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DanC
Posted: April 26th, 2016, 2:55pm Report to Moderator
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I've read most of them all now. Will go back and comment on the last remaining few in a day or two.

Have read some interesting scripts and I've seen 3 or 4 stand outs, a couple of  'really out there' scripts, a couple of pissers... The variety has been quite good and being only 6 pages ( well most of them anyway) it hasn't been too hard to read the lot.

For my own script I have been receiving, on the balance, generally favourable comments which is heartening and surprising, for a script which I knew was underdeveloped and roughly edited.

Six months on SS is proving to be a wise investment in time and energy.



I'm glad that you're time on here has been good to you.  I know i've grown a lot too.  The people on here can be tough, very tough, but, it's better to hear it from us then to have your script tossed aside by a producer or anyone with money for the same reason.  

People will challenge you here, which is what each of us needs to get better.  "Yes" people never help you grow.  

If you want me (this goes for anyone) to take a closer look at their script, send me a PM or email and I will do so.

Dan



Please read my scripts:
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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!

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It's not just you. Every script didn't have to be side splitting. Comedy itself is broken up into a multitude of genres Alternative, Dark, Deadpan, Spoof and a lot of others but there were at least 7 scripts that didn't attempt anything but depressing dramas.
It doesn't have to be a laugh from start to finish but at least show some attempt in the script to crack a smile.
An email went out before this started given the master list, it also put the 3 went that over to the bottom and  asked to read them if you wanted. Personally I think that is harsh considering some peeps need very little influence not to read  scripts. An email should also have said there are at least 7 scripts that didn't attempt any form of comedy don't read those either considering that was actual premise.
I personally read all 33 out of respect to those who took their time to enter, at the end every script should have 33 reads or less for those 3 that went over.
But we know it doesn't go way...

Ah well that's my rant for today


I agree with every word you said.  I think these "contests" should be open to people who contribute in some way.  It should be mandatory that if you're gonna enter, you have to at least read 75% of the entries.  I know school and life can limit what you can do, and if that is the case, I think they should tell us this.  I don't think anyone would get upset if we know the WHY you didn't read many, if any at all, but, it's like an absentee landlord.  No one likes them.  However, if we find out that our landlord is fighting cancer, well, that changes things.

I have read every story, including the ones that went over.  Once the comments started, they went from the bottom to the top, so, I had no clue which ones were on the "extended page count" list and which weren't.

Again, good luck to all who entered.

Dan


Please read my scripts:
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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
Dan
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It's only Tuesday. Still plenty of time for reading/commenting. I didn't enter but have read a dozen or so. Don't know how many I'll comment on. Maybe ones I like best.



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Comedy is like pizza. Everyone has a favorite.

I just figured this out: If you click on the "April OWC scripts are up" on the portal page you'll see the OWC entries in order.  And once you're at the list, clicking on the title will take you to the thread directly.
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Yeah, I had a lower budget in mind on mine as well.  Mine wasn't funny and leaned more in the Drama direction.  I didn't get it submitted in time, but will throw it in as soon as the voting for these are done.  I started another one on Thursday before the deadline that was going to be funnier (Gas Man - or Gastrointestinal Man) and will finish it and throw it in as well.  Might as well, some of you guys have been getting your short films produced and I made myself a promise to get something made this year, even if it means me filming/producing.

I'm going to read most/all of these as soon as I'm done reviewing Ashlie's TV pilot.  Then, I hope to laugh a little with some of these.  I too am surprised at the number of entries.  Good job everyone!


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Bed Bugs
I Got The Shaft
No Clowning Around
Fool's Gold
Five Days for Redemption

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Father, Forgive Me
Sheriff of Nowhere
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Quoted from grademan
Comedy is like pizza. Everyone has a favorite.

I just figured this out: If you click on the "April OWC scripts are up" on the portal page you'll see the OWC entries in order.  And once you're at the list, clicking on the title will take you to the thread directly.


Yep, that makes it real easy.  That's how I'm doing it.  No, not that!  See, I'm not funny.


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Bed Bugs
I Got The Shaft
No Clowning Around
Fool's Gold
Five Days for Redemption

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Father, Forgive Me
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As I was just discussing with old mate Jeff, comedy can be a geographical thing too in that certain countries just dont get other countries humour (and its nothing to do with taste either).

A lot of American have huge trouble coming to grips with the British humour. And most American comedies, be it tv or movies are just not funny for some reason.

A good case is 'Friends'. I watched a couple of times and only really laughed at a few of Phoebe's lines. The rest was totally unfunny. Mind you, the cast were very bland actors. I also tried to watch Two and a half Men once to see what all the fuss was about.  Nope - totally unfunny. But I love other US shows like Drew Carey and King Of Queens.

Its all subjective I guess but nothing has ever surpassed UK comedy. Monty Python, The Two Ronnies, etc. And my favorite, Blackadder.


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As I just discussed with my old mate, Stevie, the only funny British comedy i can recall is the classic, Granddaddy of them all...

Benny Hill!!!  Man, my bud and I used to laugh our arses off at that.  Even my Dad used to love it, but every time my Mom "caught" him watching it, she was not happy.



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I work with a Brit.  He had me watch The Two Ronnies - Four Candles/Fork Handles.  Funny stuff there.


My Scripts:
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Bed Bugs
I Got The Shaft
No Clowning Around
Fool's Gold
Five Days for Redemption

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Father, Forgive Me
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The four candles/fork handles is the best sketch ever. Doesn't matter where you're from. Simple.


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Agreed.  Just watched it again.  In tears every time.


My Scripts:
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Bed Bugs
I Got The Shaft
No Clowning Around
Fool's Gold
Five Days for Redemption

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Father, Forgive Me
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Okay - I am done with all 34.

First - the six-page limitation sure made the review process easier and, at least for me, forced the honing of some writing skills - you really had to get to the point. I tend to over write sometimes and this exercise was great for tackling that skill set.

Second - from my own view and the others I have seen posted - comedy may easily be the most subjective of the genres. Stuff I found funny left others wanting and vice versa.

Third - kudos to all who entered.

I found a total of 3 scripts that I would recommend (no need in saying which ones at this point) and several others that I would grade as consider. A tough challenge indeed.


My Scripts can all be seen here:

http://dlambertson.wix.com/scripts
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Quoted from IamGlenn
The four candles/fork handles is the best sketch ever. Doesn't matter where you're from. Simple.


Link please.

I agree that humor, especially from across the pond, is quite different.  I do have some experience, like with Monty Python.  I still think "The Holy Grail" is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen, especially the vorpal bunny.  I had just started playing D&D and well, funny stuff.

I did get to watch some Benny Hill, but, the other one was funnier, and I wish I could recall the name.  Dave or David something...  It was many years ago.  Both were half hour shows and one was on after the other.  

I can recall one skit where a guy goes into a confessional to confess his sins, suddenly, the priest comes storming out and pulls the dude from the confessional and starts beating him, then takes off his belt and starts whipping him.  All over because he stole a loaf of bread or something small like that.  Then he looks at the other people waiting in line and says "who's next?"  Needlessly to say, no one went in.

Dan


Please read my scripts:
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Thanks
Dan
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That was Dave Allen, Dan. Another great comedian, an Irish one at that lol


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Quoted from stevie
That was Dave Allen, Dan. Another great comedian, an Irish one at that lol


Yep, now I remember, Dave Allen At Large, right?  I used to watch that, but, I was really young and I had to go to bed early those days.  

Funny stuff.

I'm not gonna write a lot.  I'm in a really bad news and I don't know what to do about it...  

Anyways, thanks for those cool memories.

Dan


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
Dan
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