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colkurtz8
Posted: March 26th, 2009, 4:29am Report to Moderator
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Hey everyone

I just recieved an email from "Big ticket screenplay Contest" issuing me with a promo code for their contest. Basically a free entry with a promised 1 page coverage on my submission.

I checked out Moviebytes to suss it out. Its a new contest with no rating or feedback so its impossible to know if they're the real deal or not.

The email wasn't adressed personally to me (it started with a rather vague "Hey there")

I was wondering (& presuming that other people on here have recieved this as I don't know how else they woulda' got my email address.

Any light shed on the matter would be greatly appreciated.

Col.


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I also received the email, went to MB's, and also want to know if anyone know's about it.

Thanks for making a thread colkurtz...


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Andrew
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Yep, I received this one, too.

Filed it in 'Scripts misc' for the time being!!


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dogglebe
Posted: March 26th, 2009, 9:43am Report to Moderator
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why don't I get these e-mails and promo codes?

I don't like how the website is at a slant.  You have to tilt your head o read it.

someone send me a promo code!


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There you go - have mine, and here is the riveting read!

Hey there,

My name is Susan Guido, co-coordinator at the Big Ticket! Screenplay Contest. I want to give you an exclusive offer to enter your script with us! Our producers and judges of this year's competition develop scripts (so they meet the best potential) before they're judged! You can't go wrong with that! As a bonus, if you enter w/ the promo code, you will receive expert feedback on your script by top industry players in about 10 business days! They will give you tips on dialogue, story structure, characters...the works! Our judges have worked on some of the best projects in the last couple years from: "Never Back Down", "Step up 2:the streets", "Panic Room" and much more...They can turn your story into a masterpiece!    

Your promo code is: R4FN8K1

Use this code to get a Free one page coverage critique of your script. Thanks for your time.


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dogglebe
Posted: March 26th, 2009, 9:51am Report to Moderator
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So, the entry isn't basically free.  You get free feedback.

I telephoned the New York Film Academy, as its name is dropped a few times on their website.  A rep will call me back today regarding what they know about it.


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Andrew
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Yep. It's a pretty useless link, all in all.

It's offering the same service that the users here do, but no doubt with the agenda to cash in your $$ after the "free" stuff.


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Feeling a bit left out here...where's my email?!

6 exclamation marks in that short message! This Susan Guido sure is an excitable lady! Yes sirree!


Guess who's back? Back again?
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The fact that the judges worked on Step Up 2 (as if the first one wasnt bad enough...) and Never Back Down suggests that they wouldn't be looking for the type of scripts I write...


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Toby_E

I second that, brother. What poor examples of films to champion too, not an advertising major methinks.  

It might not be a bad oportunity though, it is on Movebytes after all. The only cost on the writer will be copywriting your work...which anybody in their right mind should be doing before submitting to something like this.

At least you're protected either way if it is just a script harvesting scam.

I look forward to see what Phil comes back with from the academy.



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dogglebe
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It's not a free competition if you have the promo code.  With this code, you get a free one-page juding sheet.  The competition will still cost you $35-55, depending on when you enter it.

I spoke with someone from the NYFA, who knew nothing about this competition.  He e-mailed the organizers but has not received an answer.

Big cash prizes are a red flag for scam competitions.  I'm not sayoing that this competition is a scame (atleast not yet), but here is something to think about:  The cash prizes alone are valued at $16,5000.  In order to recoup that alone, the competition will need 367 entries.  With all costs and prizes, the competition will probably need doube that just to break even.  That's a lot of entries for a first-time competition.


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Quoted from Big Ticket Screenplay Contest Email as posted by AndrewAllen
…you will receive expert feedback on your script by top industry players in about 10 business days! They will give you tips on dialogue, story structure, characters...the works!


I’m sorry but “top industry players” are not going to read all those scripts and give all those writers “the works” in about ten business days.

I predict the overwhelming majority of people who enter, if not all, will be wasting their time and money.


Brea




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I finally got mine!  I'm somebody now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just finished deleting it.
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The NYFA hasn't gotten back in touch with regarding how the BTSC is affiliated with the academy.  


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Got a second one tonight.  They must have somehow sensed that I deleted the first one.
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