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JSimon
Posted: May 29th, 2015, 4:50pm Report to Moderator
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I think it's good to leave as much flexibility as possible just because there are usually more than 30 entered. While I'm not into vampires, torture porn or slash horror, I think as long as a story has some of the following it works for me:

1) a character or two we want to see what happens to
2) a mystery or resolution we want to see revealed
3) a surprise or two that turns the story in an unexpected direction

That can be done with zombies, robots, cartoons...and yes, slash em horror, graphic erotica, etc. As long as those narrative elements are there we got a story!
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Stumpzian
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JSimon:

With this one, Don was hoping for fewer entries -- an intimate little challenge, he said. I bet he'd get it with my parameters because some people would be at a loss.
Talk about a challenge!

p.s. I don't expect anybody to say, "Hey, what a great idea."



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No one seems to want to do this one, but to me, it was the most helpful challenge of all, the no dialogue one in Feb -06. It taught me a lot about thinking visually, which I think we could all learn from.  

IMO, this OWC has been quite high in quality. At least the ones I've read. Some might not be my favorite type of script, but over all, the quality is much higher than it has been sometimes in the past.


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This was the first OWC I entered, I been a lurker since 2009... which was when I created my account. Funnily enough, I never noticed the OWC before.

I was always in the action section, reading Phil Clarke Jr's "The Burnout" and that "Newton's Cradle" script, along with a few others.

Read George Wilson's scripts and stuff but I didn't really get involved much.

I'm glad I'm doing a lot more these days tho with my writing, if I ain't writing... I'm watching professional wrestling which is one of my other passions/hobbies.

I'm going to make it my mission to enter every OWC from here on out, it's a real blast IMO and it's exciting.

I'd like to thank all those who got involved, because y'all made it great and worth my time.


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Dustin
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Three considers and three recommends. I wasn't expecting this much effort, some of the stories are exceptionally well crafted.


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DS
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My favourite is "The Elevator Most Belonging to Alice" by a pretty big lead, despite that there was no reason established for everything to take place in an elevator. Out of those that seemed to meet the parameters, I'm not too sure which I would bring out as another favourite that held the candle over all the other ones.

I think I'm done reading. Read enough of them, commented on the ones that I managed to finish and where I felt like I had something different to add. If anyone, for some reason unbeknownst to me, is interested what I think or wants me to specify on something I commented on, feel free to leave me a PM.

I also find Henry's suggestion above for the next OWC interesting. If arranged around to some absolutes and cut out sex, any sort of violence, monsters and deaths completely, it could be a fascinating challenge without all of the most common tropes. Then again, based on previous years, I think the next OWC is supposed to be a feature and a 7 week one. I'd definitely like to take part and finish that one. I've been dancing around here with no entry for the past 2 OWCs.
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khamanna
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4 recommends and 3 considers out of 21 I read.

And for those who were in between I went a bit mean this time.

My absolute favorites are Feels Like Falling and Alice.
Rellevator was a great script but a bit unapreciated. I didn't find a religion in it - just a moral that bad deeds don't remain unnoticed. God here is the force that makes you care for me.

And I totally heart I Heart Zombies. It's a Monty Python sketch - I know how it can go over your head but I bow to the writer. It's a very light read. I think that Johny should read it if he's not the one responsible for it.
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Quoted from khamanna

Rellevator was a great script but a bit unapreciated. I didn't find a religion in it - just a moral that bad deeds don't remain unnoticed.


I'm pretty sure the point of the relevator was religious. There was either a strong reference to or maybe even a retelling of a story from the bible with the needle. Based on the link below there's also a direct quote from the bible in the script:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_of_a_needle#Christianity


Quoted from khamanna
And I totally heart I Heart Zombies. It's a Monty Python sketch - I know how it can go over your head but I bow to the writer. It's a very light read.


Hmm, I didn't read that one because of the title. I'll trust your liking for it and check it out.

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Quoted from DS
My favourite is "The Elevator Most Belonging to Alice" by a pretty big lead, despite that there was no reason established for everything to take place in an elevator. Out of those that seemed to meet the parameters, I'm not too sure which I would bring out as another favourite that held the candle over all the other ones.

I think I'm done reading. Read enough of them, commented on the ones that I managed to finish and where I felt like I had something different to add. If anyone, for some reason unbeknownst to me, is interested what I think or wants me to specify on something I commented on, feel free to leave me a PM.

I also find Henry's suggestion above for the next OWC interesting. If arranged around to some absolutes and cut out sex, any sort of violence, monsters and deaths completely, it could be a fascinating challenge without all of the most common tropes. Then again, based on previous years, I think the next OWC is supposed to be a feature and a 7 week one. I'd definitely like to take part and finish that one. I've been dancing around here with no entry for the past 2 OWCs.


Alice was a top piece, I know people think the elevator was shoehorned into the story but it works and comes across very well.

A feature OWC? Wha? That would alienate a lot of people IMO, I couldn't do that in 7 weeks


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khamanna
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Quoted from DS


I'm pretty sure the point of the relevator was religious.




I gave it another look - the writer does use "God" a lot and it reads dogmatic in places. But it could be that the writer was pressed for time or something and didn't see that at the time.
The needle quote is okay, even if it means something I wouldn't read too deep into it. Let's hear from the writer then - maybe he'll be upfront about it and let us know.
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DanC
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Quoted from khamanna


I gave it another look - the writer does use "God" a lot and it reads dogmatic in places. But it could be that the writer was pressed for time or something and didn't see that at the time.
The needle quote is okay, even if it means something I wouldn't read too deep into it. Let's hear from the writer then - maybe he'll be upfront about it and let us know.


When do we get to "defend" our stories?  I'm dying to say some stuff for mine, but, there is no way I can say it w/o everyone knowing I wrote it...


Please read my scripts:
http://www.simplyscripts.net/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-series/m-1427564706/

I'm interested in reading animation, horror, sci fy, suspense, fantasy, and anything that is good.  I enjoy writing the same.  Looking to team with anyone!

Thanks
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I think I've read 21 or so. I'll still read some more this weekend. Overall, I think the quality of the scripts have been quite good with some standouts on both ends of the spectrum. My favorites so far is Alice and Fabrini.

It's been a week now and in the old days we used to guess who wrote what by now. I can't really guess, there were too many. It also seems that people want to keep their scripts secret to avoid any biases when it comes time to vote. I'm going to out myself however. I know no one is going to vote for mine anyway, so it won't affect anything as far as the coveted mug goes!

I haven't written any shorts in a long time. Been busy writing features. I was really stuck on a horror script titled SLEEP so this OWC seemed to be the perfect time to take a break and write a short. I had just watched Kill Bill I & II (for the 50th time) and Jackie Brown and with QT being one of my favorite directors and writer, I  was really feeling inspired. So, I wanted to write something that I could film myself. Going for style over substance for sure. I also wanted something that could be expanded into something longer, so I wrote GREAT WHITE. Not the second script, however! That writer will have to out themselves. I also wrote it in the style I did to see how Jeff would react. He was consistent and bailed after the first page!  


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Quoted from DanC


When do we get to "defend" our stories?  I'm dying to say some stuff for mine, but, there is no way I can say it w/o everyone knowing I wrote it...


I just solved that for you.  



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Quoted from Grandma Bear
I wrote GREAT WHITE.


Liberating. Now I want to reveal myself, but maybe I'll stick to my faux review.

Do you plan for this to be a series, Pia?

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Quoted from Grandma Bear
  I also wrote it in the style I did to see how Jeff would react. He was consistent and bailed after the first page!  


It appears that Jeff, who says he entered, commented on every script. Perhaps he bailed on his own script just to throw people off.



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