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Chris_Keaton
09-22-2012, 08:55 AM
Well you are all winners for getting a screenplay done. I have to say there were no dogs in this mix, so congrats, but there will always be a top a three.

1. High Roller - Egg Born Son
2. Mind Games - dtroop506
3. I...Win - Russell Moore

Congrats guys on some fun scripts!

If you all would like to make suggestions for the next contest feel free to post them here.

Reef dreamer
09-22-2012, 02:40 PM
Thanks Chris,

I appreciate being able to take part. Bit rushed for me, but it was a good experience. Thank you. No doubt see you at MP.

To all the winners, and others, well done. A fun competition.

As to new themes, sorry, I don't know how often you plan these things. Otherwise, all I can say is that we are heading into a predictable period of Halloween, so maybe you could do things differently. Eg a Halloween comp that has to be comedy, or family or slapstick etc etc I do get fed up of the usual fare at this time, but maybe thats me.

All the best

PS how is the voting undertaken for these things? Is it just writers, or can anyone read/review?

Chris_Keaton
09-22-2012, 09:07 PM
Anyone can read, but only people with over 50 posts can vote. This time it was just the writers and a few writers who didn't participate this time.

KhamIsk
09-22-2012, 09:21 PM
Congrats to the winners! Nice pick!

Chris, one location stories maybe?

alex whitmer
09-23-2012, 05:28 AM
Over already? Why does this one feel lik it went twice as fast as the last one - not to mention scripts 3-times as long. Okay, I'm still gonna read a few here.

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Russell Moore
09-23-2012, 10:07 PM
Congratz to everyone that entered a script!

I appreciate the feedback and rating high enough to get me a third place finish!

I enjoyed reading everyone's scripts...looking forward to the next fest! Thank you!

krestofre
09-24-2012, 05:56 AM
Congratulations to the winners and to everyone!

Bill Clar
09-24-2012, 06:17 AM
Congrats to the winners! Thanks for the contest, Chris.

Egg Born Son
09-24-2012, 05:46 PM
Thanks to everyone who voted, I'm humbled. Double thanks to those who commented and congratulations to Russell and David. There were no duds this time round and I honestly think a couple of you were robbed. Once again I've learnt a lot and taken the feedback on board.

As for the next fest idea, it didn't get much traction last time I raised it but GodardFest: a girl and a gun. Two resources anyone should be able to get their hands on and is embedded with the two key primal tensions (sex and death). So it should be easy to generate scripts that are filmable on any budget. Surely this is an idea that could result in increased participation and scriptfest entries rolling over into filmfest productions?

Russell Moore
09-25-2012, 10:42 AM
Big congratz to James and David on 1st and 2nd place...well deserved! :beer:

GodardFest....hmm...I have to admit I'm not very familiar with his work (though I probably should be), but...girls, guns, sex and death? How could we go wrong? :)

dtroop506
09-25-2012, 03:29 PM
Congrats to Eggy and Russell for making the top three. And of course, everyone who entered and made this another great fest.
Thanks to our host Chris Keaton for giving us a place to meet, learn, and grow.

As for the next fest...since this is an election year, I would like to cast my vote for Prez-fest. You may choose any genre, but your main protagonist must be a President of the United States (living or dead).

Egg Born Son
09-25-2012, 05:22 PM
GodardFest....hmm...I have to admit I'm not very familiar with his work (though I probably should be), but...girls, guns, sex and death? How could we go wrong? :)

The title references his famous quote rather than his movies, to paraphrase: "Give me a girl and gun and I'll make you a movie". I always took the truth of this statement as representing the two most primal tensions (the third being food, but much harder to convey through the medium of film).



As for the next fest...since this is an election year, I would like to cast my vote for Prez-fest. You may choose any genre, but your main protagonist must be a President of the United States (living or dead).

I do like the idea but for especially for those of us who are international it could present some issues. Some americans can be precious about the presidents (although I'm sure the writers have cooler heads) and besides, historically I only know of Lincoln and Washington. Plus a couple of others such as Franklin who I knew of first as a scientist with the trivia being he was also a president. I don't really know much about their history but do know a couple had cool beards.

Plus it could get political. I mean the obvious for a recent president is either the lionisation or demonisation of a president depending on your own politics. The last few have been particularly polarising and some of the rhetoric around them is literally insane on both sides. An alternate universe would be cool (make Lincoln Vampire Hunter the film it should have been) plus wouldn't everyone pick Abe anyway because he has one of the coolest beards in history? :) Opening it up to or changing it to a future president could present some interesting avenues to explore and distance some of the issues I mention.

Chris_Keaton
09-25-2012, 10:04 PM
Haha, I can see US Presidents being a problem. Ben Franklin was never president.

Egg Born Son
09-25-2012, 11:07 PM
I know nossing! :tongue:

I wonder who I was thinking of then? Bell? I'm sure it was someone involved with pre-electric fundamentals... it was at least Franklin with the kite/key/lightning combo wasn't it? Or have I even got that wrong? Argh, I thought I had a few years left before age addled my brain, I'm only halfway to the finish line, it's gotta carry me another 30 years or so yet! So it looks like my president would have been made up even if I was trying to be historically accurate, ha!

S'pose I could search for a list of presidents but I think I can get by in ignorance this time :)

Chris_Keaton
09-26-2012, 05:30 AM
Look everyone knows that Lincoln fought vampires. Everyone knows that Van Buren was the first President born a US citizen, but what people don't know is that he fought zombie space aliens to save Washington.

dtroop506
09-26-2012, 04:53 PM
Thanks a lot, Chris.
I was so looking foreward to reading Eggy's script about President Ben Franklin and Vice President Thomas Edison and their time machine.

Egg Born Son
09-26-2012, 06:43 PM
Don't forget Secretary of State Nikolai Tesla subplot and the electro-mechanical buffalo stampede...

alex whitmer
09-26-2012, 09:24 PM
I know nossing! :tongue:

I wonder who I was thinking of then? Bell? I'm sure it was someone involved with pre-electric fundamentals...:)

Jefferson maybe? I think he was more of a Renaissance man, though, but definately a pre-electric dude. Course, could be cool to re-shuffle who actually was president, and see if history can be rewritten. Nah, too much thinking.

How about Cool Beard fest, with extra points for chicks with beards.

Egg Born Son
09-26-2012, 11:37 PM
Nah, too much thinking.

And quite the challenge in 6 pages!



How about Cool Beard fest, with extra points for chicks with beards.

Inspiration here: http://www.worldbeardchampionships.com/

And here: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBeardsAustralia

With such great songs as "If your Dad doesn't have a beard you've got two mums", "You should consider having sex with a man with a beard" and "Beards don't kill people, people with beards kill people".

They are hilarious and a credible band, unusual for a novelty act. At their shows everyone has a beard, including the women!

Reef dreamer
10-11-2012, 12:25 PM
Just wondered how often are the script fests?

Chris_Keaton
10-11-2012, 02:57 PM
Just wondered how often are the script fests?

Well, as often as I get around to kicking one off. I tried to do one every 2 months, but interest waned. I'll probably have one more for 2012.

Egg Born Son
10-11-2012, 04:44 PM
How about end-of-the-worldFest because the Mayans, a people who couldn't even sustain a civilisation as long as their calender, couldn't be wrong.

Reef dreamer
10-12-2012, 02:22 AM
Another one in 2012, excellent. I wil keep an eye out.

I don't know whether you focus on low budget scripts all the time, but I do like that idea as I want to focus on "produceable" scripts and the more challenges like that, the better.

Cheers for now.

dtroop506
10-21-2012, 04:49 AM
If it's not too late, I'd like to throw another suggestion in the ring.

How about "Dickfest!"

No, Keaton, it's not gay porn. Get your mind out of the gutter.


Dickfest

Open genre
6 - 12 pages
Your protagonist must be a detective.

alex whitmer
10-30-2012, 03:50 PM
Well, as often as I get around to kicking one off. I tried to do one every 2 months, but interest waned. I'll probably have one more for 2012.

How about an 'Interest Waned' fest? One character has to lose interest in something once coveted.

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Chris_Keaton
10-30-2012, 08:28 PM
You all area strange lot.

Egg Born Son
10-30-2012, 08:43 PM
Strangefest - requirement: has to weird out Keaton! :tongue:

Egg Born Son
10-30-2012, 10:39 PM
Topical:

Oba-rom-ma-neyFest - in the spirit of negative campaigning the script must contain a wild claim about obama or romney. Any basis in truth is an automatic disqualification.

A more serious take on the topic:

ElectionFest, pick two or three candidate fest ideas, or just a list of genres - then put it to the vote to generate interest, so the idea that inspires the greatest participation gets the green light. Hopefully by getting more input from potential entrants there'll be a greater participation rate. In the US voter turnout of just over 50% is typical, imagine if 50% of dvxers participated (judging would take around 4.5 years by my calculations).

KhamIsk
10-31-2012, 04:15 AM
Low budget comedy fest!

Quick, say you like it or he'll say something against it!

alex whitmer
10-31-2012, 07:35 AM
Strangefest - requirement: has to weird out Keaton! :tongue:

Where is the challenge in that? Makin' it tooo easy!

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alex whitmer
10-31-2012, 07:49 AM
Low budget comedy fest!

Quick, say you like it or he'll say something against it!

Like.

Craighoit
11-09-2012, 09:00 PM
Dying is easy. Comedy is hard. Especially when it involves Private Dicks (of the trench coat variety), or President Dicks (of the Nixon variety).

alex whitmer
11-11-2012, 07:23 AM
I never understood why folks as rule think comedy is harder than other genres. I has its challenges, but so does pulling off a truly good thriller. Or an engaging drama.

I was kinda hoping a Christmas fest (or Winter Solstice if Christmas isn't your thing) to line up with a film fest. Seeing how last year's Christmas fest is still up as current, I don't see that happening.

What the hell happend to these fests?


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Reef dreamer
11-13-2012, 01:27 PM
Actually I don't care what, anything would be great.

Egg Born Son
11-22-2012, 01:20 AM
I was kinda hoping a Christmas fest (or Winter Solstice if Christmas isn't your thing) to line up with a film fest. Seeing how last year's Christmas fest is still up as current, I don't see that happening.

What the hell happend to these fests?


Yeah time is pressing, not really enough time to do a scriptfest, judge then film an entry before Dec 25. Christmas in July, maybe...

There's enough time to do a christmas themed user-driven scriptfest if we get on it. Say 1-8 pages, open category as long as it has a christmas connection. Doesn't have to be christian-based, could be a reaction to christmas of a non-participant, could be hanukkah or just a significant connection to the date Dec 25, whatever. Deadline, say Dec 19 so we can read them in between holiday preparations? Roughly a month.

Chris_Keaton
11-26-2012, 10:01 AM
That's a great idea! Now I'll have to find the time to get it set up.

Egg Born Son
11-26-2012, 04:48 PM
Sweet!

Now all I need is an idea. I hate christmas. Haven't celebrated in 20+ years. I wonder if I can challenge myself to a saccarine sweet tale of joy and wonder...? :)