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Warren
Posted: June 5th, 2019, 6:50pm Report to Moderator
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Not a bad mix, reading from the top to the bottom, I thought the first 10 were stronger than the last.



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5 more to go.

I'm scoring based on the scoring parameters we were given.

I do not agree with these at all, as some very poor scripts, scripts that should have been DQ'd, or not even read, scored rather well.


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While I think we should be relatively generous when it comes to genres, I also think it's fair if we deduct a little from the story if the categories were completely missed. For example, the highest one on my board was a straight up comedy. I liked it a lot. But I took a point off story because my thinking is that the story could not be that good if it had operated under the same constraints of fusion. It's still my highest rated script, but I knocked it on criteria AND story.
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So when does the next round start? I'm a bit confused by the timeline.


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And can we get bonus points for every one we get right?


I think I'm up to 5 points now  



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I'm looking at the scorecard, and you have no middle ground on the criteria.  Either they met the criteria or they didn't, and there are some scripts where you think, "well, maybe they did," but it's a close call.  And so if it's an otherwise admirable script, it gets severely dinged if it's right on the cusp.  All the other categories are graded on a 1 to 5 scale, but not the fusion or bobble head criteria.

Any thoughts on how to address this criteria when scoring?


An utterly mediocre writer who somehow still falls bass ackwards into getting some of his scripts produced.
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Quoted from Gary in Houston
I'm looking at the scorecard, and you have no middle ground on the criteria.  Either they met the criteria or they didn't, and there are some scripts where you think, "well, maybe they did," but it's a close call.  And so if it's an otherwise admirable script, it gets severely dinged if it's right on the cusp.  All the other categories are graded on a 1 to 5 scale, but not the fusion or bobble head criteria.

Any thoughts on how to address this criteria when scoring?


The next four weeks will be more straightforward. Donít want to speak for Sean, but my interpretation was that itís a way to penalize something youíd otherwise DQ. Iím trying to be lenient on the fusion thing if it looks like there was a boba fide effort at two genres.


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Who Wants to Be a Princess? (Family)
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"Mal Suerte" (Superhero)

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Quoted from Gary in Houston
Any thoughts on how to address this criteria when scoring?


I think you have to score each category on its own, which just isn't right.

For me, there are obvious things that good scripts contain, but I can't score that way here.

Giving 20% of the overall script either a 1 or 5, just isn't right.  In fact, if it's a 1, it should actually be a zero, because missing the parameters is what it's all about.



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Ok, Jeff, whisky in hand. Hope you have your Jaeger. Wish you could send me a shot. God, for years that was my shot, and I was in the bars 6 nights a week.

This is how I scored. I kept a list of each script and scored them 1 thru 5 on the 5 categories. That might not work, it sounds like the actual sheet id different. I have no idea where it is. I saw a link earlier but when I hit it it went nowhere related. And there are always so many threads going I never know where to go. I figure I'lll find the sheet by Sat.

My thinking was the criteria would be graded 1-5 like the other cats. Is that not how it is? Man, why are things never simple.

I have wanted to avoid giving any script, as long as the writer has tried, a score so low that they can't bounce back. So I look for reasons to avoid giving 1 in any category. If the story was bad but I could read it easily, I gave it a decent grade in prose. I mean this is supposed to be FUN and constructive. We want to keep writers participating, don't we?
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This is how I scored. I kept a list of each script and scored them 1 thru 5 on the 5 categories. That might not work, it sounds like the actual sheet id different. I have no idea where it is. I saw a link earlier but when I hit it it went nowhere related. And there are always so many threads going I never know where to go. I figure I'lll find the sheet by Sat.




https://simplyscripts.com/WT-Test.html


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Thanks, yeah, just found it. Ok, this changes my scoring. I would prefer to rank criteria 1 through 5.
So if it's a yes, does it get 5 pts vs 0 for no?
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Quoted from leitskev
We want to keep writers participating, don't we?


We wonít know the scores until the end so it really shouldnít affect a writer's motivation to stay in or not. I donít see any reason not to score the scripts for what they are.


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Thanks, yeah, just found it. Ok, this changes my scoring. I would prefer to rank criteria 1 through 5.
So if it's a yes, does it get 5 pts vs 0 for no?


Yes is 5 points.

No is 1 point.


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I'm inclined to look for reasons to be generous if I can. One reason is that I know I make a great many mistakes as a script reader. Jeff devours every word of the slug and action lines. I don't. My eye skips things sometimes. The result could be an unfair impression of a script. Most of these scripts are pretty indistinguishable, IMO. Not a single one stood out. A few really bombed. Most of the others were somewhere in the middle, and frankly I have a hard time breaking the grades down in categories. So for me, the scoring can't truly by indepdent categories. For example, if I think a story, with a little generosity, can be seen as fitting the criteria, but it's kind of borderline, I will reflect that in my story score. If the dialog doesn't really stand out, but isn't really in the way, and the story works, I'm more inclined to bump the dialog score.
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Oh boy...


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