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I haven't started yet but realized that Ican't go with my best idea as it is not comedic but very dramatic. My other idea is medocre but I may write it after all. It may turn up being a non-intended pisser though. Unintended pissers are the worst
I find the (at least some) part of your statement discouraging. They are going to be 10 pages at most. It should take less than ten minutes to read one. Then probably another five-to-fifteen minutes to write a review. I will be hoping to read and review every script submitted in their entirety. I don't find it that hard to commit to reading all of a script (especially a short), unless it is riddled with grammatical, spelling, formatting errors and, or is just too confusing.
Hank, if you find this statement discouraging, you're in for a rood awakening once reviews and feedback begin, as very, very few peeps comment on every entry, most just hit a few, and some, don't post a single comment.
I comment on every single entry, every single time. If a script sucks balls, chances are good I'll bow out, but I will make it very clear why I'm bowing out.
We'll see if you hold to what you said here and read and comment on every single script in their entirety. Just understand, there could easily be 40 or so.
To ski or not to ski...that's not even a question.
I've finished the 'puke' draft. Will need a lot of tidying up.
This is going to sound like I'm kissing ass, but thank you for this challenge. If left to my own devices, I wouldn't even think about writing a script like this - When the challenge was announced, I rolled my eyes - But I actually really enjoyed writing this one, didn't think I would.
I hope you guys have as much fun tearing it apart as I did putting it together
I could name more RomComs that are not rolling in the aisles stuff than are. Something About Mary, for example, is a ComRom imho. Knocked Up genuinely cracked me up in spots but made me cringe in others.
Even Woody's material (Annie Hall) often just brings a smile of recognition with his acute observations.
If you make me quietly chuckle or smile at some point and I'm touched by the romantic element I'll be happy.
Kham has a point too. It's subjective, and dare I say the SS female audience may be impressed by stuff you guys roll your eyes at.
Now, has anyone heard from Dave?
Like I said, right up his alley and I'm looking forward to reading his entry, and Antthony's too!
No - I was not abducted :
We've been moving my wife's Dad to live with us. He's wheelchair bound so we've been having to do a lot of accommodations (bathrooms, door widening and the like) so my time has been consumed.
I have not typed a single sentence yet but am going to try to find time.
In terms of this:
Now, a question of personal taste which I'm curious of all people's opinions about. How dark and depressing can a romantic comedy get before the romance is no longer romantic and the comedy is no longer comedic?
First, comedy is subjective. For me the measure is going to be was there a genuine attempt to make me laugh or smile regardless of whether I personally do either.
Second, did the writer at least attempt to meet the spirit of the genre? e.g., If 4 pages out of the 5 focus on the horror of Zombies killing people and Valentine's day - nope. But if the story is about a couple of Zombie's celebrating Valentine's day - yep (kind of funny on it's face). I think it cold be titled "Death Will Not Do Us Part"
Dramatic elements could simply abound as well as most Romantic Comedies are full of them. In As Good as it Gets - Simon is nearly beaten to death and in another scene is horribly rejected by his parents.
The real challenge here is it being a Short. Hard to include multiple story phases in such few pages. So for me:
- Make sure you have the three elements in your story. - Incorporate a Romantic theme - Keep the script between five and ten pages - Make an earnest attempt to make someone smile or laugh
Yeah, first time Iíve ever submitted this early but Iíll be busy all week and didnít want to take any chances. Got an idea and ran with it. Anyway, I havenít submitted a good OWC script in almost two years. I figure this one canít be any worse.