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Posted: May 16th, 2015, 7:53pm Report to Moderator
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Welcome to the May, 2015 One Week Challenge:

You must write one script (properly formatted)* between 5 to 12 pages (courier 12 point font) on this month's theme:

Theme: Open
Genre: Open
Location: An Elevator or Lift (a moving platform or cage for carrying passengers or freight from one level to another, as in a building.)

The story must take place in and/or around an elevator. Low/No budget.

So, what does this have to do with Message in a Bottle by The Police?  The key word is "Bottle" as in Bottle Episode as used in episodic television wherein the episode uses minimal sets, effects and actors.

The scripts are due on Saturday, May 23rd at 11:59PM EST and must be submitted to: SimplyScripts.Com/OWC..

Timeline:
May 23rd at 11:59PM EST - Scripts are due.
May 27th or sooner scripts will be posted
June 6th at 5:00PM EST - Names and writer's choice revealed.

The Rules:

Everything must take place in and/or around an elevator.  There is no genre restriction.

The Gist:

5 - 12 pages.
Properly formatted & saved as a PDF file.
This isn't a contest. There are no prizes.
Free to submit.
One entry per person.
No pissers, please (in other words, please take this seriously).
You can revise your script as many times as you wish up until 11:59PM EST on May 23rd.
You must be a member of the discussion board. Please Contact Me and ask to join.
Please put © 2015 on your title page.

Participants are strongly encouraged to read and comment on/review the scripts submitted. Seriously, if other people take the time to read them and you submitted, you can too.

Do not put your real name on your script. However, please use your real name and discussion board name when submitting your script. (After the challenge closes you can either have your script removed or resubmit with your script with your name on it.


*Trelby and Celtx offer free screenwriting software.  Many industry professionals use Final Draft.  If you are just starting out, Trelby and Celtx are fine.  Save as PDF file.


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Nice and open theme and genre.

To you guys an Elevator is a 'lift' to us Ozzies/English, right? Just clarifying. Yep, first stupid question.

And btw, Don - is 'the geist' some sort of play on, or hybrid of 'gist' and the 'zeitgeist'? Or did your auto-correct just throw a wobbly?  

Love the lack of too many restrictions.


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Nice and open theme and genre.

To you guys an Elevator is a 'lift' to us Ozzies/English, right? Just clarifying. Yep, first stupid question.

And btw, Don - is 'the geist' some sort of play on, or hybrid of 'gist' and the 'zeitgeist'? Or did your auto-correct just throw a wobbly?  

Love the lack of too many restrictions.


LC,

To clarify, yes:  "An Elevator or Lift (a moving platform or cage for carrying passengers or freight from one level to another, as in a building.) "

and, yes.  I meant "Gist" as in "The essence or main point"


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Thanks Don, and yep, I was just being a bit cheeky with 'gist' thing. I'll get back in my own cage now.


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Thanks Don, and yep, I was just being a bit cheeky with 'gist' thing. I'll get back in my own cage now.


LC,

Thanks for the catch.  I appreciate that.

Don


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Geez, really? I already wrote mine, but it was about shoe lifts. Things that elevate you. Make you taller. I guess I'll toss that 13 pager on the trash heap.


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Sounds great.  Good job on this open ended challenge.

Lots of features come to mind that were mainly set in an elevator, so a short shouldn't be much of a stretch.

Hate to hear no pissers, though, but I guess I better play fair here.

Good luck to all who enter, and as The Don noted, please be prepared to read other scripts. It's only fair, so be fair, eh?  


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Not having a grizzle but open themes are just that. Open...   A few restrictions would be nice and produce more interesting scripts IMO.


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Quoted from stevie
Not having a grizzle but open themes are just that. Open...   A few restrictions would be nice and produce more interesting scripts IMO.


I thought that the location (a moving platform or cage for carrying passengers or freight from one level to another, as in a building) would be a sufficiently annoying limitation that I left the theme and genre open.  

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Damn.
So much for my ship in the rum bottle idea.


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I thought that the location (a moving platform or cage for carrying passengers or freight from one level to another, as in a building) would be a sufficiently annoying limitation that I left the theme and genre open.  

Don


I hear ya Don. A requirement of a chick in a wheelchair or a shark or urban legend would be nice though.

Hmm, hang on...could be some good ideas there lol


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Did I miss something?

What does an elevator or lift have to do with a message in a bottle?

Am I on crack?

I know you say bottle episode.  What if we, like Libby, doesn't know what a bottle episode is?  

Okay, it isn't Libby.  It's Pia.  She asked me to ask you.

Lied again, it's me.  

You mean like a play stage if the play was to be recorded?  So, I can't have a lift to Hell b/c there is no way to show that with no budget.  Is that what you mean?

Or should I take more pain meds?

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Did I miss something?You mean like a play stage if the play was to be recorded?  So, I can't have a lift to Hell b/c there is no way to show that with no budget.  Is that what you mean?;

Don likes being cryptic in the lead up. If you can show 'hell' on a minimal budget, small cast etc., then hell, yes, you can do it.

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Or should I take more pain meds?

I think the problem might be too many pain meds.   Carry on.


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Oooooh may be able to have a stab at this.

One annoying part is that I already have a script set only in a lift/elevator - which I won't use - so I'll have to shake that story line out of my head.

Now, where could that lift be taking you??


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Dan, a bottle episode in TV parlance is one where - maybe to save money or because the writers are having a blank week - the ep is set up in such a way so the set has minimal props, budget etc. numerous sitcoms have these 'cheat' eps. Flashbacks to older episodes are a good example, dream sequences where the chars reminisce about their previous happenings.

An episode of a sitcom or regular series where the chars are stuck in a lift is another good example. A lot of the snows from the 70's and 80's have at least one bottle ep per season. Maybe not so much now.

The bottle refers to them being stuck in a bottle or being bottled up for that ep so that minimal stuff has to be used. Hope that clears it up lol


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