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Ledbetter
Posted: March 9th, 2011, 9:31pm Report to Moderator
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How long ago was SoulShadows done?

How many new poeple are now on Simply Scripts?

How many new ideas can be brought to the table with the new pool of writers who have never read Soulshadows?

Like myself...

Shawn.....><
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mcornetto
Posted: March 9th, 2011, 9:36pm Report to Moderator
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There's a Soulshadows 3D in discussion.  There's a thread about it right here...

http://www.simplyscripts.net/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-collaborate/m-1294969398/

The correct place to discuss it.
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Ledbetter
Posted: March 9th, 2011, 9:41pm Report to Moderator
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Thank you...

But I wasn't discussing the Soulshadows series...

You were.

I was discussing The Twilight Zone.

Perhaps a discussion for another day.

Shawn.....><
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dogglebe
Posted: March 9th, 2011, 9:41pm Report to Moderator
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I think a Twilight Zone theme is too vague.  That show, though great, would be too vague for a theme.  It would be saying:

GENRE:  Suspense
THEME:  something scary.


Phil
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Ledbetter
Posted: March 9th, 2011, 9:49pm Report to Moderator
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Phil,

Why is Twilight Zone so vague?

Was the Star Trek OWC vague?

Was it...

Genre: Sci-Fi

Theme: Subject no one likes?

No, it was Star Trek. Write a script based on the actual show. Right??


Shawn.....><
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dogglebe
Posted: March 9th, 2011, 9:52pm Report to Moderator
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With the STC, you had to write a script using established characters.  That's where the challenge is.  Rod Serling gave his monologue with a deadpan delivery.  That's no challenge in that.


Phil
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Baltis.
Posted: March 9th, 2011, 9:52pm Report to Moderator
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Quoted from dogglebe
I think a Twilight Zone theme is too vague.  That show, though great, would be too vague for a theme.  It would be saying:

GENRE:  Suspense
THEME:  something scary.


Phil


I dunno, man, Twilight Zone had sub-genre's within the show.

They had Si-fi
They had suspense
They had oddity
They had horror

You could be restrictive within the shackles.  

GENRE:  Si-Fi
THEME: Space explorers on a collision course with the sun have to make a choice between landing on -- PLANET A. an icy, un-inhabitable planet with a under ground advanced civilization or PLANET B a prehistoric planet with primitive life -- in hopes of survival.

The writer could then decide which planet they wanted to set their story on.  Like a choose your own adventure book in a way.  Each writer's vision could/would be vastly different and each take of the planets would be neat to see unfolded.  Hell, now thinking about it we could leave the Twiligth Zone out of the mix and just go for Si-fi.
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mcornetto
Posted: March 9th, 2011, 9:53pm Report to Moderator
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Quoted from Ledbetter
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Genre: Sci-Fi

Theme: Subject no one likes?

No, it was Star Trek. Write a script based on the actual show. Right??



I liked the Star Trek OWC.  
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Ledbetter
Posted: March 9th, 2011, 9:55pm Report to Moderator
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Balt-

Couldn't have said it better myself.

That was the truely brilliant thing about TWZ.


Michael,

Lets face it. Star Trek's shammy has been drained of every single ounce originality over the last 30 or so years. Let 'em off the ship already.

I think that's why most people simply are not interested in that show anymore.

No offence to anyone here.

Its just been done and done and done and....

Shawn.....><
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dogglebe
Posted: March 9th, 2011, 10:03pm Report to Moderator
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I WILL KILL EVERY LAST ONE OF YOU!!!

I apologize.  I shouldn't be doing that...

TZ is too vague.  As Balt pointed out, it could be horror or sci-fi or suspense or WTF...  Why even have one if there is that much room to play with?  Even if you were to throw in a limitation (ie: it must take place in a bar), there is still too much room to play with.


Phil
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keaton01
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TZ has a solid recognizable feel. You can always recognize a TZ story when you see it. It's tough to pull off.


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Grandma Bear
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How many OWC scripts get produced? I know it's supposed to be a challenge, but why not do something people actually want to do as well?  Besides, to many writers, writing a 12 page short in one week is the challenge. Not the genre and theme...


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Ledbetter
Posted: March 9th, 2011, 10:11pm Report to Moderator
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There is a nuance to the Twilight zone that makes it different from other shows. The show has to bear a certain signature that anyone who has ever watched the show recognizes it as such.

In the way Star Trek had its own voice; TWZ has its own voice also.

That's the trick. Catching that wind.

The twilight zone sets a stage, gives you a short story and ever so slightly pulls the rug at the end. They are never overboard, and sometimes silly.

But when you say vague, I don't see it.

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stevie
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Good point Pia.  

Not sure how many other UK producers like Rick are out there looking for Celtic horror shorts.


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dogglebe
Posted: March 9th, 2011, 10:27pm Report to Moderator
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Quoted from Grandma Bear
How many OWC scripts get produced?


I have two...     Actually three if you count that mp3.  


Phil

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