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Posted: January 24th, 2021, 1:20pm Report to Moderator

So, what are you writing?

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Simulacres by Robin Johnston - Short, Sci Fi, Fantasy - A old man struggles to understand why his wife is still as young as she was in their wedding photograph. 7 pages

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Matthew Taylor
Posted: January 25th, 2021, 6:04am Report to Moderator
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Hi Robin - hope you are well

I enjoyed reading this, some nice imagery in there (The blood against the whitewashed house for example) and the curiosity of it made me want to keep reading to find out what was going on.
The ending, for me, fell flat - this seems more like a teaser for a much larger story as I left with so many questions that I'm a bit unsatisfied.

Just a couple of nitpicks:
- Marie being "ageless". I get the character is ageless, but the actor playing her won't be, so I would put in an age so the reader and the producer can visualise.
- Pg 4 you are missing a character name before some dialogue
- I would rethink the P.A.U.L character, to make a robot like that look good will probably take some $$, and as it's only 7 pages you might benefit from a budget-friendly alternative.

Anyway, best of luck with it.

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Max Ruddock
Posted: January 25th, 2021, 4:43pm Report to Moderator

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Hey Robin,

Iíd like to echo pretty much everything Matthew said as I really enjoyed it too. You did a great job of setting the tone with the writing and thatís not easy, especially in something so short.

I think Matthew is right about P.A.U.L too. Perhaps a character who is almost too perfect looking might work better. Easy enough to communicate heís not human with movement, voice, perhaps even lack of emotion or maybe not blinking etc too.

Again, like Matthew the end didnít quite work for me. I can see why you took that choice and I donít think itís necessarily wrong, but I think you could make it more impactful in other ways. For example it felt unnatural to me that heíd ask a robot heís scared of who some bloke is in an old photo of his Mrs. After all how would the robot know anyways?

Iíd probably have ended it along the line of the old man asking if heís going to be ok, and the robot telling him heís going to be more than ok, or something like that.

Hope that helps in some way and good luck with it. Lovely little script you have there.

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