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Poll Question: Once you finished, what page range did you script fit in:
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Mine clocked in at 19 pages. Dunno how that happened, I thought it was gonna go way over. As I was writing page 10, I was thinking, "Aw man, I've not even got into the story properly yet." But somehow, it tied up nicely at page 19. Mind you, it was one of those start slowly, then sprint to the end type scripts... it sucks...
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Originally posted by ABEAR111 ABEAR111 wrote:

Originally posted by f. chong f. chong wrote:

I started yesterday at 11:59pm (wanted to try writing it in 24 hours or less, just to try it). Came out to 12 pages on the nose. I wish I could've gotten it shorter. Fun, if a bit exhausting!
 
Don't quite get this.  If you wanted  to try and do it in 24 hours, why not let your time begin when the genre/subject announcements were made?  That way, you would know what you had in 24, then could spend the rest of the week polishing it up to get into the next round - or if you didn't want to, just turn it in. 


Becuase then that wouldn't be a real 24-hour deadline, just a self-imposed one.  "Putting it off 'til the first minute" doesn't have quite the same ring to it. LOL

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I'm not sure what rellevance page count has.  So if someone can explain it, I'd be much appreciative.  Is short and sweet better than long and drawn out?  I'm a fan of well rounded characters and backstory.  Clearly anyone can do that in 20 pages, but 10, that's sort of pushing it, I think.

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Originally posted by spiffyvictory spiffyvictory wrote:

Mine clocked in at 7.  Honestly, I'm afraid it could've been longer with more detail.  It's really a first draft or a 1.5 draft
I think 7 is the best page length. Smile

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Originally posted by Henry Henry wrote:

I'm not sure what rellevance page count has.  So if someone can explain it, I'd be much appreciative.  Is short and sweet better than long and drawn out?  I'm a fan of well rounded characters and backstory.  Clearly anyone can do that in 20 pages, but 10, that's sort of pushing it, I think.
I used to run a 5 page screenplay competition and I can tell you it is amazing what people can do in such a short space.  It is hard, but entirely possible to tell a full story with characters who have depth.
 
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I came in at 9 pages this year.  I pushed the full 20 last year and I think I tried to put too much into the text.  I went into this year with the goal of keeping it to one (hopefully) tight scene. 
 
Of course, keeping it short wasn't hard - nasty week of work (12+ hour days) and then add in the fact that I moved this week.  Probably wouldn't have pulled anything together if it wasn't for the feedback being provided this year - great draw for the contest!
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Originally posted by ABEAR111 ABEAR111 wrote:

Don't quite get this.  If you wanted  to try and do it in 24 hours, why not let your time begin when the genre/subject announcements were made?  That way, you would know what you had in 24, then could spend the rest of the week polishing it up to get into the next round - or if you didn't want to, just turn it in. 


Having the extra time wouldn't make it a 24 hour excercise. I wanted to know what it would feel like if it was the 2nd round--I don't know if I'll ever get to the second round, but I was curious about the deadline pressure. I didn't want to give myself the room for the extra week.

Don't know if I could explain it better than that. I think if the goal is to try and win, giving yourself more time makes sense--but I'm not really 'innit to winnit' so to speak--just did it for fun, for the challenge, to see what I could do with limited resources (in this case, time and outside requirements--ie, the genre and subject).


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The second round is hell... pure hell.
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Originally posted by Requiem Requiem wrote:

The second round is hell... pure hell.
Yes, but it's a quick hell and it sure is nice to say you've been there. Smile

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Originally posted by f. chong f. chong wrote:

Originally posted by ABEAR111 ABEAR111 wrote:

Don't quite get this.  If you wanted  to try and do it in 24 hours, why not let your time begin when the genre/subject announcements were made?  That way, you would know what you had in 24, then could spend the rest of the week polishing it up to get into the next round - or if you didn't want to, just turn it in. 


Having the extra time wouldn't make it a 24 hour excercise. I wanted to know what it would feel like if it was the 2nd round--I don't know if I'll ever get to the second round, but I was curious about the deadline pressure. I didn't want to give myself the room for the extra week.

Don't know if I could explain it better than that. I think if the goal is to try and win, giving yourself more time makes sense--but I'm not really 'innit to winnit' so to speak--just did it for fun, for the challenge, to see what I could do with limited resources (in this case, time and outside requirements--ie, the genre and subject).


Gotcha.  Sounds like you got what you were looking for.  Very good.
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