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SimplyScripts Screenwriting Discussion Board    Screenwriting Discussion    The 2019 Writers' Tournament  ›  Round 4 Topic & Discussion Thread. Moderators: Mr. Blonde
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Zack
Posted: June 22nd, 2019, 12:49pm Report to Moderator
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Don't get it right. Get it written.

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Quoted from Mr. Blonde


Almost exactly 2 and a half days.


Sweet. Thanks, 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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jayrex
Posted: June 22nd, 2019, 12:52pm Report to Moderator
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Cut to three weeks earlier

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Iíve surprised myself.  I think Iíve figured out a story.

Iím actually looking forward to this.


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Dustin
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Action speaks louder...

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Quoted from jayrex
Iíve surprised myself.  I think Iíve figured out a story.

Iím actually looking forward to this.


I love this stage of the story-making process... the high when inspiration hits. It's really like nothing else - aside from finishing a highly polished script.

Often though, of course, the high is short-lived as we crash into the realisation that our idea is actually total shite.


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Zack
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Quoted from Dustin


Often though, of course, the high is short-lived as we crash into the realisation that our idea is actually total shite.


It's a vicious cycle. 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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Scar Tissue Films
Posted: June 22nd, 2019, 2:34pm Report to Moderator
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I swear I used to be able to write super short stories.

Now, I set the scene, write a character description and I'm already pushing 6 pages. Fucking hell. When I saw that 5 page rule I thought it would be easy, but it's actually harder than a longer allowance.
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leitskev
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I knew I would not be able to do 5 pages. My annoying reviews are 5 pages!
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Dustin
Posted: June 22nd, 2019, 4:13pm Report to Moderator
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Action speaks louder...

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Avoid too much dialogue. With only five pages, the action needs to do most of the talking. It would perhaps be fairer if there was a word count opposed to page count.

Anyway, I always go way over and then just chop and chop back. Last OWC my first draft was 14 pages and I got it down to 8.


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PKCardinal
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Quoted from Gary in Houston


That priests are probably going to abuse young boys in possession of trading cards, unless saved by Indiana Jones.


I see the meds are kicking in.


PaulKWrites.com

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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Gary in Houston
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Quoted from PKCardinal


I see the meds are kicking in.


I'm going to double the dosage for writing the script.


An utterly mediocre writer who somehow still falls bass ackwards into getting some of his scripts produced.
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ReneC
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I'm still waiting for the right idea to strike. No problem with the setting, and action is easy. Trading cards? I love trading card games, I've owned (and still own) a bunch of trading cards, but how to make them integral to the story...

Hand sanitizer has uses beyond just anti-bacterial properties. But trading cards are a one trick pony, they only have one purpose.

They suck as stakes. In 5 pages it takes a lot to make us care about cards we know or care nothing about. And tempting as it is to go full Bullseye and have an assassin killing people with trading cards, this board would shred that apart on believability. (Sorry if I just rained on someone's idea, but maybe I did you a favour.)

Hmm...still thinking...


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ReneC
Posted: June 22nd, 2019, 7:33pm Report to Moderator
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And just like that, an idea strikes.


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LC
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Don, when you can, could you put up a Round 4 Countdown clock please?

Otherwise I'm lulled into a false sense of security.


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Dreamscale
Posted: June 22nd, 2019, 7:43pm Report to Moderator
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Quoted from Dustin
I love this stage of the story-making process... the high when inspiration hits. It's really like nothing else -


Dustin, c'mon, brother!  There are better highs, and they are very easily obtainable...as long as you have some Blue Dream handy.  



To ski or not to ski...that's not even a question.
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ReneC
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Quoted from Dreamscale


Dustin, c'mon, brother!  There are better highs, and they are very easily obtainable...as long as you have some Blue Dream handy.  



Hahaha...can't argue with that.


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FrankM
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Quoted from ReneC
And just like that, an idea strikes.


I have an idea. It's at least as terrible as my previous rounds' ideas.


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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