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Posted by: Don, May 8th, 2020, 11:14pm
On Nov. 17, 2019, a 55-year-old person from Hubei province, China, may have been the first person to contract COVID-19.  

In the intervening time, the world has changed for a lot of people. There are a lot of stories.

This month's theme is The Journal of the Plague Year - stories real or imagined inspired by the current pandemic.

The genre is open. Ideally, your script could easily be filmed under your current circumstances - limited actors, sets, props, or effects.

Rules of participation are:

1) You must read and review on the discussion board, at least five of the scripts submitted. You are welcome to read and review more.

2) You must be a member of the discussion board. You can register when you submit your script.


Submit your two to six page script, anonymously to simplyscripts.com/owc by midnight, March 15th.

If you have any questions about the challenge, post them here.




The nitty-gritty

Write a 2 to 6 page (not including the title page) properly formatted, short script.

By submitting your script, you are committing to reading and reviewing on the discussion board five (5) submitted scripts for each script you submit.

Theme: "A Journal of the Plague Year"
Genre: Open
Challenge: Stories inspired by the 2020 Pandemic
Optional Challenge: Can realistically be filmed with limited actors and sets, e.g., a house, an apartment, a farm, a back yard

Submit your script anonymously to SimplyScripts.com/OWC

There will be a review page emailed to you for you to score the scripts you read. Please only give scores to scripts that you have read. Please do not rate scripts in your review.

Schedule:

Friday 5/8 - Theme and Genre release
Friday 5/15 - Scripts due 11:59 pm edt
Saturday 5/16 - Noon edt Scripts Posted
Friday 5/22 - Writers Choice votes due

This isn't a contest - it's a challenge. There are no official prizes.

You may submit more than one script but it's better to write one GREAT script than two or three mediocre ones. You may also have a writing partner.

You can revise your script as many times as you wish up until the deadline.

Do not put your real name on your script; this is an anonymous challenge. However, please use your real name when submitting your script.

After the challenge closes you can either have your script removed or resubmit your script with your name on it.

Participants must read and comment/review in the discussion board at least five other scripts submitted.

Please put ©2020 on your title page.

Posted by: Grandma Bear, May 9th, 2020, 12:39am; Reply: 1
Great Don... so weíre going to be reading 30 some scripts about people wearing PPEís trying to have sex on the beach without getting arrested??? Iíll try to come up with something more creativeÖ
Posted by: LC, May 9th, 2020, 12:54am; Reply: 2
So Don, is this meant to read: March OWC, like some retro thing?

2-6 pages makes reading multiple entries a lot easier.   8)
Posted by: Don, May 9th, 2020, 1:26am; Reply: 3

Quoted from LC
So Don, is this meant to read: March OWC, like some retro thing?

2-6 pages makes reading multiple entries a lot easier.   8)


Iíve corrected that error.

Don
Posted by: Zack, May 9th, 2020, 3:20am; Reply: 4
Awesome challenge, Don. Already got the wheels spinning.  ;D ;D ;D

By the way, this challenge is very similar to the Quarantine Film Challenge. - https://filmfreeway.com/QuarantineFilmChallenge?fbclid=IwAR2gKVTk2l-9_rEzVEbjVoAR3ONw3Nl7bUJGX6XFFbgXgG1ZghlWN88du3o
Posted by: Yuvraj, May 9th, 2020, 3:27am; Reply: 5
Great challenge to rev up some ideas.

Will try my best.

Best of luck to all.
Posted by: MarkRenshaw, May 9th, 2020, 4:02am; Reply: 6
I'm in. Literally I'm in lockdown and I'm also in for this challenge.  

BTW on the blurb it says entries should be in by March 15th.
Posted by: Don, May 9th, 2020, 1:49pm; Reply: 7

Quoted from MarkRenshaw
I'm in. Literally I'm in lockdown and I'm also in for this challenge.  

BTW on the blurb it says entries should be in by March 15th.


Thanks, Mark.  Fixed that, too.  
Posted by: Don, May 9th, 2020, 1:55pm; Reply: 8

Quoted from Zack
Awesome challenge, Don. Already got the wheels spinning.  ;D ;D ;D

By the way, this challenge is very similar to the Quarantine Film Challenge. - https://filmfreeway.com/QuarantineFilmChallenge?fbclid=IwAR2gKVTk2l-9_rEzVEbjVoAR3ONw3Nl7bUJGX6XFFbgXgG1ZghlWN88du3o


Actually ...

I think their challenge was inspired by The Journal of the Plague Year thread that Dustin started and I took over. ;)

(Tho this was all inspired by Defoe's The Journal of the Plague Year.

But it's cool.  In this challenge I'm looking for really broad interpretations of 'inspired' and 'impacted'.  

- Don
Posted by: ajr, May 9th, 2020, 1:58pm; Reply: 9

Quoted from MarkRenshaw
BTW on the blurb it says entries should be in by March 15th.


Ah, yes, March 15th. I remember March 15th... such a simpler time...

AJR

Posted by: Zack, May 9th, 2020, 5:50pm; Reply: 10
So does the script need to be ABOUT the pandemic? Or can it be an unrelated story that just so happens to take place during the 2020 pandemic?
Posted by: Geezis, May 9th, 2020, 6:00pm; Reply: 11
Don't think I'll make this one, lost almost a day already because I didn't check the boards until now and I'm back on shift on Monday.
Might try something as it's only a few pages but we'll see.
Good luck to everyone who does enter though.
Posted by: Pale Yellow, May 9th, 2020, 6:18pm; Reply: 12
Wow... I do love the page count. Makes reading a bunch of scripts much more doable for me. May come up with something for this.

Thanks Don!!
Posted by: eldave1, May 9th, 2020, 10:13pm; Reply: 13
I have the germ of an idea
Posted by: LC, May 9th, 2020, 11:13pm; Reply: 14
Be careful of those germs, Dave.  ;D
Posted by: Don, May 10th, 2020, 12:30am; Reply: 15

Quoted from Zack
So does the script need to be ABOUT the pandemic? Or can it be an unrelated story that just so happens to take place during the 2020 pandemic?


No Doesnít have to be about the pandemic and yes, it can something  that happens to take place during the pandemic.

Don

Posted by: eldave1, May 10th, 2020, 12:58am; Reply: 16

Quoted from LC
Be careful of those germs, Dave.  ;D


:)
Posted by: eldave1, May 10th, 2020, 2:28pm; Reply: 17

Quoted from Don


No Doesnít have to be about the pandemic and yes, it can something  that happens to take place during the pandemic.

Don



Confused with the above answer.

That would seem to be any story then. It just needs to take place somewhere between December 2019 and today. i.e., as opposed to:


Quoted Text
This month's theme is The Journal of the Plague Year - stories real or imagined inspired by the current pandemic.


i.e., isn't this supposed to be pandemic related??
Posted by: Gary Howell, May 10th, 2020, 2:41pm; Reply: 18

Quoted from eldave1


Confused with the above answer.

That would seem to be any story then. It just needs to take place somewhere between December 2019 and today. i.e., as opposed to:



i.e., isn't this supposed to be pandemic related??


I'm pretty sure Don meant that it doesn't have to be (but can be) a story based on people dealing directly with the pandemic (I.e., doctors, nurses, people in nursing homes),but that their lives are somehow affected by the pandemic (isolation, loneliness, dying, etc.).  Anyone who just turns in a story completely unrelated to the pandemic in some way would definitely get called out by me or would affect my scoring of the story.

I expect to see a lot of drama around death and dying.  Hope there's some variety, some humor, even the completely unexpected.  I'm sure Zack may even have a horror script all lined up.  Will be interesting to see what we get.
Posted by: Don, May 10th, 2020, 3:19pm; Reply: 19
Dave,

Gary explained it much better than I was able to.  It does have to be related to the pandemic, but not directly related, e.g., because we are all wearing masks, because there are more animals in neighborhoods, because we aren't monitoring something we normally monitor because someone died due to COVID-19.

Don
Posted by: eldave1, May 10th, 2020, 3:28pm; Reply: 20

Quoted from Don
Dave,

Gary explained it much better than I was able to.  It does have to be related to the pandemic, but not directly related, e.g., because we are all wearing masks, because there are more animals in neighborhoods, because we aren't monitoring something we normally monitor because someone died due to COVID-19.

Don


Got it
Posted by: PKCardinal, May 10th, 2020, 6:04pm; Reply: 21
I'll be in. But, I'm waiting for Dave's germ to spread... 'cause so far I don't have much.

Plenty of time though. 2-6 pages is a great length. Only need an idea and a couple of hours.

Next time you need to sneeze, Dave, turn towards Kansas. Please.
Posted by: eldave1, May 10th, 2020, 6:11pm; Reply: 22

Quoted from PKCardinal
I'll be in. But, I'm waiting for Dave's germ to spread... 'cause so far I don't have much.

Plenty of time though. 2-6 pages is a great length. Only need an idea and a couple of hours.

Next time you need to sneeze, Dave, turn towards Kansas. Please.


Will do.

I just submitted one. That was quick -
Posted by: LC, May 10th, 2020, 7:50pm; Reply: 23

Quoted from PKCardinal
I'll be in. But, I'm waiting for Dave's germ to spread... 'cause so far I don't have much. ... Next time you need to sneeze, Dave, turn towards Kansas. Please.

;D Love it!

Posted by: Zack, May 10th, 2020, 10:56pm; Reply: 24

Quoted from Gary Howell

I'm sure Zack may even have a horror script all lined up.  Will be interesting to see what we get.


No promises, but I'm gonna try my best to get something in. :)

So far I've had ZERO good ideas. Interested to see what others come up with.
Posted by: khamanna, May 11th, 2020, 1:06am; Reply: 25
I usually have ideas, but nothing this time. I keep thinking about it. So, alone at home. Just sitting there. Maybe calling someone. But who... and why. Better just sit, in silence. Maybe saw something. Leave a hole. Repair the hole. Or look I'm going somewhere with it.
Posted by: MarkRenshaw, May 11th, 2020, 11:01am; Reply: 26
Submitted mine.
Posted by: PKCardinal, May 11th, 2020, 2:17pm; Reply: 27
I have something of an idea. Will start writing and hope it reveals itself as something better.
Posted by: JEStaats, May 11th, 2020, 2:17pm; Reply: 28
Hmmm...just saw this. Crap. Four days left...Not feeling good about this.
Posted by: PKCardinal, May 11th, 2020, 5:58pm; Reply: 29

Quoted from PKCardinal
I have something of an idea. Will start writing and hope it reveals itself as something better.


Well... that went nowhere.

Starting over with a new idea.
Posted by: Dreamscale, May 11th, 2020, 7:23pm; Reply: 30
Damn!  Where have I been since Friday?

Oh yeah, we had 4 grand kids over, the oldest being 13, and I've been cooking, serving, cleaning, and entertaining all weekend.

I'll do my best to get something in.  Luckily, it's a wide open challenge, so that makes things much easier on a 4 day time limit.

OK, now I need to think about this.  Maybe some alcohol will help...
Posted by: Zack, May 11th, 2020, 7:31pm; Reply: 31
Trying to think outside the box for this one. Still got nothing. If anyone is looking for a potential co-writer, send me a PM. :)
Posted by: JEStaats, May 11th, 2020, 8:25pm; Reply: 32
Dammit! There have been so many great conspiracy theories in the 'Journal of the plague' but there's no way to search them except to read through all 1,031 posts. I can't go on memory since I can't remember what I had for breakfast anymore. I think Jeff has the right idea...maybe a drink would help.
Posted by: eldave1, May 11th, 2020, 9:05pm; Reply: 33

Quoted from Dreamscale
Damn!  Where have I been since Friday?

Oh yeah, we had 4 grand kids over, the oldest being 13, and I've been cooking, serving, cleaning, and entertaining all weekend.

I'll do my best to get something in.  Luckily, it's a wide open challenge, so that makes things much easier on a 4 day time limit.

OK, now I need to think about this.  Maybe some alcohol will help...


Jeff, alcohol won't cure the virus. I think you were thinking about Lysol.
Posted by: eldave1, May 11th, 2020, 9:08pm; Reply: 34

Quoted from JEStaats
Dammit! There have been so many great conspiracy theories in the 'Journal of the plague' but there's no way to search them except to read through all 1,031 posts. I can't go on memory since I can't remember what I had for breakfast anymore. I think Jeff has the right idea...maybe a drink would help.


I'll summarize.

Bill Gates, conspiring with the WHO and Communist China, developed 5G in order to implant us with devices that will connect our minds to the internet.

OR something like that.
Posted by: Gary Howell, May 11th, 2020, 9:31pm; Reply: 35
You forgot to mention that Obama knew about it all along and didn't do anything because he's a communist as well.  I mean, it's all there in Hillary's emails.
Posted by: eldave1, May 11th, 2020, 9:34pm; Reply: 36

Quoted from Gary Howell
You forgot to mention that Obama knew about it all along and didn't do anything because he's a communist as well.  I mean, it's all there in Hillary's emails.


Yes. Oversight on my part
Posted by: DarrenJamesSeeley, May 12th, 2020, 1:01am; Reply: 37
I just came across the post today.
I have zero interest in COVID 19 scripts, and I already have a few "seclusion" and/or quarantine type scripts.

That said, I have a funky idea.
Just...popped in the brain, but then I realized
my heart's just not in it.

Hopefully the sun will shine tomorrow.
Hopefully my new masks with the snakeskin patterns will arrive in the mail. I'm tired of the paper ones. I keep sneezing in them.



Posted by: DarrenJamesSeeley, May 12th, 2020, 1:15am; Reply: 38

Quoted from eldave1


Jeff, alcohol won't cure the virus. I think you were thinking about Lysol.


FUN FACTS
Alcohol in Cough Syrup and other Over-the-Counter Medicines
Medication ---% Alcohol
Hall's            22.0
Jiffy                    56.5
Night Relief      25.0
Nyquil            25.0

I don't know about anyone else, but I load up.
Don't cough or sneeze for hours. ;D
I


Posted by: ChrisBodily, May 12th, 2020, 5:03am; Reply: 39
Where has this thread been for the last four days? Why am I just know finding it? I know I wouldn't have time to complete a script in only three days.
Posted by: Gary Howell, May 12th, 2020, 11:57am; Reply: 40
Finished a first draft. Was not entirely unhappy with it, but itís missing something. Need to obsess over it now for four days and still wind up turning in the first draft.
Posted by: Don, May 12th, 2020, 12:15pm; Reply: 41

Quoted from ChrisBodily
Where has this thread been for the last four days? Why am I just know finding it? I know I wouldn't have time to complete a script in only three days.


It's all part of the conspiracy.  

- Don
Posted by: Reef Dreamer, May 12th, 2020, 4:55pm; Reply: 42
gosh, a OWC.

and a cool idea, with simple page limit. good idea.

I've been at home eight weeks, surely I've got to have a go at this, even if a bit late.

its probably just me, but I haven't been much of a writer for a while . And it seems harder to get fired up than it once did. I was able to join in in October,  but I just don't seem to remember how to write these bloody things. Practice makes perfect, as they say.

hell, worth a go. thanks don

must be the option of a devil porn script within this, somehow  :K)


Posted by: JEStaats, May 12th, 2020, 5:59pm; Reply: 43

Quoted from Reef Dreamer


must be the option of a devil porn script within this, somehow  :K)




Dang it. Scratch that idea.
Posted by: Gary Howell, May 12th, 2020, 9:10pm; Reply: 44

Quoted from JEStaats


Dang it. Scratch that idea.


Listen, if we could do 25 scripts about bobblehead dolls, I don't think a couple of devil porn scripts will hurt anyone.
Posted by: Dreamscale, May 13th, 2020, 4:16pm; Reply: 45
Not looking good for me.

Teri's Mom was released from the hospital yesterday, but not doing great, by any means.

Trouble with my job, as in things could get very hairy very soon for me, so I'm scrambling, making sure I'll be covered if something goes down.

No ideas on this challenge and doubtful I can even really try to get something together.

I will read and comment, as always. Good luck to all who enter.
Posted by: JEStaats, May 13th, 2020, 4:20pm; Reply: 46
Jeff -
- Best to Teri's Mom.
- Prepare for the worst and hope for the best (good luck)
- As always, we look forward to your comments!
Posted by: Dreamscale, May 13th, 2020, 5:07pm; Reply: 47

Quoted from JEStaats
Jeff -
- Best to Teri's Mom.
- Prepare for the worst and hope for the best (good luck)
- As always, we look forward to your comments!


Thanks, man. but be careful what you look forward to.   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Posted by: eldave1, May 13th, 2020, 5:23pm; Reply: 48

Quoted from Dreamscale
Not looking good for me.

Teri's Mom was released from the hospital yesterday, but not doing great, by any means.

Trouble with my job, as in things could get very hairy very soon for me, so I'm scrambling, making sure I'll be covered if something goes down.

No ideas on this challenge and doubtful I can even really try to get something together.

I will read and comment, as always. Good luck to all who enter.


Sorry to hear that, Jeff. Keeping my fingers crossed
Posted by: stevie, May 13th, 2020, 6:56pm; Reply: 49
Hang in there Jeff, mate
Posted by: Zack, May 13th, 2020, 7:15pm; Reply: 50
Hope everything works out for you, Jeff. Stay positive. :)

Not sure if I'm gonna get anything in for this OWC, but I'll read and review as many as I can.
Posted by: Warren, May 13th, 2020, 7:18pm; Reply: 51
This could not have come at a worse time for me. I've just got way too much on my plate unfortunately. Hopefully by the next one I'll be good to go.

Good luck to all who get something across the line.
Posted by: DarrenJamesSeeley, May 14th, 2020, 12:23am; Reply: 52
I'm torn.
I'm not entering, but part of me wants e to tell you of that funky germ of...I mean that funky spark of an idea I had. The other half of me doesn't want to, because I'm curious if any of the peeps were on the same wavelength as me. I doubt that, but you never know.


The following objects are horded in a cottage : kleenex, toilet paper, paper towels, and a whole lot of hand soap. HUNDREDS OF THEM as far as the eye can see, a maze of of boxes and paper rolls.,

A mob of safe distancers with pitchforks and gas masks surround the cottage.

The Occupant of the cottage smears butter on his toast.
His open fridge reveals buckets of butter, his pantry full of rye bread.

"No justice! No Peace!" the crowd outside chants.
"what do you want!?" shouts the lone Occupant.
"We want your Kleenex!  Your toilet paper!" the mob cries out.
"You little snots are full of shit!" shouts the occupant.

The leader of the mob, WALLACE steps forward in defiance.
""They may take away our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!"



and that's all I had.  One page long. Instant DQ.
sorry about that.
That's all I had. Sorry.
Posted by: khamanna, May 14th, 2020, 11:58am; Reply: 53
Something happened to us, sigh. I started writing but stopped. I guess all that sitting at home gets to you.
Posted by: eldave1, May 14th, 2020, 1:03pm; Reply: 54

Quoted from DarrenJamesSeeley
I'm torn.
I'm not entering, but part of me wants e to tell you of that funky germ of...I mean that funky spark of an idea I had. The other half of me doesn't want to, because I'm curious if any of the peeps were on the same wavelength as me. I doubt that, but you never know.


The following objects are horded in a cottage : kleenex, toilet paper, paper towels, and a whole lot of hand soap. HUNDREDS OF THEM as far as the eye can see, a maze of of boxes and paper rolls.,

A mob of safe distancers with pitchforks and gas masks surround the cottage.

The Occupant of the cottage smears butter on his toast.
His open fridge reveals buckets of butter, his pantry full of rye bread.

"No justice! No Peace!" the crowd outside chants.
"what do you want!?" shouts the lone Occupant.
"We want your Kleenex!  Your toilet paper!" the mob cries out.
"You little snots are full of shit!" shouts the occupant.

The leader of the mob, WALLACE steps forward in defiance.
""They may take away our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!"



and that's all I had.  One page long. Instant DQ.
sorry about that.
That's all I had. Sorry.


I think this could go "viral"
Posted by: eldave1, May 14th, 2020, 1:03pm; Reply: 55

Quoted from khamanna
Something happened to us, sigh. I started writing but stopped. I guess all that sitting at home gets to you.


What happened. Kham?
Posted by: khamanna, May 14th, 2020, 1:21pm; Reply: 56

Quoted from eldave1


What happened. Kham?


I mean that many signed off and couldn't write for this one. It's a fun challenge otherwise, but people seemingly just couldn't. I know I can't, and I usually do.
Posted by: eldave1, May 14th, 2020, 1:25pm; Reply: 57

Quoted from khamanna


I mean that many signed off and couldn't write for this one. It's a fun challenge otherwise, but people seemingly just couldn't. I know I can't, and I usually do.


Got it - just wanted to make sure ya didn't come down with anything :)
Posted by: khamanna, May 14th, 2020, 3:07pm; Reply: 58

Quoted from eldave1


Got it - just wanted to make sure ya didn't come down with anything :)


Oh, thank you Dave. I haven't)
Posted by: Reef Dreamer, May 14th, 2020, 3:10pm; Reply: 59
Hi Kham

I hope you enter.

I have a draft and should be able to throw a script into the mix.

I also have this weird idea of trying to do two - except I have no idea on the second.

Its the beer talking :-)

PS I've been at home a while ....
Posted by: MarkRenshaw, May 14th, 2020, 4:20pm; Reply: 60
Have a go, Kham. Being creative is the best medicine against pandemics.
Posted by: Grandma Bear, May 14th, 2020, 8:37pm; Reply: 61
I have at least ten ideas for this. I've just been too mega busy lately. If I write something, it will be something slapped together tomorrow evening. Just like the old days!  ;D
Posted by: spesh2k, May 14th, 2020, 9:03pm; Reply: 62
Been busy working on a script for what is hopefully my next feature film, but I did slap something together pretty quickly. And I mean quickly. But I thought there was only 5 hours left! It looks like another day was added to the deadline, though I'm not sure if I would've had the time to work on it tomorrow, anyway.

I never participated in any challenges on here despite lingering around for almost 15 years, so this should be fun. I'm really looking forward to reading some scripts!

-- Michael
Posted by: eldave1, May 14th, 2020, 9:14pm; Reply: 63

Quoted from spesh2k
Been busy working on a script for what is hopefully my next feature film, but I did slap something together pretty quickly. And I mean quickly. But I thought there was only 5 hours left! It looks like another day was added to the deadline, though I'm not sure if I would've had the time to work on it tomorrow, anyway.

I never participated in any challenges on here despite lingering around for almost 15 years, so this should be fun. I'm really looking forward to reading some scripts!

-- Michael


Just recently started on a new feature myself. You'll find that the OWC's are a great writer's block tool.  I work on my feature for a bit - get bored with my own shit - pick up a few reads on the OWC - back to the feature. Rinse and repeat.

Good luck - they can be fun.
Posted by: LC, May 14th, 2020, 9:48pm; Reply: 64

Quoted from spesh2k
Been busy working on a script for what is hopefully my next feature film, but I did slap something together pretty quickly. And I mean quickly. But I thought there was only 5 hours left! It looks like another day was added to the deadline, though I'm not sure if I would've had the time to work on it tomorrow, anyway.

I never participated in any challenges on here despite lingering around for almost 15 years, so this should be fun. I'm really looking forward to reading some scripts!

-- Michael

Good for you, Michael! I'll be scanning the entries for horror.  :D

Posted by: spesh2k, May 14th, 2020, 11:17pm; Reply: 65

Quoted Text
Good for you, Michael! I'll be scanning the entries for horror.


What makes you think it's gonna be under horror ;)

Just look for the one that's very poorly written. I scrambled to get it done in between some other stuff I'm working on in order to make deadline. I had a very tight window to get this done... and I mean REALLY tight. I'm just happy to be involved somehow. I'm more so looking forward to reading some entries.

-- Michael
Posted by: LC, May 15th, 2020, 11:00am; Reply: 66
Wow, the calm before the storm.

I predict a big turnout.   ;)
Posted by: khamanna, May 15th, 2020, 4:52pm; Reply: 67
Well, I started writing today and just finished and submitted.
Reading them is not as fun when you're don't have anything in.
Posted by: Gary Howell, May 15th, 2020, 6:00pm; Reply: 68

Quoted from khamanna
Well, I started writing today and just finished and submitted.
Reading them is not as fun when you're don't have anything in.


Good for you Kham!
Posted by: Gary Howell, May 15th, 2020, 6:01pm; Reply: 69

Quoted from LC
Wow, the calm before the storm.

I predict a big turnout.   ;)


I agree ó Iím thinking around 25 entries.  
Posted by: eldave1, May 15th, 2020, 6:01pm; Reply: 70

Quoted from khamanna
Well, I started writing today and just finished and submitted.
Reading them is not as fun when you're don't have anything in.


That a go - kudos
Posted by: JEStaats, May 15th, 2020, 8:46pm; Reply: 71
I'm in. Not proud but I'm in.

Let the games begin!
Posted by: Grandma Bear, May 15th, 2020, 8:50pm; Reply: 72
Okay, sitting down now to write something. If you all shit on my script, I®m gonna delete every single post of yours from now on!!!!! Muahahahaha!!!  ;D
Posted by: Grandma Bear, May 15th, 2020, 8:50pm; Reply: 73
Oh, and I'm four beers in already...   :o
Posted by: PKCardinal, May 15th, 2020, 9:04pm; Reply: 74

Quoted from JEStaats
I'm in. Not proud but I'm in.



Doesn't that just perfectly sum up the OWC submission experience.
Posted by: khamanna, May 15th, 2020, 9:58pm; Reply: 75

Quoted from Grandma Bear
Oh, and I'm four beers in already...   :o


Ugh I regret not having a beer while writing.
Posted by: Mr. Blonde, May 15th, 2020, 10:15pm; Reply: 76
I'm debating jumping in. Not sure if I will, but with under three hours, this is the timeframe I used to wait for for five-pagers in the MP days. We'll see if inspiration strikes.
Posted by: LC, May 15th, 2020, 10:23pm; Reply: 77
Good luck, Sean!

I'm doing the same.
Posted by: Mr. Blonde, May 15th, 2020, 10:33pm; Reply: 78

Quoted from LC
Good luck, Sean!

I'm doing the same.


I don't have an ending. This is a problem.

Edit: Yes, I do. See you guys in two and a half hours.
Posted by: MarkD, May 15th, 2020, 10:56pm; Reply: 79
I'm new here and I've submitted a script for this challenge. As my username implies, I'm not a professional. I'm just a guy who likes the screenwriting artform. I hope people like it.
Posted by: LC, May 15th, 2020, 11:08pm; Reply: 80
Good for you, Casual!

Welcome to SS.

Remember to read as many entries as you can - minimum, five, Don stated.
Oh, and roll with the punches. Feedback in OWCs can be merciless.
Posted by: khamanna, May 15th, 2020, 11:20pm; Reply: 81

Quoted from MarkD
I'm new here and I've submitted a script for this challenge. As my username implies, I'm not a professional. I'm just a guy who likes the screenwriting artform. I hope people like it.


Hi and welcome) I'm not a professional screenwriter either. And most of the time my OWC scripts are not liked.
And like Libby said it's okay.
Just saying so you have time to prepare yourself. Then again yours might be a very good script. Just be ready for anything.
Posted by: Grandma Bear, May 15th, 2020, 11:39pm; Reply: 82
Submitted!!! My first in a loooong time!  :)
Posted by: khamanna, May 15th, 2020, 11:42pm; Reply: 83

Quoted from Grandma Bear
Submitted!!! My first in a loooong time!  :)


Nice!
Posted by: Mr. Blonde, May 15th, 2020, 11:45pm; Reply: 84
Out. I don't like the way the story's coming out. Good luck to everyone who enters.


Quoted from MarkD
I'm new here and I've submitted a script for this challenge. As my username implies, I'm not a professional. I'm just a guy who likes the screenwriting artform. I hope people like it.


A few helpful tips for you.

1. Read and review other people's work, honestly. Respect is the most important currency anywhere and there isn't a person out there who wouldn't want to read and review your work if you did the same for them.

2. With their criticism, nobody is actively trying to attack you. It may feel that way from time to time, but it's not the case.

3. By itself, the criticism does nothing for you. What you do with it is what helps you grow as a writer.

Good luck and have fun. =)
Posted by: Gary Howell, May 15th, 2020, 11:56pm; Reply: 85

Quoted from Mr. Blonde
Out. I don't like the way the story's coming out. Good luck to everyone who enters.



A few helpful tips for you.

1. Read and review other people's work, honestly. Respect is the most important currency anywhere and there isn't a person out there who wouldn't want to read and review your work if you did the same for them.

2. With their criticism, nobody is actively trying to attack you. It may feel that way from time to time, but it's not the case.

3. By itself, the criticism does nothing for you. What you do with it is what helps you grow as a writer.

Good luck and have fun. =)


Also:
4. Don't worry when Jeff ("Dreamscale") reviews your script and tells you that he's "out" after page one.  It happens to everyone on here.  Like an initiation.  Don't take it personally. Wear it like a badge of honor.  Oh, and...
5. Don't be Jeff.
Posted by: khamanna, May 16th, 2020, 12:18am; Reply: 86

Quoted from Mr. Blonde
Out. I don't like the way the story's coming out. Good luck to everyone who enters.


Oh, man. I reread mine and it's crap. But I'm still in. I had worse stories in actually, so it's ok.
Posted by: LC, May 16th, 2020, 1:07am; Reply: 87
Readying myself for the onslaught.  ;D Kham, I know what you mean.
And, for the number of entries. Relieved they'll be six pages and under.
Posted by: _ghostwriters, May 16th, 2020, 1:22am; Reply: 88
Best of Irish luck to all who entered.  We Ghosties have no dog in this fight. :(-A
Posted by: LC, May 16th, 2020, 1:42am; Reply: 89
Oh, yes you do!
See my PM about the tech problem.

Or am I confused?

Edit: Okedoke. Sorry to hear that.  ::)

Posted by: khamanna, May 16th, 2020, 2:13am; Reply: 90

Quoted from LC
Oh, yes you do!
See my PM about the tech problem.

Or am I confused?

Edit: Okedoke. Sorry to hear that.  ::)



Libby lol. I wonder if your talking to Ghostie or Sean
Posted by: LC, May 16th, 2020, 2:24am; Reply: 91

Quoted from khamanna
Libby lol. I wonder if your talking to Ghostie or Sean

I think I'm just losing the plot, Kham.  ;D
Posted by: Dreamscale, May 16th, 2020, 2:42am; Reply: 92

Quoted from Gary Howell


Also:
4. Don't worry when Jeff ("Dreamscale") reviews your script and tells you that he's "out" after page one.  It happens to everyone on here.  Like an initiation.  Don't take it personally. Wear it like a badge of honor.  Oh, and...
5. Don't be Jeff.


Also, don't worry about that "Jeff" guy.  He's actually a nice guy.

BWOOOOOOOOHAHA!!!   :o :o :o :o

Posted by: Gary Howell, May 16th, 2020, 12:58pm; Reply: 93
Scripts are up!  Time for a long day of reading!
Posted by: Warren, May 16th, 2020, 1:13pm; Reply: 94
Wow, awesome turnout. Good luck all!
Posted by: Burcu, May 16th, 2020, 6:30pm; Reply: 95
I'm going to read them tomorrow. Good luck everyone. :)
Posted by: MarkRenshaw, May 16th, 2020, 8:09pm; Reply: 96
I'm in the middle of writing a new feature but I'll read/review several each day and see if I can get through them all.
Posted by: eldave1, May 16th, 2020, 9:26pm; Reply: 97
The Bad News - I have spent 10 hours reading scripts today

The Good News - It was the most fun I've had since the lockdown

There are so very solid entries in this OWC - it's going to be a razor's edge, IMO
Posted by: spesh2k, May 17th, 2020, 1:32am; Reply: 98
So far, I'm very impressed with all the entries... overall, well written and a nice variety of stories in different genres. Just goes to show just how much talent visits and participates on this site. I still have about 9 or so scripts left to read through, but it's been enjoyable.

-- Michael
Posted by: eldave1, May 17th, 2020, 1:37am; Reply: 99

Quoted from spesh2k
So far, I'm very impressed with all the entries... overall, well written and a nice variety of stories in different genres. Just goes to show just how much talent visits and participates on this site. I still have about 9 or so scripts left to read through, but it's been enjoyable.

-- Michael


Yes. There has been some very good work and very little redundancy among the stories
Posted by: LC, May 17th, 2020, 3:29am; Reply: 100
Just a reminder to Newbs especially, to save your thanks for the feedback until the challenge is over and all feedback has been posted.

Don has reminded me that although it's not a criminal offence to flout anonymity it is traditional of OWCs, and it certainly does make the challenge a whole lot more fun.

So, no outing yourselves this early on please :)

Posted by: khamanna, May 17th, 2020, 4:06am; Reply: 101
Echoing the others here, all entries are different. I thought they would be the same but I read 6 so far and checked out a few others, and all different ideas. That's amazing. And that makes it interesting to read and easy to enjoy the reads.
Posted by: MarkRenshaw, May 17th, 2020, 7:59am; Reply: 102
Read a few. Going to have a break until tomorrow and try to avoid script fatigue. Enjoyed what I've read so far, very impressed. A few are not matching the criteria though of "Can realistically be filmed with limited actors and sets" but this is just a creative distraction so I'll try to keep my OCD in check!
Posted by: spesh2k, May 17th, 2020, 1:06pm; Reply: 103
Read every script -- great job, everyone! Some really well-written, creative stories here! I did my best to try to comment on most of them!

-- Michael
Posted by: ajr, May 17th, 2020, 2:26pm; Reply: 104
I'm in the clubhouse as well...

Very impressed with the quality of the writing and the ideas here. Even more impressed that there was very little redundancy, that each writer seemed to find her / his own segment or niche to explore...

Looking forward to the after-discussion about what might actually be filmable in this very dynamic COVID world of ours now...

Congrats, everyone!

AJR
Posted by: khamanna, May 17th, 2020, 4:35pm; Reply: 105

Quoted from ajr

Looking forward to the after-discussion about what might actually be filmable in this very dynamic COVID world of ours now...

Me too.
Posted by: ajr, May 17th, 2020, 6:25pm; Reply: 106
I've been corresponding with people to see what might happen over the next couple of months - quotes from some people who are either responsible for making films, or filmmakers:

"It's really hard to predict how production is going to relaunch, though I think there is going to be a proposal from a large working group going to Gov Cuomo and Gov Newsom in the next two weeks that will lay out the guidelines for getting people back on set. The unknown factor (besides the unknown of the pandemic in general) is how the unions will respond - none of us can meaningfully go back to moviemaking until SAG / IATSE / etc are comfortable."
    
"Incredibly frustrating time for all of us who are trying to make things!"

"There's certainly going to be more of an appetite for projects that have a smaller footprint - things that are more practical to launch when restrictions start to lift. So movies with giant crowd scenes, a lot of locations, etc will become less feasible in the short terms. It'll still obviously be driven by concept / cast / etc as always, but the more responsible the production plan, the better."

"What Iím hearing is that people arenít interested in making covid social distancing scripts, because creatives and audiences are sick of it."

(re; "covid scripts") "Iím sure someone will (want to film COVID scripts)... but thereís not a push for it...
I think you have to look at the ideas, feelings, emotions and socio-politics... And create a story from that."

So the answer is - it's anyone's guess.

AJR


Posted by: ajr, May 17th, 2020, 6:32pm; Reply: 107
Another producer just weighed in... I guess this can be considered a lead?

"No Covid scripts.  At least not for me.  5-10M action/thrillers/suspense with small casts and Ltd locations and preferable int'l quotients - both cast and locale.  Strong concepts."
Posted by: eldave1, May 17th, 2020, 7:09pm; Reply: 108

Quoted from ajr
I'm in the clubhouse as well...

Very impressed with the quality of the writing and the ideas here. Even more impressed that there was very little redundancy, that each writer seemed to find her / his own segment or niche to explore...

Looking forward to the after-discussion about what might actually be filmable in this very dynamic COVID world of ours now...

Congrats, everyone!

AJR


Yep - got through them all - I really think the open genre helps in these OWCs in terms of seeing a wide variety of stories.

There were a lot of really solid scripts
Posted by: Gary Howell, May 18th, 2020, 4:13pm; Reply: 109
Done as well.  I like the open concept as well.  Makes for a much more varied contest.

I also like that the newer writers to the board are also contributing reviews.

Can't wait to start guessing on who wrote what.
Posted by: LC, May 18th, 2020, 9:56pm; Reply: 110
Okedoke, read all and reviewed most. Might review the six I haven't if I decide I can add something new in the way of feedback.

A big variety of stories and nice to see the entries were not all about hoarding toilet paper.

Don was going to post names of those who participated. Though we can kinda guess, I'd love to see the list. And I wonder who put up two entries...?
Posted by: MarkRenshaw, May 19th, 2020, 2:27pm; Reply: 111
I tried to log onto the boards this morning (UK time) to review a few more but I couldn't connect. I think it was another DOS attack. I'm out of time now but Ill try again tomorrow.
Posted by: PKCardinal, May 19th, 2020, 9:41pm; Reply: 112
I'm impressed with this group of scripts. Even our obviously new writers' scripts seemed stronger than usual. Well done, everybody.

And, I too, enjoyed the wide variety that this OWC generated. I'm a bit surprised, given that we have 22 pandemic scripts. Still, very little overlap.

As always, I have a couple that stood out. But, I think the group below those couple is tightly packed and very good.
Posted by: eldave1, May 19th, 2020, 9:53pm; Reply: 113

Quoted from PKCardinal
I'm impressed with this group of scripts. Even our obviously new writers' scripts seemed stronger than usual. Well done, everybody.

And, I too, enjoyed the wide variety that this OWC generated. I'm a bit surprised, given that we have 22 pandemic scripts. Still, very little overlap.

As always, I have a couple that stood out. But, I think the group below those couple is tightly packed and very good.


Concur!
Posted by: Don, May 19th, 2020, 10:45pm; Reply: 114

Quoted from MarkRenshaw
I tried to log onto the boards this morning (UK time) to review a few more but I couldn't connect. I think it was another DOS attack. I'm out of time now but Ill try again tomorrow.


Mark,

Apologies.  I'm working with a security company to monitor traffic and help mitigate the DDoS attacks.  I hope by tomorrow things will be better.

- Don
Posted by: PKCardinal, May 19th, 2020, 10:49pm; Reply: 115
Can someone explain to me what the goal of a DDoS attack on a site like this is?

Is it just general jerkiness? Or, is there an actual point?
Posted by: eldave1, May 19th, 2020, 11:01pm; Reply: 116

Quoted from PKCardinal
Can someone explain to me what the goal of a DDoS attack on a site like this is?

Is it just general jerkiness? Or, is there an actual point?


I believe Don is incorrect. It is obviously a denial of scripts attack. In all seriousness, no it doesn't make any sense why this site would be targeted other than a disgruntled writer seeking vengeance.  
Posted by: PKCardinal, May 19th, 2020, 11:19pm; Reply: 117

Quoted from eldave1


I believe Don is incorrect. It is obviously a denial of scripts attack. In all seriousness, no it doesn't make any sense why this site would be targeted other than a disgruntled writer seeking vengeance.  


Or... maybe someone is getting too close to the truth in the plague thread...

Dustin! Where are you?
Posted by: MarkRenshaw, May 20th, 2020, 8:23am; Reply: 118
I had trouble connecting earlier but it seems to have cleared up and I managed to review some more scripts. I will finish the last of them tomorrow!
Posted by: Don, May 20th, 2020, 1:42pm; Reply: 119

Quoted from PKCardinal
Can someone explain to me what the goal of a DDoS attack on a site like this is?


response moved to here: https://www.simplyscripts.net/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?m-1588040843/s-15/#num18

- Don

Posted by: Grandma Bear, May 20th, 2020, 8:41pm; Reply: 120
I think I have two left. I love the page length. Makes it easy to read. High quality overall. Pissers seem to be a thing of the past. A good thing.  8)
Posted by: Reef Dreamer, May 21st, 2020, 5:08am; Reply: 121
Yeah, a few more for me, but hopefully done today

Some good concepts and as ever a great variation
Posted by: MarkRenshaw, May 21st, 2020, 8:35am; Reply: 122
Finished them all now. So impressed overall by the quality and different variations of story.  Although an optional part of the challenge, I'll be favouring those that can realistically be filmed with limited actors and sets as writing something like that is challenging.

Well done to all who entered though. It's difficult to stay focused and creative when the world is turning into the last season of Lost.
Posted by: Reef Dreamer, May 21st, 2020, 12:53pm; Reply: 123
Choices submitted.

Thanks Don - itís been great to take part.

Once the date has passed I may choose a few to mention, eg best character, most interesting concept, best twist, one I would like to see filmed etc

Every script has issues but lots of strong aspects within many of them.
Posted by: JEStaats, May 21st, 2020, 7:33pm; Reply: 124
Just voted.

That was difficult - so many good entries this go around! I had to really be picky and grade on a curve or it would've been too top heavy. I had two at the top (not going to say, at least not yet).

Great job everyone. Like usual, a few entrants with little or no reads/comments. Any way to send them a reminder?

And what's with Jeff being so civil in his comments this OWC? ;)
Posted by: Dreamscale, May 21st, 2020, 7:34pm; Reply: 125

Quoted from JEStaats


And what's with Jeff being so civil in his comments this OWC? ;)


I've only read 12.  I'll be much more viscous and cruel on the last 10 or so.   ;D ;D ;D

Posted by: LC, May 21st, 2020, 10:59pm; Reply: 126
A big shoutout to The Moviegoer!

Thanks for your reviews. I was guessing you were partaking? Hopefully you'll enter the next challenge. :)

P.S. Oh, and others too, who added with reviews.
Posted by: jayrex, May 24th, 2020, 5:26am; Reply: 127
Damn it.  I wish I knew this was going on.  I wrote script that fits this challenge.
Posted by: Grandma Bear, May 24th, 2020, 8:54am; Reply: 128

Quoted from jayrex
Damn it.  I wish I knew this was going on.  I wrote script that fits this challenge.


Keep an eye out, more OWCs are coming. And, soon too I believe.  :)
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