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The Elevator Most Belonging To Alice - Semi Final Bluecat, Runner Up Nashville Inner Journey - Page Awards Finalist - Bluecat semi final Grieving Spell - winner - London Film Awards.††Third - Honolulu Ultimate Weapon - Fresh Voices - second place IMDb link... http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7062725/?ref_=tt_ov_wr
Just my two bobs worth about the theme. Most that Iíve read so far only vaguely hint at the money theme - at least 3 have zero reference to it. But Iím perfectly ok with that as using the variables inventively is the main gig here. Do we even need the added hassle of a theme each round? After I picked my variables, I already had my story mapped out before Blondie announced the theme. It didnít affect my writing at all - by chance my story kind of fit the theme anyway lol.
I donít write with themes in mind in my normal writing. I certainly wonít be marking down any script with vague theme links.
Anyway just MHO. Will review today. Have read a few already. Nearly all have used the variables very well although one just shoehorned the Ďoccupationí variables in with it having zero impact on the story. Itís a tough challenge though.
I'm the opposite, I think the theme is the most important thing. A random object that appears for a few seconds is not nearly as crucial.
If not for the theme, we could all divvy up our items now and write 5 scripts based on the 4 elements, and be done with it. The fact that we all have to hit some universal element, while using disparate parameters, is what makes the challenge.
I hear ya, ajr but most reviews arenít even mentioning the theme part of it. I think adding the unique variables to a certain genre is gonna give us an interesting little script anyway, without the added burden of a Ďthemeí.
For instance the script with the rocking horse and Little Big Horn? Has zero reference to the theme but is a damn imaginative five pages of work. The White Rose and Forget Me Nots also have nothing of the theme but are still good products of the tough challenge.
I agree with you, which is why I review it in two ways - first, does it tick the boxes, including the theme? If so, then I score it higher. If not, then the rest of us have wasted our time carefully selecting specific criteria that will fit that theme.
And then second, I let the writer know what I think of the script once it's free from the parameters of the competition. Yes, agreed, there are some scripts that are going to be marketable regardless of whether money and evil are contemplated. And that's a good thing. But for the next few days or so, there are rules. At least IMHO.