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So I posted my script on the Black List didn't get the magic "8" that is supposedly needed to bring you the focus you need. So while I decide what to do next, I have the script suspended.
Granted, mine is and always was a very polarizing script. Some on this site loved it, some hated it. In the "professional world", we've had a lot of talent who ahve passed on it, however we have a director with 40 years experience attached, and we've had film execs who have graduated Northwestern, and major NY distributors (think MAJOR) who are "fans" of it.
As for the BL review, I actually agree with a lot of the review - or should I say, I agree with some, and the parts I do agree with are very insightful. What I don't agree with are the conclusions, and I felt that the numbers were harsh. The reviewer did say some nice things too.
So at the end of the day? Posting on the BL is like playing the lottery. Same as writing a script in the first place is. The trick is to get the RIGHT person to believe in you. Until you do, all of the accolades, and the detractors, mean nothing.
I guess what I would caution against is feeling entitled. Lots of scripts have won awards and have gotten praise - it doesn't mean that they SHOULD be made. I think the BL is a forum for those scripts, the one in a millions, which wouldn't get seen otherwise, that HAVE to be made.
Scam? Absoutely not. Lottery ticket? Yep, like everything else in life...
(DISCLAIMER: this post was written under the influence of medically prescribed Vicodin... (0: ...)
Yeah, that's it with getting that right person. Even when a producer loves your script it doesn't mean they want to make it.
A lot of complaints have been in regard to low scores not matching the review. If you get an average review you should get an average score. It seems that the blcklst reviewers deliberately score extra low. So, if you should get a 6, you'll most likely get a 4.