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LC
Posted: June 6th, 2019, 11:39pm Report to Moderator
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Thanks Stevie.
Crossing my fingers.

And to top things off I'm now in the (you predicted it) coughing stage of my cold and keeping hubby up all night.  


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Quoted from Warren



I think the scripts are being revealed after each round, just not the scores until the end. But if youíre right we should still be able to guess when each round of scoring is over, at least I'd think so.


Oh if scripts are revealed each time then yes, why not guess. Lets see what Sean says
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Take care, Libby. Get well soon!
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Thanks Kham.
Great to see you (and Dena, maybe?) are keeping the female contingent up.  


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One thing that's abundantly clear, as it always is, is that people have very different taste.

I literally canít believe some of the praise on some scripts, I even reread a few that people really liked and my opinions were completely unwavering.

It's also another round where I couldnít really pick one that's standing out heads above the rest. In saying that I think the overall quality was pretty high considering the restraints of the challenge.

I just want to know who wrote what now  


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Quoted from LC
Thanks Stevie.
Crossing my fingers.

And to top things off I'm now in the (you predicted it) coughing stage of my cold and keeping hubby up all night.  


Hope all is well and you feel better soon.


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Quoted from LC
Thanks Stevie.
Crossing my fingers.

And to top things off I'm now in the (you predicted it) coughing stage of my cold and keeping hubby up all night.  


Yeah Iím over the snot stage and am coughing as well   Lol



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And thanks Warren. Can't work out if I've read yours yet. I like to think I can pick you now, but not sure here. The Bobbleheads have thrown things in disarray.


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Quoted from LC
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And thanks Warren. Can't work out if I've read yours yet. I like to think I can pick you now, but not sure here. The Bobbleheads have thrown things in disarray.


Well I wonít confirm or deny that. But yes I have to agree, I think you have me pretty well figured out... or do you?


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I'm definitely not in this. I could probably have made it this round but I'm waiting on a contract to sign. Once that's done, I will not have the kind of time I've had these past couple of weeks.


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Quoted from Warren
So when can we start guessing?

I think I'm pretty damn close to perfect on my guesses this time.




I'm up to 12 guesses now - I'm only really sure of 4 of them though.... still not positive I've found yours


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Quoted from Warren

I literally canít believe some of the praise on some scripts, I even reread a few that people really liked and my opinions were completely unwavering.


I hear you - one, in particular, is terribly written - The very first sentence has three things wrong with it and it only gets worse from there... Then I look at the comments

"This is well written" -  


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None of the scripts stood out to me. Not even close. Not surprising considering the limitations.

I myself have not written a script in several years, and I have never been able to write within the 5 pages. I'm also limited by mediocre talent. Just can't escape that, sadly. That's why I switched to prose, see if I could do better. My only hope in these is to sometimes stumble into a really good concept.

As far as everyone else's comments on scripts, I found them helpful. Sometimes they straightened me out when I misunderstood a script.

There was one script that really seemed like comedy could have worked for it, but it wasn't comedy. The story was really strange, but most people loved it. I've read it three times, and I guess I'm still missing the boat. I try to find out where I'm missing stuff so I can learn and apply to future stories.
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Hey, when do the scorecards have to be sent? I have guests in a few minutes, and can remember that somewhere was a discussion that the deadline has been changed to "today"???

Can someone please send me a pm when since I of course want to participate?

Thank you.



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Sorry for being so absent for most of the last 24 hours. My car officially died and I spent about 12 hours at dealerships last night and another four this morning replacing my registration and DMV stuff. Long story short, I should be back to full strength now. I have a lot of posts to reply to, so here we go.


Quoted from LC
I also posted the voting link on p.6 and have alerted Sean I think it needs to be more prominently displayed.


I wish I had those great mystical powers. All I can do is keep updating people on it.


Quoted from ReneC
I thought we had until the end of the next roundís submission deadline to read and vote, which would be Monday, but now itís tomorrow?


I know. I went back and re-read that. I was completely fucked up at the time. The time is review round 1's scripts ends on the 10th at 11:59PM EST. I'm really sorry about misleading people on that. You have until the end of Monday night.


Quoted from leitskev
"Well, much of your story IS in a psychiatrist's office, but it feels more like a psychologist to me, so I'm afraid this doesn't meet criteria. Sorry."


Who the hell wrote that one? The only difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist is that a psychiatrist can prescibe drugs...


Quoted from khamanna
What if scoring a script as "N" for the requirement makes him cut the average in half?


They are structured evenly and each valued at 20%. Two main reasons why. Those are my reasons.


Quoted from Dreamscale
I'm not aware of that.  As far as I can tell, a script can receive the least possible in meeting the requirements, which is 1 point, but still receive 5's in the other 4 categories, which would render an average score of 4.2, which, you'd think, would/could win the round.


It could, which is why there are five rounds. You really think somebody's going to intentionally miss the criteria five weeks in a row and bank on good scores alone, in order to get the high score? They'd have to be a pretty talented writer to do that and, if they're that talented, why screw themselves out of points by intentionally missing the criteria?


Quoted from khamanna
Well, let's see if you are correct at the assumption that "Yes" equals "5" and "No" equals "1


It does.


Quoted from ReneC
It's meant to be a fun exercise, nothing more.


It is, but some people feel otherwise. That's their prerogative.


Quoted from ReneC
See, that's the start of the next round, not the end of the next round's submission period. That would be Monday the 10th at 11:59PM EDT. That's why I wanted clarification.


Yes, I messed this up. You have three more days to review.


Quoted from Dreamscale
I think it is designed to be that way, as several of us have commented - if a script misses the parameters, it should get the lowest overall score it possibly can.


"it should get the lowest overall score it possibly can." - In that category, yes. But, if you're scoring scripts down in all categories because it missed the parameters, that's not how it works.


Quoted from leitskev
I think some people are looking for reasons to DQ based on criteria. For me, I think we need to be as generous as possible, especially with this fusion thing. If there are futuristic elements and speculative technologies, it's sci fi. If there are violent killings or monsters, it's horror. If there are attempts at humor, funny or not, it's comedy. It's amazing how many comments seem to be looking for reasons to DQ someone because of some subjective interpretation of genre.


Believe me, if we had an independent group of reviewers, instead of reviews by the competitors, I would do that instead. It wouldn't remove bias, but it would make the reviewing parameters more uniform. Some people, when reviewing, take into account the difficulty of the parameters and the timeframe. Some don't. What can you do?


Quoted from Matthew Taylor
I don't see the point in DNS myself.


That wasn't added by me. Neither was the zero score for the other four categories.


Quoted from leitskev
True. But it would be better if we could grade this 1 thru 5 too. For years I have participated in the NYC Midnight contests, both screen and prose. They're not cheap...like $55. It's similar, you get a genre, location, object. The judge's notes are fantastic. Granted, they are paid, but they really are good. And none of them are looking for reasons to dismiss scripts based on criteria. If you get it close enough you're ok.

The overwhelming percentage of scripts here had a bobblehead that was prominent, a shrink's office, and something close to 2 genres. Yet it's amazing to see so much of that questioned. But I guess that's what happens when writers judge each others work in a competition. There's a tendency to look for reasons to dismiss. All par for the course.


Yes. Literally, to the whole thing. By the way, I finally entered this year, just to see.


Quoted from khamanna
Hmm I remember Sean said a week for reviewing and scoring. How did "tomorrow" come up at all. I was able to do it quickly this week but I cant be sure for the upcoming 4 weeks


It came up because I accidentally gave wrong information. Reviews end three days from today.


Quoted from Warren
I guess the whole 'reading half' thing is completely irrelevant. Nothing to stop someone scoring them all and saying "reading and scoring but not commenting".


Well, it's true that people could do just that. I'd hope they wouldn't, but there's no way to prove that they didn't read it. Then again, forcing them to review doesn't solve the problem, either. Somebody could put a half-assed, bullshit response like, "This script sucked, out at page 1" for 11 scripts and score them just because. This is the one thing I can't protect against is proving that people are actually reading.


Quoted from Warren
So when can we start guessing?


People can guess anytime they want. Just don't confirm that the guessers are right or wrong until reviewing ends for this round.


Quoted from khamanna
Where's Sean to answer our questions? Probably sleeping somewhere


Car buying. Way, way worse than sleeping.


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