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James McClung
Posted: February 14th, 2014, 2:28pm Report to Moderator
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I don't think anyone would object if you made Something Dark the first official pick, Janet. I'll throw that in as my vote as well.

I also think any of Mark's shorts would be worth featuring somewhere down the line.

Will get back to you on features. I've read a lot of good ones over the years. Wouldn't want to forget one just naming some off the top of my head.

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Posted: February 14th, 2014, 2:36pm Report to Moderator

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I like this idea a lot. It'll be exciting to watch. I've read so many greats over the years, I'll have to give this some serious thought and also research which ones haven't already been filmed.

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Posted: February 14th, 2014, 7:21pm Report to Moderator
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Hey all -

Terrific input thus far.  Please do keep chiming in! I'll check out the scripts mentioned thus far.  We'll definitely want to have a number of them stockpiled and ready to go BEFORE we go live.  It's just safer that way. (Hey Blonde - will touch base soon!!)  

Just to clarify one thing, since it popped up. At least as I understand it now, we're not looking to monetize the site.  What we'll be doing is providing talented writers (both from here and elsewhere) with a place to show their stuff.  We'll be actively reaching out to other writer and film maker sites to create awareness, as well as film schools, and possibly script contests and festivals.

As for cred and reputation - that will come with time, although being affiliated with SS (a long time existing site) will certainly help.  One thing to remember - Scriptshadow came from nothing, too, and isn't a working writer.  Proof positive that legwork, time and having something worthwhile - ie: a pre-selected showcase of shorts and some feature length scripts - can pay off in the longrun!
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Posted: February 14th, 2014, 7:23pm Report to Moderator

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As for features, I'll recommend Never After (spesh2k) and The Farm (bert).

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Reef Dreamer
Posted: February 15th, 2014, 6:48am Report to Moderator
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Interesting idea Janet

I also love somewhere nice and dark...  I mean The script.

In terms of suggestions you may also want to hunt out those that have done well in competitions - adds a certain kudos. I know Pia, your Phil and others have had success ( cough cough I have a couple as well   )

I would also consider dividing shorts by size. There is quite a difference between a five pager and a 15/20 pager. One page scripts are an art form and often of interest to producers.

This may set the blog apart form others, although I appreciate the money is in features.

For the five pager scripts, Movie poet is packed full of them - the Tower of Wishes by Matias, mr Z, remains the highest scoring script so far, but there are many other great ones.

Some have had great concepts but been knocked back for a few writing issues which ignores the fact there is a very sound story within.

There are also a few pilots around here, so don't forget TV, not that I have ever written anything for TV.

All the best

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Posted: February 15th, 2014, 10:31am Report to Moderator
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Hey Reef -

Interesting idea.    And I agree, we need to reach out to sites like Movie Poet, etc.  I know you and Pia are pretty active over there.  I don't suppose either of you guys might want to reach out to the folks there (since I'm not particularly known myself) and let them know what we're looking to do?  (Again - probably not going to be going live for at least a month.  We need to have our writing ducks in a row, first.)

Huh.  Inner Journey made finalist status in Page?  Makes me think that's something I need to look at...  
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Posted: February 15th, 2014, 10:37am Report to Moderator
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I was gonna recommend Mark Lyons or Bills ... Bill beat me to it (Dam your ego and fine writing)


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  ...and please keep in mind, we'll be looking for shorts reviewers, too!  (Preferably ones that can commit to one a week?  Bi-weekly, at least?)
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