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Topic: fresh voices quarterfinalists

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 02/05/12 04:26 PM

To answer your question, Axel, I found out that 126 isn't good enough. A bit disappointing.

Topic: fresh voices quarterfinalists

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 02/05/12 07:35 PM

Nathan, thanks for the reply. I was in Comedy.

Figured it was close. Wish you the very best in the semis.

Topic: Fresh Voices Semis

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 02/21/12 06:56 PM

Top 10% in each category make the semis.

Here is the link, if it works.

http://www.fresh-voices.com/2011screenplaycompetition/2011scjudgingprocess.html

Topic: Fresh Voices Winners

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 03/12/12 07:45 PM

Nicely done, Paul.

Topic: ScriptVamp Winners

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 05/01/12 08:59 AM

Paul, and others, I'm an admitted newbie at this, so maybe you could give me some guidance.

I too submitted to Page before I really felt ready, mainly because their original deadline was March 31. Then, on the last day, they extended the deadline an entire month. I thought, geez, it would have been nice to have the extra time.

Why do contests extend deadlines, sometimes even "final" deadlines? Are some more notorious for it than others? (I didn't expect it from Page). Can you ever count on a deadline being extended? What is the best way to play this?

Thanks and best of luck to you and all. Scott

Topic: ScriptVamp Winners

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 05/01/12 01:44 PM

This is a strange world for me, because in every other endeavor I've been involved in, deadlines meant deadlines. Statutes of limitation at law, for instance.

IIRC, Page at one time called March 31 their "final deadline". Scriptapalooza, on the other hand said "April 19 in the final deadline, and it will not be extended", and they meant it.

I don't mean to pick on Page, as my overall experience with them has been good.

Thanks for the replies.

Topic: Grip About an Old Topic

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 05/18/12 07:57 PM

If Page does the right thing and simply makes full disclosure in advance that there will be multiple "deadlines", this conversation wouldn't be happening.

Topic: Story Pros---Hey Paul,

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 05/26/12 08:05 PM

I'm up against you in Drama. I'm so honored and excited. Congrats and good luck in the semis.

Topic: Story Pros---Hey Paul,

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 05/26/12 09:12 PM

Paul, thanks for the note and info.

I don't feel intimidated, but only because I'm like the little kid who isn't afraid of the ball until he takes one in the chops. Being a relative newbie, I'm not as familiar with our competition as you are.

I really like the atmosphere of this board, as the people are so supportive of each other.

Congrats and best wishes to all.

Topic: Creative World Awards

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 05/31/12 04:36 PM

Marjory, Thanks! You made my day.

Mike, good luck tomorrow. We're head to head in SP Comedy.

Topic: Industry Insider Contest - Need Help w/Title

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 06/07/12 05:59 AM

Hi Paul,

I like #1, as I am much given to Shakespearean quotes.

I don't think #2, a knock off of Dostoeyevsky (sp?) works.

#4, "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" has become a popular expression and might be ripe for a movie title.

Just my opinion. Good luck tomorrow, Scott

Topic: Industry Insider Contest - Need Help w/Title

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 06/08/12 04:59 PM

Gotta hand it to you, Paul. You've got... swagger!

Topic: StoryPros Finalists

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 06/09/12 07:16 PM

Paul,

Thank you so much. You're a great guy--and a great writer.

All the best,

Scott

Topic: StoryPros Finalists

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 06/11/12 01:12 PM

Paul, Zeke's in comedy, you're in drama. Wouldn't it be enough just to win your division? haha

"Diamond Express" and "Drum" look to be well credentialed (sp?) opponents, btw.

Topic: StoryPros Finalists

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 06/11/12 03:42 PM

Thank you, Julia. It is a pleasure and honor to compete with you.

And I love the atmosphere of this board.

Topic: StoryPros Finalists

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 06/12/12 06:05 AM

Paul, I assume you're on Blue Cat's mailing list.

Check out the story about "Zekeness" and his new film "Gaybe", which appears in the newsletter captioned "Selling Your Script".

Pretty funny.

Topic: StoryPros Finalists

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 06/12/12 10:01 AM

Like his real last name is Apatow? haha

Topic: StoryPros Finalists

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 06/15/12 05:38 PM

To Paul, Good luck tonight.

To Julia, If you enter Blue Cat in time for the Title Contest, be sure to vote for your favorite title(s). hehe

Topic: Double or Single

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 06/20/12 03:23 PM

Maryann, You are quite persuasive on this. Think I will convert to double spacing. I think that is correct when writing ordinary prose anyway.

Topic: Double or Single

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 06/21/12 02:49 PM

I wonder how much difference single vs.double spacing would really make in overall page count.

I haven't experimented with it, but I can't imagine it would be more than a page or two.

Topic: Release forms

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 06/22/12 12:20 PM

If this were a script, I would at this point have my comic relief character say:

"Why don't you guys get a room?"

Topic: Page to notify First Rounders (25%) on July 9-10??

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 07/03/12 04:19 PM

http://messageboard.donedealpro.com/boards/showthread.php?t=68149

According to this post on Done Deal Pro, Page will email those who passed the First Round (25%) on July 9-10, in advance of posting their Quarterfinalists (10%) on July 15. Is this authentic? Maybe some Page veterans can tell us.

Topic: Page to notify First Rounders (25%) on July 9-10??

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 07/03/12 04:33 PM

Thanks, Marjory.

Maybe I should break down and join Facebook.

Good luck to you also, although, from what I know about you, I doubt if you'll need it.

Topic: Shoreline Scripts Semi-Finalists Announced

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 07/09/12 03:48 PM

Like Paul, I borrowed two cents.

I thought about this one, intrigued that it is from the UK, but decided my ego can only take so many in which only about 2% survive the first cut.

Maybe next time.

Topic: Page to notify First Rounders (25%) on July 9-10??

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 07/09/12 08:50 PM

Checking in. Got there.

Congrats to all others.

Topic: Page to notify First Rounders (25%) on July 9-10??

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 07/10/12 03:43 PM

Fantastic, Julia. That makes twelve of us, if I've got the math right.

Dirty Dozen? Terrible Twelve?

Topic: Page to notify First Rounders (25%) on July 9-10??

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 07/10/12 07:26 PM

Paul,

An interesting little horse race it should be.

Don't forget our friends Nathan (X2), Sundae (X3), Zeke, Minaskanian, a bunch of others.

A loaded field. Good luck.

Topic: Page to notify First Rounders (25%) on July 9-10??

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 07/10/12 08:51 PM

Paul,

Quit your sandbagging. I figure I'm about to take another drubbing fron "The People vs.God". About my 4th.

I'd just like to hit the board underneath you for an exacta.

It's going to be a lucky day for someone with the $2,500 winner take all prize.

This is the first effort for what was intended to be a monthly event limited to 100 entries. It is put on by a reputable group, the Screenplay Festival organization.

It appears they've had some difficulties and this could be a one night stand, though I hope not. The $100 entry fee probably doesn't help.

Even after an extension and relaxing their entry procedure, they only got 57 entries. Part of their program is to publish a full list of those entered.

Despite its small number, this is an awesomely tough field, based on what I know about some of the players in it.

Good luck to MBers involved, and to the contest itself.

Topic: Page Quarterfinals

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 07/15/12 06:11 PM

Time to man up and prove I'm a sport.

Even if I didn't prove I'm a writer.

Congrats and best wishes to all who advanced. Particularly to Mike, I think I have some idea how much this means to you.

Topic: Marjory Kaptanoglu -- shorts

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 07/20/12 06:38 AM

Paul, I'll bite.

Please send me the script in PDF, Scott

Topic: Marjory Kaptanoglu -- shorts

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 07/20/12 01:44 PM

Sounds like good info, but I'm missing something here.

To ask a dumb question, what is the market for shorts? Where are they exhibited?

Topic: Marjory Kaptanoglu -- shorts

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 07/20/12 03:25 PM

Marjory, Thanks for the detailed reply, Scott

Julia, I would be pleased to have a look at it, Scott

Topic: Scene headings and slugs, bolded and underscored

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 07/21/12 07:02 PM

I received two sets of feedback from Page judges.

Both referred to the need for "bolds" and "capitalizations".

Topic: CONGRATULATIONS, MARJORY - SCRIPTAPALOOZA SEMIS

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 08/07/12 12:51 PM

Nice going, Marjory.

Nobody deserves it more.

Topic: Creative World Awards CWA

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 08/07/12 02:18 PM

Got there in Drama.

I agree with Lana. Nice to break a losing streak, after choking on the big ones.

Julia, looks like we're destined to knock heads yet again. No fair playing passive/aggressive, lol.

Good luck to all.

Topic: Creative World Awards CWA

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 08/07/12 06:52 PM

Paul,

Their rules said: "Sandbaggers need not apply".

Figured that's why you weren't there.

(Just kidding).

Topic: Creative World Awards CWA

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 08/08/12 07:02 AM

That is hard to believe, that you could WIN your genre in both StoryProsAwards and Fresh Voices, come in 2nd out of 57 in 100 Screenplays, yet fail to even make the Quarters in Scriptapalooza,

Shows what a craps game this all really is.

It could all turn on whether your first round judge ate his prunes that morning.

Interesting how the mental image you form of someone you've never seen compares to the real person when you see him or her.

Topic: Creative World Awards Quarterfinals

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 08/13/12 06:35 PM

Without spoiling it for anyone, I'll just say that some of my best friends on MovieBytes are going to be happy.

Topic: Big Break Quarters!

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 08/23/12 05:51 AM

Paul,

Interesting stuff. Just out of curiosity, did you do this cross referencing by hand, or do you have some program that picks it up?

You roll on like the Columbia River. Keep it going.

Topic: Big Break Quarters!

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 08/23/12 04:09 PM

Paul, "this writer in all likelihood prevented an undiscovered writer from advancing."

Good argument,counselor. You're hired.

Topic: Creative World Awards Finalists

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 08/27/12 06:32 PM

Hard to believe 9.14 didin't make it beyond the quarters.

Someone said he made finals last year with under 9.

Looks like some grade inflation going on.

Topic: Austin?

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 08/30/12 06:17 PM

Thin envelope. Felt like I was applying to college again. Nicely done letter, though.

Topic: FINAL DRAFT - THE ONLY DRAFT YOU'LL EVER NEED!

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 09/17/12 06:55 PM

Paul, excellent! From your ever growing list of creds, this has to be a powerful piece.

Marjory, you define sportsmanship.

Best to all others who are still "in the game" anywhere.

Topic: Story Pros: Is Philip Sedgwick Legal?

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 11/25/12 05:39 PM

Under the antitrust laws? Kidding aside, an outstanding accomplishment for Philip to have FIVE entries in the QFs, if I count correctly.

Congrats also to Nathan, Paul, James Edwards, any other MBers who advance.

Topic: Most "informative" scene

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 12/22/12 07:14 PM

Young girl picks flower, gives it to young boy at the funeral of his slain father.

"Braveheart"

Topic: Most "informative" scene

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 12/25/12 06:34 AM

Another from "Sixth Sense".

The entire sequence at the dead girl's memorial service where Cole Seer exposes the evil stepmom (Angelica Torn) as a diabolical killer.

He presents the red box containing the telltale video tape to the grieving father. The playing of the video. Dad smiles a bit observing his dead daughter at play, then his face gradually turns to puzzlement, anguish, abject horror and finally fury at what he beholds.

All eyes slowly turn to the bitch in the inappropriate red dress. A chilling, riveting scene with little or no dialogue.

Nice thread, Heather. Happy holidays to all.

Topic: Bankable Script

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 12/29/12 05:14 PM

Thanks for the post, James. Based on your recommendation, I'll be happy to have a look at it.

Good luck in future rounds.

Topic: Radmin

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 03/19/13 10:49 AM

See the names Goldman and Jackson on the semis board.

Nicely done, guys.

Topic: It seems like we go through this every year

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 03/28/13 02:47 PM

I'm getting the usual draconian emails from Page reminding me of the April 1 "Final Deadline".

Can they be counted on to invoke the usual 30 day extension at the eleventh hour?

How is everyone else playing this? Thanks.

Topic: Beverly Hills Film Festival?

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 04/08/13 07:45 AM

Philip,

I saw you hit the board with FIVE products in a major contest, two of which went on to the finals.

No reason to let one person's opinion get you down. For you the glass is well more than half full.

Just my two cents.

Kat Lady (50s) squats at computer, F. U. P. A. impervious to her Spanx, scowls at notice on screen telling her she flunks the English section of her G. E. D. exam for not having a clue what a paragraph is.

Topic: Bankable Script

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 05/11/13 02:02 PM

Decided, against the advice of some vets on this board, to give this one a go, and I achieved some sort of distinction.

My comedy received a "0" in every single category. The reader called it "horrible" and said he/she had to stop reading after 60 pages. I feel so honored, much like John Belushi (pencils up my nose).

For the record, the same script is twice a semifinalist and once a quarterfinalist in better known contests during the past year.j

Topic: Bankable Script

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 05/12/13 01:24 PM

No problem, James. I'd probably take your recommendation again.

After playing this game for awhile and chatting with others on this board, it seems we all have some events we typically do well in and others, well, you know.

Good luck in this and other contests.

Topic: Bankable Script

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 05/13/13 06:35 PM

Further for the record, my script received two reads, the second of which fared slightly better.

Topic: Nice job by MB regulars JG Edwards and Philip Sedgwick-

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 06/16/13 02:52 PM

placing in the recently concluded Story Pros Awards.

Same to anyone else who hit the winners board.

nm

Topic: Need Support from my fellow Byters.

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 07/02/13 11:24 AM

Done. Award assist to Julie.

x

Topic: Page Quarterfinalist!

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 07/16/13 03:05 PM

Thanks Paul, Nathan, Philip. Paul, your one liner to Santa proves you'd be tough in the comedy genre as well.

Topic: Page Quarterfinalist!

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 07/16/13 05:50 PM

I should add fantastic job, Santa.

Topic: Page Quarterfinalist!

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 07/21/13 01:44 PM

Thank you, Heather.

Topic: Anyone claiming victory in The Big One?

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 07/31/13 09:38 AM

Not here.

Topic: Anyone claiming victory in The Big One?

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 08/04/13 07:38 AM

Dammit! I still think the reader excerpt about "douchebag vernacular" was mine.

Nice job by all who got some favorable news.

Calling James Edwards.

Topic: Almost Famous -- Our Own Margie

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 08/31/13 09:57 AM

Plus Margie has three out of the approx. 50 semifinalists going in the comedy division in Creative World Awards. Not too shabby.

Topic: Almost Famous -- Our Own Margie

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 09/05/13 07:56 PM

Hat Trick Margie. An incredible accomplishment.

Topic: Blue Cat Euthanized

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 09/10/13 05:41 PM

For reasons that have been more than adequately aired by many commentators on this and other forums, I am putting this baby to sleep.

Topic: Blue Cat Euthanized

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 09/10/13 08:11 PM

Funny. JK, you could "save the cat" by becoming their reader-in-chief.

Topic: Congratulations Paul Undari!

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 09/15/13 09:34 AM

The People vs. God=Alabama football. Kudos, Paul.

Topic: THE BLACK LIST

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 09/27/13 12:10 PM

What about Diablo Cody and "Juno"? IIRC she got her start as a Black Lister. Maybe somebody knows the full story.

Topic: THE BLACK LIST

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 09/27/13 02:52 PM

Okay, thanks. A little confusing that both are referred to as the "Black List" (maybe intentionally so).

Topic: Terry Rossio notes

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 10/26/13 08:16 AM

Good discussion. I read a script by Judd Apatow ("Knocked Up"). He breaks every rule in the book. But then, the rules don't apply to Judd Apatow.

Topic: BlueCat Feedback

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 11/17/13 07:24 AM

What bugs me is Gordy calls his feedback "analyses". To me this term implies some kind of in depth review. That's not what you get from Blue Cat. You get a few sentences telling you in general terms what the reader liked and what he/she didn't. While I've picked up a helpful point or two from them, for the most part you get what you pay for, considering $60 for an entry and two reviews.

Topic: Congrats to Paul and Philip

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 12/09/13 12:34 PM

Thanks Paul and Philip and same back to you. Once again I earn the right to get the crap kicked out of me by you two guys. See you next week.

Topic: Happy New Year!

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 01/02/14 09:52 AM

Not to criticize stupid, arrogant, illiterate contest judges.

Topic: Richmond International Film Festival

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 01/22/14 09:19 AM

Go Nathan!

Topic: Richmond International Film Festival

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 01/30/14 08:07 AM

Nathan, I remember a little bit about Anne Bonny, having gone through a "pirate phase" as a kid. Is your piece pretty much a biography, or more of a fictionalized account or what? (If I may ask) Good luck with it.

Topic: Congrats Scott Aiman

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 02/19/14 08:29 PM

Thanks bunches, guys. I really love the comradery that prevails on this board.

Topic: Congrats Writemovies finalists

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 03/04/14 12:52 PM

Haha, James. I've always wanted to do that, but could never quite find the nads. Thanks for inspiring me to do it next time. (Hopefully there will be a next time). Congrats and good luck in the next round.

Pain in the butt to keep switching back and forth between a "full title page" and a "clean title page".

Topic: WorldFest

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 04/03/14 11:59 AM

Nicely done, Nathan. IIRC, 9.13 is an excellent score for that event.

Topic: StoryPros

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 05/27/14 08:47 AM

Good to see Julie Kubik back on board with her new thriller "Interface". Congrats and good luck to all QFists.

Topic: BlueCat Feedback

Author: Scott Aiman Posted: 05/27/14 04:18 PM

Looks like Blue Cat has quietly cut back to one first round reader rather than two.

In Creative World Awards. Well done, guys. Hope I didn't miss anyone.