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    Posted: 02 Dec 2018 at 2:35am
Does it really matter if my screenplay title happens to be the title of a movie that has already been produced?

My title is an Aboriginal word, Kanyini and I think the title works perfectly but just discovered it's the title of a documentary!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote thesaura73 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Dec 2018 at 2:52am
I doubt it! I think I have even seen entries that have the title of an existing movie. I really doubt the judges would even know of an existing aboriginal documentary (sorry, judges!) LOL

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Suave Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Dec 2018 at 3:05am
This might not help much, but you could always add a 2 after the Kanyini!
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Originally posted by thesaura73 thesaura73 wrote:

I doubt it! I think I have even seen entries that have the title of an existing movie. I really doubt the judges would even know of an existing aboriginal documentary (sorry, judges!) LOL

I don't think I should limit my concern to just the title...there's a slew of cultural references in there that make it risky but I'd rather it be authentic than not!  We'll see.
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Helen, yours is awesome. I wouldn't worry!
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If the title you're using is relevant to the script and you feel it's a perfect fit, then go with it. I doubt the judges even give thought to existing films with the same titles. Just as they should not give any thought to budget, right? I got dinged by a judge who claimed I wrote a terribly expensive script. So what? I told a compelling story at the same time. Budget shouldn't matter here. And your title should accurately reflect what you wrote. Just my 2-cents worth.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote stephenmatlock Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Dec 2018 at 3:03pm
Originally posted by NilesPerry NilesPerry wrote:

...I got dinged by a judge who claimed I wrote a terribly expensive script. So what? I told a compelling story at the same time. Budget shouldn't matter here. ...


TO MY MIND THIS IS TOTALLY OUT OF LINE.

I am not you, nor am I telling you what to do, but this is unacceptable. This is a contest and a spec script that should be a compelling, fantastic, grab-you-by-the-ankles-and-yank story. 

Geez, that comment is terrible.
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Originally posted by stephenmatlock stephenmatlock wrote:

Originally posted by NilesPerry NilesPerry wrote:

...I got dinged by a judge who claimed I wrote a terribly expensive script. So what? I told a compelling story at the same time. Budget shouldn't matter here. ...


TO MY MIND THIS IS TOTALLY OUT OF LINE.

I am not you, nor am I telling you what to do, but this is unacceptable. This is a contest and a spec script that should be a compelling, fantastic, grab-you-by-the-ankles-and-yank story. 

Geez, that comment is terrible.

Oh, I wrote and voiced my complaints... I wasn't going to let that one slide by. :)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Zblugg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Dec 2018 at 5:19pm
Originally posted by NilesPerry NilesPerry wrote:

Originally posted by stephenmatlock stephenmatlock wrote:

Originally posted by NilesPerry NilesPerry wrote:

...I got dinged by a judge who claimed I wrote a terribly expensive script. So what? I told a compelling story at the same time. Budget shouldn't matter here. ...


TO MY MIND THIS IS TOTALLY OUT OF LINE.

I am not you, nor am I telling you what to do, but this is unacceptable. This is a contest and a spec script that should be a compelling, fantastic, grab-you-by-the-ankles-and-yank story. 

Geez, that comment is terrible.

Oh, I wrote and voiced my complaints... I wasn't going to let that one slide by. :)

You got Matlock to turn into Madlock. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE???
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote NilesPerry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Dec 2018 at 6:03pm
Originally posted by Zblugg Zblugg wrote:

Originally posted by NilesPerry NilesPerry wrote:

Originally posted by stephenmatlock stephenmatlock wrote:

Originally posted by NilesPerry NilesPerry wrote:

...I got dinged by a judge who claimed I wrote a terribly expensive script. So what? I told a compelling story at the same time. Budget shouldn't matter here. ...

TO MY MIND THIS IS TOTALLY OUT OF LINE.
I am not you, nor am I telling you what to do, but this is unacceptable. This is a contest and a spec script that should be a compelling, fantastic, grab-you-by-the-ankles-and-yank story. 
Geez, that comment is terrible.
Oh, I wrote and voiced my complaints... I wasn't going to let that one slide by. :)
You got Matlock to turn into Madlock. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE???

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