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The writing is pretty good in the early going, though as is often the case with OWC's, as the writer rushed to complete on time, there are action descriptions that become a little confusing.
It's a new take on the wolf boy legend, that's good. Having the pack turn on the brother was good, some justice served...though perhaps a fate more harsh than deserved.
Very solid for an OWC.
what needs work: - not sure if the scene with the father is even needed, or the promise. Maybe could just show them at the funeral. The older brother's responsibility to his kid brother is understood. - not sure I bought into the actions of the aunt or Kate. Not completely. I think, however, with tweaking it could feel more believable...just minor tweaking. - the biggest issue is the wolf boy transition. He was a little older than when this typically happens, so it feels forced and sudden. In the writer's defense, it would be very difficult to do this in a few pages. I mean if the boy was only say three years old and was left behind, when the wolfs found him we could let or imaginations do the rest. But then when he reappears in civilization 10 or 15 years later, his ability to speak would be much more limited than is the case here, where he talks like an adult human.
Being pet peevish:
Gary shuffles to his beat up old sedan and pulls away.
We all do this. But we have to be careful not insert weird words in order to avoid using simple words like walks, or even goes. I mean did Gary really shuffle? Like the two step? Just wanted to point this out, I see it a lot, and I'm sure I am guilty of it too.
Norman dashes to the pup, covers it and the snake with his body.
Need to reword this scene so clearer.
Question: Where are that there are wild wolves in 1990?
Not off to a good start, as the very first passages ends in a completely unnecessary orphan.
2nd passage not good either, and when you have a severe weather situation, it needs to be the first description given, as it's tenh 1st thing that would stand out.
Is "NORMAN'S HOUSE" the same place as "HOUSE"? If so, this is another mistake.
His bones protrude through the blanket? WTF?
the 7 year old Norman, owns the house? WTF?
"ready to hear their father's last will..." - Nope...mistake.
OK, the writing is not good at all, so let's forget the detailed notes, and just read on and comment at the end.
Page 5 and nothing happening of any interest. Dialogue is bad. No action whatsoever and many, many mistakes throughout. Normally, I'd be long gone by now, but I'm seriously going to try and read every script in its entirety.
Page 6 - It's 1990? WTF? Oh boy. Where is this taking place?
Page 7 - I'm sorry to say this if I'm incorrect, but I'm now guessing English is your first language? Just so many errors in grammar, tone and structure.
Page 8 and not a single drop of horror so far!
Page 9 - Again, I have to ask where in the Hell is this supposed to be taking place?
Wow...we jump...what 6, 7 years in the future? Oh man...
I'm not sure if my favorite character is "Kid" or Aunt Polina. Unreal...
A small bit of horror on Page 11, but this was a 10 Page limit and it's extremely important to not go over the Page limit.
Meeting the challenge parameters - F
Script/story/execution - D
To ski or not to ski...that's not even a question.
I like the idea of a kid being raised by a pack of wolves. I liked Norman. I did not like Garry or his wife! I feel like they should’ve had a better reason for leaving him. I feel like this could be shortened by five pages. I’d like it if we get to the point faster in this story but you would have to concentrate on one part and I think by letting the boy age so much(so many years) it takes us out of the story and out of the character we cared about.
The action needs work and needs trimming unnecessary words. The dialogue needs work IMO.
The revenge at the end is a nice thing but it’s easy to see it coming.
I struggled to imagine this in the 1990s. I think there needs to be a reason why he ended up killing Garry, as of now I wasn't convinced that he would have done that. The writing seemed alright to me, there were a few spelling errors which I'm sure you'll notice when you go over it. Overall, it wasn't bad.
I gagged on large chunks of this script. It seemed wordy and some phrases/descriptions were awkward. As pointed out, it might be a language thing. I'd also say there is too much story here. Takes forever to get to the meat. Cut the excess so it reads faster. Once Norman unites with the wolf pack, the energy level and my interest increases. I like that you took a flier on this theme, but rework the story to make it work. A decent effort for one week.
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It's kind of hilarious that Kate thinks this distinction matters. Between this and announcing her pregnancy before Father was even cold, I'm getting the impression that Kate is self-centered to a degree she's not even aware of.
“They are in heat. Why don’t you feed Norman to them once and for all and that would be it.”
Did I miss something? What's with the unreasonable amount of Norman hate? So far all I've got is that he sucks at taking care of babies, which isn't something ten year olds should really be expected to do anyway.
You should probably set the time period early. Because of the farm and Kate doing laundry on the line (and the overeagerness to abandon a ten year old) I was thinking this was peasant times. Then Garry drove away in a sedan and I had to rethink some things.
“Garry turns to the Priest. GARRY: Never mind.”
Unfortunately, that about sums up that whole scene. You could just have Garry catch Norman at the house and yell at him there.
I think we need a better explanation of why Garry would return 7 years later. Seems this would be the last place you'd want go. Considering it's 1997 and Child Protective Services exists, Mexico might be a better bet.
Needs a fair amount of work, but my one big note would be to set this further in the past. It's hard to read the scene where Norman is eating raw goat for the first time and not think that if he just started walking down the road he'd eventually find someone willing to take him to a Chucky Cheese and then the police.
With a few changes, you stuck pretty much to the source material. Too close, IMO, and I think it stunted the creativity you could've used to build this tale. I was very confused by your opening. I don't recall if Gary or Norman were mentioned as the dying man's sons, and I'm only guessing to say Kate was Garry's wife. I don't think any of this is clearly spelled out, leaving a very muddled story.
One positive: You did not go over the 10-page limit. I'm guessing you used Celtx on iPad, which counts the title page as Page 1. (I finally figured out how to fix that).
This has the air of a script started at the eleventh hour, with the writer hoping to discover the story by the time he or she finished and had to submit. If this is not the case, my apologies. If it is the case, you undoubtedly know what needs to be done.
Sedan?? The first act felt as if we're in earlier times.
Bad things first: Work on format and presentation. You're a good storyteller imo, don't give a false impression by using wrong page numbers, lazy sluglines and breaking other common screenwriting conventions.
Otherwise, for another time it's a completely different atmosphere here that I enjoyed throughout.
One last point: This is definitely a very good short story but not a short film to me. It's just so super cgi heavy and it reads perfectly fine as a story on paper. Good job writer. To me, it's a pretty strong entry.
It's tough to cover a family abandoning a child, that child establishing a relationship with wolves and becoming part of the pack, and then the pack exacting revenge - all in a ten page script and written in a week.
For me it didn't work but I'm sure given time and more pages you could accomplish this. The scene with the snake, goat and wolves was great, as was the following scenes as he became part of the pack. This was the script's strength and I think if you focus on this aspect it would be stronger and more coherent.
The rest felt rushed, disjointed and confusing.
This script also suffered from something which I've seen often in this OWC, in that there's no horror until the end. If you think of any horror film, the horror is an integral element of the whole story. Sure some start off light and build up but it is a constant factor. In quite a few of the entries in this OWC the story is not horror and then someone gets killed horribly at the end.
A pass from me.
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