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khamanna
Posted: March 3rd, 2011, 2:28pm Report to Moderator
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Quoted from Baltis.


I often feel if a script sucks monkey fuck that much it's not worth any more of my time.  Granted I still like to let them know they wasted my time and that there is a strong possibility it could happen again.


This sounds very harsh, especially the "strong possibility" part (with which I don't agree) but I would take that instead of zero response.

Actually, I don't know. If you include "the strong possibility" part - I don't know. But if you say the script is very bad and give an explanation to this (even if scarce) it's still something.
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khamanna
Posted: March 3rd, 2011, 2:31pm Report to Moderator
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Khamanna, one guy hated my script so bad he left the site...  Don't let that bother you. If everyone liked what I wrote I would be scared. I would feel like I had become very bland.

I've read scripts and not commented, but I agree with you that if someone decides not to comment, don't tell the writer you read it.



I'm leaning towards "he missed my script" ) --I'm an optimist. Left the site? --I don't even know what to say to that. "This is crazy" perhaps.
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Posted: March 3rd, 2011, 2:34pm Report to Moderator
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While Balt is sometimes as subtle as a twenty pound sledge to the balls, his criticism is usually pretty good.


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Dreamscale
Posted: March 3rd, 2011, 2:55pm Report to Moderator
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No big deal, James.  That's fine with me.  I have no problem with you...you write, you read, you review...and yuo drink, so I consider you a kindred brother in arms.  Oh yeah, and you live in Cleveland...


To ski or not to ski...that's not even a question.
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wonkavite
Posted: March 3rd, 2011, 3:23pm Report to Moderator
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Thanks Bert - I try to be a quick study...  

One clarification - it was mentioned just recently on this thread that "a number of people made it clear only 1 should be entered."

Not true -  to quote Pia's original post:  

"Page count. 10 pages or less. Multiple submissions allowed, but PISSTAKES will not be considered!"

For the record, I only did one.  But I'm impressed if anyone out there was able to give it more than one go.  (No innuendo intended.)
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Dreamscale
Posted: March 3rd, 2011, 3:45pm Report to Moderator
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Maybe it was bert himself who said again and again, only enter 1 script.  Am I wrong?  It has happened before...a few times...


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The last few OWC's I have always planned to read every script. No different for this one - I start reading, write down the title and a quick word if I liked it or not.

I give a short review and move on. I do read comments before posting(come on, admit it...we all do that, don't we?) Any that seemeed to be poorly written - i use buddy Jeff as a graph here - I still look at but don't usually review.

After wading through 20 scripts in a hour, this can become a little mind numbing. some I will read half then re-read a few days later.

I guess everyone has their own little 'system'.

My faves:

The God Stick - no doubt written by a UK dude who knows the legends
An Bean Sidhe - ditto for this one
The Lamb - has some probs but it read pretty good to me
The Flesh Not Be Missed - some creepy shit but could be developed

A few others have their standout moments. It'll all be how Rick sees them.

My own? I firmly believe in it and it got some nice comments. It ticks all the boxes for requirements in my book. But, like everything, that's just MHO.

Well done to all who partcipated. I rated this one tougher than the October Halloween challenge - sure, the criteria was looser but it was hard when dealing with these mythical beings.

Cheers stevie

PS - Jeff, my hairstyle is perfect, baby - smooth and shiny...


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Eoin
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The God Stick - no doubt written by a UK dude who knows the legends - I disagree that The God Stick was written by someone from the UK, some great research Id say. The clue for me is in the writing style. I like this short alot though.
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Sandra Elstree.
Posted: March 3rd, 2011, 5:05pm Report to Moderator
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Quoted from stevie
I do read comments before posting(come on, admit it...we all do that, don't we?)


No, I usually don't read comments first. The reason being, I like to have my opinion come from my current knowledge, feelings and intuition, and then from potential knowledge, where I study the script in question and try and glean a sense of possible problems that exist within its framework.

If I were to read comments first, then that takes some of the work out of it for me and ruins some of the ability I would otherwise have from by approaching it as a clean slate.

Sometimes, I have in the past read other comments first when I feel confused about a script and feel I need some insight from some of the more experienced people on the site, but this is the exception.

I usually read and study it, make notes. Go back and check things. Comment and then, I post. And check comments later.

Sandra



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The Godstick was another short that though very well written, presented some problems for me. They could be fixed probably. But I can't buy into the overall concept that grandfather just throws him in with the witch without any preparing. First, because who the hell would do that to their kin? Second, I think the stakes were enormous, like this witch was gonna bring havoc on the world if I remember right.

I want to be able to buy into the story at some level, no matter how visual a story might be, or how crafty the dialogue.

Now, if he makes this a comedy, that's very different. I could see an action comedy working very well, and his characters are lively enough for the task too.

But if this is going to be a serious horror or even action story, something has to be changed at the ground level. You can't just throw a kid in one day with an all powerful witch and say, "save the world".

Submitted respectfully, your humble bar tender.
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Sandra Elstree.
Posted: March 3rd, 2011, 5:35pm Report to Moderator
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Quoted from leitskev
The Godstick was another short that though very well written, presented some problems for me. They could be fixed probably. But I can't buy into the overall concept that grandfather just throws him in with the witch without any preparing. First, because who the hell would do that to their kin? Second, I think the stakes were enormous, like this witch was gonna bring havoc on the world if I remember right.

I want to be able to buy into the story at some level, no matter how visual a story might be, or how crafty the dialogue.

Now, if he makes this a comedy, that's very different. I could see an action comedy working very well, and his characters are lively enough for the task too.

But if this is going to be a serious horror or even action story, something has to be changed at the ground level. You can't just throw a kid in one day with an all powerful witch and say, "save the world".

Submitted respectfully, your humble bar tender.


The boy, who was 21, was carrying on in his father's footsteps. He had his father's blood, I think, and his father's abilities. This could be shown with some tweaking.

This is real dialogue:

ADAM
Halloween’s really catchin’ on,
huh? Not in my day, boyo. Sean, lost in thought, keeps his eyes on the wet road.

ADAM
To me, October thirty-first will
always be Samhain.

In North America, a lot of people tend to think Halloween is celebrated all over, but it's not.

Also, when Sean says,

ADAM
Family tradition.
(beat) No. Family obligation.

This is a solid cue for an actor. Their eyes might pierce through the boy like dark candles in a Genesis void.

Sandra





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Posted: March 3rd, 2011, 5:43pm Report to Moderator
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I didn't read all that many of the OWC scripts but of the ones I read I would have to say the best IMHO were:

Captive
The God Stick
Them That's Dead

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Sandra Elstree.
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Well, I made my vote and it was not difficult for me this time around.

I'm happy with my choice and I will be looking forward to seeing who the author is.

Sandra



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Don
Posted: March 3rd, 2011, 6:03pm Report to Moderator
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I've had to lock the voting thread until I can work the bugs out.

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Sandra Elstree.
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Quoted from Don
I've had to lock the voting thread until I can work the bugs out.

Don


Does that mean I'll need to cast my vote again?

Sandra



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