Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Still a Bridesmaid

So, okay, I don't even remember entering Screenwriting Expo 5 and I'm not at all disappointed that I dinked AGAIN in 2006 but I do think it noteworthy that I am still, as always, the best of the mediocre and building up quite a resume of percent signs. That should be the title of my next screenplay -- Best of the Mediocre. I'll work on it.


Unknown Screenwriter said...

So maybe all you need is just a little nudge?

While I don't take a lot of stock in contests, I cannot help but wonder if your "stuff" has fallen into that trap of actually being better than it's being judged.

When I see the stuff that wins, I "might" actually go along with the good writing but from the myriad of contest winners I've read in the past, most would not make good movies... Maybe, at the very least, an interesting Indie film that HBO or Showtime programs at 3:00 in the morning or maybe even tips the clock on IFC or The Sundance Channel.

Okay movies to be sure... Worth watching in a lot of cases but just not theater material and when I say theater material, I mean a film that puts asses in the seats.

Quite a maze to go through... Work your ass off, maybe win a contest or two just to find out that you have to change your writing to the kind that does put asses in the seats.

Would love to read one of your scripts sometime.


MaryAn Batchellor said...

Well, then, let's have you read something fresh - a rewrite I hope to finish by November. I'm putting my Nicholl and AFF entry away for awhile so I can look at it again more objectively in a few months.

moviequill said...

this one nailed me square in my round cojones... I really thought I'd make the cut this time, or at least the top 25% honor roll.. BTW, this is the same script that got me the query response so to hell with contests I say

MaryAn Batchellor said...

Todd, if they're round, how can it hit them square? .. never mind.

But seriously, subjectivity happens. So I ask you this, why do you enter? To win? Validation?

I enter the AFF and the Nicholl because I want BADLY to advance -- it's validation. The selection process is structured and the scripts are read more than once. I don't know how random the process may be for other contests or what corner they may have pulled their readers off of so those competitions are a curiosity for me or lark just to see what happens.

Mystery Man said...

Maybe it's just me, but I noticed that a lot of the winners LAST YEAR were MYSTERIES, of all things. When was the last time an old-fashioned MYSTERY was released on the big screen?

I mean, what they're thinking out there is so... it's a crapshoot. It's a numbers game.

Anonymous said...

I enter to get a kickstart to a career as I want to be paid to write every day. I know nobody in Hollywood except a few bloggers so contests were my backdoor in... I thought