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There were 38 scripts submitted.  The names are pseudonyms and assigned randomly irrespective of gender.  

Genre: Gothic Horror  -- this is a link about Gothic Horror
Theme: Ghosts are not bad, just misunderstood

Condemned Sanctuary by Malcom Bowman (scoob) - Short, Gothic Horror - A mother's candlelight vigil on the fifth anniversary of her son's death is interrupted by an unexpected guest. 11 pages, 5 characters, PG-13 Rating - pdf, format

My Love by Harley Wolfe Jr. (Hugh Hoyland) - Short, Gothic Horror -  A grief stricken lover makes a deal with the devil in hopes of being reunited with his lost love. 9 pages, 4 characters, PG-13 Rating - pdf, format

Traceless by Brynmor Leyshon (bleyshon) - Short, Gothic Horror - Detective Croft is on the hunt for a serial killer... who doesn't leave a trace. 6 pages, 5 characters, Hard R rating. - pdf, format

Revenant Stand by Ray (ray w) - Short, Gothic Horror - Two men are caught up in a haunting life-ending drama within an ages old forest clearing. 12 pages, 4 major and a dozen minor characters, PG-13 Rating - pdf, format

Abracadabra by Darren J Seeley (DarrenJamesSeeley) - Short, Gothic Horror - An eccentric 19th century magician hired to expose a paranormal fraud gets more than he expected. 12 pages, 5 characters, PG-13 Rating - pdf, format

No Balls by Mohammad Nawaz (nawazm11) - Short, Gothic Horror - Nick is accused of being a "chicken" and goes to desperate measures to prove he is not. 8 pages, PG-13 Rating - pdf, format

All That Remains by Breanne Mattson - Short, Gothic Horror -  A woman hires a team of ghost hunters to contact her sister’s spirit and solve her murder. 12 pages, 5 characters, PG Rating - pdf, format

The Open Casket by Darren Tomalin (darrenjames) - Short, Gothic Horror - Artist, Charles Drayton, has been commissioned to paint the viscount Corwin Redwinter's portrait at his remote castle in the mountains. Redwinter's intentions towards Drayton's fiancee, Melinda Hartwell, may be less than honorable and the stuff of nightmares. 11 pages, 5 characters, PG Rating - pdf, format

Satanas by Jordan Wiebe (theboywhocouldfly) - Short, Gothic Horror - On a dark and stormy night, the Devil will come out to play, or at least try to. 12 pages, Hard R Rating - pdf, format

Sweep by Catherine Hall (cmhall) - Short, Gothic Horror - What wreckage is formed in the crossed paths of human lives... how can we ever know? 12 pages, 6 characters, PG Rating - pdf, format

The Last Stop by Rene Claveau (renec) - Short, Gothic Horror - When William gets separated from his new bride at a traveling circus, he finds all is not as it seems while trying to find her. 12 pages, 5 characters, PG Rating - pdf, format

The Haunted Tale of James O'Neil by Michel J. Duthin (michel) - Short, Gothic Horror - How open would you be to fulfilling a request by a stranger with no idea what you will encounter and might risk?  An 18 century military officer, James O'Neil, explores this offer as he unravels an unearthly tale to help someone he never met. Fate sometimes works in mysterious ways.   8 pages, 4 characters, PG Rating - pdf, format

Falling Angels by Bill Sarre (reef dreamer) - Short, Gothic Horror - A young girl has to cope with the death of her family during a dark night. War brings out the best and the worst. 10 pages, 4 characters, unrated (thus far) - pdf, format

Payer Fedris - A Gothic Dream Tax by Sandra El. Watson (sandra elstree) - Short, Gothic Horror - When a poor boy replaces his dreams with forbidden knowledge, he dreams the most expensive dream of all. 12 pages, 17 characters, Hard R Rating - pdf, format

Allured by T. Henrik Anttonen (henrik) - Short, Gothic Horror -  An eerie castle, dribbling candles, a lost officer and a bunch of ghosts. You know, the usual stuff. 7 pages, 7 characters, G rating - pdf, format

Castle Trouble by Fred Kracke - Short, Gothic Horror - The trouble stops when you die.  8 pages, 4 characters, PG Rating - pdf, format

Veil of Blood by Ryan Lee (ryan 1) - Short, Gothic Horror - A young woman ventures to her uncle's crumbling plantation in 1874 Louisiana. 12 pages, 6 characters, unrated thus far - pdf, format

Reaparations by Will Ball (albinopenguin) - Short, Gothic Horror -  Six months after the Civil War's conclusion, Colonel Henry Gibbs gets a visitor he never expected. 10 pages, 5 characters, Hard R Rating - pdf, format

Our Lady of Eternal Suffering by Rick Kinsella (scartissuefilms) - Short, Gothic Horror - When an amateur Theologian goes in search of an ancient archaelogical site, little does he know he will stumbling onto a dangerous secret that spans Space and Time… 12 pages, unrated thus far - pdf, format

Forever Thine by Sydney Cuthbert - Short, Gothic Horror - A sickly young woman is haunted by a ghost in an old victorian mansion. What does the grim spectre portend for her and her husband? 6 pages, 4 characters, unrated - pdf, format

A Price To Pay by John Carlon (JCShadow) - Short, Gothic Horror - A woman struggles to overcome the loss of her fiance while being tormented by a homicidal ghost. 11 pages, 3 characters, PG-13 Rating - pdf, format

Mischief At Morley House by Pete B. Lane (pete) - Short, Gothic Horror - A secret lurks ‘bout Morley House. A secret that won’t be ignored. But she don’t mean no harm - if you don’t do no harm.  12 pages, 9 characters, Hard R Rating - pdf, format

House Proud by Richard Buckley (cathead) - Short, Gothic Horror - Moving in can be scary… 10 pages, 6 characters, PG-13 Rating - pdf, format

Together Again… Someday by Phil Clarke Jr. (dogglebe) - Short, Gothic Horror - You can't mourn the dead when you're one of them. 6 pages, 3 characters, PG Rating - pdf, format

Open House With An Empty Heart by Baltis Sinclair Schuller - Short, Gothic Horror - When you buy a house you buy the stories within its walls... Good or Bad. 12 pages, PG-13 Rating - pdf, format

The Truth by Zane Steves (zanej) - Short, Gothic Horror - A young girl moves to a new town. A house haunted by it's past brings up old news that was buried. 10 pages, 5 characters, PG-13 rating - pdf, format

The Woods by Matthew Layden (TheUsualSuspect) - Short, Gothic Horror - Emily goes to visit her mother in the countryside. While there she sees a young boy, who terrorizes her to go into the woods. 11 pages, 3 characters, PG rating - pdf, format

The Stone Within by Jordan Littleton (nomad) - Short, Gothic Horror - [no logline] 10 pages, 4 pages, no rating - pdf, format

The Madness of Time by Steve McDonell (stevie) - Short, Gothic Horror - While fulfulling his late father's wishes, a man must face the nightmare of his father's past. 9 pages, 5 characters, PG-13 Rating - pdf, format

The Lonley Tenant by James Williams (jwent668
- Short, Gothic Horror - A woman rents the first renovated apartment in an old building, but she soon finds she's not the only one there. 12 pages, 4 characters, Hard R Rating - pdf, format 8)

Innocence Condemned by Dena Mckinnon - Short, Gothic Horror - During the dark times of Christianity, a young woman finds herself accused of witch craft, haunted by a disfigured spirit, and destined for persecution. During her trials and torment, she discovers that death may not be the only punishment that lies ahead. 10 pages, 9 characters, Hard R Rating - pdf, format 8)

A Dance in the Dark by Greg Baldwin (greg) - Short, Gothic Horror - A nifty new smart phone app allows a feuding couple to communicate with the dead.   12 pages, 5 characters, PG-13 Rating - pdf, format 8)

Asylum by Janet Clarke (wonkavite) - Short, Gothic Horror - Insane Asylums make for strange bedfellows…  7 pages,  9 characters, PG-13 rating - pdf, format 8)

The Executioner by Kevin Lenihan (leitskev) - Short, Gothic Horror - A young woman on the run from something terrible, guided by a friendly spirit, learns the nature of her dark heritage. 12 pages, 7 characters, PG-13 Rating - pdf, format 8)

Annabel by Shawn Davis (ledbetter) - Short, Gothic Horror - Annabel was a good wife, when she was around. 6 pages, 6 characters, PG-13 Rating - pdf, format 8)

Betrayal by Quitterie Hervouet (Quiou) - Short, Gothic Horror - Louis is coming back home after 10 years in prison, but everything has changed from Marie, to his father, to his brother Jean and to his home. 12 pages - pdf, format 8)

Mr. Daniels by Alexander Toplake (Laika) - Short, Gothic Horror - An old hitman gets a visit from from his past. 7 pages, 2 characters, PG-13 Rating - pdf, format 8)



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what'ziz?  One batch fits all?

Good turnout!


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Excellent. Wife's out for the night and I am all alone, well except for two children. A good niight of spooky reading ahead.


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The Elevator Belonging To Alice - Semi Final Bluecat, Runner Up Nashville
Inner Journey - Page Awards Finalist - Bluecat semi final
Grieving Spell - winner - London Film Awards.  Third - Honolulu
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Nice experiment. Drop them all in a matter of hours. Be fun to see how this plays out compared to other OWCs. I've always agreed that the last couple of batches got the least amount of reads. Maybe this evens out the playing field.

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cool - thats my saturday night sorted.... so lonely *sniff*  


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I will have limited time this week -- and while I (personally) think it is cool of Don to drop them all at once (alot of work, you know) -- 38 active threads is alot to keep track of.

Please drop me (or a moderator of your choosing) a quick note if you see one of these threads getting out of hand.

A few squabbles usually arise during the OWC, and it will be particularly hard to police them all during this one.


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I'll squeeze these in and machine gun some posts.

I'm curious as to how the order of the scripts on this thread was determined.
If it's by order of submission, charting the overall quality could be interesting.

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I won't say how early or late in the week that I submitted, but I can say with confidence that the order of the scripts here is not the order in which they were submitted - or least it's very unlikely.

Seeing them all together like this makes me regret that I didn't spend more time on my logline

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Folks,

I'm glad the idea of all of them at once is well received.  This was Jeff's idea and it was a good one.

In order to be a little more 'fair' I randomized the order on each of the locations the scripts appear:

http://www.simplyscripts.net/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-OCT11/m-1318689095

http://www.simplyscripts.com/unpro_short_exercise_11_10.html

http://www.simplyscripts.com/2011/10/15/the-october-2011-one-week-challenge-scripts-are-now-live/

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Theme: Ghosts are not bad, just misunderstood.

Is the theme.

It doesn't say the ghost ITSELF has to be misunderstood.

A subtle, but very important, difference....and a mistake I'm already seeing being spread.

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Rick, I don't understand what you mean. You can take the "not bad" out of that sentence, and that leaves "Ghosts are...just misunderstood" So it seems clear to me the ghost "itself" is misunderstood. Sorry, I don't follow you.
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Theme: Ghosts are not bad, just misunderstood.

Ghost:


ghost   /goʊst/  Show Spelled[gohst]  Show IPA
noun
1. the soul of a dead person, a disembodied spirit imagined, usually as a vague, shadowy or evanescent form, as wandering among or haunting living persons.
2. a mere shadow or semblance; a trace: He's a ghost of his former self.
3. a remote possibility: He hasn't a ghost of a chance.
4. ( sometimes initial capital letter ) a spiritual being.
5. the principle of life; soul; spirit.
EXPAND6. Informal . ghost writer. 7. a secondary image, especially one appearing on a television screen as a white shadow, caused by poor or double reception or by a defect in the receiver. 8. Also called ghost image. Photography . a faint secondary or out-of-focus image in a photographic print or negative resulting from reflections within the camera lens. 9. an oral word game in which each player in rotation adds a letter to those supplied by preceding players, the object being to avoid ending a word. 10. Optics . a series of false spectral lines produced by a diffraction grating with unevenly spaced lines. 11. Metalworking . a streak appearing on a freshly machined piece of steel containing impurities. 12. a red blood cell having no hemoglobin. 13. a fictitious employee, business, etc., fabricated especially for the purpose of manipulating funds or avoiding taxes: Investigation showed a payroll full of ghosts. COLLAPSE
verb (used with object)
14. to ghostwrite (a book, speech, etc.).
15. to haunt.
16. Engraving . to lighten the background of (a photograph) before engraving.


mis�un�der�stood   /ˌmɪsʌndərˈstʊd/  Show Spelled[mis-uhn-der-stood]  Show IPA
adjective
1. improperly understood or interpreted.
2. unappreciated.




Don't assume you know what a "Ghost" is.....

But leaving that aside, it's more the case that "ghosts" is a plural and general term. It doesn't mean that the specific "ghost" in a specific story has to be misunderstood.  
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I took the theme to be more of a blanket statement than a script centric one.

Yes, a character can misunderstand a ghost's intentions, that fits, IMO.
Which means a ghost must be a character in the script.
And, what few I have read, subscribed to this interpretation.

However, I looked at the theme and initially had a more circumspect view.
The phenomena of ghosts is not bad, but can be misunderstood.
How people use the supernatural for their own purposes, justify behavior.  
The ghosts of one's past being used as a crutch for shortcomings, etc.

So, I think you can have a story that fits the theme, without a single ghost in it.
A protag's obsession with ghost hunting consumes his life/family, etc.
He's using ghosts as an excuse for not being a husband/father, etc.
Or...A priest's fear/denial of the supernatural prevents personal growth.

That to me, is more interesting than characters misinterpreting ghostly activity.

Maybe I'm out to lunch on this point, but that's what I got out of the theme.

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To be honest, if a story does not meet what my interpretation of what the instructions are, I don't really care, as long as the story itself is good. Some of these reads can sap you of all your strength and leave you an exhausted husk, just because it's so hard to understand them or get through them. I'm sure my script does the same.

There really is a huge difference between true pro scripts and amateur scripts, and one word suffices: readability. Pro scripts are a breeze. Our scripts can be rather tough to get through. Bert and Ryan usually write stuff that's a breeze to read, most of the rest of us struggle with that, even when we come up with decent work. The goal should be to write pages that read really quickly. And flooding things with details that are not essential is a mistake, no matter how well written. We're not watching a movie. We shouldn't have to try to visualize too many things. It's a distraction.
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