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ReneC
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This One Week Challenge is brought to you by the letter S!

The challenge is to write a short script of no fewer than 5 pages and no more than 10, not including the title page. All submissions are anonymous so DO NOT include your name on the title page.

All submissions must contain 3 criteria:

Criteria 1: Your script must feature sand, snow, or space. It must have some impact on your story or your characters. It doesnít have to be a desert, it could be a beach, an hourglass, or a sandbox. It could be the arctic or it could be a mountaintop or a snowy backyard. Space...well, itís space, as in outer space, and itís vast and full of possibilities.

Criteria 2: Your script must contain a shovel, a syringe, a seed, a shipwreck, a snake, or a skeleton. It must be more than set decoration, it must be part of some action or dialogue. It can be a prop, a macguffin, a plot point, even a character.

Criteria 3: Your script must contain a storm, a song, or a sickness. It must have some impact on the action or your characters. Darken or lighten the mood, set the tone, change the story direction, affect the plot, affect a character. These can be real or made up (I recommend not using a specific real song, but if thatís what you want go for it), they just have to clearly fulfill the criteria.

Feel free to include more than one of each criteria. Iím personally looking forward to the entry that starts in a subterranean cave with a sandy beach in the middle of the arctic and the action blasts off into space through a terrible storm, piloted by a skeleton with a snake coiled in her ribs and with osteoporosis singing a ballad while on the hunt for the last seed of a doomed alien species aboard their ship wrecked on the moon with only a shovel and a syringe to combat the now insane alien hordes inside, and all in ten pages.

So, to sum up:
Genre: any
Budget: any
Pages: 5-10 not including title page
Criteria 1: pick one of sand, snow, or space
Criteria 2: pick one of a shovel, a syringe, a seed, a shipwreck, a snake, or a skeleton
Criteria 3: pick one of a storm, a song, or a sickness
Submissions must contain all three criteria.  

Submissions are due Friday January 24th at 11:59:59 EST as a properly formatted PDF file to SimplyScripts.com/OWC. Multiple entries are accepted.

I hope thatís enough to inspire you. Good luck!





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Does dirt qualify as sand

Great challenge, btw. Lots of possibilities with this.


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Quoted from StevenClark
Does dirt qualify as sand

Great challenge, btw. Lots of possibilities with this.


No, dirt does not qualify as sand, but if a point is made that the dirt is sandy, then sure. The sandiness needs to mean something, not the dirt itself.


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Can it be a toy snake, fake snow (the one they use to stage a movie or a theater set)?

And can the sickness be implied? For example someone is dead but he was sick in the past?

Nice sweet simple(not) sicullen..(whatever) challenge btw!
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Quoted from khamanna
Can it be a toy snake, fake snow (the one they use to stage a movie or a theater set)?

And can the sickness be implied? For example someone is dead but he was sick in the past?

Nice sweet simple(not) sicullen..(whatever) challenge btw!


Yes, a toy snake and fake snow count.

The sickness can be implied as long as it's obvious. Like if someone was killed by an ebola-like virus it would be obvious they were sick with something by the condition of the body. The sickness should be a point of interest, not the body itself. It would be hard to use a skeleton to imply a sickness though, that would have to be explained through exposition somehow so it wouldn't be implied, it would be stated outright.


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Wow!!!!! Awesome!!


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Watch out, kids, I'm in!!!


To ski or not to ski...that's not even a question.
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Watch out for your kids, I'm out!!!


Oh shit!


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Gonna have a varied selection of scripts with this one. Should be fun.
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oh you lucky people. I have something forming in my head.
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Snakes in space ..,

What could go wrong


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Well, this one's scintillating...  
And, multiple entries allowed. Wow.

Stevie! Where are you mate? You love OWCs with tight parameters and strict criteria.

** Meant to say: great idea, Rene. Plenty of scope, open genre, yet we need to be inventive and creative as well.



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Snakes in space ..,
What could go wrong

Very good. A natural follow up to them being on the plane.  



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Can the snow be a single snowflake?

Can the snake just be a snake head?

Can the skeleton be that of a fawn?

Can the shovel be from the early 14th century?



To ski or not to ski...that's not even a question.
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Quoted from LC
Well, this one's scintillating...  
And, multiple entries allowed. Wow.

Stevie! Where are you mate? You love OWCs with tight parameters and strict criteria.


Lol yeah just reading about it now Lib.  Canít whinge about the openness of this one    Great concept Rene!   Iím still knee deep in my shark script which takes priority but Iíll see if I get any ideas for this     This is perfect comedy vehicle

We had a massive storm here over night   11 inches of rain!  Theme parks are closed and thereís some serious flooding   We didnít really need that much rain here at the moment as it wasnít too bad   The poor farmers  out west still need it


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