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Don
Posted: July 7th, 2020, 1:24am Report to Moderator
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So, what are you writing?

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Round 1 Scripts

3.73 - Let 'er Rip by John Staats (JEStaats) writing as Weak Won - Historical, Gavel, Reporter, Park.

3.53 - A Crystal Ball Clouded by Steve McDonell (Stevie) writing as Gypsy Rose Lee - Western, Engagement Ring, Fortune Teller, Cave.

3.33 - Under the Buckeye Tree by L. Chambers (LC) writing as Magic Trick - Crime, Snowglobe, Juggler, Mall

3.29 - Forget-Me-Not by Warren Duncan (Warren) writing as Who - Fantasy, Unicycle, Budget Analyst, Basement.

3.20 - So Little Done, So Much to do. by Anthony Cawood (Anthony Cawood) writing as Midas - Comedy, Hourglass, Historian, Library.

3.13 - The Depths by Paul Knauer (PKCardinal) writing as A5 - Western, Derringer, Missionary, Boat.

3.07 - The White Rose by Mark Renshaw (markrenshaw) writing as Simon Wiesenthal - Mystery,  Artificial Rose, Soldier, Mortuary.

3.07 - Haredresser by Jordan Littleton (Nomad) writing as Kname of Righter - Fantasy, Hair Dryer, Hairdresser, Convenience Store.

3.00 - Upon Reflection by Joe Garza (SPQR) writing as Marcus Reno - Historical, Rocking Horse, Surgeon, Sex Shop.

2.73 - Art is Suffering by Anthony J Russo (ajr) writing as Dandy Chiggens - Horror, Bird Feeder, Artist, Sewer.

2.69 - Lambs Versus Aliens by Bill Sarre (Reef Dreamer) writing as A Regular Karen - Comedy,  Whiteboard, Referee, Classroom.

2.67 - A Lost Diamond by Khamanna Iskandarova (khamanna) writing as Swarovski Crystals - Mystery, Piggy bank, Social Worker, School.

2.53 - The Kiss Goodbye by Darren Seeley (DarrenJamesSeeley) writing as Edmond Dantes - Historical, Sponge, Captain, Island.

2.47 - God Will Provide by Owen Herity (Geezis) writing as The Dug - Comedy, Foam Finger, Nun, Interrogation Room.

2.47 - Change of Heart by Rennie Arundell (Arundel) writing as Anonymous - Comedy, A Deck of Cards, Postal Worker, Gym.


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Observations:
4 Comedy
3 Historical
3 Crime
2 Western
2 Fantasy
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Thanks for that, Kham!


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Interesting. I found this to be a pretty deep theme. Kudos to those who picked comedy!


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I'm bloody impressed with the standard of entries so far.


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Diving in now. Think I'll go bottom to top this time around. Going to try to finish in one sitting.

I don't read previous comment, my thoughts are my own, and I apologize if I repeat anything


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Quoted from khamanna
Observations:
4 Comedy
3 Historical
3 Crime
2 Western
2 Fantasy
2 Mystery
1 Horror


what an interesting mix

I would have expected more horror and less comedy etc


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Off to work soon so will read and review these tomoz (Wednesday)



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I'm out of steam, will have another crack tomorrow.


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Nice job Dom in getting these up so fast. Not much time today but I'll try to read/review a few and concentrate more on them tomorrow.


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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.



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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.

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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.



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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.

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Yeah thatís cool bro. I guess each peep will have their own take on it. From memory, I think Blondie even said early on not to sweat too much over the theme thing.



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