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Posted: April 15th, 2018, 11:12pm Report to Moderator

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Next Stop, Salvation by The Savior - Short, Horror - A supply run turns deadly for a group of commuters when they encounter a monstrous storm. 8 pages - pdf, format

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Posted: April 15th, 2018, 11:39pm Report to Moderator

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Just saw these go up. First cab off the rank.

I decided to uses the criteria to score them as well.

Four total characters - 4 characters that actually appear on screen and a voice over. I think that meets the criteria. I don't think a voice over counts as a character. I also remember someone saying that people may argue over this. I think it's fine.

Page length divisible by four: 4, 8, 12, etc - 8 pages, all good.

They must be confined to an automobile (no part of the script takes place outside of an automobile) - Well every scene takes place in the automobile (I googled buses as I wasn't sure what's defined as an automobile and apparently it's a passenger automobile). There is a lot of focus on the outside world viewed from the bus, I think that is fair play. Be hard not to see what is going on outside. I actually think it was a clever use of a scene as viewed from the bus.

Can only be of the Horror, Thriller, Drama or Mystery genres - It's marked as horror, and I think it fits the genre.

Story Notes:

Holy shit! That was a hell of a ride, pun intended. Bravo, it had twists and turns. Tension overload.

Had a bit of a Mad Max feel to it which I really liked.

The writing is spot on, it flows well, and reads very smoothly. A very talented writer at work here.

Well done, I loved it!!

Any thoughts on my work in progress would be appreciated.

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Posted: April 16th, 2018, 3:35am Report to Moderator

Action speaks louder than dialogue.

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Your writing is good but the visuals are sparse.

Here, for example:


MAC, 35, dirty, in tattered clothes, is at the wheel.

'is at the wheel' is fairly passive. Maybe he taps the steering wheel in time to a tune he is humming?


Everything, as
far as the eye can see, is covered in red dirt.

Passive again. It's lazy. You could simply restructure this sentence like so:

Red dirt covers everything for as far as the eye can see.

There's only one winner here for me, so I can stop reading now.
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Posted: April 16th, 2018, 10:11am Report to Moderator

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Not bad, however I think it takes a few too many liberties with the parameters. The four friends frozen story used a voice on the other end of a phone however it wasn't as integral as the operator was here. And then there's the monster... is he a character?

Not sure how eight pages flew by and we essentially got four people driving through an unexplained dust storm with unexplained monsters.  Not sure why it was important to have each person picked up by bus. Seems to me if they had all started on the bus together on page 1 the writer would have had more time and space to assemble the universe and have his characters develop through interaction.

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Posted: April 16th, 2018, 10:45am Report to Moderator

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Since this round is the Fab Four, I'm going to be a little more critical than usual as my expectations are huge.

The good: Great descriptions throughout as I could visualize every detail; Good action sequences.

The not-so-good: Format seems off (top margin); page 4 'to' should be 'too'; four characters + one v.o. (meets the challenge?); dialog seems a bit off and OTN pgs. 4-5; The ending seemed overly happy for a 50% casualty rate.

Good work for the time crunch and requirements. Very worthy.
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I really liked the set up here.

I think you could do a bit more with a story of love. I read it, put it away and all I remember that there were two people in love and they are trying to make though. I wish there's more about them so that they are more memorable to me.
The other two characters - feels like they are in there to fill the requirement. Just my opinion surely.
Good script though.
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The Savior

Not bad, a lot packed in here for a few pages. It had me engaged throughout. The apocalyptic genre is almost as oversaturated as zombies and vampires right now but you added an interesting twist by having the threat within the storm, a very cool touch.

Not much imagination when it game to the monsters themselves though, basically a combo of Starship Troopers and Edge of Tomorrow. I wondered why the humans carried guns since they seem to have zero effect on these things. I guess there are other human scavengers in the ruined city of who to be wary.

Outside of the central confrontation, there isn't a whole lot new here. The fortress-like settlement is straight out of any number of apocalyptic stories.

Still, it had some entertaining thrills and blood spills. Clear protags/antags with a goal. The stakes are high and unambiguous.

Just curious, is Mac a reference to Kurt Russell's character from The Thing? While the opening shot reminded me of Big Trouble in Little China, another Russell/Carpenter collaboration. If so, neat crossover.


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It was pretty good.  Again, I agree with the others.  They were trapped in the bus for that time.  

Having creatures in the storm is pretty cool.  I didn't really know what was gonna happen.

Again, solid 3


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Quoted from colkurtz8
The apocalyptic genre is almost as oversaturated as zombies and vampires right now but you added an interesting twist by having the threat within the storm, a very cool touch.

Bonus points for the apocalypse not being zombies.

In hindsight, I think the time picking up passengers would have been better spent on character development, but (1) each still needs to be intro'd anyway which takes up almost as much space and (2) given that the characters are engaged in a somewhat routine task, excessive character development would have felt shoehorned in.

Given the time constraint, this is by definition an early draft. I'm sure with some additional time we'd have gotten a better look at the characters.

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Posted: April 17th, 2018, 4:16pm Report to Moderator

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I would have thought that if someone was hired to voice the Operator and receives the credit.  I would read five credits/characters, not four.  Four onscreen, five in total.

Aside from that, it's not bad.   I liked the monster created.

Something smashing into a bus like bricks made me think the bus lights would break.  I guess the bus swerved heavily.

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Decent effort, read well and moved at a good pace... reminded me of Mad Max a little, no bad thing

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Monsters in a storm is actually a pretty good idea. I don't think it's ever been done quite like this. Did the Riddick movies have them in a storm? I think it was just monsters that come out at night. I could see this working as a post-apocalypse action/horror type feature.

However, as it stands, the major issue is lack of characters. All that dialogue on pg. 1 and 2 could easily be tweaked to build character. Maybe Linden is extremely foul-mouthed. Mac is precise, articulate. Maybe there's some conflict between them that's the cause of Mac pushing for one more supply line. Perhaps he's insecure, feels like he has something to prove. I don't know, it could be anything.

Give me four characters to care about and this will be awesome.

That rug really tied the room together.
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Posted: April 19th, 2018, 8:39am Report to Moderator

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Of the four scripts, this one moves at the best pace. It gets us from Point A to Point B in a hurry. Over and out.

We know next to nothing about Max, Linden, and the Twins, but it doesn't matter much because the characters are secondary to the Red Dirt Monsters.
(Do they count as characters? Can't remember whether Sean addressed this.)

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It's another post-apocalypse story. People trying to get to the Safe Zone or whatever. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz. Plus, a story in the first round ("Pre-Scheduled") featured a monster that burst through the side of an old bus. That monster was octopus-like. This monster is spider-like.

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Posted: April 19th, 2018, 9:27am Report to Moderator

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I thoroughly enjoyed this rollickin' action packed ride.  Fast, frenetic, some great energy, and I liked Linden and Mac. I got a good sense of their characters. I liked the twins less - but I like the idea you decided on twins. One twin has copped it before and lived to tell the tale... but not so lucky this time around.

I know all the action has to take place on the bus but I'd like to suggest there's a slight delay with the twins jumping on, just to create a bit more suspense. Mac sounds the horn and it's as if they're all waiting to hop on. I feel there's an opportunity for you to ramp it up a bit there perhaps...? 'Where's Kane? And then he hightails it on the bus, just in time.

I'm not a fan of clichéd lines like 'are you fucking kidding me'  and: 'Free sailing all the way home, baby', 'baby'? eek, but it is the way American men of action speak, so... Maybe come up with some dialogue that is intrinsically your own? Just a suggestion.

the buses engine
the buses headlights
Both missing an apostrophe.

Mac brings the bus to a halt. (bit passive)

They to have rifles (too)

that seem to weigh heavily (do you need the 'seems to'?)

the large scar (a large scar)

Kane stands up. Bit passive. 'Jumps to his feet' maybe...

'Linden takes Mac’s hand, his eyes focus on a familiar sight.' We're on Linden but then: 'his eyes focus' - hmm.

I loved the storm monster, reminded me of Jeepers Creepers, and Clover Field, but effective anyway.

I've been a bit pedantic above and could say more but for sheer entertainment, great stuff!

* Clarification: bus's headlights, bus's engine.

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