I am warning evweryone, this year I am finishing FIRST. I made it to the semis last year--top 50. This year I am re-entering the same script, but I've spent the past year polishing and honing and sharpening and trust me, it is GOOD. So fair warning to all 'ya'll bastiches, don't even bother entering, it's a fool's errand! For I have already won! ha ha ha ha!
I'll respond to the mighty gor by using the only words he/she used that actually made sense - the last four: ha ha ha ha!
Mighty Gor, that gave me a big laugh! I hope your screenplay is as funny. Me, I have more humble aspirations, but let's just say if Mighty Gor made top 50 last time, I think I probably can too...
I'm wondering how much genre counts in this thing. I read in the faqs that any script has a good chance regardless of genre, but seriously. I have a dark dramedy (sort of like a black comedy but more meat on its bones) and I've been told it's solid writing but the manager I know said he can't sell it. So does that count when the contest makes its choices? Obviously they have to send the winner out to the biz so you have to think that has to be a consideration, too.
Hi Kelly, those are great comments. I was just talking with a fellow writer today about the issue of marketability. She's been writing dramas, but has been advised by her manager to write something he can sell. She's been tearing her hair out trying to find a "commercial" idea. I think all of us have to deal with this issue at some point. My writing partner and I wrote a black comedy 5 years ago that we could not get any play on at all. We're now thinking of adapting it into a horror comedy just to get it read. So these are obviously very valid issues and something all of us have to keep in mind.As for the contest, we are simply looking for scripts that are a great example of whatever they're supposed to be. Last year's top ten had a couple of period piece dramas, a black comedy, and several others that would not necessarily be considered commercial genres. We call 'em like we see 'em. If the best script this year happens to be a slasher film or a Elizabethan drama, then that's what's going to win. Now when it comes to getting the scripts out there, that's of course another story. What we did last year is present the scripts as great examples of their genre. If the producer happens to be looking for that type of thing, then here it is. At any given time, even the most "dead" genre will still have fans. Somewhere, somebody is filming a western, a musical, a transexual tragicomedy, at this minute. The idea is to try to find those guys who might be passionate about that type of flick.By the way, this is all moot, since it appears "The Mighty Gor" has the contest locked up ;)
Yes! I ROOOOL! You the fool! You the drooolll!
Yes, mighty gor, it sounds like your retro "A-Team" script is just what the industry's looking for. GO KELLY GO!!!
None shall keep The Mighty Gor down. I shall not be dissuaded merely by those who cannot recognize MAJESTY. You will all see, all of you. My script is like a neutron bomb of scriptiliciousness. My screenplay is 800 pound gerilla in the room and the rest of you are the pathetic remnants of the toddler potty seat it just took a heaping poop in, ha haHA HA HA! I ROOL!
Well, mighty gor, we may not recognize majesty, but at least we know how to spell gorilla.
hEY, gor, OF ALL THE FRICKING WORDS TO MISPELL, GORILLA HAS THE SAME FIRST THREE LETTERS AS YOUR MIGHTY nAME!!!!
I wouldn't be surprised if someone got GORed this time out. I'm just sayin'...
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