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Posted: June 28th, 2019, 7:42pm Report to Moderator
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Once again, see, if you can tug at the heartstrings as well as hit the criteria, you got it!

Special shoutout from me to Anthony. Loved Mayday.
Yes, and Rene, for Red Weed - loved the atmosphere.


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Congrats Paul, and Rene for the runner up.
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I think Paul's and Rene's script stood out, good job.

I thought the writing of Mayday really stood out, and based on the first two rounds, I thought it was Warren's,

As for me, I'll take 6th. I read my script at the end of the week and could more easily spot the many flaws in the writing. But I'm actually going to keep that story, probably put it in prose form. I like the story. And with more space I can better portray the crew.

The idea was based on zombie ants. A fungus infects the ants, causes them to stagger up to the highest leaf they can find, then lock on with their mandibles until death. The spores eventually grow through the body and drop from the air. Being at a height gives the spores a better chance to land on other ants below.

I did the same thing with the orbs. The infected pilot locks on to the throttle ascending the plane. Eventually the spores explode and drift down. With any luck, they land on another bomber below.

The hand sanitizer was a reach. Artistic licence!

The rank of rookie air crew IS Sergeant. They have a higher rank because of their advanced air training. I did my homework...and I didn't even have to consult Stevie(though I wanted to).
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Thanks all!

The Red Weed had my top scores. Belly of the Beast second and Spore 3rd.

Now that we're outed, I can ask... Did my title make sense to our out of US contingent? I wasn't sure anyone out of the US would understand all 3 of the hail Mary's in the script as "hail Mary's". Does the phrase "throw a hail Mary apply outside of the US?

(In case it didn't stand out: The 3 Hail Mary's were 1: him saying the Hail Mary   2: the high-risk/impossible attempt to fly off the deck and 3: deciding to accept drowning in exchange for the low odds chance of getting a message to his daughter.)

It's one of my favorite titles ever... and I'm hoping it translated.


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Wait...what? How?

Okay, I liked what I came up with for The Red Weed, but 2nd? I didn't expect that. Maybe 5th...

All I can say is I came up with something and ran with it. I had little time to do it justice, which is why I'm so surprised. Glad you all liked it!  

Congrats, Paul! And I see Warren is still right up there, probably still 1st overall. After my flub in round 1 I didn't expect to be a contender, but now...who knows?  

I still think it's Warren's to lose.


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I still think it's Warren's to lose.


No pressure or anything, but I do disagree, I'd say it's Paul's to lose from here.


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Quoted from Warren


I'd say it's Paul's to lose from here.


I can do that.


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I can do that.


Literally made me laugh out loud, and then I immediately stopped and realised we're probably all toast!


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I can do that.


It's good to have goals.


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Congrats all, some great scripts again, my fave was Red Weed, great atmosphere.


Tx Libby, glad you liked!


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Well done Paul, you absolutely smashed it! Great work.

Rene, loved yours as well - loved that world you created.

Anthony, yours was also one of my favourites

Congrats to all, some great scripts considering the time and parameters! You are talented people indeed

I need to really bring it in the last round lol


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Quoted from PKCardinal
Thanks all!

The Red Weed had my top scores. Belly of the Beast second and Spore 3rd.

Now that we're outed, I can ask... Did my title make sense to our out of US contingent? I wasn't sure anyone out of the US would understand all 3 of the hail Mary's in the script as "hail Mary's". Does the phrase "throw a hail Mary apply outside of the US?

(In case it didn't stand out: The 3 Hail Mary's were 1: him saying the Hail Mary   2: the high-risk/impossible attempt to fly off the deck and 3: deciding to accept drowning in exchange for the low odds chance of getting a message to his daughter.)

It's one of my favorite titles ever... and I'm hoping it translated.


I have heard of a hail mary - Football (American, obviously) term, I think meaning a desperate forward pass that's unlikely to succeed - I think.

I didn't link the 3 hail marys to the points in your script though


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Never heard the phrase 'Throw a hail Mary' before.
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Quoted from DustinBowcot
Never heard the phrase 'Throw a hail Mary' before.


It's a very famous phrase in the States


My Scripts can all be seen here:

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Quoted from DustinBowcot
Never heard the phrase 'Throw a hail Mary' before.


Matthew has it right, a Hail Mary is a desperate attempt that’s unlikely to succeed but would change the teams fortunes if it did succeed somehow.

The basketball equivalent is a four-point play (draw a foul while shooting a three-pointer, sink said three-pointer, and sink the 1-point free throw afterward).

The hockey equivalent is pulling the goalie to get an additional attacker.


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