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Old 07-25-2013, 08:20 PM   #1
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TrackingB seems to be a pretty popular contest on the board and its early deadline is coming up on the 28th.

I currently have a finished "foreign" drama, meaning a story that takes place in a non-English speaking country with a fully "foreign" cast of characters (think Evita or Love in the Time of Cholera).

Seeing as this is hardly commercial fare and an even tougher sell, should I bother applying at all or should I stick this time around to the labs and the Nicholl and apply when I have something more marketable?

I'm particularly concerned about the step where scripts are judged based on concept/summary alone...

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Old 07-25-2013, 08:59 PM   #2
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You never try you'll never know. Besides i'm sure you've spent $75 on worse things.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:25 PM   #3
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TrackingB seems to be a pretty popular contest on the board and its early deadline is coming up on the 28th.

I currently have a finished "foreign" drama, meaning a story that takes place in a non-English speaking country with a fully "foreign" cast of characters (think Evita or Love in the Time of Cholera).

Seeing as this is hardly commercial fare and an even tougher sell, should I bother applying at all or should I stick this time around to the labs and the Nicholl and apply when I have something more marketable?

I'm particularly concerned about the step where scripts are judged based on concept/summary alone...

Thoughts?
TrackingB posts the loglines of all past contest winners on the site. Not saying that the kind of movie you described couldn't place or win, but my impression from what's connected most with the judges in the past is that the contest tends toward more high concept, mainstream concepts
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:30 PM   #4
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You never try you'll never know. Besides i'm sure you've spent $75 on worse things.
But $75 is outrageous for merely ENTERING into a competition, without any notes or even a single prize. Let alone the $100+ fee past the early deadline.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:33 PM   #5
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If you believe in your story enter it. Every year Tracking B (in my opinion) mostly picks more commercial concepts -- but two or so are usually out of left field more indie sounding ideas.

Trust me when I say the person who runs the contest wouldn't blacklist a great screenplay just because it's in a foreign country / foreign cast. They look for compelling stories.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:34 PM   #6
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TrackingB posts the loglines of all past contest winners on the site. Not saying that the kind of movie you described couldn't place or win, but my impression from what's connected most with the judges in the past is that the contest tends toward more high concept, mainstream concepts
I did not know that. Thanks, I'll look them up.

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If you believe in your story enter it. Every year Tracking B (in my opinion) mostly picks more commercial concepts -- but two or so are usually out of left field more indie sounding ideas.

Trust me when I say the person who runs the contest wouldn't blacklist a great screenplay just because it's in a foreign country / foreign cast. They look for compelling stories.
Cool. I think I'll do it. Worse comes to worse, I'm out $75 and I'm back next year with something more commercial.

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But $75 is outrageous for merely ENTERING into a competition, without any notes or even a single prize. Let alone the $100+ fee past the early deadline.
It is pretty expensive which is why I'm balking at entering if my chances are really low. I did enter the Nicholl, Austin, and PAGE where I'm currently a QF, though, so that gives me some hope considering they also judge "commercial potential"...

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You never try you'll never know. Besides i'm sure you've spent $75 on worse things.
I'm pretty frugal, but I'm sure I have >.<
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Old 07-26-2013, 01:23 PM   #7
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While you're checking out the loglines on their website, please make sure you check out their reading policies too, and post them here so we can know them as well.
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Old 07-26-2013, 02:16 PM   #8
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While your checking out the loglines on their website, please make sure you check out their reading policies too, and post them here so we can know them as well.
All I found on that is:

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All entered scripts will be read by trackingb staff who will select their top choices. Then, The Insider will consult with the industry panel to get their thoughts (based on concept/summary alone) on the top selections, and take their opinions into account in the final decisions. In mid-January, 2014, five honorable mentions and three finalists will be announced (note: honorable mentions cannot be finalists), and soon after an Overall Winner will be chosen by our judging panel from the three finalist scripts. The New Wave Prize Winner will also be announced in mid-January, 2014.
Bolded part is what makes me iffy as it seems commercial potential is incredibly important in this contest.
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:21 PM   #9
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Annnnnnnnnnnd we're off...

We may as well get it started now.
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:04 PM   #10
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How big is their staff? I can imagine pretty big to read a couple thousand screenplays?
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