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I think that is a good process.  You start by sprawling, then cutting, condensing, then adding more, condensing again - shrinking and enriching until you have a script that is far shorter than the original but packed with ideas and images etc.  Like condensing a sauce really!  
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TO THE JUDGES! 




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Hi there fellow writers, Aussies & newbies like me, and the rest. 

Have to say I love hearing how everyone tackled this challenge. My first screenplay too. Very different from the short story challenge (my first one of those too). I seemed to work in reverse as it started small and then grew.

I used Celtx for the formatting. I had a few ideas in the first 2 days but settled on one which grew in my mind so that's the one I wrote. Started with the script at 6 pages. One of my main concerns was I wouldn't get something under 12 pages. I was lucky to have a friend who makes short animated films read it through and give me critique. I then realised I had time and room to clear some confusing aspects, so I rewrote. Another writer from the Short story comp was brilliant and offered suggestions and corrections. Eventually the screenplay sent in came to 12 pages. 

Have to say the whole experience was really satisfying and fun. I've now taken to reading screenplays and having a play around with the whole idea of them. I've given myself a challenge of adapting a friends (published) novel into a film. 

Really looking forward to seeing everyone's work. Congratulations to everyone just for taking the plunge!!
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Originally posted by KittNiss KittNiss wrote:

Hi there fellow writers, Aussies & newbies like me, and the rest. 

Have to say I love hearing how everyone tackled this challenge. My first screenplay too. Very different from the short story challenge (my first one of those too). I seemed to work in reverse as it started small and then grew.

I used Celtx for the formatting. I had a few ideas in the first 2 days but settled on one which grew in my mind so that's the one I wrote. Started with the script at 6 pages. One of my main concerns was I wouldn't get something under 12 pages. I was lucky to have a friend who makes short animated films read it through and give me critique. I then realised I had time and room to clear some confusing aspects, so I rewrote. Another writer from the Short story comp was brilliant and offered suggestions and corrections. Eventually the screenplay sent in came to 12 pages. 

Have to say the whole experience was really satisfying and fun. I've now taken to reading screenplays and having a play around with the whole idea of them. I've given myself a challenge of adapting a friends (published) novel into a film. 

Really looking forward to seeing everyone's work. Congratulations to everyone just for taking the plunge!!

Well said, KittNiss. Good luck with your adaptation! 
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Originally posted by KittNiss KittNiss wrote:

One of my main concerns was I wouldn't get something under 12 pages. I was lucky to have a friend who makes short animated films read it through and give me critique. I then realised I had time and room to clear some confusing aspects, so I rewrote. Another writer from the Short story comp was brilliant and offered suggestions and corrections. Eventually the screenplay sent in came to 12 pages.


Kitty ... If you use FINAL DRAFT, it actually allows you to minutely tighten the kerning between each character and can eliminate or add up to 10% ... it's mainly for feature writers who want to hit the magic 105pp, but comes in handy for shorts, as well ...



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Same heat.  I thought it was a rough one too.  Best of luck!!!
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Originally posted by paulene.turner paulene.turner wrote:

In.  Just made it.  That was tough.  I had Drama, Falling Out of Love, A wrongly convicted inmate.  From the looks of it, many of you had much harder prompts.  But this one was tough enough.  Off for a nice long walk now.  It's lunch time here in Sydney, Australia.  Good luck to you all!

Same heat, I barely made it.  Was a tough one for me.
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Originally posted by Evrim Evrim wrote:

Originally posted by Migilla Migilla wrote:

First time screenplay, longtime short story participant. 
Looking forward to the challenge:
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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.

I had fun too. I'm happy with it, when we get the notices that the stories were received, we can post them for review. Hope to see yours up.
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I have a question. I've reread my submission and found a few typos. I know the writing is on the wall (so to speak) in regards to the competition/judges but should I fix the typos before we post in the forum for our fellow writer's to read?  Or should I leave them so everyone can feel better about their chances? Wink I'd really like feedback to be focused on the story and composition rather than something that good typing class (or thinner fingers) may have prevented. 

I've enjoyed my first experience with NYC Midnight so far. Excited to see what happens next.

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Originally posted by FlickerFusion FlickerFusion wrote:

Originally posted by paulene.turner paulene.turner wrote:

In.  Just made it.  That was tough.  I had Drama, Falling Out of Love, A wrongly convicted inmate.  From the looks of it, many of you had much harder prompts.  But this one was tough enough.  Off for a nice long walk now.  It's lunch time here in Sydney, Australia.  Good luck to you all!

Same heat, I barely made it.  Was a tough one for me.

I found the two ideas to be so big on their own that they were difficult to combine in 12 mins without excessive plot points.  What is your logline?
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