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There's only really Jeff complaining and he's out anyway.
But this is tough. Too much for me to do. I'm writing non stop anyway - aside from when I'm here annoying you guys with my often insane ramblings. Competing in this contest would drive me actually mad.
I know you guys work too, so it's the same thing. No shame in bowing out. This is like an iron man race for writers.
Warren just seems unfazed by it all. Must be his army training. He could go another ten rounds.
Just got back to this thread. First, congrats to all those soldiering on an special congrats to the top placements. This is an iron man/woman contest and I salute all those making the effort.
But the whining and allegations of mis-scoring/cheating etc. is getting old fast. It I ran this site it would probably be the last OWC.
I've been in more than a dozen of these and NEVER EVER have I see an undeserving script finish at the top. Sure, there have been times I would have changed the order of the top three - but a deserving script always took down the challenge. AND - it is okay and perfectly natural for some folks to think one script is a stinker and for someone else to love it. Stop the whining because something you hated someone else liked and vice versa. Call it the Roma principle. Nominated for best screenplay. I read it - I'd give it a 1. Obviously some people gave it a 5.
And there is a strategy to winning these things that you need to follow if you are going to place well. If you don't employ a strategy - don't whine about the results. Jeff - I'm going to use you as an example since you've expressed great angst about your placements in the first two rounds. e.g:
My script finished in 9th place for week2?
Really? Oh fuck, oh man, oh Jeez.
I am just playing in the wrong sandbox.
There were 2 obvious best scripts here - Rats of a Feahter and Underneath the Streets of New York.
This is complete blasphemy. Glad I'm out. Best of luck to the winners here
Jeff, you are in the wrong sandbox. Assuming your two scripts were perfect - which they were not - they never had a chance because you employed a less than optimal strategy for an OWC.
Your Bobble-head entry - Dead on arrival. You have a Japanese woman, speaking in broken English, dressed like a hooker, discussing how she would never tolerate the insertion of a Eli Manning bobble-head doll into her XXX or XXX. Although she'd consider A-Rod.
Even if Aaron Sorkin wrote the rest, that script was doomed right there because it's going to offend several people. Sure - some will be find with it. But too many won't and your score will plummet. You are not writing for yourself - you're writing for an audience of 20 to 30 people. And don't get me wrong - write whatever you want, as extreme as you want. Just don't be surprised when the extreme doesn't hit the target audience in an OWC.
Your references are generally too narrow or dated. Here you went with American athletes. Only some will get it. i.e., think how much broader the understanding is if you substitute Eli and A-rod with Ben Allfeck and Matt Damon.
Finally, in this script you introduced an entirely unnecessary character (Monty) in the second part of the script. In a short - especially a five pager - clarity and simplicity are sound strategies.
Your second script. I thought - hmm - nicely done. May have been a top five for me (can't say since I read so few) - but well written with a strategic flaw. Two way many characters (11) to digest in a five pager. Again, clarity and simplicity is king. Had you narrowed it down to maybe half the characters you could have finished top three.
If you truly want to do better in these, be more strategic - widest appeal, simple as possible. If you just want to write what you want to write - cool. But don't whine when it doesn't land.
Anyway - Long-winded way of saying if those who are whining want to turn this from fun to work - keep it up. You may just literally choke the life out of it.
I understand why I never did well in round one, there's no horror to be found. I'm surprised I didn't finish bottom. I just submitted for the heck of it. And I took a massive gamble on my 2nd effort but of course it doesn't work if you haven't see those TV shows. I am where I am because of my gambles. And I'm not fussed either.
My favourite finished 3rd. We're not all on the same wavelength, but we're close.
Too much negativity in this tournament now though, accusations being thrown around at everyone, bitchin' that writers are not in the right "place" in the standings. No wonder so few newbies join in, who from the outside would see that and think "yeah i want a piece of that"? It's not fun anymore so round 3 is the last one for me.
That really bothers me.
You've been awesome this tourney. I hope you reconsider. Maybe just don't read these threads and do your thing. Write a script that makes you happy and leave the rest behind...
We can't lose the good ones.
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Special SHOUT OUT to Henb, for a very hilarious pissfest. I just hope it was intended to be a pisser, but no reason in the world that script comes in at the bottom. Top 5 for sure, based on what it was up against.
I did not like that script at all. Would have given it poor ratings. Re-enforces my point - what some see as 5s, others can see as 1.
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