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Mr. Blonde
Posted: May 31st, 2019, 10:59pm Report to Moderator
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Welcome to Round 1. At this moment, you are all equal. Now, comes the fun part. Keep in mind that the location and object should be integral to your script (the script can't exist without them), but that doesn't mean your entire script has to take place in that location or that object has to appear in every scene.

For this round, there's a little extra trick to make things harder on all of you.

Genre: Fusion.

Location: Psychiatrist's Office.

Object: Bobblehead Doll.


Now, what does "fusion" mean in this case? There are four genres which will appear in rounds 2-5: Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi. Your task, in round 1, is to fuse two (only two) of those together for this script.

To avoid questions regarding this topic, I made this list:

Horror-Comedy - Shaun of the Dead
Horror-Action - Aliens
Horror-Sci-Fi - Alien
Action-Comedy - Beverly Hills Cop
Action-Sci-Fi - The Matrix
Sci-Fi-Comedy - Men in Black

Good luck.

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Wow, okay thinking cap on.


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I see we’re taking it easy this year. (Projects false of confidence as he panics already.)


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Good topic.
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Ohhhh...glad I stumbled into my office.

Funny, cuz I had no clue it was starting right now.  HA!
OK< I'm buzzed, and I have nothing but time...no kids, no commitments, free free =, set me free.

I'll get something in that Warren is going to love!  
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Vomit draft complete.
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Got a fully formed story scribbled down in my notebook. Quite happy with it at the moment. Will see how it looks when I turn it into a script on Monday.

Now I can spend the next day and a bit massaging the story in my head.

Thought I was going to struggle a bit more with the criteria but something came to me pretty quickly. I'm not saying it's great but it will definitely do for this round.


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Quoted from Dreamscale
Ohhhh...glad I stumbled into my office.

Funny, cuz I had no clue it was starting right now.  HA!
OK< I'm buzzed, and I have nothing but time...no kids, no commitments, free free =, set me free.

I'll get something in that Warren is going to love!  


You should shit this challenge in bro  I hear you’ve had lots of experience and action with realistic bobble head dolls.  And I imagine the video of it is bordering on horror/comedy  



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Holy crap, this is tough! I'll just bang my face against my keyboard and see what happens.


An example of my writing...

FOR SATAN - short, horror, 14 pgs (revised draft) - A group of thrill-seekers explore a creepy old house on Halloween night. Think you know this story? Think again.
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Man, Im just seeing this! Havent realized it was going up yesterday. Oh well
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What’s the page count this round? Sorry if I missed that.


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Very creative, well-thought-out challenge. Hope I can think of something worthy.



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Quoted from Gary in Houston
What’s the page count this round? Sorry if I missed that.


1-5 pages, all rounds.


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So, all of it has to happen in the psychiatrist office? Or the major part of it?
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It has to play a key role, so that the script wouldn't work without it, but doesn't have to be exclusively in the office.
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ah ok. Very good
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Am I allowed to get weird with the bobblehead doll? Lol

What I mean is... Does it need to be a traditional bobblehead, or can it be something a little stranger that strongly resembles a bobblehead doll? I'm being vague, I know. But I don't want to out myself.


An example of my writing...

FOR SATAN - short, horror, 14 pgs (revised draft) - A group of thrill-seekers explore a creepy old house on Halloween night. Think you know this story? Think again.

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Bobblehead doll is pretty specific. It either is or it isn't. Use your discretion, but be wary others may not see it that way in their reviews.


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Quoted from Mr. Blonde
Bobblehead doll is pretty specific. It either is or it isn't. Use your discretion, but be wary others may not see it that way in their reviews.


I think mine fits the bill... Even if just barely.


An example of my writing...

FOR SATAN - short, horror, 14 pgs (revised draft) - A group of thrill-seekers explore a creepy old house on Halloween night. Think you know this story? Think again.
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Bashed my draft into Fade In from Wordpad to put the finishing touches to it....motherfucker's 12 pages long.

I was doing so well, as well.....
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Quoted from Zack
Am I allowed to get weird with bobblehead doll? Lol

What I mean is... Does it need to be a traditional bobblehead, or can it be something a little stranger that strongly resembles a bobblehead doll? I'm being vague, I know. But I don't want to out myself.



I'm not in this... but, come on, it's a bobblehead doll... it will be some kind of doll with a bobbly head. Even if it's a lion doll with a bobbly head, it's a bobblehead doll.
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I'm not in this... but, come on, it's a bobblehead doll... it will be some kind of doll with a bobbly head. Even if it's a lion doll with a bobbly head, it's a bobblehead doll.


Yeah.... I'm getting a bit weirder with it than that. Lol.


An example of my writing...

FOR SATAN - short, horror, 14 pgs (revised draft) - A group of thrill-seekers explore a creepy old house on Halloween night. Think you know this story? Think again.
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Yeah.... I'm getting a bit weirder with it than that. Lol.


You're giving your script away more and more. Why couldn't you have just written the script without asking? Your question hasn't been answered and you're going to do it anyway... so what was the point?
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You're giving your script away more and more. Why couldn't you have just written the script without asking? Your question hasn't been answered and you're going to do it anyway... so what was the point?


Could just be misdirection.    And Sean more or less did answer the question for me.

Though in hindsight, I probably should of just ran with it. Oh well. Asking dumb questions is one of my major character flaws.


An example of my writing...

FOR SATAN - short, horror, 14 pgs (revised draft) - A group of thrill-seekers explore a creepy old house on Halloween night. Think you know this story? Think again.

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I've cut the hell out of this thing and it's still 6 pages.

Grrr.
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Quoted from Scar Tissue Films
I've cut the hell out of this thing and it's still 6 pages.

Grrr.


You're doing better than me. All I've got is Fade In:

And yet somehow I've already got 2 typos and an orphan.


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FOR SATAN - short, horror, 14 pgs (revised draft) - A group of thrill-seekers explore a creepy old house on Halloween night. Think you know this story? Think again.
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In case anyone was wondering:

bob·ble·head

noun: bobblehead; plural noun: bobbleheads; noun: bobblehead doll; plural noun: bobblehead dolls; noun: bobble-head; plural noun: bobble-heads; noun: bobble-head doll; plural noun: bobble-head dolls

a figurine with a disproportionately large head mounted on a spring so that it bobs up and down, often made as a caricature of a famous person.


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Quoted from Gary in Houston

a figurine with a disproportionately large head mounted on a spring so that it bobs up and down, often made as a caricature of a famous person.


That definition seems pretty open to me.

Thanks Gary


An example of my writing...

FOR SATAN - short, horror, 14 pgs (revised draft) - A group of thrill-seekers explore a creepy old house on Halloween night. Think you know this story? Think again.
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A picture wouldn't... =)


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I kind of looked like a bobblehead in the 8th grade. That was before they were invented fortunately, or I might have got that nickname,
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Is it just me or isn't "psychiatrist office" originally screaming drama?

I got a theme but have to push a certain scenario inside to hit on genre. Ah… just shit-chatting of me. It's do or die I guess. I'm not a restriction guy as some may know, always on the other side, so I got another question, Sean,,,, you know what you demand regarding a two genre script within that bubble head therapist thing damn



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Kinda glad I'm out on this.... I had the bobblehead, and the psychiatrist's office. The fusion would have thrown me. Sean, you are evil, and there is a special place in Hell for SS moderators... (0:

Good luck to all - I may read when I can.

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I went from a total deer in the headlights look of despair, to blazing out a first draft. Holy crap, that wasn't an easy task. I'm so thankful for the 1-5 page limit. We're going to have a lot of reading these next few weeks.

I'm going to let this marinade for a while but, when it's ready, where's the link to submit?
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Quoted from PrussianMosby
I got another question, Sean,,,, you know what you demand regarding a two genre script within that bubble head therapist thing damn


Come on. After pulling those topics out, I had five ideas come to me. Only one was decent, but we're not going to talk about that.


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Sean, you are evil, and there is a special place in Hell for SS moderators... (0:


That's the nicest thing anybody's said to me all day. Thank you. Sorry, Bert, Pia and Libby, you're all coming down with me. Anthony said so.


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I'm going to let this marinade for a while but, when it's ready, where's the link to submit?


I believe Don will provide one. I haven't heard, yet, but I'm sure you'll receive one when it's ready.


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Oh man, I overlooked the four given genres. I thought it could be any of the two that are out there. Ugh, and I was on p5 of my script.
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and how's action possible in this scenario?
I agree with Prussian. Psychiatrist screams drama.
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Really interesting parameters, Sean.

And by “interesting” obviously I mean “diabolical”

Am traveling and willing to take my lumps the first week and continue onward from there. If I have time to stitch together a non-pisser in Time then you’ll all see it.


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Quoted from khamanna
and how's action possible in this scenario?


You shake the bobblehead vigorously


Feature-length scripts:
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Oh man, I overlooked the four given genres. I thought it could be any of the two that are out there. Ugh, and I was on p5 of my script.


Unfortunately, yeah, those are the four acceptable genres. It is possible to reach them accidentally, though...


Quoted from khamanna
and how's action possible in this scenario?
I agree with Prussian. Psychiatrist screams drama.


You're the writer, Khamanna. You tell me how action is possible. And, psychiatrist screams any genre you want it to. =)


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Really interesting parameters, Sean.

And by “interesting” obviously I mean “diabolical”


You guys are going to make me blush if you keep heaping all this praise on me...


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Quoted from khamanna
and how's action possible in this scenario?
I agree with Prussian. Psychiatrist screams drama.


Easy.

Think soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder.
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Got it down to five pages after much woodwork. I'll leave it now, and do a final pass later.
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I'm so ready to get in front of my laptop and write this thing. Will be writing and submitting tomorrow.


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I'm done.

It's pretty bad though.  I doubt it'll receive a positive mark.


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I finally have an idea!!!

It's a terrible idea that should never exist, but it's happening anyway.

Now I gotta try and figure out a way to make it not look like a pisser


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well after I wedge in one of the needed genres into mine it's going to read like a pisser. And it was so not! I even liked it.

I blame Sean
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What is our deadline again?  Tomorrow at midnight EST?


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What is our deadline again?  Tomorrow at midnight EST?


11:59PM. And, it's EDT. Don't want you to get thrown off by one hour.


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Oh, cool.  We have all day tomorrow?  I haven't started yet, and won't be able to today, so I need tomorrow.
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Oh, cool.  We have all day tomorrow?  I haven't started yet, and won't be able to today, so I need tomorrow.


Yes, by popular request, it's 72 hours.


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Horror/comedy flicks are pissers anyway so go for it peeps



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Okay, done... where/how do I submit my opus?


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Okay, done... where/how do I submit my opus?


Awaiting confirmation from Don on that topic.


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Good chunk done. Thanks for doing this Mr. Blonde! First script I've written in years, having fun. I ran into a weird slug situation, can't ask Jeff til after the voting though. I don't think anyone will notice it. Lost my FD, so using Scrivener. Kind of a pain because you can't even tell what page you're on, and forget about orphans., you can't tell until you convert to PDF. But having fun. About to crack a Tullamore Dew on the rocks.
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I've got beef short ribs going and alot of drinking and hanging in my pool.

No writing today for sure, but I have my idea set.  5 pages is always tough for me, but I think I can do it.
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Finished my first draft and it was definitely a vomit one. At least I wanted to vomit after reading it.  Hopefully you will too!


An utterly mediocre writer who somehow still falls bass ackwards into getting some of his scripts produced.
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well after I wedge in one of the needed genres into mine it's going to read like a pisser. And it was so not! I even liked it.

I blame Sean


Submit it as is. Worst that could happen is lower marks in just the criteria category.

I finally have something worth writing. Now I just need the time to do it.


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I've never been able to do 5. Giving it a shot. Hard to fit a full story in. I can't write like some of the writers here, but fun to be in.
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This 5 page limit is BRUTAL.


An example of my writing...

FOR SATAN - short, horror, 14 pgs (revised draft) - A group of thrill-seekers explore a creepy old house on Halloween night. Think you know this story? Think again.
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This 5 page limit is BRUTAL.


Then, you're going to adore the next four weeks, Zack. =)


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Then, you're going to adore the next four weeks, Zack. =)


Yesss. Bring the pain, Sean. My safe word is "More".


An example of my writing...

FOR SATAN - short, horror, 14 pgs (revised draft) - A group of thrill-seekers explore a creepy old house on Halloween night. Think you know this story? Think again.
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Five pages done. Now, sleep. Wake up, check pages to see if there's anything there.


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Can we have a timer if possible Blondie? I'm done and I think theres like 22 hrs to go but dont wanna it.



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First draft done. It's...something.

Hopefully it'll look better tomorrow.


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Vomit draft is done

A lot of you peeps are going to HATE it! (especially Jeff, If I could I would just warn you now not to read it lol) -  but holy hell did I have fun writing this one lol probably the most fun I have had writing a short.


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Submit it as is. Worst that could happen is lower marks in just the criteria category.

That would have been a smarter choice, yeah.
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Then, you're going to adore the next four weeks, Zack. =)


I thought all of those were going to be 5. One thing I refuse to write is a one-pager. I won't do it!
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Can we have a timer if possible Blondie? I'm done and I think theres like 22 hrs to go but dont wanna it.


As great as my mystical, magical powers are, that is one which is beyond the scope of them. However, today is the first day I haven't had to work since April, so I'm happy to update this thread once an hour with a makeshift countdown clock, if you'd like. Not a problem.

That said, you were correct about the time. Currently 14 and a half hours to go.


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I thought all of those were going to be 5. One thing I refuse to write is a one-pager. I won't do it!


They're all up to 5 pages long. Aw, Khamanna, you're an alum of MoviePoet. The 1-page contest in June was always my favorite.


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And I submitted mine.

May I resubmit it though if I change something later?
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And resubmitted!
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I bet they all are going to be a one combination of genres.
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Submitted.

I already known what some people are going to say...and it will be valid criticism...but it's a good script regardless, even if I do say so myself.
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https://www.simplyscripts.com/submit_your_script_new.html

As per Sean's update#4


Update 4: Don has informed me that you should submit your scripts using the normal method HERE/ABOVE and indicate in the comments section that it is for the Writers' Tournament. Thank you.


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Cheers Blondie    Will submit in the morning which is Tuesday here



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Cut, cut, cut. Choppity chop.

Doh, doh, doh, so much to go.

Getting closer. Written far better. Written worse. Struggled with this combo. The genre thing really added a layer of difficulty. Which is funny, because I think most scripts cross genres.


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The Hand of God - Low budget, semi-contained thriller/Feature
Wait Till Next Year - Disney-style family sports comedy/Feature

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https://www.simplyscripts.com/submit_your_script_new.html

As per Sean's update#4


Update 4: Don has informed me that you should submit your scripts using the normal method HERE/ABOVE and indicate in the comments section that it is for the Writers' Tournament. Thank you.


Thanks, Libby.

One question, when submitting, we should do it with our real name or under the pseudonym?


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One question, when submitting, we should do it with our real name or under the pseudonym?


Use your real name when submitting, but not on the actual script.


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Mine just wasn’t happening. Over and...out.



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Quoted from Mr. Blonde


Use your real name when submitting, but not on the actual script.


Perfect. Thanks, Sean.


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Mine just wasn’t happening. Over and...out.


Missing one doesn't mean you're out. Unless you want to be out, that is. Just a heads up.


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Checked my vomit draft to see if it had polished itself from a turd to a diamond. No such luck. Back to the ole drawing board.  But first, I need to watch three hours of mindless tv so that I’m not wasting my time here.


An utterly mediocre writer who somehow still falls bass ackwards into getting some of his scripts produced.
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Quoted from Mr. Blonde


Missing one doesn't mean you're out. Unless you want to be out, that is. Just a heads up.


Thanks. Hope to stay in.



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Somehow I managed to cram my story into 5 pages. Despite the fact that it's completely overstuffed, I actually like it quite a bit. I'm gonna sit on it for a few more hours before I submit it.

Looking forward to seeing how everyone else approached this brutal challenge. Thanks for doing this, Sean. My creative juices are surging. lol


An example of my writing...

FOR SATAN - short, horror, 14 pgs (revised draft) - A group of thrill-seekers explore a creepy old house on Halloween night. Think you know this story? Think again.

Revision History (2 edits; 1 reasons shown)
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Done and dusted. Just submitted mine.

Can't believe I managed to enter something with those parameters. Good luck everyone!


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I need to start working on this.  DAMNIT!!!!

I think I can get a 1 pager in...
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I think I can get a 1 pager in...


That's allowed. And, actually, I think a better script will come of a 1-pager than a 5-pager. MP taught me that years ago. =)


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Submitted, that was not an easy task. And it doesn't look barely as good in script format than it did when it was just scribbled down in my notepad.

I feel like there is a fairly obvious story and genre combination to take, I'll be interested to see how many people head in the same or similar direction.

At the very least I think there will be an overwhelming number that are the same genre.

Good luck everyone, though challenge for sure.


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Quoted from PKCardinal
Cut, cut, cut. Choppity chop.

Doh, doh, doh, so much to go.

Getting closer. Written far better. Written worse. Struggled with this combo. The genre thing really added a layer of difficulty. Which is funny, because I think most scripts cross genres.


He says before demolishing the competition.


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I bet they all are going to be a one combination of genres.


I bet you're right


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Quick funny story, as I prepare to throw down...

Literally less than 10 minutes ago, I decided to run my idea on Teri, my girlfriend...as some of you know, that didn't go well the last few OWC's.

So, I started and within 15 seconds, she grabbed a file and started filing her nails.  As I continued, I paused at each important revelation...waited for a response...got none, and continued on.

When i finished, she said, "I don't think you should spend alot of time on it".  I asked why, and she repeated what she said, got up, and as she went inside, she said I have no idea what you just said and didn't get any of it.

So, there we go...

I'll write it now and submit and wait for the bashing to begin...
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Though time-crunched, I was able to get something in.

Let me just apologize now.


Feature-length scripts:
Who Wants to Be a Princess? (Family)
Glass House (Horror anthology)

TV pilots:
"Kord" (Fantasy)
"Mal Suerte" (Superhero)

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Submitted. I like the story I came up with, but man was it tough getting it all into 5 pages. Let's just say I'm not expecting rave reviews.


An example of my writing...

FOR SATAN - short, horror, 14 pgs (revised draft) - A group of thrill-seekers explore a creepy old house on Halloween night. Think you know this story? Think again.
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This sucks. I'm really happy with what I wrote, which means you're all going to hate it. Dammit.

Submitted.

BTW, when I went to submit, it said "Script submissions are closed for the Writers' Tournament." Kinda freaked me out thinking I was too late. You might want to check your wording!
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OMG...this is not turning out like I had intended.  FUCK!!!!
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This sucks. I'm really happy with what I wrote, which means you're all going to hate it. Dammit.

Submitted.

BTW, when I went to submit, it said "Script submissions are closed for the Writers' Tournament." Kinda freaked me out thinking I was too late. You might want to check your wording!


Sorry about that.  I've made an updated.  Please submit via simplyscripts.com/owc

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So will the writers be revealed at the end of each round or at the end of the tournament?


An example of my writing...

FOR SATAN - short, horror, 14 pgs (revised draft) - A group of thrill-seekers explore a creepy old house on Halloween night. Think you know this story? Think again.
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So will the writers be revealed at the end of each round or at the end of the tournament?


That's a good question!
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So will the writers be revealed at the end of each round or at the end of the tournament?


The writers for each script will be revealed after the voting for that round ends. The scores will remain private until the end, but will be added to each script individually, as well as the overall scores added to the leaderboard.


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So will the writers be revealed at the end of each round or at the end of the tournament?


Basically, shame me now or shame me later?


Quoted from Mr. Blonde
The writers for each script will be revealed after the voting for that round ends. The scores will remain private until the end, but will be added to each script individually, as well as the overall scores added to the leaderboard.


So... shame now and shame later. Diabolical. How... Sean of you.


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That's a good question!


Every great once and a while I ask a question that isn't completely stupid.


An example of my writing...

FOR SATAN - short, horror, 14 pgs (revised draft) - A group of thrill-seekers explore a creepy old house on Halloween night. Think you know this story? Think again.
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So... shame now and shame later. Diabolical. How... Sean of you.


I prefer shame eventually and shame always, personally. Sounds friendlier. =)


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So Blondie when the scripts are up, we read and review till the next round right? So we have 3 days for that then rd 2 starts Sat arve Oz time? Is that how it goes down?



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So Blondie when the scripts are up, we read and review till the next round right? So we have 3 days for that then rd 2 starts Sat arve Oz time? Is that how it goes down?


To vote for round 1, you have until round 2's voting starts. For example, if you finish round 2's script early or don't like the topic, you can still review Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The full seven days.


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And, just for the record, all entrants now have less than one hour to go.


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FUCK!  Under an hour and still writing.  Like Scar, it's way too long and I'm not even done.

Need mroe Jager..maybe some weed...something...anything.  A cig first!  Then I end it and cut cut cut and submit.!!

SHOT!!!


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Quoted from Dreamscale
FUCK!  Under an hour and still writing.  Like Scar, it's way too long and I'm not even done.

Need mroe Jager..maybe some weed...something...anything.  A cig first!  Then I end it and cut cut cut and submit.!!

SHOT!!!




You got this, Dude!


An example of my writing...

FOR SATAN - short, horror, 14 pgs (revised draft) - A group of thrill-seekers explore a creepy old house on Halloween night. Think you know this story? Think again.
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Cheers Blondie   Hey our shared birthday coming up soon lol



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Apparently, I ingested just the right mix of substances and actually finished this thing. It's been too long since I've contributed to an OWC so I'm rather pleased with myself for completing it. I'm gonna try like hell to hang with you guys for 5 weeks.
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Cheers Blondie   Hey our shared birthday coming up soon lol


And Baltis. Don't forget about ol' Baltis. Lol. =)


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I'm gone to bed. See your bad scripts tomorrow.


I expect to have bobblehead-fueled nightmares at least until the Horror-genre week.


Feature-length scripts:
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Glass House (Horror anthology)

TV pilots:
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And Baltis. Don't forget about ol' Baltis. Lol. =)


Yeah maybe one day Frostbite will surface on a screen full of goat nips



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I expect to have bobblehead-fueled nightmares at least until the Horror-genre week.


I don't want to knock week 2 (it's good, but I think we'll have some similar ones), but I'm really excited for weeks 3 and 4. I can't wait to see what you guys do with them.


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Yeah maybe one day Frostbite will surface on a screen full of goat nips


Baltis was just an acquired taste that I never acquired.


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Submitted with a whole 23 minutes to go. It's not as polished as I would have liked, but it's done. The kids' beach day really ate up my time.

As usual, my title sucks. And my logline sucks. Why do I always forget I need to think about those things?



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Ha! I didn't even need the last 16 minutes!


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60 Feet Under - Low budget, contained thriller/Feature
The Hand of God - Low budget, semi-contained thriller/Feature
Wait Till Next Year - Disney-style family sports comedy/Feature

Many shorts available for production: comedy, thriller, drama, light horror
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Submitted with a whole 23 minutes to go. It's not as polished as I would have liked, but it's done. The kids' beach day really ate up my time.

As usual, my title sucks. And my logline sucks. Why do I always forget I need to think about those things?


Says the guy with the picture of two crappy mugs at the same time... Lol.


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Ha! I didn't even need the last 16 minutes!


Note to self: Round 1 not challenging enough...


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Quoted from Mr. Blonde


Says the guy with the picture of two crappy mugs at the same time... Lol.



Note to self: Round 1 not challenging enough...


Dangit. Played that one wrong, I did.


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60 Feet Under - Low budget, contained thriller/Feature
The Hand of God - Low budget, semi-contained thriller/Feature
Wait Till Next Year - Disney-style family sports comedy/Feature

Many shorts available for production: comedy, thriller, drama, light horror
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You in, Jeff???


An example of my writing...

FOR SATAN - short, horror, 14 pgs (revised draft) - A group of thrill-seekers explore a creepy old house on Halloween night. Think you know this story? Think again.
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Literally at the buzzer!

FUCK!!!  I thought I'd have a few minutes left, but I didn't.

I'm in!!!
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Let me just apologize now.


And a specific, heart-felt apology to Don for revising this monstrosity, increasing his workload.


Feature-length scripts:
Who Wants to Be a Princess? (Family)
Glass House (Horror anthology)

TV pilots:
"Kord" (Fantasy)
"Mal Suerte" (Superhero)

Additional scripts are listed here.
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Literally at the buzzer!



Game winning shot?


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Game winning shot?


Or, off the popcorn vendor's head, Space Jam-style... Lol.


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Damn that's quick!!


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Game winning shot?


Highly unlikely as I really don[t knowwhat I submitted.  But..I did like it through page 2...


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Don has uploaded all the scripts, officially, and I checked the links -- they're all fine -- so everyone should be good to you. A huge thank you to Don for getting them all up so quickly. Good luck and have fun, everybody. =)


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Awesome work Don and Blondie



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Lots of horror comedies, didn't see that coming  


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Lots of horror comedies, didn't see that coming  


No? I figured at least half would be in that category.


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No? I figured at least half would be in that category.


Hence the tongue poking out emoji thing  

Or are you joking, I never know.


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Or are you joking, I never know.


Then, it's working... =)


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A lot of horror-comedies, but almost ALL of them are horror-something. Says something about bobbleheads, me thinks.


Feature-length scripts:
Who Wants to Be a Princess? (Family)
Glass House (Horror anthology)

TV pilots:
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"Mal Suerte" (Superhero)

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Just happy to have a horse in therqadce!
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Alright, I've read the serious entries. Not bad. Some really nice moments in some of them.

Now, I've got to get my comedy head on, I suppose.
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Got my little scoring table set up.

This is not a criticism in any way, good concept for a tournament! Just a general observation about the problem with scoring by category.

I can conceive of some talented writer crafting the perfect script, yet scoring very low on dialog. For example, comedy is much more conducive to showing dialog prowess. Some stories by nature have limited dialog, and to try to spruce up the dialog would ruin the story. In those stories, sparse dialog is the perfect dialog, but it won't really showcase what the writer can do and won't score high.

Again, it's not a criticism. No matter how you break down the categories you can run into that.
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I can conceive of some talented writer crafting the perfect script, yet scoring very low on dialog. For example, comedy is much more conducive to showing dialog prowess. Some stories by nature have limited dialog, and to try to spruce up the dialog would ruin the story. In those stories, sparse dialog is the perfect dialog, but it won't really showcase what the writer can do and won't score high.


Here is the best retort I can muster and I'm so glad you picked dialogue because this will be the easiest one for me to explain.

If you read a script with no dialogue, would you grade it as a 1 or a 5?

People like to look at dialogue as "good" or "bad". I don't believe in that logic. I've had way too many conversations with people that a lot of reviewers would say is bad and it reads false because they don't think anybody actually talks like that.

Instead, I categorize it as "necessary" and "unnecessary". There's no rule which say your script has to have dialogue. If you have a no dialogue script, but you still understand everything and every character's motivation, knowing that putting dialogue in would be a bad idea because you don't need it would probably result in a score of 5 for me.

Dialogue only works if it's necessary, no matter how good or bad it is. Otherwise, it's just fluff. But, that's why I like doing this kind of thing because you'll see people disagreeing on what they believe is necessary, unnecessary, good, bad, etc. and that starts a discussion and, as long as it remains civil, hopefully everybody learns a little something.

^^ That's bad dialogue. I didn't need to write that much. The real answer is score it how you feel. =)


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Great point, Sean, and that's the way it should work. But I doubt it would. I suspect a script with no dialog might get a 3...not a 1, but not a 5 either.

There's no perfect way to do categories. The only writing contest I used to care about was Nicholls. But the last time a did Nicholls, several years ago, they let out that they had, I think, 7 scoring cats. And one was "character growth". Which was a problem for me that year.

I usually build growth into my main character. But there is a whole other type of story that many gurus forget. It's the one where there is tremendous pressure on the hero to change, but where she must resist this pressure if she is to succeed. Her strength in this inspires others to change. Think Luke of Star Wars. Yes, he does mature into a adult, but the main pressure on him is to become selfish like Han Solo. He has to resist that. And because he does, it is Han Solo that changes.

I couldn't enter that script, the best one I had ever written, into Nicholls because of that. If you lose a couple points in Nicholls scoring you're out.

Anyway, I love your point.
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