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    Posted: 12 Sep 2006 at 7:42pm
Three things happened to me at Midnight:

1. My computer crashed and I had to reboot just after the announcement.

2. My daughter woke up, vomiting.

3. I didn't advance.

Only one wasn't a surprise for me.

Congrats to all.

That's a wrap. Good night, everybody.


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Originally posted by 2184pro 2184pro wrote:

Three things happened to me at Midnight:

1. My computer crashed and I had to reboot just after the announcement.

2. My daughter woke up, vomiting.

3. I didn't advance.

Only one wasn't a surprise for me.

Congrats to all.

That's a wrap. Good night, everybody.


 
Hopefully your daughter was just nervous awaiting the results with the rest of us.
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I'm sorry to hear that some of the surprises were nastier than others. Me, I only felt like puking after seeing that I didn't even make the top 5, but I'll just have to hope for better luck next year!
 
Originally posted by Willie Willie wrote:

Originally posted by 2184pro 2184pro wrote:

Three things happened to me at Midnight:

1. My computer crashed and I had to reboot just after the announcement.

2. My daughter woke up, vomiting.

3. I didn't advance.

Only one wasn't a surprise for me.

Congrats to all.

That's a wrap. Good night, everybody.


 
Hopefully your daughter was just nervous awaiting the results with the rest of us.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BarbaraFL Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Sep 2006 at 1:56am
I think the other script I was writing that week would have made the top five...but it wasn't suspense. It was better suited to scifi. So no surprises here, the one I turned in was my own second choice, haha
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You're all winners in my book. Clap

Okay, now that the "up with people" thing is dispensed with, let's talk turkey. Wink Of the known scripts that placed, do you agree with the results?

In my heat (10 - Sci-fi/video games), I expected the 3rd runner-up ("Deja Vous All Over Again") to win.  I liked the purity of his story.  Re-reading mine, I see where I can make some improvements, but for a speed-writing example, I'm pretty happy with it.

I really like the winning script in heat 10 ("Bloodline") and I expected him to place, but I was surprised he won.  The only reason for that is because the story isn't strictly about video games, which I thought might ding his chances a bit.  Just goes to show that a solid screenplay trumps slavish attention to the assignment -- good lesson to keep in mind for next year.

It looks like the other two scripts in our heat weren't posted, so I can't comment on them.

I was surprised that "Fahrenheit 5'11"" didn't win in heat 5, as I think it was one of the best screenplays I read.

On the other hand, I am completely unsurprised that heat 1 had co-winners with "Belief in Cod" and "Feedback."  Those were both good stories with almost exactly the same take the suibject.  Punny title, comedy-horror style, wacky dialect, same reveal at the end.  I sure would've had a hard time choosing between the two.
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Originally posted by trike trike wrote:



I was surprised that "Fahrenheit 5'11"" didn't win in heat 5, as I think it was one of the best screenplays I read.



Wow, thanks for being such a fan of my script! It's nice to know that someone enjoyed it :)

Maybe the judges knew that I had a wedding to attend on the 23rd, and decided to spare me the juggling act of trying to write a script AND travel to Wisconsin all in one day. That must be it. Wink
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Originally posted by trike trike wrote:

Okay, now that the "up with people" thing is dispensed with, let's talk turkey. Wink Of the known scripts that placed, do you agree with the results?
I think there were some egregious mistakes on the part of the judges. But that's all I'll say.
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Originally posted by Hairy Lime Hairy Lime wrote:

I think there were some egregious mistakes on the part of the judges. But that's all I'll say.
The judges are just picking the scripts they llike the best (which is what they are supposed to do).
 
It's not a science.  After all, judging art is entirely subjective.

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That's why I said "egregious", Chris.
 
There were some choices that went far beyond personal preference and ventured into the realm of incompetence.
 
Everyone knows Rembrandt is a better painter than Thomas Kinkaide even if Kinkaide's paintings are popular these days (god knows why).
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Originally posted by Hairy Lime Hairy Lime wrote:

That's why I said "egregious", Chris.
 
There were some choices that went far beyond personal preference and ventured into the realm of incompetence.
 
Everyone knows Rembrandt is a better painter than Thomas Kinkaide even if Kinkaide's paintings are popular these days (god knows why).
 
Interesting points.  There was a similar discussion in these forums last year after the online film contest.  It actually got quite heated.
 
I think the problem with your argument is this "everyone knows Rembrandy is better than Kinkaide".  I'm not saying I disagree, but there are simply no rules about stuff like that.  If I ask the guy I work with which movie is better "Citizen Kane" or "Old School" he will pick "Old School" in a second.  Is he wrong.  I think so, but that doesn't make me right.
 
I agree there were some odd choices in the finals.  I actually scored every film in the contest (for fun).  For the most part I agreed with the judges, yet there were some choices and omissions that I thought were odd.  However, that's what happens when people try to grade art.
 
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