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Consider suspending normal procedures for special projects.
The precedent has been established: - Normally, anyone submits whatever they would like reviewed and critiqued and Don posts it ten to fourteen days later. - Challenges seem to have their entries posted much earlier. - Sometimes they're even anonymous. - The SS community bears a weighting toward content and theme more for shorts, while features receive more spelling and grammatical fine tooth comb attention.
A whole new set of rules may evolve from this. Just consider it. Maybe even make entries anonymous to minimize tender feelings. Once a project gets rolling everyone's two cents will metamorphosize the base idea. Eventually that can be revealed.
I support that an interesting idea, poorly executed initially, can be teased forward.
I'm in love with the idea too - reworking a script using all the feedback. --this way a rewrite is ensured (even though only for a script that has potential) and some of us are too lazy to rewrite for the sake of rewriting (I rewrite but don't repost).
Since Rick doesn't like the idea of a competition, it will be run as a regular OWC. The fun difference this time will be that the challenge will actually be to write something for a real producer/director who is actually looking for something specific to shoot.
It should be lots of fun. Just remember, if you don't like the theme/genre do not send in a pisstake!!!!!!!
Friday February 18th will be the anouncement and Friday the 25th will be the due date!
After reading all the discussion, here's my two bob's worth (though it don't mean jack as its all decided anyway...?)
I see the points about making sure we get decent scripts done for Rick to look at. But any type of competition and next round thing would've have been too formal for this site. If we wanna try our luck in that we can pay money and enter real comps.
I understand Phil's thinking about avoiding too many unpolished scripts - but if the writers here are keen enough to produce something special for Rick to do, then i guess they'll apply extra discipline and make sure its spot on.
I don't necessarily agree that scripts done quick are gonna suffer for being ripped out - sometimes that initial flash of inspo needs to done to preserve the 'magic'. You could write the thing on Day One and just spend all week making any adjustments to it before submitting.
Make it a 2WC. Everyone submits anonymously. After they're posted and so much time is dedicated to reading/critiquing them, Rick picks the best four (or however many) scripts.
The four writers are given another two weeks to tweak said scripts and resubmit them.
Rick picks the best of the four for consideration to produce.
Rick doesn't want the advantage of seeing how the writers develop their stories because he believes it would be divisive. He would rather give everyone a chance by considering the scripts after the writer had one week to work on it.
If we want to do a tournament, we'll have to wait until another OWC.
Or we could give everyone one week to write a script. Then after getting comments, give everyone (who wants to continue) two weeks to do a rewrite. That isn't divisive and it gives everyone a chance to develop their stories if they want to.
I'm all for the One Week Challenge. Let Rick figure out what he wants and thinks would be the best criteria. We'll give it our best seven day shot. If one grabs him, he can work with the writer over several weeks to get the script ready.
Plus, I wouldn't be surprised if we see a serious upswing of scripts submitted this go around. Adding more time, just adds more scripts. If I logged onto the site one and a half weeks into a two week challenge... I could krank out a ten page script in three days. Would it be good? Of course, Cuz I wrote it.