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MarkRenshaw
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Read and reviewed them all. I'll sleep on them (oo'err missus) and vote tomorrow.

Excellent work from everyone. The few that I couldn't quite work out, I don't blame that on the writer at all. The experimental narrative made this one tricky to figure out and I just couldn't put the pieces together for some.


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Okay, 99.999999% sure that’s all read and reviewed. If I missed yours and you’re absolutely ‘jonesing’ for another review, just shoot me a PM.

FYI, I’m technically out of the tournament cause I missed round two (all good), but in a uncontrollable bout of madness, I sent Don a few scripts for this round anyway, and he was kind enough to post one for the final challenge.

That being said, I really dug this theme going on here this time around and was happy to get one in, so a huge thanks to Don and Libby (and any and all Mods who may or may not have took part in the madness) for letting me submit a script even though I fell off the boat, lol.


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Been a busy weekend, will be getting to all of these tomorrow.


THE SUICIDE THEORY (Amazon Prime, 79% Rotten Tomatoes) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2517300/?ref_=nm_knf_i1
RAGE (Coming Feb. 2021) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8874764/?ref_=nm_knf_i2

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MarkRenshaw
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I've seen a few comments on a couple of the scripts which suggest the script may not match the experimental narrative theme because its not mixed chronology. I even made a comment one one script along similar lines and then I checked the rules.

"You might elect to write in mixed chronology, or have your story start with the end at the beginning i.e., reverse chronology, you might mix up past, present, and future. Tell your story in non-linear structure."

I would hate to see scripts get a DQ because of this as I think everyone did so well.


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Yep, that's it, Mark.

Experimental Narrative -

"You might elect to write in mixed chronology, or have your story start with the end at the beginning i.e., reverse chronology, you might mix up past, present, and future. Tell your story in non-linear structure."

It was a tough challenge.
Nobody should be DQ'd unless they blatantly flouted the parameters.

From what I see everyone did their best to mix it up.


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spesh2k
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Read all of them and sent in my ballot. Some solid entries here, though some of these were hard to follow -- which is probably due to my own ineptness rather than falling on the writer's shoulders. That was expected though, given the rules to this challenge. Solid work all around from everybody!

-- Michael


THE SUICIDE THEORY (Amazon Prime, 79% Rotten Tomatoes) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2517300/?ref_=nm_knf_i1
RAGE (Coming Feb. 2021) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8874764/?ref_=nm_knf_i2

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MarkRenshaw
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These challenges are eye-opening experiences for several reasons. What always amazes me is the variety of responses. A script I don't care for at all, others adore, and vice versa. One comment can say they think the writing is clunky, the very next comment says the opposite. A scene someone hates is another reviewer's favourite.

I generally get an idea of what I need to address for the next draft, which is priceless. Just think though, these inconsistent responses give you a taste of what happens to your script when you send it to a competition or a production company. Your fate is in the hand of a script reader whose tastes and mood are completely unknown. It really is a roll of the dice.

I heard it said once that there's no such thing as a terrible script as long as you find someone who likes it, and it is true. The trick is, finding that person who loves what you write and making that connection.


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Quoted from MarkRenshaw
These challenges are eye-opening experiences for several reasons. What always amazes me is the variety of responses. A script I don't care for at all, others adore, and vice versa. One comment can say they think the writing is clunky, the very next comment says the opposite. A scene someone hates is another reviewer's favourite.

I generally get an idea of what I need to address for the next draft, which is priceless. Just think though, these inconsistent responses give you a taste of what happens to your script when you send it to a competition or a production company. Your fate is in the hand of a script reader whose tastes and mood are completely unknown. It really is a roll of the dice.

I heard it said once that there's no such thing as a terrible script as long as you find someone who likes it, and it is true. The trick is, finding that person who loves what you write and making that connection.


"It would be a dull world if we all thought alike" - Evelyn Waugh

Generally, when I am reading through the comments on my entry, I try to find a common theme or issue, if it comes up a few times then there might be something in it.







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Quoted from MarkRenshaw
These challenges are eye-opening experiences for several reasons. What always amazes me is the variety of responses. A script I don't care for at all, others adore, and vice versa. One comment can say they think the writing is clunky, the very next comment says the opposite. A scene someone hates is another reviewer's favourite.

I generally get an idea of what I need to address for the next draft, which is priceless. Just think though, these inconsistent responses give you a taste of what happens to your script when you send it to a competition or a production company. Your fate is in the hand of a script reader whose tastes and mood are completely unknown. It really is a roll of the dice.

I heard it said once that there's no such thing as a terrible script as long as you find someone who likes it, and it is true. The trick is, finding that person who loves what you write and making that connection.


Yeah, that's why I don't do screenplay competitions. They cost too much money and rarely do you see any high-placing scripts get made into films anyway. Yes, if you place high, there are some nice perks (meetings, exposure, prize money), but it's a lottery IMO. Me personally, I write to make money, not lose it. As for production companies, if you can find a way to get past some of the college intern readers/gate keepers that some of these companies have, I like my chances much better. Especially if they read a one-pager or treatment first and then request the script -- the one-pagers and treatments pretty much tell them exactly what the script is.

I do disagree on your point that there's no such thing as a terrible script -- there is certainly such a thing. Yes, it's based on opinions, but when the general consensus is that a script sucks and wouldn't make any money, then it sucks. But I do agree with that all it takes is one person to really love what you write to get your shit off the ground -- of course, that same person needs to convince several other people to agree on it... and then somehow convince investors they'd get a solid ROI. It really is a shitty business to get into lol.

-- Michael


THE SUICIDE THEORY (Amazon Prime, 79% Rotten Tomatoes) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2517300/?ref_=nm_knf_i1
RAGE (Coming Feb. 2021) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8874764/?ref_=nm_knf_i2

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It is, Michael. I agree with all your points. We are all lunatics trying to make it in this  business, lol.

But at the end of the day I love writing too much and I'd do anything, jump through any hoop to 'make it' as a writer, give up my day job and write full time.


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Quoted from MarkRenshaw
It is, Michael. I agree with all your points. We are all lunatics trying to make it in this  business, lol.

But at the end of the day I love writing too much and I'd do anything, jump through any hoop to 'make it' as a writer, give up my day job and write full time.


We don't write because we want to. We write because we have to.

There is absolutely such a thing as a terrible script, and to Mark's point if that script finds just the right reader it might get made anyway. We've seen countless examples of this. We've seen countless examples of good scripts being made poorly too, but if the script is bad it doesn't matter how well it's made, it's bad.

One of the great travesties is we have some truly excellent writers here who deliver consistent quality script, and yet those bad scripts keep getting made instead.

I've come up with a solution. SS needs a sponsor.  


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I've come up with a solution. SS needs a sponsor.  


The First Annual SimplyScripts Triple Crown Presented by NAMBLA.

I, uh... Wow, is this...? Yeah, we should really vet who we choose for sponsors, shouldn't we, guys? Yeah, wow...


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Done. Voted.

I wonder if Mathew's wife drank all the wine he gave her? Think she'd share?

I'm just saying... that was exhausting.


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I'm just saying... that was exhausting.


You can say that again, Dude. I've only read like half of them thus far and it's been tough getting through them. I think it's the odd structures that are throwing me off my game.


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Quoted from PKCardinal
Done. Voted.

I wonder if Mathew's wife drank all the wine he gave her? Think she'd share?

I'm just saying... that was exhausting.


You can try taking some from her, but last time I tried I almost lost a finger


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