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Old 06-24-2020, 09:02 PM   #41
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I'm reading between the lines and my guess everyone is entering it and trying to discourage everyone else from entering it so they can win. Well played, DD. Well played...
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Old 06-25-2020, 08:58 AM   #42
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(Nah. I don’t think so, Bono)
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Old 06-25-2020, 09:30 AM   #43
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(Nah. I don’t think so, Bono)
Me neither. 🤪
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Old 06-25-2020, 09:51 AM   #44
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I'm sorry -- that's 3 posts in a row without a fight. Better lock this thread for being too positive.
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Old 06-27-2020, 08:46 PM   #45
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It shouldn’t matter .

And the questions shouldn’t be asked, imo. I don’t care what they say is the reason for it.

They say that they’re looking for diverse candidates that have overcome some challenging time in their life. In the past they’ve used AI and keywords.

If I entered I would leave them blank. Which might very well disqualify you.

If they want true demographic information to better understand submissions they could have you submit the information anonymously— not attached to your name, application, and your script.
If they did the judging solely on merit, they would likely get a bunch of white males. Not because white males are better writers, there are just a lot more of them. I really do think they're using the video to see if you fit in their casting of the lab. Not for nefarious purposes. Just to make sure they have full representation.
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Old 06-28-2020, 08:45 PM   #46
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If the selection is based on merit the best way to determine that is blind reading every screenplay. They can't do that, so they rely on filtering tactics to narrow the selection down to a more manageable number. It's their sandbox, their rules.

With demographic information they could easily separate white males into one group and everyone else into smaller groups of which to make selections from those groups based on percentages they may be targeting.

They can make certain assumptions as to gender and ethnicity to narrow the scope simply by filtering surnames and first names along with other key factors in how certain application questions are answered.

With this learning software they've used in the past, it wouldn't surprise me if certain "qualifying" information gets flagged for attention and given an attribute ranking of some sort so they can take a closer look at "ideal" candidates.

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This is totally unnecessary for this round more than any other, because their guidelines/contract SPECIFICALLY STATE NO WRITERS will be allowed into the Netflix submission pitch meeting. The Imagine Impact team are giving the presentation to Netflix, not the writer, which was not the case in previous sessions.

So if you have a great idea why do they require the pitch video if the writer isn't even allowed in the room during the pitch? It's a non-factor, right?

It doesn't make sense to require it UNLESS they're using it in some way to select or dismiss candidates.

Not to mention, Imagine Impact also states that once Netflix makes their selection they (Imagine Impact's) connection is basically severed between Imagine Impact and any writers, both selected and not selected, if I'm reading their contract correctly. Which means there are no further opportunities for the writer with Imagine Impact and that project. They probably have an exclusivity clause with Netflix where for a period of time, they cannot show anyone else the scripts they sourced directly for Netflix. I mean, if I was Netflix that's part of the deal I'd negotiate..

And if they REALLY NEEDED the video, they could wait until they have the top 100 candidates selected then have each of those candidates submit their video AFTER they've been selected.

I'm just playing devil's advocate, here.

Someone also mentioned here https://twitter.com/search?q=netflix...=typed_quer y that the are a lot of hurdles the writer has to jump, including the idea that they aren't looking for non-repped writers; an early question on their application.
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:08 AM   #47
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Having your project pitched to Netflix by a HUGE prodco like Imagine is not a small thing. It's a very large thing.

The application, being free, means anyone can apply. They've got to filter somehow, so it only bears to reason that they would filter according to what they're looking for --

1) people that can write (a factor in the "Are you repped" question?)

2) People that might have an interesting perspective or view, and thus might produce something new and shiny (a factor in the video? So they know they aren't exclusively picking a bunch of white/male 20-somethings?)

I don't see how you can fault them for this. Nothing in life is fair. This probably isn't either. But at least they're trying to get stuff out there.

(Not liking the financial terms is another, separate, issue.)
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Old 06-29-2020, 12:46 PM   #48
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It also sounds like when you deliver the two drafts, Imagine Impact parts ways with you and at this point Netflix owns your material and the is still no guarantee that they will develop it further, or at all, AND they'll own it.
Imagine Impact terms under “Miscellaneous”:

“You acknowledge and agree that if your submitted material is selected by Impact and presented to Netflix for consideration, and Netflix in its sole discretion decides to move forward with your material to be developed into a draft feature-length motion picture script, you shall enter into a separate agreement with Netflix for your writing services.”

This doesn’t mean Netflix is obligated to hire you on as the writer, though.

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I found the stipulation that you cannot be attached in any other way other than writing...
That’s about your material being unencumbered by any other parties (producers, managers, directors, et cetera), not that you can’t become the project’s director (good luck with that, though, and why would anyone?).
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Old 06-29-2020, 02:30 PM   #49
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If the selection is based on merit the best way to determine that is blind reading every screenplay. They can't do that, so they rely on filtering tactics to narrow the selection down to a more manageable number. It's their sandbox, their rules.

With demographic information they could easily separate white males into one group and everyone else into smaller groups of which to make selections from those groups based on percentages they may be targeting.

They can make certain assumptions as to gender and ethnicity to narrow the scope simply by filtering surnames and first names along with other key factors in how certain application questions are answered.

With this learning software they've used in the past, it wouldn't surprise me if certain "qualifying" information gets flagged for attention and given an attribute ranking of some sort so they can take a closer look at "ideal" candidates.

VIDEO REQUIREMENT:
This is totally unnecessary for this round more than any other, because their guidelines/contract SPECIFICALLY STATE NO WRITERS will be allowed into the Netflix submission pitch meeting. The Imagine Impact team are giving the presentation to Netflix, not the writer, which was not the case in previous sessions.

So if you have a great idea why do they require the pitch video if the writer isn't even allowed in the room during the pitch? It's a non-factor, right?

It doesn't make sense to require it UNLESS they're using it in some way to select or dismiss candidates.

Not to mention, Imagine Impact also states that once Netflix makes their selection they (Imagine Impact's) connection is basically severed between Imagine Impact and any writers, both selected and not selected, if I'm reading their contract correctly. Which means there are no further opportunities for the writer with Imagine Impact and that project. They probably have an exclusivity clause with Netflix where for a period of time, they cannot show anyone else the scripts they sourced directly for Netflix. I mean, if I was Netflix that's part of the deal I'd negotiate..

And if they REALLY NEEDED the video, they could wait until they have the top 100 candidates selected then have each of those candidates submit their video AFTER they've been selected.

I'm just playing devil's advocate, here.

Someone also mentioned here https://twitter.com/search?q=netflix...=typed_quer y that the are a lot of hurdles the writer has to jump, including the idea that they aren't looking for non-repped writers; an early question on their application.
Are you going to submit? I can't submit to this one because I don't have a script in that genre. But when they do comedy, I might do it.
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Old 06-29-2020, 05:40 PM   #50
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So, if you win, do you have a relationship with Imagine and Netflix? The appeal of the previous Imagine Impact was that they mentored you, you had a chance to network with their shapers and producers who wanted to affiliate with Imagine, with Imagine itself, and possibly if bought by a production company with that production company. I know there was some mention of severing the connection in one of the comments above, but still not too clear on this point.
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