwriter wrote:

Originally posted by DunnEllis DunnEllis wrote:

I definitely thought we got the prompts at midnight LAST night, and when I randomly woke up at 3:30 I scrambled to check my email. Whoops. 


Try living on the other side of the world and tomorrow ... West of the International Date Line ... For me, they come out on Saturday afternoon ... However, deadline is in the afternoon, too, so no losing sleep. 


Yep… one of the few times I actually enjoy the time shift… NYCM contests. Hard to coordinate times to talk to friends/family living in the US though. 


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Posted By: poetryandhums
Date Posted: 29 Apr 2016 at 11:35pm
I'm trying my hand at this! I figured I might as well join the forum while I impatiently waited for the assignments to go out... Smile

Very excited, though a little apprehensive based on some of what I've read in the forum re: previous rounds. Also having trouble getting a grasp on how many people sign up, and what percentage moves from one round to the next. 

Mostly, though, I'm excited about the prompts and hoping it'll change up my writing flow for a week or two. 


Posted By: steph9289
Date Posted: 29 Apr 2016 at 11:37pm
You will be able to see how many people signed up as soon as they post the prompts (in about 25 minutes)! And the top 5 from each heat will go through to round 2! Good luck!

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Posted By: poetryandhums
Date Posted: 29 Apr 2016 at 11:40pm
Originally posted by steph9289 steph9289 wrote:

You will be able to see how many people signed up as soon as they post the prompts (in about 25 minutes)! And the top 5 from each heat will go through to round 2! Good luck!

Thanks!! You too (provided my blatant assumption that you're participating is correct)! I'm definitely looking forward to this, I've had my eye on the competition for a while but this is the first time I'm actually even attempting to participate. 


Posted By: paulene.turner
Date Posted: 29 Apr 2016 at 11:49pm
Indeed Scarlet.  Good to meet another Aussie competitor.  Good luck today.  Very excited.  And the Saturday afternoon prompts are good timing.  What are you hoping for in the prompts?  Any faves?



Posted By: Maiasatara
Date Posted: 30 Apr 2016 at 12:16am
12:16am EST and no prompts. No email. Obsessive reloading of page.


Posted By: Mocambo
Date Posted: 30 Apr 2016 at 12:18am
It posted: http://www.nycmidnight.com/Competitions/SC/1st%20Round/1stRound.htm


Posted By: Scarlet Screenwriter
Date Posted: 30 Apr 2016 at 12:18am


2.15pm Saturday in Melbourne ... got them ... and there are approximately 1100 entrants ... I forgot ... daylight savings ... 2 hours earlier here ...















Posted By: Scarlet Screenwriter
Date Posted: 30 Apr 2016 at 3:06am
Originally posted by paulene.turner paulene.turner wrote:

Indeed Scarlet.  Good to meet another Aussie competitor.  Good luck today.  Very excited.  And the Saturday afternoon prompts are good timing.  What are you hoping for in the prompts?  Any faves?


Young Pauline ...  When I started here in Oct 2010, there were maybe one or two Australians ... now they're everywhere!  Just because you're a New South Welsh-person, I won't hold it against you.  As a Victorian, you are my natural enemy! 

I do both short story and screenplay ... having started in screenplay, my traditional medium.  I think I have gone about 30-odd rounds ... it's quite a body of work ...

I have had just about all of the genres and sub genres ... I like political satire, science fiction, romantic comedy and historical fiction ... drama is just too broad ...  I got mystery this time, but I may spin a bit of sci-fi through it ... I tend to be a bit of a genre bender.

I once got Romantic Comedy three rounds in a row!  I notice last rounds winner got Mystery twice and then Open ...

I hope you enjoy yourself.  Don't take it too seriously.  It can be a lot of fun.

Cheers, Scarlet (Randall)









Posted By: KittNiss
Date Posted: 30 Apr 2016 at 4:21am
YAHOO!! and we're off!!!
First time screenplay. Happy with my lot - Heat 39 Genre Ghost Story, Subject Horoscope Character Kidnapper

Somewhat amazed that I get Hosorscope in this; I was in the short story comp Heat 42, Mystery, horoscope, birdwatcher.

Pretty  happy. trying hard to think. So glad being in Australia I get this about 2pm & not midnight - I'd not sleep!! Not that I count on it too much anyway.

Good luck folks!! Away we go!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted By: Emmageek
Date Posted: 30 Apr 2016 at 2:24pm
Nice to see you back Scarlet!  Got Fairy Tales this time around, social media, and barber lol!  This should be fun!

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Posted By: Scarlet Screenwriter
Date Posted: 30 Apr 2016 at 3:33pm
Originally posted by Emmageek Emmageek wrote:

Nice to see you back Scarlet!  Got Fairy Tales this time around, social media, and barber lol!  This should be fun!


Swap you ... Mystery, near-death experience, a long-distance swimmer ... a challenge ...







Posted By: Emmageek
Date Posted: 30 Apr 2016 at 4:12pm
Deal lol!! I already have an idea for yours lol

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Posted By: WD_Stevens
Date Posted: 30 Apr 2016 at 10:42pm
I think everyone else's seems easier than the one you've got. I know I was stumped when I got mine - Crime Caper/Tax Evasion/Gravedigger. I just hope the one I'm doing isn't the really obvious one that everyone will do.

As part of the Australian Invasion, I'm actually more worried about American judges being caught off guard by Aussie dialogue. Maybe we should have a translation option!


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Posted By: paulene.turner
Date Posted: 01 May 2016 at 1:16am
Thanks Scarlett.  Yes, I'm looking forward to it.  It's good to have a deadline, and some prompts to get you thinking outside your own limitations.  Good luck with yours.  I got Drama, Falling Out of Love, An ex-inmate.  Which is not too bad - though drama is not my natural genre.  I tend to fall back on humour to take the edge off drama.  

Enjoy, and keep building that body of work.  It's a good and fun way to do it, without some buddies to share the experience. Even if they are from Victoria!  

Cheers Paulene

P.S. U might beat me in writing, but it's hard to beat Sydney's weather today.  26 degrees at the end of April, and I've just been for a walk around a beautiful bay!  Ha!



Posted By: paulene.turner
Date Posted: 01 May 2016 at 1:18am
Sorry, that should read WITH buddies to share it with.  


Posted By: WD_Stevens
Date Posted: 01 May 2016 at 2:21am
Ah, the eternal Melbourne v Sydney feud. Love it. We had rather a warm day yesterday in Melbourne. Not unduly hot but I was with a film crew and we had to keep the doors closed and the fans off inside for sound. Between takes we were all stepping outside for moving air. Today's much more my cup of tea - cold and windy. Perfect for under a blanket on the couch doing some writing.

I'm new to this comp, by the way. It came across my radar the day applications closed but it's already shaping up to be a fun experience and good to have some Aussie allies (even if they are in Sydney Wink)


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Posted By: paulene.turner
Date Posted: 01 May 2016 at 2:43am
Good luck with the prompts WD.  they're hard ones.  But there really is nothing I like better than a good crime caper film. So look forward to reading it.  (even if u come from down below!)  cheers paulene T



Posted By: Scarlet Screenwriter
Date Posted: 01 May 2016 at 6:19am
Originally posted by Emmageek Emmageek wrote:

Deal lol!! I already have an idea for yours lol


I've already written yours! 

No, sorry, I've loaded mine in the compost tumbler of my mind and I'll just churn until Friday and then write it out in a continuous stream ... that's my process. 

Done the title and log line already, which I tape to the top of the iMac screen (over the camera!) to make sure it applies to every line I write ... something an old mentor suggested ... or maybe it was William Goldman ... whatever, it works! 











Posted By: Scarlet Screenwriter
Date Posted: 01 May 2016 at 6:33am
Originally posted by paulene.turner paulene.turner wrote:

Sorry, that should read WITH buddies to share it with.  


Hey, newbie ... You know you can edit your own posts ... it's up under POST OPTIONS ...

It's called CLIMATE CHANGE, not Sydney!  ... like they say, "If you don't like the weather in Melbourne, wait a minute!"

We've had more than our fair share of rain the past couple of days ... I was up in Ararat having a totally strange experience ... visiting someone in jail!  Photo ID, eye scan, fingerprint scan ... then you have to repeat it every door you go in and out of ... and kill zones!  I've been to the Christmas Island Detention Centre ... similar thing ... It'll be good research one day ...

Young WD ... welcome ... this comp is a drug for writers ... story or screenplay ... I do both ... like going to a creative gym once every couple of months.  This is my 5th or 6th year ... you can ask me questions here or Private Message ... Us Victorians have to stick together ... unlike the rabble from up north ... I think they even allow Banana-benders in this comp! 









Posted By: WD_Stevens
Date Posted: 01 May 2016 at 9:17am
Ha! I'm loving the Aussie camaraderie here. We do have a tendency to take over a discussion. That's one of the reasons (to bring it back to writing - note to self: stop rambling) I love writing the Australian voice - there is such a spirit of mateship in the way we talk even if we're blatantly insulting each other. I do wonder of other nationalities pick it up in the written form or just think we're horrible people who hate everyone else.

I'm looking forward to doing it again if I like the experience (it's looking good so far). I cannot do prose, though. I've tried and it's fun but it just always reads like description rather than evoking emotion. My strength has always been dialogue so most of my scripts tend to feature conversation and characters. In fact, I've already written a first draft of this one. I don't know why but I seem to write very quickly and I'm always questioning if that's good or bad so I'd really welcome some thoughts on that once we get to the feedback stage in a week or so. What I think I'm going to do is really stare at it tomorrow and delve a little deeper - try and come up with a completely different story. Who knows? Could be streets ahead of this one.

Okay, stop rambling now.


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Posted By: paulene.turner
Date Posted: 01 May 2016 at 6:50pm
Scarlet - that all sounds like good research for my prompt.  An ex-inmate.  And WD, well done for getting a draft so early.  It does sound like a good length of time to write 12 pages, but that could be a trap.  Especially for someone like me - who's indecisive.  I usually have a few ideas and have to choose one.  But I constantly wonder whether the one I didn't choose was the better one, I should have chosen.  I'll probably write more than one script - if I get enough ideas.  But that might not be the way to go - it might tend to make them all a bit unpolished and shallow.  Perhaps staring at it, digging down, is the best way to approach it.  I guess we'll know more at the end of the first round.  Unless you experienced writers have some opinion on this.  Cheers Paulene T
P.S. If you we're horrible Aussies to each other, we're just teasing.  But just to say - we've got another blue sky day here in Sydney.  Just saying!  You Vic people don't need to go and get all competitive about it! 


Posted By: plkphoto
Date Posted: 01 May 2016 at 8:56pm
Hmmm… well it's raining in Alice today… which is good. Much better than my prompts in fact.

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A Drug Test Stern Smile
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Posted By: paulene.turner
Date Posted: 02 May 2016 at 12:17am
A complete Aussie invasion.  Looks like u have done this challenge before.  And you made the final?  How many years have you done it?  And Alice cd probably use the rain.  Is it hot there at the moment?  Cheers Paulene T


Posted By: plkphoto
Date Posted: 02 May 2016 at 12:30am
Originally posted by paulene.turner paulene.turner wrote:

A complete Aussie invasion.  Looks like u have done this challenge before.  And you made the final?  How many years have you done it?  And Alice cd probably use the rain.  Is it hot there at the moment?  Cheers Paulene T

Not exactly… the links in my signature are from the Flash Fiction Challenge -- where I made it to the semi-finals but not the finals. Never done a screenplay before, so it should be interesting. Wink

But, yes, we'll definitely enjoy the rain here. Tongue


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Posted By: WD_Stevens
Date Posted: 02 May 2016 at 3:56am
Originally posted by plkphoto plkphoto wrote:

Hmmm… well it's raining in Alice today… which is good. Much better than my prompts in fact.

Group 14: 
Political Satire Cry
A Drug Test Stern Smile
A Librarian Ouch

Ooh, that's a tough prompt. I'm hoping I'll get a chance to read some of the other entries from my group at least. There's bound to be a plethora of other takes on them that I couldn't have even imagined.


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Posted By: poetryandhums
Date Posted: 02 May 2016 at 12:03pm
Originally posted by plkphoto plkphoto wrote:

Hmmm… well it's raining in Alice today… which is good. Much better than my prompts in fact.

Group 14: 
Political Satire Cry
A Drug Test Stern Smile
A Librarian Ouch


Oh man I'd switch with you in a heartbeat! I'm actually an in-the-flesh full time library assistant so that screams possibilities at me. (So if you want to "fact check" anything, let me know...though of course every library/librarian is different.) Though I don't think I'd wish my prompt on anyone - 

Fantasy
Homeschooling
A Pilot

All I can think of are things that feel way too obvious so I've just sort of been throwing words on the page and hoping I'll develop it into a moment of clarity. That's how I usually approach my playwriting but I don't usually have such a tight time frame to work with!! Ermm


Posted By: KittNiss
Date Posted: 02 May 2016 at 5:10pm
Oh wow, some of you guys got really difficult prompts!!
Well, another sunny day here in Katoomba but it's cold. Hanging around the 16C deg mark. Nice & autumnal though.
Well I got my first draft done of my first ever screenplay. 
Now I just need to work out formatting (I used Celtx) and all that stuff is right.

fyi Heat 39, Ghost Story, Kidnapper, Horoscope.

I did the short story challenge for the first time this year too, & got horoscope for that one as well. Are the fates trying to tell me something? 
Good luck fellow Aussies; maybe we should start a club or something.
Good luck fellow newbies too. Fun, isn't it?


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Posted By: Robert Wood
Date Posted: 02 May 2016 at 6:37pm
I'm another newbie to this challenge, and am in Heat 32:

Romantic Comedy
A paternity test
A receptionist

Interesting to see different peoples approaches to the process - some have first drafts done already, while I spent the first couple of days just letting those assigned elements percolate in my brain and this morning I developed my storyline, which I hope is going to be fairly unique. Tomorrow I begin the screenplay itself!

Good luck to all, and I look forward to following the posts on here Smile


Posted By: PsychoKing1227
Date Posted: 02 May 2016 at 6:47pm
So, I need some validation guys.  I received the prompt:

Ghost Story
Running out of gas
a Mayor

I really like my story, and its supernatural in content, but there aren't any ghosts.  Just a poll, who thinks a ghost story is just about ghosts?  Or, who thinks that a ghost story can be justified colloquially as a scary, supernatural story?  

Thoughts? - Be honest :)


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Posted By: paulene.turner
Date Posted: 02 May 2016 at 8:05pm
For me, supernatural equals ghosts.  What have you got, if not ghosts?  The implication of ghosts?  Spectres?  But I'm no expert on horror.  Perhaps some others will be.  
Have you sent a question to feedback@nycmidnight (check that email).  If not, you should ask. They may help with that.  But it will probably come down to the individual judge's interpretation.  And then swing back to your opinion. 
Cheers Paulene T


Posted By: plkphoto
Date Posted: 02 May 2016 at 8:40pm
Originally posted by poetryandhums poetryandhums wrote:

Originally posted by plkphoto plkphoto wrote:

Hmmm… well it's raining in Alice today… which is good. Much better than my prompts in fact.

Group 14: 
Political Satire Cry
A Drug Test Stern Smile
A Librarian Ouch


Oh man I'd switch with you in a heartbeat! I'm actually an in-the-flesh full time library assistant so that screams possibilities at me. (So if you want to "fact check" anything, let me know...though of course every library/librarian is different.) Though I don't think I'd wish my prompt on anyone - 

Fantasy
Homeschooling
A Pilot

All I can think of are things that feel way too obvious so I've just sort of been throwing words on the page and hoping I'll develop it into a moment of clarity. That's how I usually approach my playwriting but I don't usually have such a tight time frame to work with!! Ermm

I'm trying to put a weird twist on my librarian, so actual facts might get in the way… Tongue But thank you for the offer. It's not so much the librarian that worries me, though… It's the Political Satire bit. Ouch

And, you know, throwing a librarian and a drug test in for good measure. Confused

I love fantasy, but that's an odd combination of prompts… 


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Posted By: plkphoto
Date Posted: 02 May 2016 at 8:45pm
Originally posted by PsychoKing1227 PsychoKing1227 wrote:

So, I need some validation guys.  I received the prompt:

Ghost Story
Running out of gas
a Mayor

I really like my story, and its supernatural in content, but there aren't any ghosts.  Just a poll, who thinks a ghost story is just about ghosts?  Or, who thinks that a ghost story can be justified colloquially as a scary, supernatural story?  

Thoughts? - Be honest :)

Well according to http://www.nycmidnight.com/genres.htm" rel="nofollow - NYCM's official genre description we have:

"A frightening story premised on the possibility of ghosts, which may appear by their own volition or through summoning by magic. Ghost stories are usually scary, leveraging suspense, a sense of the uncanny, and supernatural occurrences to elicit feelings of fear and foreboding. Ghosts appear in literature as early as Homer’s Odyssey, which chronicles the hero encountering spirits of the dead during a journey to the underworld. Common elements: hauntings, supernatural intervention, chilling and suspenseful atmospheres. Ghost story books include Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep. Ghost story films include The Shining (1980) and The Sixth Sense (1999)."

So, there don't have to be ghosts, but the possibility of ghosts -- or someone who really believes in ghosts. Suspense and supernatural tie into this.


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Posted By: poetryandhums
Date Posted: 02 May 2016 at 8:59pm
Originally posted by plkphoto plkphoto wrote:

Originally posted by poetryandhums poetryandhums wrote:

Originally posted by plkphoto plkphoto wrote:

Hmmm… well it's raining in Alice today… which is good. Much better than my prompts in fact.

Group 14: 
Political Satire Cry
A Drug Test Stern Smile
A Librarian Ouch


Oh man I'd switch with you in a heartbeat! I'm actually an in-the-flesh full time library assistant so that screams possibilities at me. (So if you want to "fact check" anything, let me know...though of course every library/librarian is different.) Though I don't think I'd wish my prompt on anyone - 

Fantasy
Homeschooling
A Pilot

All I can think of are things that feel way too obvious so I've just sort of been throwing words on the page and hoping I'll develop it into a moment of clarity. That's how I usually approach my playwriting but I don't usually have such a tight time frame to work with!! Ermm

I'm trying to put a weird twist on my librarian, so actual facts might get in the way… Tongue But thank you for the offer. It's not so much the librarian that worries me, though… It's the Political Satire bit. Ouch

And, you know, throwing a librarian and a drug test in for good measure. Confused

I love fantasy, but that's an odd combination of prompts… 

Haha no worries! A librarian with a twist sounds like a bunch of fun. Or not depending on what way you go. 

Yeah I think I'm stumbling onto a sort of idea but everything I come up with feels too obvious so I keep trying to scale it up and over... alas. 

I do hope you'll let me read yours when it's completed so I can see just how out there your librarian gets!! Smile I'm sure it'll be fantastic. 


Posted By: WD_Stevens
Date Posted: 02 May 2016 at 9:38pm
Originally posted by Robert Wood Robert Wood wrote:

Romantic Comedy
A paternity test
A receptionist
Huh, that prompt would fit a feature I've currently got on the backburner. It's funny how some of the prompts just fit really easily like that or Ghost Story/Running out of gas. In a way, that almost makes them harder.


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Posted By: KittNiss
Date Posted: 03 May 2016 at 8:08am
I think it need not contain actual ghosts. The idea of something spooky, that sort of - is it there? is that something? suspense should probably.
Have a look at the genre definition lists & see how that goes.  In the short story comp I got Mystery as my genre; one judge commented that I lacked certain elements to make it a genuine mystery story (I left out clues etc).
When in doubt, check their definition. 
Good luck 
I got ghost story too. :) 



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Posted By: Tynnyt
Date Posted: 03 May 2016 at 10:46am
Group 44
Fantasy
Immigration
A new born baby.

I LOVE this set of prompts. I'm only worried about how political to go with it as I don't want to scare-off the judges. I'm a massive lefty and immigration is a massive topic for me.


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Posted By: Leo85
Date Posted: 03 May 2016 at 8:32pm
Hey everyone! This is my first time ever writing a screenplay, and I'm about to embark on it using the Scripped software. Has anyone used that? Is there something free that's better for first-time script writers? (I've done the flash challenge and am currently in the finals of the short story writing challenge, yet I find myself not knowing how to even approach a screenplay...but I'm super excited to learn!)

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Posted By: plkphoto
Date Posted: 03 May 2016 at 9:08pm
Originally posted by Leo85 Leo85 wrote:

Hey everyone! This is my first time ever writing a screenplay, and I'm about to embark on it using the Scripped software. Has anyone used that? Is there something free that's better for first-time script writers? (I've done the flash challenge and am currently in the finals of the short story writing challenge, yet I find myself not knowing how to even approach a screenplay...but I'm super excited to learn!)

My first time with screenplay too...

I've found this site helpful:  http://www.scriptologist.com/Magazine/Formatting/formatting.html " rel="nofollow - http://www.scriptologist.com/Magazine/Formatting/formatting.html 

Also, Scrivener has a free 30day trial if you want to try that one. It's 30 actual days (meaning, the days only count when you use them) -- so enough time for the full competition. There's a screenplay format option. I love Scrivener for novel writing because you can do things by scenes and keep track of your characters/props if you want. This is my first time playing with the screenplay option, but I'm liking it so far.  https://www.literatureandlatte.com/trial.php" rel="nofollow - https://www.literatureandlatte.com/trial.php

Have fun! Maybe some of the long-timers will chime in as well with some good advice/websites… 


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Posted By: paulene.turner
Date Posted: 04 May 2016 at 12:07am
That is a concern.  Are you Australian?  "Massive lefty? sounds very Aussie.



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Posted By: plkphoto
Date Posted: 04 May 2016 at 12:27am
Originally posted by Tynnyt Tynnyt wrote:

Group 44
Fantasy
Immigration
A new born baby.

I LOVE this set of prompts. I'm only worried about how political to go with it as I don't want to scare-off the judges. I'm a massive lefty and immigration is a massive topic for me.

Just make sure you hit the fantasy element… and the amount of politics shouldn't matter. Story is key. If you have compelling characters and a good story, and hit all the prompts, then it should be fine. But people, including the judges, usually don't like a lecture disguised as a story/screenplay. So be careful about how you "show" the politics rather than telling it.

Given that Political Satire (which I got this time… AACK!) is a genre, they must be used to getting all sorts of political stances in the contest… it's just a matter of couching your views in a story that makes people think and doesn't make them feel like they got beaten over the head with a screenplay… Big smile


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Posted By: Tynnyt
Date Posted: 04 May 2016 at 6:09am
Originally posted by paulene.turner paulene.turner wrote:

That is a concern.  Are you Australian?  "Massive lefty? sounds very Aussie.


Nah, I'm from the UK. I'll be getting my beta readers to sniff out any Britishisms.


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Posted By: WD_Stevens
Date Posted: 04 May 2016 at 7:37am
I seem to remember reading somewhere on here that someone was marked down once for using the British spellings of words. I'd hope they wouldn't have a problem with certain words and phrases that might not be common in the American vernacular. After all, we're not writing Americans.

As for the script formatting, I have been using CeltX for years. Now, I think they've gone paid but you can still get the old versions for free and it's got a bunch of good features that are useful and other writing templates (I use the audio and theatre templates regularly):

Mac:  http://celtx.en.softonic.com/mac" rel="nofollow - http://celtx.en.softonic.com/mac
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Posted By: StephwithanF
Date Posted: 04 May 2016 at 8:38am
Originally posted by Leo85 Leo85 wrote:

Hey everyone! This is my first time ever writing a screenplay, and I'm about to embark on it using the Scripped software. Has anyone used that? Is there something free that's better for first-time script writers? (I've done the flash challenge and am currently in the finals of the short story writing challenge, yet I find myself not knowing how to even approach a screenplay...but I'm super excited to learn!)

Scripped lost all of my screenplays when it went down without warning.  Its Writer Duet now? but I wouldn't trust that with a ten foot pole (after being a huge supporter of it).

Someone already mentioned celtx which personally I haven't used but I hear good things.
https://www.celtx.com/

Amazon has foray-ed into screenwriting software also,
https://storywriter.amazon.com
Its very very basic, but for all intents and purposes for this contest it is fine.

And as an american reading australian/european screenplays, things that may be common words for you mean different things for us.
For example, when you say torch, I think an open flame (like the Olympic torch) when you mean (what we call) a "flashlight."  
There was one year someone wrote "candy floss" which I figured out was cotton candy, but one judge could not figure it out.
Unfortunately its always up to how the judge interprets.




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Posted By: JackHenderson
Date Posted: 04 May 2016 at 5:20pm
Poetryandhums, I'm in the same heat as you and I nearly fainted when I read the prompts! Tongue Didn't expect this to be easy but wow ahaha.

Eventually got something together and I hope you have too, good luck! :)


Posted By: Gothamizm
Date Posted: 04 May 2016 at 6:31pm
Hey, guys. 

First time doing the NYCM contest and in group 27. 

Drama
Falling Out of Love
A Wrongly Convicted Inmate

I've sort of ended up doing a more technological drama where we're dealing with, for simplicity's sake, a brain transplant. And I've made my 'inmate' under house arrest. 

How lenient are the judges with this kind of thing? Or am I shooting myself in the foot?


Posted By: paulene.turner
Date Posted: 04 May 2016 at 6:35pm
Hi,  I'm in your round!  Round 27 - tough prompts.  I just asked the questions about whether the inmates had to be in jail.  They told me it was safer to give some screen time to being inside the jail - even if short, just so one of the judges doesn't disqualify it.  However, I think you should contact them directly at feeback@nycmidnight.com and ask your specific question.  They're pretty good at getting back to you.  Welcome to the competition!  Good luck with those prompts.  I'm struggling!  Cheers Paulene

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Posted By: Gothamizm
Date Posted: 04 May 2016 at 6:39pm
Hey, Paulene!

Good luck to you too! Seems like we'll both need it!

It just seems so simple to make it incredibly generic - difficult to know whether to go for real and struggle to be different or to just say 'screw it' and go for the insane ideas that may not fit! I'll shoot them an email, either way!

Let me know if you need a fresh pair of eyes!


Posted By: plkphoto
Date Posted: 04 May 2016 at 7:24pm
In terms of judges and stretching the prompts… In the short story challenge, I've found that the judges tend to prefer stories that take a twist… e.g. Location = tunnel, one of the top scoring stories used a tunnel of water and did a story on surfing. So, as long as they can tell what you mean, it generally works out well. I think it does depend to some degree on the judges, though, as one may not "get" it. One advantage to interpreting the prompts in a slightly different way is that your story will stand out from the others. But be careful that you don't stretch it so far that the prompts are lost. NYCM has answered a couple of questions on this in the Q&A section, and they say pretty much the same thing -- feel free to mix genres or use a twist, but make sure the prompts are clearly there and the assigned genre is predominant. Wink

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Posted By: paulene.turner
Date Posted: 04 May 2016 at 7:34pm
Thanks for that.  If ever I manage to write anything...!!!! I may take you up on that.  Struggling big time.  Everything seems to obvious or corny or too big for 12 minutes.  good luck.  You should ask the question, but you should also go with your gut and do what story excites you most!

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Posted By: Gothamizm
Date Posted: 04 May 2016 at 7:51pm
Asked the question and got the ultimate bash back! 

Will start from scratch in the morning. I have an idea but will be struggling to do it well in 12 pages as well! 

Treatment is done - let's see how it plays out!


Posted By: Vernacula
Date Posted: 04 May 2016 at 7:56pm
My prompts are hateful. Blargh. Kick me.


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Posted By: StephwithanF
Date Posted: 05 May 2016 at 8:27am
If anyone is feeling stumped. Feel comfort in the fact that I have yet to write one page.

;_;

Who knew that fairy tale was going to stump me this hard.

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Posted By: Mocambo
Date Posted: 05 May 2016 at 11:09am
I was until last night. My brain finally decided to kick in, and I did a basic outline with pen and paper. Hopefully tonight I can start building the scenes.  Ermm  :looks at ticking clock:


Posted By: Tynnyt
Date Posted: 05 May 2016 at 12:36pm
Originally posted by Gothamizm Gothamizm wrote:

Hey, guys. 

First time doing the NYCM contest and in group 27. 

Drama
Falling Out of Love
A Wrongly Convicted Inmate

I've sort of ended up doing a more technological drama where we're dealing with, for simplicity's sake, a brain transplant. And I've made my 'inmate' under house arrest. 

How lenient are the judges with this kind of thing? Or am I shooting myself in the foot?


I think it depends on the luck of the draw with the judges, but they do like originality. I had fantasy in the short-story competition and was commended for my loose interpretation of it. The trouble is, the more risk you take the more polarised opinions will be. I'd say, writing a story YOU like will always be better than one you're trying to write for someone else to like.


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Posted By: Migilla
Date Posted: 06 May 2016 at 3:27pm
First time screenplay, longtime short story participant. 
Looking forward to the challenge:
Group 26.
Genre= Romance.
Subject=An apology.
Character=A factory worker.
Any other 26ers out there?


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Posted By: flyermovies
Date Posted: 06 May 2016 at 4:40pm
First time entrant. I got 

Genre: Action/Adventure
Subject: Blackmail
Character: A flight attendant.

Stringing the blackmail subject without being trope-ish has been difficult haha but almost there. Good luck everyone!


Posted By: Evrim
Date Posted: 06 May 2016 at 9:02pm
Hey there! I'm another Heat 26 participant! How are you going with it? I am not entirely sure mine makes a lot of sense, but I've had a lot of fun writing it Star


Posted By: Evrim
Date Posted: 06 May 2016 at 9:04pm
Originally posted by Migilla Migilla wrote:

First time screenplay, longtime short story participant. 
Looking forward to the challenge:
Group 26.
Genre= Romance.
Subject=An apology.
Character=A factory worker.
Any other 26ers out there?

Hey there! I'm another Heat 26 participant! How are you going with it? I am not entirely sure mine makes a lot of sense, but I've had a lot of fun writing it Star *Sorry I copied my post twice.


Posted By: Vernacula
Date Posted: 07 May 2016 at 1:51am
Not as many reading offers here as in the SSC. Is that common? Is it weird to ask someone to take a look at my script (other than another group 15er)? I've looked at it too much! Haha.


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Posted By: jagatfx
Date Posted: 07 May 2016 at 2:43am
I just submitted my first ever NYC Midnight submission. 

Screenplay Challenge Heat #4 
Genre: Comedy
Subject: Sibling rivalry
Character: A surgeon

I found comedy so challenging but happy to have worked through it! 

Best of luck to all getting those submissions in.



Posted By: Tynnyt
Date Posted: 07 May 2016 at 4:42am

Just about to start re-writing mine. Madness, you say? I'm looking at it as good practice if I get through to the later rounds! Stern Smile

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Posted By: Migilla
Date Posted: 07 May 2016 at 8:34am
Originally posted by Evrim Evrim wrote:

Originally posted by Migilla Migilla wrote:

First time screenplay, longtime short story participant. 
Looking forward to the challenge:
<span style="color: rgb20, 24, 35; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px;">Group 26.</span><br style="color: rgb20, 24, 35; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px;"><span style="color: rgb20, 24, 35; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px;">Genre= Romance.</span><br style="color: rgb20, 24, 35; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px;"><span style="color: rgb20, 24, 35; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px;">Subject=An apology.</span><br style="color: rgb20, 24, 35; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px;"><span style="color: rgb20, 24, 35; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px;">Character=A factory worker.
Any other 26ers out there?</span>


<span style="line-height: 16.8px; : rgb251, 251, 253;">Hey there! I'm another Heat 26 participant! How are you going with it? I am not entirely sure mine makes a lot of sense, but I've had a lot of fun writing it </span>Star *Sorry I copied my post twice.


I thought I was done but my son read it and doesn't think there's enough romance, that's got be worried.
My first screenplay so I'm struggling trying to adapt from writing shorts.
Good luck in our group.

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Posted By: AbbawithanI
Date Posted: 07 May 2016 at 4:01pm
So good to see so many people from the shorts competition here! :D Anyone in Heat 6? Spy/Privacy/Undercover cop?

Been slammed at work all week and thought I was gonna have to bail, but woke up this morning and slammed something out so I guess we'll see! *fingers crossed*

Good luck everybody!


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Posted By: Scarlet Screenwriter
Date Posted: 07 May 2016 at 6:46pm
Originally posted by Migilla Migilla wrote:

I thought I was done but my son read it and doesn't think there's enough romance, that's got me worried. My first screenplay so I'm struggling trying to adapt from writing shorts.


Your son's idea of romance probably involves bumping uglies. 

Romance can be sweet.  It can be sour.  It doesn't even have to result in a relationship!  Or even involve people.  Go with your instincts.

You're using the same creative muscles in writing screenplays, just different output. Format.  You can only write what the audience see and hear, not what your characters think. 

Good luck.







Posted By: Scarlet Screenwriter
Date Posted: 07 May 2016 at 6:56pm
Originally posted by WD_Stevens WD_Stevens wrote:

I seem to remember reading somewhere on here that someone was marked down once for using the British spellings of words. I'd hope they wouldn't have a problem with certain words and phrases that might not be common in the American vernacular. After all, we're not writing Americans.


Fellow Melbournian ... No, we're not writing Americans ... we speak and write English, not American ... but this is a battle I have fought for years ... I haven't had a complaint of comment from peers or the judges for a while, and when you look at the master list, I think the "internationals" almost outnumber the Yanks.  Most of the judges seem to be non-American, too.  I wouldn't worry ...







Posted By: KittNiss
Date Posted: 07 May 2016 at 8:52pm
YAY!! It's done, thank goodness, or badness or heavens or whatever. 

heat 39 Ghost Story, Kidnapper, Horoscope

title A Game of Cat and Mice.  I'll post it up when we get the all clear.

First time, pretty happy. had the obligatory nightmare I didn't send it off in time. Now I'm worrying I've formatted it incorrectly or sent the wrong draft. 

Good luck everyone. Smile


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Posted By: BlackGate
Date Posted: 07 May 2016 at 9:36pm
Submitted something. Very short, very poor. Snowball in a microwave's chance of progression. Ho hum.

Well done to all who get through it.


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Posted By: WD_Stevens
Date Posted: 07 May 2016 at 9:41pm
Well, I've submitted. I found it rather difficult to think of a story different to my first one so I mostly spent the time making little changes, additions and deletions from my first idea. Came in at 9 pages which should bode well for round 2 should I get that far.

Best of luck to everyone and I look forward to reading some scripts in a few days' time!


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Posted By: LogopolisMike
Date Posted: 07 May 2016 at 9:50pm
Heat 18
Genre: Fairy Tale
Subject: A funeral
Character:  A vegan chef

Somehow completed.  Good luck to everyone, especially those also getting it in just under the wire.



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